May 26th

May 26, 1819 - PALMYRA REGISTER, in an article titled "American Antiquities," reports on the discovery of mounds and expresses the belief that their builders were exterminated by the Indians: "this country was once inhabited by a race of people, at least, partially civilized, & that this race has been exterminated by the forefathers of the present and late tribes of Indians in this country."

May 26, 1841 - Joseph Smith writes to Thomas Sharp, editor of the WARSAW SIGNAL: "SIR-You will discontinue my paper-its contents are calculated to pollute me, and to patronize the filthy sheet-that tissue of lies-that sink of iniquity-is disgraceful to any moral man. Yours, with utter contempt, JOSEPH SMITH. P.S. Please publish the above in your contemptible paper." Sharp publishes Smith's letter with the introduction: "In our paper of week before last, we took occasion to express an honest opinion in relation to the Mormons, and some of their leaders -an opinion which we believe is concurred in by nine-tenths of the community. No sooner, however, had our paper reached Nauvoo, than it caused the following highly important revelation to be forwarded us, from his holiness, the Prophet." This is Sharps first published sarcasm towards the Mormons but from now on he refers to Smith as "His Holiness."

May 26, 1843 - Hyrum Smith accepts the doctrine of plural marriage, and Joseph Smith begins re-performing the endowment ceremonies for previously endowed men.

May 26, 1844 - Joseph Smith states in a public address, "What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can find only one." Three days previously his former first counselor William Law had filed a suit against Joseph charging him with living with Maria Lawrence "in an open state of adultery." Joseph took Maria Lawrence as a plural wife on October 12, 1843. She was only one of his over two dozen plural wives.
Joseph Smith declares publicly: "I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such work as I did."

May 26, 1847 - On the pioneer trail Orson Pratt determines the height of "Chimney rock" to be 260 feet.
In a bit of levity to lighten the spirit of the journey Orrin Porter Rockwell is humorously charged: "Sir, you are hereby commanded to bring, wherever found, the body of Col. before the Right Reverend Bishop Whipple at his quarters, there to answer to the following charge, viz:--'That of emitting a sound (in a meeting on Sunday last) a posteriorari (from the seat of honor) somewhat resembling the rumble of distant thunder, or the heavy discharge of artillery, thereby endangering the . . . nerves of those present, as well as disturbing their minds from the discourse of the speaker.'"

May 26, 1872 - Brigham Young preaches: "Do you want wealth? If you do, do not be in a hurry. Do you want the riches pertaining to this world? Yes, we acknowledge we do. Then, be calm, contented, composed; keep your pulses correct, do not let them get up to a hundred and twenty, but keep them as nigh as you can, ranging from seventy to seventy-six, . . ."

May 26, 1887 - Apostle John Henry Smith records: "Today Bro. W. Woodruff is 5 feet 6 1/2 inches high, breast measure 42 inches, waist 43, weight 172 lbs. F. M. Lyman 6 feet 2 inches high, breast measure 48 inches, waist 44, weight 245 pounds. I was 6 feet 1/2 inch high, breast 44, waist 40, weight 236 pounds."

May 26, 1901 - President Lorenzo Snow gives Apostle Heber J. Grant permission to take a plural wife. However 1 1/2 months later he tells the Council of Twelve Apostles as a whole not to take more wives so Grant drops the matter.

May 26, 1906 - Thomas Clawson, brother of Apostle Rudger Clawson, writes: "Held our regular Block Teachers Meeting after the servide. Bro John Woodmansee was the home missionary and his talk was upon the Adam God doctrine which was entirely to deep for him as well as for all who listened to him. In fact it was a very dry and unprofitable meeting."

May 26, 1927 - DESERET NEWS welcomes the temporary stopover of a large contingent of motion picture executives from a Hollywood trade convention. After calling their visitors "keen observers and rare judges of beauty," the News urges the filmmakers to "come again, gentlemen." This is in keeping with the Church's efforts to encourage more positive images of Mormons in movies.

May 26, 1972 - Presidency letter that "all existing student wards be converted into student branches" to avoid ordaining men in their twenties to office of high priest. "It also sometimes creates social dislocation where these young men are members of high priests quorums where the age level is much higher than in elders or seventies quorums."

May 26, 1996 - President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates temple in Hong Kong.

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