March 22nd

Mar 22, 1831 - Painesville, Ohio TELEGRAPH claims there is "a very striking resemblance between masonry and mormonism. Both systems pretend to have a very ancient origin, and to possess some wonderful secrets which the world cannot have without submitting to the prescribed ceremonies." It also mentions, "Smith and his father belonged to a gang of money-diggers, who had followed that business for many years, Jo pretending he could see the gold and silver by the aid of what they called a 'peep stone.'"

Mar 22, 1836 - Patriarch Joseph Smith Sr. blesses Ethan Barrows: "[thou] shalt receive a crown of celestial glory in the kingdom of the Father and live to see the end of this generation and proclaim the gospel to the end of the wicked until the earth shall reel to and fro and stagger like a drunkard at the coming of the glorious Messiah, for thou shalt live to see him come in the clouds of heaven while thou are yet in the flesh. . . . Thou shalt have power to translate thyself from land to land and from country to country, from one end of heaven to the other, and when thy work is done thou shalt translate from earth to heaven."

Mar 22, 1839 - Joseph Smith writes in a letter: "the first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same."

Mar 22, 1846 - After some men went hunting on Sunday Brigham Young warns the "Camp or Israel" that he "wanted a new leaf turned over, if there was not, a scourge would come upon the Camp; we must give more attention to keeping theSabbath, and quit shooting and trading, . . ."

Mar 22, 1862 - Heber C. Kimball preaches that "we are the Children of God, and in the lions of the Father."

Mar 22, 1882 - President Chester A. Arthur signs the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy act into law. The law disfranchises polygamist men and defines polygamous living as "unlawful cohabitation" punishable by $300 fine, six months' imprisonment, or both. This law supplements 1862 Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act, which is ineffective due to difficulty of proving polygamous ceremony. Unlike Morrill Act and later Edmunds-Tucker Act, constitutionality of 1882 Edmunds Act is not appealed to U.S. Supreme Court.

Mar 22,1884 - James E Talmage begins using hashish at Johns Hopkins University as "my physiological experiment" of its effects. He takes three doses of five grains each every hour "solid extract Cannabis Indica". By April 6 he is using twenty grains, "and the effect was felt in a not very agreeable way." Nevertheless, he intends to "vary the trial in the future." This is last reference in Talmadge's diary to using narcotics. Four months later he becomes member of stake high council.

Mar 22, 1888 - First Presidency and Twelve meet and "spent the whole day in Council the same as the other 2 days hearing Accusation against [Apostle] G[eorge] Q Cannon. The same Accusation over & over again."

Mar 22, 1892 - First Presidency Secretary L. John Nuttall writes: "Pres. Joseph F Smith . . . requested me to accompany Sister Lucy Walker Kimball to the investigation at the Templeton Hotel as a witness, she having been one of the Prophet Joseph Smiths Wives while he lived. . . . I accompanied her to Pres. Woodruffs office. on the way she explained to me the manner in which the Prophet Joseph first made Known to her the principle of Celestial Marriage and their subsequent feelings before she was sealed to him and the Manner she received the testimony of its truth & of her conviction." Lucy Walker Kimball was a witness in the "Temple Lot Case" to decide ownership of the lot designated by revelation to Joseph Smith for a temple.

Mar 22, 1893 - First Presidency and Twelve meet and Apostle "M[oses] Thatcher was felt not to be in harmony with the first presidency. He partly conceded he was wrong but did not go far enough." Thatcher is dropped from the quorum three years later.

Mar 22, 1904 - Carl A. Badger, secretary to apostle and embattled U.S. Senator Reed Smoot writes in his diary: "I am afraid I believe more in the inspiration of the Manifesto than of the selection of the D&C which says we 'must' practice that principle." Badger records Joseph F. Smith's response after his own testimony before the Senate committee: "I am sorry for Reed. I am sorry for Reed." Reed Smoot writes in a letter: "[W]e have not as a people, at all times, lived strictly to our agreements with the Government, and this lack of sincerity on our part goes farther to condemn us in the eyes of the public men of the nation than the mere fact of a few new polygamy cases, or a polygamist before the manifesto living in the state of unlawful cohabitation." Smoot writes in another letter that he wished "President Joseph F. Smith would see his way clear to announce at this coming April Conference that since his visit to Washington he had learned that public sentiment outside of the State of Utah is opposed to a man living in unlawful cohabitation." Smoot hoped "that hereafter" President Smith's "advice would be to the Mormon people to arrange their affairs so as to obey the law, and further, that he himself intends to do so. It is my opinion that if this is not done that there will be considerable trouble ahead for our people." Joseph F. Smith had testified that he was living with his plural wives in violation of the laws of the land and the laws of the church.

Mar 22, 1919 - "The Nigger" is the new production to be given at the Social Hall, proclaims DESERET NEWS with explanation: "The Nigger" is distinctly Southern. It is a romance based on Southern ideals and the race problem.

Mar 22, 1933 - Quorum of Twelve unanimously recommends Eldred G. Smith as New Patriarch to Church. Since 1932, Heber J. Grant has told apostles he wants his son-in-law Willard R. Smith as new patriarch, but he expects them to nominate him. Otherwise "people would say he had set aside Hyrum G. Smith's son in order to give position to his own son-in-law." President Grant refuses to accept Twelve's unanimous recommendation of Hyrum G.'s son in 1933, and stand-off leaves office vacant for another nine years. Excluding patrilineal office of Church Patriarch, twenty-nine sons of general authorities are appointed during first century of Mormon Hierarchy. This accounts for 23.6 percent of total appointments. Only eight sons of former general authorities are appointed as general authorities in sixty-four years since 1932: one in 1938, two in 1941, one in 1942, one in 1945, one in 1969, one in 1975, and one in 1996.

Mar 22, 1947 - Last weekly list of excommunicated Mormons in CHURCH NEWS. Final list gives names in California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Utah.

Mar 22, 1967 - BYU's DAILY UNIVERSE reports a poll conducted at BYU shows that 80% of the students believed the United States "should not pull out of Vietnam".

Mar 22, 1970 - First stake in Africa (Transvaal, South Africa).

Mar 22, 1986 - University of Utah Professors Brigham H. Madsen and Sterling W. McMurrin defend themselves before a capacity crowd in Provo over charges brought against them by F.A.R.M.S. writers and BYU professors John W. Welch and Truman G. Madsen. Brigham H. Madsen and McMurrin had edited B. H. Roberts's manuscript "Studies on the Book of Mormon" for publication by the University of Illinois Press the year previously. In their defense of the faith the F.A.R.M.S. writers had attacked the editorial processes and suggested that the editors had weak or nonexistent testimonies and had slanted the material to fit their own "hidden agendas." Madsen and McMurrin had suggested a joint presentation with John W. Welch and Truman G. Madsen, giving each side equal time but the F.A.R.M.S. writers declined. Brigham Madsen characterizes the FARMS report as "a 100-page attack on the credibility of the editors of the Roberts book" and says that Welch was "apparently attempting to discredit Roberts by discrediting his editor." Professor McMurrin describes the FARMS report as "an attack not only on our competence but also on our honesty and integrity of purpose," He and Brigham Madsen, he says, had been primarily concerned with making Roberts's manuscript available and letting the seventy speak for himself. The question of what he really believed about the Book of Mormon or, for that matter, what the editors really believed about it simply did not seem relevant. By contrast, he says, "Madsen and Welch seem to feel that if such a book were to be published, it should in some way be designed as an argument supporting the authenticity of the Book of Mormon."

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