June 29th

June 29, 1822 - The "Manchester, New York, Assessment Roll," values Joseph Smith Sr.'s 100-acre parcel of land in Manchester at $700 which is the same value as the previous year. A year later on July 24, 1823 it is valued at $1000 indicating that improvements (a cabin built and land cleared) have been made.

June 29, 1836 - Leading citizens of Clay County, Missouri formally petition the Mormons to move from the county in order to avoid forcing "a people into civil war, who held out to them the friendly hand of assistance in that hour of dark distress [in 1833]."

June 29, 1840 - William W. Phelps, who had been excommunicated, writes to Joseph Smith: "BROTHER JOSEPH:—I am alive, and with the help of God I mean to live still. I am as the prodigal son, though I never doubt or disbelieve the fulness of the Gospel. . . . I have seen the folly of my way, and I tremble at the gulf I have passed. So it is, and why I know not. I prayed and God answered, but what could I do? Says I, 'I will repent and live, and ask my old brethren to forgive me, and though they chasten me to death, yet I will die with them, for their God is my God. The least place with them is enough for me, yea, it is bigger and better than all Babylon.'" Joseph restores Phelps to full fellowship and even makes him a charter member of the Council of Fifty four years later. He is excommunicated again in 1847 for "adultery" (taking three unauthorized plural wives). He is rebaptized in 1848. Phelps serves as a Nauvoo city councilman, assists in drafting the constitution of the "State of Deseret" in 1849, and works in the Utah legislature as Speaker of the House. In 1851. But he was perhaps most noted in Utah for his convincing portrayal of Satan in the endowment ceremony in the Salt Lake Endowment House on Temple Square.

June 29, 1842 - Joseph Smith marries Eliza R. Snow. Brigham Young performs the ceremony. Eliza's journal entry for this day does not mention the marriage directly but says, "This is a day of much interest to my feelings, . . ." In later years her stake president, Angus Cannon, reports that she responds to the conjecture that her marriage with Joseph Smith was not consummated by saying, "I thought you knew Joseph Smith better than that."

June 29, 1844 - Illinois governor Thomas Ford calls for the state militia in eleven counties to "proceed by voluntary enlistment to enrol as many men as can be armed in their respective regiments. They will make arrangements for a campaign of twelve days, and will provide themselves with arms, ammunition, and provisions accordingly, and hold themselves in readiness immediately to march upon the receipt of further orders." Ford is worried that Mormons will attack Carthage in retaliation for Joseph Smith's assassination.
In Nauvoo thousands pass by the bodies of Joseph and Hyrum. W. W. Phelps gives the eulogy and later pens "Praise to the man." The Nauvoo Legion "was paraded and stationed in different parts of the City apprehending an attack by the enemy."

June 29, 1850 - The DESERET NEWS publishes a sermon by Brigham Young: "Ten years ago, it was called heresy for Joseph Smith to be a money digger, and receive revelations; it actually became treason; and the people killed him for it: and now I see hundreds of reverend gentlemen going to dig money. I despise a man who wont dig for gold, he is a lazy man, and intends to spunge on others. Do not think that I blame you; all I have to say is, that you have to follow in the wake of 'Old Joe Smith,' and paddle away to dig gold"

June 29, 1856 - First Counselor Heber C. Kimball preaches: "I never said that I ever saw an angel from God, though I have dreamed about them;" In the same sermon he states: "My feelings are for you to learn to follow our leader, our Prophet, our President [Brigham Young]. He will be our President in eternity, and Joseph is his President and will counsel him, and you need not trouble yourselves, but do as you are told and you will obtain salvation and go into the celestial glory."

June 29, 1859 - DESERET NEWS reports that fifteen child-survivors of Mountain Meadows Massacre leave for Fort Smith, with their escort of soldiers.

June 29, 1873 - First Counselor George Q. Cannon preaches: "The temptations that we are exposed to are the result, in a great degree, of the false organization of society. I believe there are thousands of men in the Christian world, who are adulterers to-day, who would not be adulterers if they knew more and could practice the system of marriage which God has revealed." Brigham Young follows him and preaches: "Brother George Q. Cannon says the sisters have borne a great deal. So they have, but if they could only stand in the shoes of their husbands who are good, true and faithful, they would know that they are by no means free from perplexities. Just fancy a man with two, three, or half a dozen of his beloved wives catching him on one side, and before he can take three steps more, catching him on the other, and "I want this," "I want that," and "this is not right," and "that is not right," and so on; their minds just pulled to pieces. I say if the hair is spared on their heads they may consider that they have got blessed good wives. I have as many wives as many other men, and I keep my hair yet."

June 29, 1965 - Four Mormon members of Congress and one Mormon U.S. Senator reply to First Presidency's letter of the previous week: "We know that each of you will agree that in this instance we act in conformity with the highest principles of our church in declining to be swayed by the view expressed in the communication of June 22nd under the signatures of the First Presidency. We hasten to assure you that we stand ready at any time to receive your views, that they will be considered and evaluated as the good faith expression of men of high purpose, but we cannot accept them as binding upon us." One congressman who had already decided to vote the way the First Presidency supported adds as an addendum to the letter, "Along with many L.D.S. members I have been sharply critical of Catholic and other religious leaders on occasions when they have advised legislators of their faiths on pending secular legislations. Many of these legislators have complained privately that such actions have a tendency to place in doubt the basis of their official votes. I fear that publication of your June 22nd communication may cause such doubts among my non-Mormon constituents who disagree with my position." The First Presidency had asked them to retain anti-union "right to work" provision of Taft-Hartley Act

June 29, 1982 - Dallas Merrell of Silver Springs, Maryland, withdraws his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. On July 6, filing deadline for the primary he steps back into the arena. Ten days later, he bows out for the final time. Merrell, a 46-year-old business consultant who graduated from BYU in 1960 as a classmate of Orrin Hatch and Rex Lee, hires several top-flight professionals such as Robert Wirthlin, pollster and strategist in the Reagan campaign, and Richard Richards, a fellow Mormon and chair of the Republican National Committee, to assist the campaign. The Washington Post calls it a "textbook, case in political promotion." Promotion, however, costs money. Unable to raise the funds necessary for the kind of media blitz he projected to make his name a household word, Merrell bows out, his campaign more than $67,000 in debt.

June 29, 1985 - Second Counselor Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates temple at Freiberg (then Democratic Republic of Germany). This is only Mormon temple allowed by any Communist regime. It is also smallest LDS temple ever dedicated, with 7,840 square feet of floor space. Before this ceremony, Mormons in Communist East Germany have prepared 35,000 names for vicarious temple work. Since 1960's, apostles have reported that 80-90 percent of East German Mormons attend LDS church services, highest attendance records outside student congregations of Brigham Young University and Ricks College.

June 29, 1993 - Mexico's government grants legal recognition to LDS church and authorizes it to own property for first time in more than one hundred years of settlement.

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