June 1st

June 1, 1801 - Brigham Young is born in 1801 in Whitingham, Vermont.

June 1, 1827 - WAYNE SENTINAL ARTICLE "Deciphering of Hieroglyphics," describes the work of Professor Seyffarth of Leipzig, who was translating Egyptian antiquities in Rome. Seyffarth "found the picture of a Jew in bonds, and other allusions to the state of slavery to which the Jews were reduced. He added, that he had found the old and new testaments in the Sefific, and the Pentateuch in the Memphitic dialect; and a Mexican manuscript in hieroglyphics, from which he inferred, that the Mexicans and Egyptians had intercourse with each other from the remotest antiquity, and that they had the same system of mythology." Three decades later the same Gustav Seyffarth studies the Joseph Smith papyri at Wyman's St. Louis Museum, claimed to be writings of Abraham and Joseph, and declares them to be Egyptian funeral documents.

June 1, 1830 - The first proselytizing mission is conceived and is to be directed toward native Americans. The PALMYRA REFLECTOR calls Oliver Cowdery "the apostle to the NEPHITES." Cowdery and others of the "Lamanite mission" leave New York Oct. 1830 and preach to the Catteragus tribe in New York, the Wyandot tribe in Ohio, the Shawnee tribe in Missouri, and the Delaware tribe in what is now Kansas. Instead of native Americans, the most prominent converts of this 1830-1831 mission are Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, and Newel K. Whitney.

June 1, 1843 - Jewish convert Alexander Neibauer begins publishing a two-installment discussion of Kabbalist views of spirit transmigration or rebirth. His article cites ten Kabbalistic authors and works available only in Hebrew. The Kabbala is Judaism's mystical and magical tradition.

June 1, 1844 - "Drank a glass of beer at Moissers," reads an entry in Joseph Smith's manuscript diary in reference to Frederick G. Moesser's "grog shop," which Joseph had condemned in a sermon on Aug 12, 1843. When the manuscript history is published as HISTORY OF THE CHURCH this sentence is omitted without indication.

June 1, 1845 - An official "clarification" appears in the TIMES AND SEASONS defining William Smith's position as Patriarch TO the Church, not OVER the Church, an obvious restriction. William sees this as yet another attempt to undermine his position.

June 1, 1849 - Orson Hyde writes Brigham Young, "Brother Hickman . . . is sometimes a little rash and may shoot an innocent Indian, mistaking him for an Omaha horse thief."

June 1, 1853 - The First Presidency writes to "Elder Samuel W. Richards, and the Saints abroad" that "You will perceive at once that this [Journal of Discourses] will be a work of mutual benefit, and we cheerfully and warmly request your co-operation in the purchase and sale of the above-named JOURNAL, . . ."

June 1, 1873 - Brigham Young tells apostles of the revelation he received concerning appearance of future temples. Text available but never canonized or officially published.

June 1, 1893 - At the regular Thursday meeting of the Twelve Apostles. "Several subjects were discussed relative to Temple work, etc., also about extending the Saltair R. R. on to Los Angeles, 650 miles. This was decided if conditions were favorable and the money could be procured, viz., 75 million dollars. President George Q. Cannon was appointed to go to London in company with H[eber] J. Grant to try and secure the money on as favorable terms as possible."

June 1, 1949 - LDS-owned KSL-TV television station begins broadcasting. It is the first television station owned by the church and becomes the flagship of church-owned radio and television stations.

June 1, 1965 - Apostle Richard L. Evans is elected president of Rotary International, with its 560,000 community leaders and business executives in 127 nations.

June 1, 1969 - Cigarette ads are henceforth banned on broadcasts of LDS church's radio and television stations in Utah, Washington state, Missouri, California, and New York.

June 1, 1978 - Spencer W. Kimball's proposal to resolve "the Negro issue," is sustained by apostles after prayer circle in Salt Lake temple. This answer ends policy since 1852 of denying priesthood to those of black African ancestry. Urgency of Kimball's inquiry involves upcoming dedication of temple in Brazil, where centuries of racial intermarriage have always posed problems in administering LDS ban on priesthood to those of black African ancestry. Kimball later describes the meeting: "I offered the final prayer and I told the Lord if it wasn't right, if He didn't want this change to come in the Church that I would be true to it all the rest of my life, and I'd fight the world against it if that's what he wanted . . ." First Presidency announces this change on June 9, and general conference accepts it on September 30. This announcement becomes "Document 2" in 1981 edition of D&C. First Presidency secretary Francis M. Gibbons writes that this change "seemed to relieve them of a subtle sense of guilt they had felt over the years."

June 1, 1980 - Apostle Bruce R. McConkie preaches at BYU against "Seven Deadly Heresies." First heresy: "There are those who say God is progressing in knowledge and is learning new truths." Second heresy is organic evolution. Fifth heresy; "There are those who say that there is progression from one kingdom to another in the eternal worlds." Sixth "Deadly Heresy" is the Adam-God doctrine preached by Brigham Young. McConkie says those who have been through the temple who believe the Adam-God doctrine "do not deserve to be saved."

June 1, 1983 - Second counselor Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates temple near Atlanta, Georgia.

June 1, 1988 - Communist government of Hungary gives legal recognition to LDS church.

June 1, 1991 - In Sang Han, first Korean general authority, called to Second Quorum of Seventy.

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