May 2nd

May 2, 1834 - The U.S. Secretary of War informs Mormons in Jackson County, Missouri that the U.S. president has no constitutional authority to use federal troops to enforce local laws.

May 2, 1835 - A priesthood council votes that the Quorum of Twelve and the Seventy have the right to call on branches to provide them and their families with financial support. Joseph Smith reminds the Twelve that they have no jurisdiction in organized stakes, and that the stake high council has no authority over branches. Joseph also states, "It will be the duty of the twelve when in council to take their seats together according to their ages. The oldest to be seated at the. head, and preside in the first council, the next oldest in the second, and so on until the youngest has presided."

May 2, 1840 - "The High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Nauvoo Illinois" meets and decides: "In as much as Henry G. Sherwood Charles C. Rich and Dimic B. Huntington have been appointed a committee, by a public meeting of the Church, to contract for the building of houses for some of the wives of the Twelve it was voted that the same committee shall also contract for the fencing and ploughing of the lots on which the houses are to be built and that the labor be paid in town lots according to the proposals instructions of the said committee for the building of the houses in the first place."

May 2, 1844 - Joseph Smith preaches, "I calculate to be one of the instruments in setting up the kingdom of Daniel by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundation that will revolutionize the whole world. . . .It will not be by sword or by gun that this kingdom will roll on. The power of truth is such that all nations will be under the necessity of obeying the Gospel."

May 2, 1881 - Wilford Woodruff records that after a meeting in which the First Presidency attended: "We then drove down to my House and on Examining it Preside[n]t Taylor moved that $500 be appropriated for me to Paint the House Build a Barn and all the three Presidency voted to that effect."

May 2, 1895 - First Presidency and apostles consider request for excommunication by George C. Williams who "feels to condemn the Church for allowing Isaac Haight, who is said to have been one of the leaders in the Mountain Meadows Massacre to remain [actually, be rebaptized] in the Church after his participation in that terrible crime. In that massacre Williams is said to have lost fourteen relatives."
Apostle George Teasdale records: "Today Pres[ident] Geo[rge] Q. Cannon very humbly apologized to bro[ther] George Goddard in bro[ther] Reynolds office for the joke he perpetrated upon him last evening in the 14th ward Assembly hall."

May 2, 1934 - MIA board adopts the official MIA slogan for the year: "By my actions I will prove my allegiance to the Church."

May 2, 1942 - First Presidency requests custody of record of monogamous (1896-1907) and plural (1897-1904) marriages which Anthony W. Ivins performed by Presidency authority in Mexico. Now First Presidency has custody of marriage records of three residents of Juarez Stake who had Presidency authorization to perform post-1980 polygamous marriages in Mexico: Alexander F. Macdonald (1888-90, 1900-1903), George Teasdale (1891-96), and Ivins. However, First Presidency furnishes this information only to descendants of marriages performed by Ivins. Through Canadian Apostle Hugh B. Brown, First Presidency later obtains custody of record of marriages performed in Canada by Charles O. Card and John A, Woolf.

May 2, 1993 - Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs in renovated Cathedral of the Madeleine.

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