June 22nd

June 22, 1820 - The entire three hundred acres of Lot 1 in Manchester township are taxed to the heirs of Nicholas Evertson. Later Joseph Smith's family purchases one-third of Lot 1.

June 22, 1844 - Joseph Smith writes to Illinois Governor Thomas Ford that he dare not come to Carthage until the mob has been dispersed, and that he was considering appealing to the federal government in Washington. Joseph and his brother, Hyrum, cross the river into Iowa and hide themselves near a community of Saints at Montrose. Before leaving Joseph instructs William Clayton to "burn" or "bury" the records of the Council of Fifty. Clayton chooses to bury them and then later recovers them.

June 22, 1856 - Brigham Young preaches from the pulpit: "Take, for instance, the gift of tongues; years ago in this Church you could find men of age, and seemingly of experience, who would preach and raise up Branches, and when quite young boys or girls would get up and speak in tongues, and others interpret, and perhaps that interpretation instructing the Elders who brought them into the Church, they would turn round and say, 'I know my duty, this is the word of the Lord to me and I must do as these boys or girls have spoken in tongues.' . . . If a man is called to be a Prophet, and the gift of prophecy is poured upon him, though he afterwards actually defies the power of God and turns away from the holy commandments, that man will continue in his gift and will prophecy lies. He will make false prophecies, yet he will do it by the spirit of prophecy; he will feel that he is a prophet and can prophecy, but be does it by another spirit and power than that which was given him of the Lord."

June 22, 1897 - First plural marriages performed in Mexico by (verified) written authority of First Presidency since 1892 and the first performed by stake president Anthony W. Ivins. He is the best-known officiator for post-Manifesto polygamous marriages in Mexico.

June 22, 1906 - Mormon Carl Badger, reflecting on Church leaders' testimony in the recently completed Reed Smoot Hearings writes to a relative: "I believe our honor is more to us than anything on earth, If as a people we had strictly observed the Manifesto, I believe that our example would have challenged the admiration of the world; but we have thought that there is something higher than honesty, and behold our confusion." Badger yearned for "simple honesty, the facts … a remedy from which we shrink—but I pray for the last time, I wish it were possible for me to hurl in the teeth of the world the accusation and the boast: While you have been cruel, we have been honest"

June 22, 1921 - The PROVO HERALD reports: "Dancing of a standard far worse than anything permitted in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles [was] witnessed at dance halls near Provo. . . . Some eastern people with us were shocked at the dancing permitted at the resort. . . . I have seen a great deal of intoxication at dancing resorts in the county. . . . The obnoxious dancing positions are not graceful. Jazz music must be prohibited."

June 22, 1933 - First Presidency and apostles decide that "the Church as an organization could not take part in the campaign for the repeal of the 18th Amendment since this [is] a partisan political question. It [is] hoped however that all L.D.S. would vote against repeal [of national Prohibition]." Thirty-five years later, LDS hierarchy reverses this decision and participates actively in campaign against liquor-by-the-drink in Utah as "moral issue."

June 22, 1949 - Full-time missionary Robert T. Martin is first American to win grand prize from Conservatory of Music in Nancy, France. In 1975, LDS James Arthur Waite, age sixteen wins first place in violin from Conservatory of Music in Paris.

June 22, 1961 - First Presidency supports plan to persuade U.S. Army to send its "colored contingents" to California rather than to Utah. At its same meeting Presidency agrees to allow baptism of Nigerians seeking membership in church.

June 22, 1966 - Dedication of church's storage vaults in granite mountains of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The vaults are intended to withstand nuclear explosions in event of war.

June 22, 1968 - BYU's president receives "confidential draft" by Terry Warner, professor of philosophy and religion, that "freedom of speech as it is known today is a secular concept and has no place of any kind at the BYU."

June 22, 1988 - At a Taylorsville, Utah, Regional Fireside Paul H. Dunn tells of a conversation with baseball great Mickey Mantle when the two of them participated in a celebrity golf tournament: ""ARE you telling me there is baseball in heaven?" Mickey Mantle asks Dunn, "If there isn't, I don't want to go," is the response Dunn tells audiences he gave Mantle.
Addam Swapp writes a nine-page letter from his jail cell justifying his bombing of The Kamas, Utah, LDS stake center. The letter ends: "For these and other reasons, the Lord did command me to blow up the Mormon church building. I did not do what I did out of hatred or malice towards these people. Me and my family pray for them continually. We have only wanted to be left alone." Prior to Swapp's bombing of the stake center and the stand-off where police officer Fred House is killed by Swapp's brother, Baura Kale had discussed religion with Addam Swapp and his father and had concluded that the apple hadn't fallen far from the tree. Baura was also a Shotokan Karate student under Fred House.

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