March 27th

Mar 27, 1832 - Joseph Smith (while living at the Johnson's in Hirum, OH) and Sidney Rigdon are tarred and feathered by Mormons Simons Rider, Warren Waste, Eli Johnson, Edward Johnson, and John Johnson upon rumors of Smith's intimacy with Eli Johnson's sister Nancy Marinda Johnson, age16. The mob also brings Joseph Smith to Dr. Dennison for castration but the Dennison refuses to perform the operation. Next day, Sidney Rigdon is crazed and wants to kill Joseph Smith with his razor.

Mar 27, 1836 - The first temple (Kirtland, Ohio) is dedicated, during which several people see visions of angels and Jesus, as well as "tongues of fire." Second Counselor Frederic G. Williams "arose and testified that while Pres[i]d[en]t [Sidney] Rigdon was making his first prayer an angel entered the window and took his [position] seated between Father Smith and himself. . . .President David Whitmer also saw angels in the House." The congregation sings William W. Phelps's "The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning," the most popular Mormon hymn composed during Joseph Smith's lifetime. In the minutes of this meeting, Joseph Smith presents the Twelve as "Prophets and Seers" and the First Council of Seventy as "Apostles and special witnesses to the nations." The dedicatory prayer fills eight journal pages. $960 in donations are received from the congregation to defray the expenses of building the temple.

Mar 27, 1840 - Wilford Woodruff records that after a day of preaching and baptizing "two females had a fit in the evening. I lade hands upon them & they soon recovered."

Mar 27, 1841 - The High Council in Hanley, England considers "the case of a Brother Mumford who was ingaged in the Magic or Blackart fortune telling &c which prevails to a great extent in this Country. But as he persisted in his course after being laboured with the Council withdrew fellowship form him. He was holding the office of a Priest . . ."

Mar 27, 1842 - Joseph Smith speaking of baptism for the dead says, after quoting from the Bible, "If there is one word of the Lord that supports the doctrin[e] it is enough to make it a true doctrin[e]. Afterwards he goes to the bank of the Mississippi River "& Baptized all that Came unto him . . ." These are rebaptisms--baptisms for remission of sins of people who have already been baptized into the church and include apostles John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff.

Mar 27, 1843 - Joseph Smith dictates a letter to Sidney Rigdon "showing that [Joseph] believed said Rigdon was concerned [connected] with J[ohn] C. Bennet[t], Geo[rge] W. Robinson, and Jared Carter." Joseph states in the letter:."I now notify you. That unless something should take place to restore my mind to its former confidence in you, by some acknowledgments on your part or some explanations, that shall do away my Jealousies, I must as a conscientious man, publish my withdrawal of my fellowship from you, to the church through the medium of the times & Seasons, and demand of the conference a hearing concerning your case;" Willard Richards delivered the letter the same day Rigdon penned a conciliatory reply in which he denied all charges. At the next October conference Joseph Smith proposed that Rigdon should be dismissed but the proposition was defeated.

Mar 27, 1846 - At the "Camp of Israel" Brigham Young tells "Captain [Hosea] Stout that his guard was of little use to the Camp, and that some of them would sit by the fire and sleep and let the cattle eat pickles out of the bus, and crackers out of the sacks."

Mar 27, 1849 - Apostles Orson Hyde, George A. Smith, and Ezra T. Benson write Brigham Young that Council of Fifty member Peter Haws complains that "Twelve men had swallowed up thirty eight." Council members George Miller, Lyman Wight, and Lucien Woodworth also claim that Quorum of Twelve usurped Fifty's theocratic prerogatives after 1844. Today Smith retorts that Council of Fifty is "nothing but a debating School."

Mar 27, 1853 - Brigham Young preaches: "I say, rather than that apostates should flourish here, I will unsheath my bowie knife, and conquer or die. [Great commotion in the congregation, and a simultaneous burst of feeling, assenting to the declaration.] Now, you nasty apostates, clear out, or judgment will be put to the line, and righteousness to the plummet. [Voices, generally, 'go it, go it.'] If you say it is right, raise your hands. [All hands up.] Let us call upon the Lord to assist us in this, and every good work."

