June 23rd

June 23, 1843 - Joseph Smith is arrested for treason against Missouri but freed the next day on writ of HABEUS CORPUS from Nauvoo court and released July 1.
William Clayton writes in his diary: "This A.M. President Joseph took me and conversed considerable concerning some delicate matters. Said [Emma] wanted to lay a snare for me. He told me last night of this and said he had felt troubled. He said [Emma] had treated him coldly and badly since I came…and he knew she was disposed to be revenged on him for some things. She thought that if he would indulge himself she would too. He cautioned me very kindly for which I felt thankful. He said [Robert] Thompson professed great friendship for him but he gave away to temptation and he had to die. Also Brother [Newel] Knight he gave him one but he went to loose conduct and he could not save him. Also B[righam] Y[oung] had transgressed his covenant and he pled with the Lord to spare him this end and he did so, otherwise he would have died. B[righam] denied having transgressed. He said if I would do right by him and abide his council he would save my life while he lived. I feel desirous to do right and would rather die than loose my interest in the celestial kingdom…"

June 23, 1844 - Accused of cowardly abandoning Nauvoo, Joseph returns about 6 p.m. He tells Stephen Markham that this is contrary to a revelation and commandment he had received. Joseph and Emma Smith burn the original manuscript of the 1843 polygamy revelation, presumably on this evening. William Clayton preserves a copy. Joseph writes to Governor Thomas Ford, who is in Carthage, "But from the explanation, I now offer to come to you at Carthage on the morrow, as early as shall be convenient for your posse to escort us into headquarters. provided we can have a fair trial, not be abused nor have my witnesses abused, and have all things done in due form of law, without partiality, and you may depend on my honor without the show of a great armed force to produce excitement in the minds of the timid." Joseph also retains a lawyer and witnesses.

June 23, 1845 - Irvine Hodge is stabbed to death in front of Brigham Young's house, presumably by Nauvoo police officers Hosea Stout, Elbridge Tufts, and Allen J. Stout.

June 23, 1861 - Wilford Woodruff writes: " We here found Brother Thomas B. Marsh quite Crazy. He had [been] Confined by being Chained up. He was now better. [Attended?] Meeting. He hert his tongue runing like a Flutter wheel when He had a Ch[ance?] & the spittle drulling down out o£ his mouth. This shows a sample of Apostacy & the Effects of Betraying his brethren. The following are names of the different Devils which He says are tormenting him. He gave the Names as follows: Marrianeuba, Anonondo Oie Harrewansdo, Dononvah, Toddewandah, Tonanando, Gandesande, Annonvah, Sotecalandaco, Plutoa"

June 23, 1874 - A more stringent bill against the practice of plural marriage, the Poland bill, becomes federal law.

June 23, 1885 - Apostle John Henry Smith writes in his journal: " I had a long talk with my Sister Mary A. Wimmer. She told me that her husband Peter Wireruer had been cut off from the Church but had been rebaptised but that his Priesthood had not been restored. I told her if she would leave him, I would make an effort to aid her to care for her family. She told me she did not think she could do it."

June 23, 1886 - Brigadier General Patrick Edward Connor tells Wilhelm Wylon that Orrin Porter Rockwell used to tell him "many of the horrible deeds he had committed for the church. Among other things he told me once that HE HAD SHOT BOGGS. 'I shot through the window; said he,'and thought I had killed him, but I had only wounded him; I was damned sorry that I had not killed the son of a b—!'"

June 23, 1889 - At Parowan stake priesthood meeting " The name of Wm. Marsden was submitted to the Priesthood for Stake Patriarch and 51 voted in his favor and 65 against him. James Dalley was submitted to the people for Patriarch and unanimously received by vote."
General Authority Abraham H. Cannon writes of his father's [First Counselor in First Presidency George Q. Cannon] gospel teachings to him (1) "That all men, even the sons of perdition, will be resurrected." (2) "That Jesus Christ is Jehovah". (3) "That Adam is His Father and our God". (4) That under certain unknown conditions the benefits of the Savior's atonement extend to our solar system."

