June 3rd

Jun 3, 1831 - First "annual conference" is held. There are sixty-three elders, teachers and priests present. The Melchizedek priesthood and the office of high priest are conferred on previously ordained elders. Lyman Wight, the first ordained high priest, ordains Joseph Smith to that office. The general membership is not invited to annual conference until the Nauvoo period.

June 3, 1834 - Zion's Camp members discover skeletal remains at an Indian mound in Missouri, and "by visions" Joseph Smith announces that "the person whose skeleton was before us was a white Lamanite, a large, thick-set man, and a man of God. His name was Zelph. He was a warrior and chieftain under the great prophet Onandagus, who was known from the Hill Cumorah, or eastern sea to the rocky Mountains." Smith's childhood home and the Hill Cumorah were at the western side of the Finger Lakes region, while Onondaga County and the Onondaga tribe were on the eastern side.

June 3, 1849 - Brigham Young calls several men to the Pacific islands, he tells them that "when the First Presidency ordered a thing, they need not ask any questions but just do as they were told."

June 3, 1855 - Brigham Young preaches, "In my fullest belief, it was the design of the Lord that Adam should partake of the forbidden fruit, and I believe that Adam knew all about it before he came to this earth."

June 3, 1862 - The Morrill bill "to punish and prevent the practice of polygamy in the Territories of the United States, and for other purposes, and to disapprove certain acts of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah" passes the U.S. Senate by a vote of thirty-seven to two. It is signed into law the next month by President Lincoln.

June 3, 1866 - Brigham Young preaches, "We who are called Latter-day Saints are Gentiles by birth--we are nationally so."

Jun 3, 1871 - Salt Lake Tabernacle service: "Pres D.H. Wells spoke 25 minutes following President Young's remarks. Not very good attention. Considerable moving about, passing out, and drowsiness."

June, 3 1873 - Salt Lake Stake Deacons Quorum Minute Book records: "Bro [Samuel D.] Chambers said It was a source of happiness to him to be here, feels to be the least of all the saints of God, but blest to be one of the number. It is joy to him to fill all calls made upon him. Asks an interest in our faith and prayers, that he may receive an exaltation in the kingdom of God." Chambers, a former slave, had been a Mormon for 29 years at this time.

June 3, 1876 - DESERET NEWS publishes grand jury's audit of Salt Lake Corporation's finincial records which show extensive transactions involving liquor. Municipal funds purchase liquor for Pioneer Day on July 24 and also for party of Mormon Battalion veterans. The city rents Brigham Young's distillery for $2,000 annually from 1861 to 1867, after which city government purchases its liquor directly from Howard Distillery which is owned jointly by Brigham Young and his first counselor Daniel H. Well. Young is also member of Salt Lake City Council (1872-1877), and Wells is mayor from 1866 to 1876. Report observes "After completion of the railroad, the city continued to buy liquor from Brigham Young at $4.00 per gallon, although they could have gotten better 'States' liquor at $1.25 per gallon."

June 3, 1885 - In a meeting of apostles "Bros. [Brigham] Young [Jr.] and [Moses] Thatcher reported their trip to Mexico. They had been well treated by all they had met. The Secretaries of state and the interior were very kind and desired our people to move into their country."

June 3, 1890 - First Presidency sets apart John Hafen, Lorus Pratt, and John B. Fairbanks as "art missionaries" to study in France in order to paint murals in interior of Salt Lake temple. They reach Paris on July 24. They are joined by Edwin Evans and Herman H. Haag. Enrolled in Julian Acadamy, the art missionaries return to Salt Lake City in 1892 and complete the temple murals. They are not first formally trained Mormon artists, because C. C. A. Christensen (b. 1831) and Danquart A. Weggeland (b. 1827) borh trained at Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen.
Contemporary with these art missionaries are three Julian Academy sculptors of Mormon background. Brigham Young's grandson Mahonri M. Young wins silver medal at Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, creates statue of Brigham Young in U. S. Capitol, and sculpts Salt Lake Temple Square monuments to Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, and Miracle of the Seagulls. Cyrus E. Dallin wins gold medal at Panama Exposition and sculpts Angel Moroni statue atop Salt Lake temple and also creates pioneer monument. Least identified with his Mormon parentage of the three, Gutzon Borglum designs and sculpts Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

June 3, 1892 - First Presidency "Memoranda" states, "In January 1877, shortly after the lower portion of the St. George Temple was dedicated, President Brigham Young, in following up in the Endowments written, became convinced that it was necessary to have the formula of the Endowments written, and he gave directions to have the same put in writing. Shortly afterwards he explained what the Lecture at the Veil should portray, and for this purpose appointed a day when he would personally deliver the Lecture at the Veil. Elders J. D. T. McAllister and L. John Nuttall prepared writing material, and as the President spoke they took down his words. Elder Nuttall put the same into form and the writing was submitted to President Young on the same evening at his office in residence at St. George. He there made such changes as he deemed proper, and when he finally passed upon it said: This is the Lecture at the Veil to be observed in the Temple.
A copy of the Lecture is kept at the St. George Temple, in which President Young refers to Adam in his creation &c." This "Lecture at the Veil contains an exposition of Brigham Young's Adam-God doctrine.

June 3, 1893 - Apostle and Logan Temple president Marriner W. Merrill "Attended lecture in the Temple at 2 p. m. Wm. J. Kerr gave the lecture on mathematics."

June 3, 1896 - Idaho Mormons are still being rebaptized and restored to priesthood blessings eight years after First Presidency allowed them to be excommunicated in order to vote.

June 3, 1911 - the first annual YMMIA inter-stake track meet is held at Wandamere park south of Salt Lake City. This is part of a trend of athletic and recreational programs replacing the cultural and educational emphasis on the ward and stake level.

June 3, 1919 - "Bro Theodore Tobiason testified that in a Fast Meeting in the Temple a few weeks ago the Lord manifested to him that Prest Heber J. Grant was the one whom he had chosen as His prophet for while he Prest Grant was speaking he appeared to disolve from view and Prest Jos. F. Smith stood in his place showing that the mantle of the prophet had fallen upon Heber."

June 3, 1922 - Apostle and Salt Lake Temple president George F. Richards writes in his journal: "This day I went before the [First] Presidency and presented to them an important change in the endowment ceremony by which the robes should be placed on the left shoulder first and then changed to the right shoulder once only before entering the Terrestrial room; also that Aaronic and Melchizedek be used instead of lower order of the Melchizedek and higher order of the Aaronic."

June 3, 1933 - CHURCH SECTION reports that, "after years of effort," Mormons have equal rights with other religions in applying to be military chaplains. This is decision of recently appointed Secretary of War George H. Dern, non-Mormon and former governor of Utah.

June 3, 1969 - NEW YORK TIMES report that LDS church has preferred charges against LaMar E. Kay for embezzling $604,199.65 while employee of church's Auditing Department. This legal and publicized action is departure from previous church policy not to disclose embezzlements. Kay receives twenty-year sentence.

June 3, 1994 - Archibald F. Bennett, former secretary of Genealogical Society and first director of its microfilming, is inducted posthumouwly into National Genealogical Hall of Fame.

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