June 28th

June 28, 1841 - Assistant President of the Church John C. Bennett writes to Bodley Lodge No. 1, Quincy, Illinois, asking that it recommend that a Masonic lodge be established in Nauvoo. His request is denied because Mormons were "unknown to this lodge as Masons."

June 28, 1844 - In the morning Orrin Porter Rockwell rides through Nauvoo crying, "Joseph is killed! Goddamn them! They have killed him!" The bodies of Joseph and Hyrum Smith arrive in Nauvoo at 3:00 PM. William Clayton goes to see them and remarks: "Joseph looks very natural except being pale through loss of blood. Hyrum does not look so natural. Their aged mother is distracted with grief and it will be almost more than she can bear." Allen Stout, former Danite, writes in his journal after viewing the bodies: "I stood there and then resolved in my mind that I would never let an opportunity slip unimproved of avenging their blood.... I knew not how to contain myself, and when I see one of the men who persuaded them to give up to be tried, I feel like cutting their throats yet"

June 28, 1857 - Brigham Young tells Apostle Wilford Woodruff that the church president believes astrology "is true." Young also has bloodstone amulet for his protection.
Brigham Young preaches: "Giving endowments to a great many proves their overthrow through revealing things to them which they cannot keep. They are not worthy to receive them. Brother Heber takes the lead in giving endowments, and you may ask, 'Why do you give such folks their endowments?' To qualify them to be devils, if they wish to be. The plan of salvation is calculated to make devils as well as Saints; for by and by we shall need some to serve as devils; and it takes almost as much knowledge to make a complete devil as it does to fit a man to go into the celestial kingdom of God, and become an heir to His kingdom. We want to complete the education of a number of such fellows; they are running to the States, to California, and elsewhere, and are trying to reveal this, that, and the other; but I defy any one of them to give any idea of what is taught them in their endowments, except a garbled mass of trash. God takes that knowledge from their minds."

June 28, 1874 - Brigham Young preaches: I tell the brethren and Sisters, when they come to me and want a bill of divorce, that I am ready to seal people and administer in the ordinances, and they are welcome to my services, but when they undertake to break the commandments and tear to pieces the doings of the Lord, I make them give me something. I tell a man he has to give me ten dollars if he wants a divorce. For what? My services? No, for his foolishness. If you want a bill of divorce give me ten dollars, so that I can put it down in the book that such a man and such a woman have dissolved partnership."

June 28, 1882 - "President Taylor offered another [revelation]," available copy of which is dated "end of June or very early July, 1882." This revelation, third sustained by the Fifty this month, concerns church leaders who comprise "the Kingdom" (Council of Fifty). Text available, but is never canonized or officially published.

June 28, 1890 - Priesthood meeting in LDS community of Cardston, Canada holds a discussion on "whether or not a man can obtain eternal increase with one wife." Everyone who speaks agrees that polygamy is an essential doctrine of the Church and H. L. Hinman who brought his second wife to Cardston in the late 1880s or early 1890s, adds that he "thought a man must live with more than one woman at the same time to fulfill the law." Charles Card points out that they should "not publish these things to the world," but "they should obey all commandments of God."

June 28, 1916 - The First Presidency has the following notice hung in all temples: "The following is to be regarded as an established and imperative rule. The garments worn by those who receive endowments must be white and of the approve[d] pattern; they must not be altered or mutilated, and are to be worn as intended, down to the wrist and ankles and around the neck. Admission to the temple will be refused to those who do not comply to these requirements. The Saints should know that the pattern of endowment garments was revealed from Heaven and that the blessings promised in connection with wearing them will not be realized if any unauthorized change is made in their form or in the manner of wearing them." Later, after the garment was changed, this notice was taken down and ordered burned.

June 28, 1946 - First Presidency statement against compulsory military service ("conscription" or "the draft") during peace time. This is extensive version of Presidency's earlier views and of its efforts to persuade LDS congressmen to vote against peacetime draft.

June 28, 1955 - Congress defines full-time LDS missionaries as eligible for ministerial deferments from military service.

June 28, 1980 - Sonia Johnson's appeal to President Spencer W. Kimball to overturn her December 5th excommunication is denied. Johnson charging that she was not invited to the high council court to defend herself and that her bishop, Jeffrey Willis, divulged testimony from the bishop's court to Beverly Campbell of McLean, Virginia, who has been traveling the country for the Church defending its position on Sonia's excommunication and the ERA.. Church officials did not give Mrs. Johnson a copy of the letter from the First Presidency denying the appeal but read parts of it to her.

June 28, 1985 - Harvey Tanner, head loan officer of First Interstate Bank, receives a telephone call from "an important man in the LDS church" who says he is sending over Steven Christensen and his friend Mark Hofmann to get a loan for $185,000 which the church was authorizing. When asked later by detectives, "Is that all it takes?" Tanner replies, "Well, this had been done in the past and we knew everything was okay." When pressed for the name of the "important man in the LDS church," Tanner tells detectives it was Hugh W. Pinnock of the First Quorum of Seventy.
That same day Hoffman pays $165,000 towards a debt with Alvin Rust. The money authorized by Pinnock and earmarked for purchase of the "McClellen collection" in Texas never leaves Salt Lake City.

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