May 6th

May 6, 1832 - Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Newel K. Whitney leave Independence, Missouri by stage for Kirtland. En route the horses become frightened and a runaway occurs. The agile prophet jumps from the coach; Whitney tries to follow suit but becomes entangled in a wheel, seriously mangling his leg and foot. Rigdon, who remains inside, is unharmed. The party is delayed 4 weeks while they wait for Whitney's broken leg to mend.

May 6, 1842 - An assassination attempt is made on Missouri's ex-governor Liburn W. Boggs, allegedly by former Danite and later member of the Council of Fifty Orrin Porter Rockwell.
The last entry into the Founding Minutes of the Nauvoo [Masonic] Lodge indicate there were 105 members, of whom 73 had joined for the first time at Nauvoo. In addition there were quite a number who had been passed but not yet given the first degree, and 52 additional candidates who had applied and had been accepted for membership in the lodge, pending initiation.

May 6, 1843 - The date of the so-called "White horse prophecy." Joseph Smith is reported to have said: "The last great struggle that Zion will have to contend with will be when the whole of America will be made the Zion of God. Those opposing will be called Gog and Magog. The nations of the world led by Russia and their power will be great but all opposition will be overcome and this land will then be the Zion of our God."

May 6, 1844 - The last initiation in Joseph Smith's Council of Fifty which nominates Sidney Rigdon as the third and final choice for Smith's vice-presidential running mate. They commission Apostle Lyman Wight and Non-Mormon L[ucien] Woodworth to make arrangements for a Texas settlement of Mormons. Council also votes to send Almon W. Babbit an ambassador to France.

May 6, 1847 - Brigham Young records, on the pioneer trek west: "Traveled nineteen miles. The prairie appeared black being covered with immense herds of buffalo."

May 6, 1868 - Wilford Woodruff writes in his journal: "I wrote a letter to my Brother Azmon Woodruff Containing 10 Pages of fools Cap Answering a long letter of his wharein he Says he does not Believe in a litter[al] gathering of the Saints or the Jews in the last days or the building of Zion or Jerrusalem or does not Believe that Man is Conscious of any thing after death. I took up all these subjects & treated upon them at length also Plurality of wives. I kept a copy of this letter."

May 6. 1873 - Minutes of the Salt Lake Stake Deacon's Quorum note: "Bro. Chambers said he received the gospel when he was quite a youth while slavery was, and he saved a little money, and came to the valley. He was glad to meet with the Saints, he desired to live with them while he lives, knows the Church is true and the Saints are the people of God. He knew it from the time the Elders laid their hands on him. He feels to be active in doing what he can do for the building up of the kingdom of God. The race he comes of fall away. He feels it is right, the servants of God should keep the Priesthood pure. He feels glad to have the privilege to pay tithing and donations." Samuel D. Chambers, was a former African-American slave had worked for four years after the end of slavery in Mississippi in order to make the trek to Utah.

May 6, 1876 - General Aaronic Priesthood minutes note that it has "been the custom to ordain boys to the office of deacon and allow them to retain this office till they get their endowments when they [are] ordained Elders."

May 6, 1879 - Daniel H. Wells is released from prison for contempt of court in refusing to answer questions about ceremony and clothing of temple endowment. Church authorities organize parade to greet him, as described by DESERET NEWS: "about ten thousand persons took part in the procession, and fully fifteen thousand and more were spectators."

May 6, 1883 - A young girl of about eight years of age comes to the door of a room in which missionary J. Golden Kimball is bathing. He claims that he told her to leave, but she later reports that he had tried to get her to come into the room.

May 6, 1886 - Abraham H. Cannon, First President of Seventy and future apostle, writes (while in Utah Penitentiary for polygamy) "Last night proved to be a very unpleasant one for several of the brethren, the bed bugs being as ravenous as to prevent their sleeping more than a very little but it seems as though all efforts to overcome the bugs are futile. They get in between the planks of which the sides of the building are formed and there remain until night induces them to commence their depradations. I, for one, have thus far escaped annoyance by them."

May 6, 1892 - After a family party of Brigham Young's Children and their spouses Emily Dow Partridge Smith Young (widow of both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young) records in her diary: "Bro. George Q. Cannon submitted a question to be decided by the company. It was as follows. A man aged 60 had married in poligamy a woman five years older than he was afterwards his first wife had died but according to the laws of the land and the Manifesto issued by the Pr. of our church he could not live with his 2nd wife without marrying her over again. Now the question is would it be best to marry his old wife that could bear him no children or get him a younger wife that could raise a family. Some decided in favor of the old wife, and some for the younger wife."

May 6 1922 - Heber J. Grant speaks first words on Utah's pioneer radio station KZN. His closing statement: "I bear witness to all mankind that Joseph Smith was a prophet of the true and living God." After church buys controlling interest on Apr 21, 1925, station call sign becomes KSL on June 24. Still in operation.

May 6, 1963 - Apostle Harold B. Lee is appointed to board of governors for American Red Cross, first LDS general authority in this position.

May 6, 1968 - BYU's student newspaper The DAILY UNIVERSE reports BYU's student housing contract has been altered to read: "In cases in which the university has reasonable cause to believe that personal properties or materials which are prohibited on campus are located in apartments, [security officers could] enter without a warrant for the purpose of searching the apartment and seizing any such personal properties or materials" President Ernest Wilkinson dismisses student criticism by promising that if anyone could give him "a Supreme Court decision indicating this is unconstitutional," he would "reconsider" his decision.

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