March 24th

Mar 24, 1830 - Records of Presbyterian Church of Palmyra note: "Hiram Smith, Lucy Smith, and Samuel Harrison Smith not appearing pursuant to the citation served upon them by P[elatiah] West--Resolved that they be again cited to appear before his session on Monday the 29th inst. At this place at 2 o'clock P.M.-- and that P[elatiah] West serve said citation." When they do not appear on the 29th they are "suspended from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper."

Mar 24, 1832 - Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon are tarred and feathered. Rigdon is dragged behind a horse over frozen ground by his heels. His head bumps along the ground and he "loses his mind" for a few days. He asks his wife for a razor to kill Joseph Smith and when she refuses he asks Joseph Smith for a razor to kill his wife. During the attack the mob attempts to force Joseph Smith to drink something and chips his tooth and injures his palate, causing a whistle in his speech which lasts the rest of his life. According to one account, Smith is attacked for seducing Nancy Marinda Johnson, in whose father's house he was residing. Other reports say that "Dr. Dennison" is asked by the mob to castrate Smith but refuses. One mob leader says it was because documents were found indicating that Smith was trying to steal their property. The day after the attack, Smith preaches to a congregation which included several of his attackers.

Mar 24 - 1844 - Joseph Smith speaks from the pulpit in the Nauvoo Temple. He accuses five men, including former First Counselor to the Presidency William Law of engaging in "a conspiracy . . . for the purpose of taking the life of President Joseph Smith, his family and all the Smith family & heads of the Church."

Mar 24. 1845 - A disaffected Mormon writes that Theodore Turley, of the Council of Fifty, has prepared a press in Nauvoo for counterfeiting, and that Turley gave the man a counterfeit $5.00 bill.

Mar 24, 1858 - With Salt Lake City packing up in preparation to abandon the city the First Presidency and Twelve meet in Council and consider the case of Apostle Orson Pratt. Pratt has been differing with Brigham Young on doctrinal points. "At the close Orson Pratt Confessed his faults and said that he would never teach those principles again or speak them to any person on the Earth." Pratt, however, does not acknowledge that his views are incorrect. Ironically the Church eventually embraces Pratt's doctrinal beliefs rather than Young's

Mar 24, 1877 - First Presidency secretary asks Brigham Young a doctrinal question: "At Prest. Young's in the evening I propounded the following question to him. Is it proper to seal a woman that has died out of the Gospel and who was never married, to a man who died out of the Gospel, they being unknown to or not having any claim on each other in this life. Answer--Yes"

Mar 24, 1882 - U.S. President Chester A. Arthur signs the Edmunds Bill into law. It amends the Morrill anti-bigamy act of 1962 and cancels the citizenship rights of polygamists.

Mar 24, 1884 - Apostle John Henry Smith dreams "that President Young and my Father were still alive but that they had been away from the people and returned not satisfied with the way President Taylor was doing. I saw Pres[iden]t. Taylor moving from the yard into his own home, and he seemed to be much troubled in his mind. J. W. Young and my brother Charles seemed to be mixed up in the affair. My conversation with my Father was as real as in life. I enjoyed it very much. President Taylor came to where Father and I stood and they both disappeared."

Mar 24, 1887 - Part of First Presidency and Twelve meet for "eleven hours and tried every way to cut and contrive a way to keep our property. It was decided to fight the law by proving that there was no Church Incorporation and for fear of a decision against us, it was decided to loose all of the property."

Mar 24, 1891 - Utah's chief justice Zane writes: "Polygamy has demoralized the people of Utah. I presume there are more sexual crimes here in proportion to the population than anywhere else."

Mar 24, 1896 - After walking the streets all night and wrestling with the dilemma of sacrificing principle or being stripped of his Church blessings, B. H. Roberts, just hours before the deadline, decides to sign and is accepted back into fellowship.

Mar 24, 1960 - First Presidency writes General Priesthood Committee about "very urgent need of a correlation of studies among the auxiliaries of the Church," which Apostle Harold B. Lee had unsuccessfully advocated to Presidency since 1948 and publicly announces on Sept. 30, 1961. However, Lee expands "Correlation Program" beyond instruction manuals, and throughout 1960s and early 1970s, he revolutionizes church administratively by means of Correlation Program.

Mar 24, 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson explains his plan to restructure the budgeting of government agencies without raising taxes: "we will take from the haves and give to the have nots." Two years later in a general conference address Apostle Marion G. Romney uses this quote out of context as evidence that Johnson advocates socialism.

Mar 24, 1970 - First Presidency shortens "the standard term of service for lady missionaries" from 24 months to 18 months.

Mar 24, 1972 - Incorporation of Deseret Trust Company to manage centrally controlled church trusts and endowments (in contrast to church stock and bond portfolios managed by major investment houses in New York City).

Mar 24, 1988 - New head of Church Security is Richard Bretzing, twenty-five-year veteran of FBI.

Mar 24, 1994 - Jane Partridge, president of her high school seminary class, testifies before U.S. congress in support of reducing legal limits for blood-alcohol level of teenage drivers.

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