June 16th

June 16, 1831 - Jared Carter writes in his diary: "there was one of our Sisters healed from blindness by his [Joseph Smith's] instrumentality,"

June 16, 1834 - "Martin Harris having boasted to the brethren that he could handle snakes with perfect safety, while fooling with a black snake with his bare feet, he received a bite on his left foot. The fact was communicated to me [Joseph Smith], and I took occasion to reprove him, and exhort the brethren never to trifle with the promises of God."
A meeting is held between Mormons in Jackson County, Missouri and non-Mormon residents there. The non-Mormon residents offer to either buy out the Mormons or to allow the Mormons to buy them out. The first option is refused on religious grounds, the second for economic reasons.

June 16, 1844 - The Church High Council at Kirtland disfellowships Preserved Harris for not being generous enough with his money and property. The charges are brought by Joseph Smith.

June 16, 1844 - Joseph Smith preaches: "I will preach on the plurality of Gods. I have selected this text for that express purpose. I wish to declare I have always and in all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods. It has been preached by the Elders for fifteen years." Nine days previously the NAUVOO EXPOSITOR had accused Joseph of introducing "false and damnable doctrines . . . such as plurality of Gods."

June 16, 1847 - A Mormon writes Apostle Orson Hyde in Iowa about a previous letter that "I am threatened with Danites," and protests that his guilt should "be established by a fair hearing." Hyde is closely associated in Iowa at this time with William A. Hickman who whold later claim that Hyde gave him orders to murder various dissenters this year. Hyde would kater admit at a Council of Fifty meeting that he instructed an unnamed person in Iowa to kill a fellow member of the Fifty.

June 16, 1856 - Brigham Young's office journal records "Had an interview with Bro[ther]s Jesse Little & Robert Burton about Bro[ther] Kamp taking away his Negro."
Thomas Bedford, a Beaver Island resident who had been publicly whipped on James J. Strang's direction, fatally shoots the Strang. Strang had led a large portion of Mormons away from Brigham Young's rule after the death of Joseph Smith.

June 16, 1871 - Apostle Joseph F. Smith writes of his divorced first wife "Levira [who] arrived from California in a state of insanity." Daughter of founder's brother Samuel H. Smith and first cousin-wife of Apostle Smith, Levira C. Smith is earliest example of mental illness in prominent Mormon. In 1886 she is legally committed to Utah Insane Asylum as its fifty-ninth patient, and remains there for three months.

June 16, 1877 - Apostle and St. George Temple president Wilford Woodruff receives a telegram that his twenty-year-old son Brigham Young Woodruff had drowned in Bear River. Three weeks later on July 5, he seals five single women to his deceased son.

June 16m, 1879 - John Taylor signs an agreement with the law firm of Richards and Williams hiring them to represent the Church in "all legal matters" for the fee of $2,000 a year, plus expenses.

June 16, 1884 - President John Taylor's secretary records: ". . . after due consideration of the whole case the First Presidency decided that Sister Ellen Clifford be permitted to make her choice as to whether she will be sealed to her first husband Thomas Andrews (dead) or to her second husband John E. Hansen (now living) and in case she chooses to be sealed to Bro. Hansen, that Bro. Hansen be instructed to do all in his power in behalf of Bro. Andrews in obtaining Endowments for him, and it is also suggested that he and Sister Hansen have some woman sealed to Bro. Andrews and also have the children and Bro. Andrews adopted into their family."

June 16, 1899 - Salt Lake Temple, Sisters Meeting Minutes records: "Sister B[athsheba] W. Smith . . . said that it was in the lodge room over the store [where] . . . there were two rooms over the store [below]. In one room they had a sheet hung up as a vail [sic], and the first endowments were given there. . . . Joseph gave me permission to stand by the vail [sic] and listen to the ceremony, which I did. . . . Joseph said that Masonry was taken from the priesthood. Our brethren used to belong to these societies, but since the priesthood had been more fully established the brethren have withdrawn from these societies."

June 16, 1905 - First Presidency letter to American Fork Stake President: "Second blessings are intended for those only who have born the heat and burden of the day, and endured faithful to the end: and, as a general thing, they are administered only to people who have gathered with the body of the Church. And in recommending such people it is expected that their worthiness is personally known to the Stake President who recommends them. The case referred to in yours of the 12th inst. cannot for a moment be considered as eligible for these higher blessings."

June 16, 1917 - At John Cannon's funeral his post-manifesto plural wife (married 1900) sits side by side in the front row with two other wives. Speakers are President Joseph F. Smith, his counselor Charles W. Penrose, Apostle Orson F. Whitney, and Stake President Frank Y. Taylor to whom Cannon was first counselor. "These talks were very personal and gave praise to John M. Cannon."

June 16, 1945 - George Albert Smith rules against LDS meeting houses being used "for meetings to prevent Negroes from becoming neighbors."

June 16, 1985 - Joyce McKinney is arrested in Salt Lake City after Kirk Anderson informs police she has been shadowing him. She is charged with disturbing the peace and giving false information to police. Seven years earlier McKinney (one-time Miss Wyoming in the "Miss Universe" pageant and former BYU graduate student) became a fugitive from justice in Great Britain, where she stands accused of abducting then missionary Anderson, keeping him tied to a bed for three days, and raping him. She denied the charges at the time, saying Anderson went along with her willingly and had promised to marry her. In May of 1982 LDS Communications director Heber Wolsey referred to a positive effect of publicity surrounding the McKinney-Anderson case: "a lot of doors [were opened] to missionaries in England because of the publicity generated by the abduction of an elder by a young woman." Salt Lake City police reports show McKinney possessed numerous photographs of Anderson, had recorded his daily activities in a notebook, and had mapped out his travels, pinpointing where Anderson lives with his wife and children. Years earlier Loren Pomeroy had given McKinney a priesthood blessing when she was distraught over being pregnant out of wedlock with what she claimed was Anderson's child

June 16, 1995 - International Olympic Committee in Budapest votes overwhelmingly for Salt Lake City as site of winter Olympics in year 2002. Utahns are divided about economic benefit/losses, and some Mormons have misgivings about long-term secularization of city that Olympics will cause. However, many see this as ideal opportunity to preach Mormonism directly and indirectly to tens of thousands of visitors in short time. LDS headquarters technically remains neutral about this "political matter" during five-year promotional effort. However, Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee's legally required financial statement shows that during its final year of operation alone, committee received $100,000 from LDS church's "associated business" Intermountain Healthcare, and $100,000 from Deseret Foundation (Arm of LDS Hospital). Hospital subsequently denies that it is officially involved in transaction by which "anonymous" party channels donations through Deseret Foundation.

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