June 23, 1891.-.In an interview published in the Salt Lake Times, President Wilford Woodruff says that the church would not claim "the right to control the political action of the members of our body." But in private conversation with Brigham Young, Jr., he says that though he was cautious about influencing "his brethren in [political]…matters" he was willing to do so "when prompted by others in whom he has the utmost confidence."
Apostle Heber J. Grant writes in his dairy: " The Times publishes an interview this evening with Prests. Woodruff and Cannon. I have never read anything that has caused me to feel worse than the statements in this interview. I could not refrain the tears when thinking of it this evening before I retired. I cannot understand why the Lord would wish us to be so humiliated. I can not for the life of me see why the Presidency need to say that it is their understanding that the people are in good faith, keeping the laws on unlawful cohabitation. It seems to me that such a statement humiliates the sisters who are in plural marriage more than they should be called on to endure. I feel that I would do anything in reason on Gusta and Emily's [Grant's two wives] account sooner than to have had such a statement published. I confess that I do not think it was a good thing for the Presidency to refer to the matter, but then they stand at the head and I hope their position will never be such that it will try my faith, but I am free to confess that I do not and cannot see why the Lord should give a command to his servants to take more wives and then the Presidency should say that it is their understanding that these men are not in good faith living with those wives. It is killing to think of the effect of their words on sensitive women who are in plural marriage. The only way to make these women feel well is for their husbands not to live the law in good faith and such a course is not a very pleasant one after the statements of the Presidency."

June 23, 1906 - ex-apostle Matthias F. Cowley gives to mission president a copy of John Taylor's revelation of Sept. 27, 1886. This is first verified date for distributing 1886 revelation, but Cowley has received copy at earlier date from John W. Taylor.

June 23, 1921 - Heber J. Grant writes to a stake president with instructions: "Send each and every recommend direct to the President, not by the hand of anybody, the person recommended included. After the President returns the recommend to you bearing his signature of approval, it will then be in order for you to deliver it in person to the head of the family thus recommended, explaining to him in a private confidential way the sacredness of the ordinance, cautioning him at the same time not to speak of it to anybody outside the temple: and in the interest of privacy you are requested not to send more than one family to the temple the same week bearing a recommend of this character."

June 23, 1942 - First Presidency writes to Stake President Ezra Taft Benson concerning complaints of White Mormon women who are offended by having two Black LDS women sitting next to them at Relief Society: "It seems to us that it ought to be possible to work this situation out without causing any feelings on the part of anybody. If the white sisters feel that they may not sit with them or near them, we feel sure that if the colored sisters were discretely approached, they would be happy to sit at one side in the rear or somewhere where they would not wound the sensibilities of the complaining sisters. . . ."

June 23, 1955 - CHURCH NEWS article, "Church-Approved Formal Evening Gowns Designed: Relief Society Sewing Center."

June 23, 1982 - Counselor Gordon B. Hinckley tells Mission Presidents Seminar, "I plead with you to train and motivate your missionaries to the point of view that it is converts that they are out to win rather than numbers of baptisms for the sake of a good statistical record."

June 23, 1985 - President Gordon B. Hinckley, second counselor in the First Presidency, speaks at a young adult fireside broadcast from Temple Square that is published as the First Presidency message in September 1985. He reviews some of the Hofmann documents, prefacing his remarks with the statement: "They are interesting documents of whose authenticity we are not certain and may never be," then continues, "I plead with you, do not let yourselves be numbered among the critics, among the dissidents, among the apostates. That does not mean that you cannot read widely. As a Church, we encourage gospel scholarship and the search to understand all truth. Fundamental to our theology is belief in individual freedom of inquiry, thought, and expression. Constructive discussion is a privilege of every Latter-day Saint."

June 23, 2004 - On his 94th birthday, LDS president Gordon B. Hinckley is presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President George W. Bush in a White House ceremony. The award's citation says, that, as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1995, Hinckley has "inspired millions and has led efforts to improve humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and education funding across the globe." Receiving the award along with President Hinckley are actress Doris Day, golfer Arnold Palmer, Pope John Paul II, journalist Robert Bartley, politician Edward Brooke, historian Vartan Gregorian, National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert Grosvenor, cosmetics mogul Estee Lauder, actress Rita Moreno, ophthalmology researcher Arnall Patz, journalist Norman Podhoretz and economist and banker Walter Wriston.

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