June 25th

June 25, 1833 - Joseph Smith describes the future temple of the city of Zion [Independence, Missouri] as a complex of twenty-four temples, three each designated for deacons, teachers, priests, the presidency of Lesser Priesthood, elders, high priests, bishops, and the presidency of the High Priesthood. He also gives the the layout of the city of Zion which becomes the master plan for Mormon settlements from Kirtland, Ohio, to San Bernardino, California, and from Canada to Mexico.

June 25, 1842: Joseph Smith writes: "Sat for a drawing of my profile to be placed on a lithograph of the map of the city of Nauvoo." What he understood would be a lithograph turns out two years later to be a zinc engraving measuring 27 inches by 22 inches.

June 25, 1844 - The general of the Carthage militia signs a secret order for a military attack against Nauvoo, with the march of forces to begin at Golden's Point at 2 p.m., June 27, 1844. In Carthage, Joseph Smith is charged with "crime of treason against the government and people of the State of Illinois aforesaid."

June 25, 1857 - Wilford Woodruff records Brigham Young reminiscing that in 1837 "Joseph slapped him [Apostle David W. Patten] in the face & kicked him out of the yard." Young consistently claims he is a gentler taskmaster than Joseph Smith.

June 25, 1858 - Johnston's army marches through an almost deserted Salt Lake City.

June 25, 1868 - The NEW YORK TIMES comments on the death of Heber C. Kimball: "The Mormons, by the death of Heber Kimball, have lost their most prominent man next to Brigham Young. He illustrated in himself all the more striking peculiarities of the Mormon leaders—their energy and astuteness, their self-sacrifice and selfishness [selflessness?], their devotion to the Church and their power over its devotees…in every way he was fitted, and fitted himself, for his destined position as Young's successor."

June 25, 1879 - The SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, asserts that during Brigham's term of office he received about $13,000,000 in tithes, of which 'about $9,000,000 was squandered on his family,' and dying, left the remainder to be quarrelled over by his heirs and assigns, including the church. The actual final total of Brigham Young's estate that is claimed by the church after his death is slightly less than $1,000,000.

June 25, 1881 - Apostle John Henry Smith writes of his sermon at a stake conference: "I read the 2nd chapter of St. James and spoke a few minutes on the celestial law of marriage and closed by saying, I do not believe that any man can arrive at eternal power and the Godhead who did not have two wives in the flesh."

June 25, 1896 - John Henry Smith writes: "Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Eiders F. D. Richards, Brig. Young, John W. Taylor and myself met at the Temple. G. F. Gibbs was present. [Apostle] Moses Thatcher's condition was talked over. I held he was not responsible from his use of narcotics. Prest. W. Woodruff & G. Q. Cannon rather held that he was."

June 25, 1951 - DESERET NEWS editorial praises non-combatant conscientious objectors but opposes the "craven draft-dodger."

June 25, 1965 - NEW YORK TIMES reports First Presidency's letters to LDS members of Congress to retain anti-union "right to work" provision of Taft-Hartley Act.

June 25, 1976 - Missouri's governor officially rescinds 1838 extermination order.

June 25, 1977 - Los Angeles Times reports: "researchers have declared that portions of the Book of Mormon were written by a Congregationalist minister." Solomon Spaulding, who died in 1816. Freelance evangelical Christian researchers have concluded that part of the Book of Mormon manuscript is in Solomon Spaulding's handwriting. To refute the claim the LDS church allows full-time anti-Mormon researcher Jerald Tanner to view the original manuscript pages in question. All who see the actual manuscript agree that it does NOT contain Spaulding's handwriting.

June 25, 1978 - Marcus Helvecio Martin and his father receive priesthood and are ordained elders in Brazil. Right after the ordination, the son is challenged by his stake president to postpone his wedding (although he and his fiancee have already mailed the invitations) and serve a full-time mission. Marcus declines but later, with the blessing of his fiancee (herself a returned missionary), cancels wedding, and in August Marcus H. Martins becomes first full-time missionary of Black African Descent. His father becomes general authority in 1990.

June 25, 1982 - Apostle Boyd K. Packer preaches at seminar for new mission presidents, "The spiritual part of us and the emotional part of us are so closely linked that is possible to mistake an emotional impulse for something spiritual. We occasionally find people who receive what they assume to be spiritual promptings from God, when those promptings are either centered in the emotions or are from the adversary."

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