Mar 27, 1870 - Emma Smith Bidamon, widow of Joseph Smith, answers a letter asking about how the Book of Mormon was translated: "Now the first that my husband translated, [the book] was translated by the use of the Urim, and Thummim, and that was the part that Martin Harris lost, after that he used a small stone, not exactly, black, but was rather a dark color,"

Mar 27, 1886 - Polygamist husband confides in his personal diary: "How delicate is the position of a man in plural marriage who loves his wives and who in turn is loved by them. Every move he makes, in his relation or intercourse with them, is an arrow that pierces deep into the heart of one or other of them. . . . A thousand thoughts and plans may come into his mind, but there is only one true solution. He must please God. In doing this, it may be hoped that by and by, he may also somehow please them."

Mar 27, 1888 - Wilford Woodruff records in his journal: "I went to the Theater in the Evening & saw Uncle Toms Cabbin. Did not like it."

Mar 27, 1905 - Apostle John Henry Smith, traveling in Mexico, writes, "I have seen no evidences of immorality or drunkenness although everybody drinks alcohol. Many both men and women, boys and girls are Smokers."

Mar 27, 1918 - DESERET NEWS editorial urges federal government to give non-combat assignments for conscientious objectors.

Mar 27, 1950 - First Presidency letter to stake presidents: "Since our meetinghouses are tax exempt, it is most important that we should not do anything that would put them into a position where they might be assessed and we be compelled to pay taxes thereon because we were carrying on a merchandising business therein."

Mar 27, 1960 - First stake in Great Britain (Manchester, England). Seventy's president Marion D. Hanks gives keynote address at opening session of White House Conference on Children and Youth.

Mar 27, 1967 - Germany's magazine DER SPIEGEL reviews the film "Mahlzeiten" calling "a cool, sensible film--the best thus far of the Young German production" The story includes the conversion of the principle characters by Mormon missionaries (played by actual missionaries speaking actual missionary German and using an actual door approach etc. The couple is baptized and "We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet" is sung at the baptismal service." The Church later regrets allowing the missionaries to be used due to bathroom and bedroom scenes that, though tasteful, are somewhat offensive to Salt Lake City sensibilities.

Mar 27, 1968 - Senator Robert F. Kennedy (democrat anti-Vietnam-war presidential candidate) speaks at a noon rally at the Smith Fieldhouse at BYU to a crowd of 15,000: "Not only did part of my wife's family live in the state of Utah for a long period of time, I traveled down your Green River, spent part of the time in the water, and then I spent part of my honeymoon here and I’ve had ten children since then, so I have learned something from the Mormons. I think that we still have a great deal in common, and with the man this university honors. For I too have a large family, I too have settled in many states. And now I too know how it is to take on Johnson’s army." He later quotes Parley P. Pratt. At the end of his speech he turns to staunch republican BYU president Ernest L. Wilkinson and says, "Now, Doctor, that wasn't so bad was it?"

Mar 27, 1976 - The CHURCH NEWS prints "A Visit With the Prophet." President Spencer W. Kimball states: "Occasionally the question of pregnancy by rape will be asked. Medical evidence indicates that this is an extremely rare situation. But regardless of how the pregnancy was caused, abortion would greatly compound the wrong. An unborn baby must not be punished for the sins of his father. Letting the baby be born and placing him in an adoptive home would surely be a better solution for an unfortunate situation."

Mar 27, 1984 - Official statement that First Presidency "are disturbed and saddened at the presence of anti-Catholic posters being placed in areas within Salt Lake City."
BYU bookstore director Roger Utley explains why records of the British group Culture Club have been removed from bookstore shelves pending an investigation of the sexual behavior of the group's lead singer, Boy George: "It's more an evaluation of the artist than of his music.". Ryan Thomas, Director of Student Programs, adds that Boy George, whose penciled eyebrows, heavy makeup, and ankle-length smocks had become his band's trademark, are a "well-recognized symbol" of transvestism and homosexuality. Almost immediately, some students pen sarcastic responses such as "Is there any real difference between a man who dresses as a woman in order to sell records and a parochial school that masquerades as a university in order to sell a church?"

Mar 27, 1994 - SALT LAKE TRIBUNE article, "The Ups and Downs of Prozac—Utah's Favorite Drug." The reporter quotes a distinguished psychiatrist as saying: "the typical Utahn taking Prozac frequently is a housewife overwhelmed with a lot of children. She's not able to deal with an unresolved problem with a marriage, and wants a solution. She will say to her doctor that she is kind of depressed and they will prescribe it. What she really needs is family counseling or therapy." The psychiatrist later claims he was misquoted.

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