June 5th

June 5, 1837 - At Joseph Smith's trial for conspiracy to commit murder of Grandison Newell, Apostles Orson Hyde and Luke S. Johnson acknowledge that "Smith seemed much excited and declared that Newell should be put out of the way, or where the crows could not find him; he said destroying Newell would be justifiable in the sight of God, that it was the will of God, &c." Hyde and Johnson insist that Smith is "tender-hearted" and the court acquits him because the prophet's statements do not constitute consipiracy.

June 5, 1841 - Joseph Smith is arrested as a fugitive from Missouri Justice but not extradited. Judge Stephen A. Douglas dismisses the case on procedural grounds.

June 5, 1842 - Joseph Smith's "thus saith the Lord" revelation on repentance is given to a Nauvoo congregation. The text is available but has not been officially acknowledged.

June 5, 1853 - Brigham Young preaches: "Let us hold before our mind the miser. If the people of this community feel as though they wanted the whole world to themselves, hate any other person to possess anything, and would hoard up their property, and place it in a situation where it would not benefit either themselves or the community, they are just as guilty as the man who steals my property. You may inquire--'What should be done with such a character?' Why, CUT HIM OFF FROM THE CHURCH. I would disfellowship a man who had received liberally from the Lord, and refused to put it out to usury. We know this is right."

June 5, 1885 - DESERET NEWS editorial says that any seeking to use D&C 124:49 as precedent for discontinuing polygamy were moral weaklings and needed "a ramrod fastened parallel with their spinal column." Five years later First Counselor George Q. Cannon quotes D&C 124:49 in conference when presenting the manifesto (discontinuing polygamy) to the congregation.

June 5, 1892 - At general conference Apostle Francis M. Lyman preaches: "It is not necessary to offer very long and tedious prayers, either at opening or closing; and it is not only not pleasing to the Lord for us to use excess of words, but it is not pleasing to the Latter-day Saints. . . . I have said many times that two minutes will open any kind of a meeting, and a half minute will close it; and then no one need become wearied."

June 5, 1902 - Apostle Brigham Young Jr. writes in his journal: "Pres. Smith denied that any plural marriages were taking place to his knowledge in the Church either in the U.S. or any other country. It is thoroughly understood and has been for years that no one is authorized to perform any such marriages." This is said at a meeting of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve half of whom had married new plural wives or had performed such marriages for others.

June 5, 1960 - First counselor J. Reuben Clark writes, "Sec'y [Ezra Taft] Benson's policies have about extinguished the small farmer and small cattleman." Benson has been Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower administration.

June 5, 1976 - First Presidency statement against legal abortions.

June 5, 1994 - Quorum of Twelve sustains Howard W. Hunter as church president with Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson as counselors, and ordains President Hunter. He is first LDS church president since founder Joseph Smith who has not served full-time mission before becoming general authority, and first with professional degree (from Southwest University Law School in Los Angeles). Hunter is also first LDS president in twentieth century whose wife is previously divorced.

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