October 23rd

Oct 23, 4004 B.C. - The earth is created, according to Anglican Bishop James Ussher (1581-1656) based upon his chronology of the Old Testament. This "recent creation" view is accepted into Mormonism when Joseph Smith states that Jesus was born four thousand years after the fall.

Oct 23, 1838 - Albert P. Rockwood writes, "the Mob disperse by hundreds on the approach of the Danites (Brethren)."

Oct 23, 1853 - Brigham Young preaches, "Many received heavenly visions, revelations, the ministering of holy angels, and the manifestations of the power of God . . . before the ordinances of the house of God were preached to the people."
He also preaches: "Look for instance at Adam. LISTEN, YE LATTER-DAY SAINTS! Supposing that Adam was formed actually out of clay, out of the same kind of material from which bricks are formed; that with this matter God made the pattern of a man, and breathed into it the breath of life, and left it there, in that state of supposed perfection, he would have been an adobie to this day. He would not have known anything. Some of you may doubt the truth of what I now say, and argue that the Lord could teach him. This is a mistake. The Lord could not have taught him in any other way than in the way in which He did teach him. You believe Adam was made of the dust of this earth. This I do not believe, though it is supposed that it is so written in the Bible; but it is not, to my understanding."

Oct 23, 1888 - Wilford Woodruff and apostles approve sending $20,000 to bribe Democratic members of Congress to help Utah Mormon cause.

Oct 23, 1927 - Heber J. Grant dedicates temple in Mesa, Arizona.

Oct 23, 1946 - BYU campus newspaper reports that professor of religion Richard Thomson, announced in a class that "during a vision last night, it was made known to me that 'you bet' is the anglicization of "hubet," the pure Adamic word for "you're welcome." Either the word has survived relatively intact for many millennia, or else it was revealed to the true Saints in the nineteenth century as part of the restoration of all things. Personally, I support the latter view." This announcement leads to the creation of the "Hubet Society of BYU" (HSBYU), which in turn leads to an attempt to create an Adamic 101 course. The entire movement is crushed when Jesse Wright, Provo Central Stake president, speaks at a BYU fireside and calls Professor Thomson, who lived in the stake, "insane," "an apostate and a heretic." Professor Thomson soon disappears from BYU.

Oct 23, 1949 - President of the Brazilian Mission, Rulon S. Howells, meets with the elders. He announced that the only way the Church would grow in a certain city would be to separate the two blacks and whites, with a white branch using the chapel and the blacks meeting in a home of one of the members. They could be brought back together when the white branch was stronger and the idea of integrated meetings was more acceptable.

Oct 23, 1952 - Apostle Henry D. Moyle expresses opposition in meeting of First Presidency and apostles concerning proposal to add lace to temple garments for women. Temple council meeting approves this on Dec. 4.

Oct 23, 1963 - Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith, president of Twelve, writes: "I am glad to report to you that it will be some time before we hear anything from Brother [Ezra Taft] Benson, who is now on his way to Great Britain."

Oct 23, 1975 - Article "The Man With Ten Wives" in ROLLING STONE tells of former mainstream Mormon and now fundamentalist Mormon Alex Joseph and his ten wives. The author, feminist journalist Sara Davidson, admits that her original intent was to "seek out the Josephs and find the flaw in their story." However she ends up realizing that "the marriage works for these people . . . each wife adds a new dimension to the family." Her admiration for certain of the wives battles with her assumption that no emotionally healthy woman could elect to become a polygamous wife.

Oct 23, 1985 - A week after two people are killed by bombs in Salt Lake City, three top Church officials hold an unprecedented open news conference to respond "to questions, speculations, and innuendos" surrounding the bombing tragedy: Gordon B. Hinckley, second counselor in the First Presidency; Dallin H. Oaks of the Council of the Twelve Apostles; and Hugh W. Pinnock of the First Quorum of Seventy. President Hinckley begins by reading a prepared statement, which states that through Mark Hofmann the Church had acquired "by purchase, donation, or trade forty-some documents." A curious contradiction arises when a KBYU reporter asks why the Church is so intent on acquiring historical memorabilia. Elder Oaks reiterated "that the Church was very intent on not getting" the M'Lellin collection, while President Hinckley followed up with the observation, "We are under mandate" from Church revelations "to keep the history of the Church, and we regard that very seriously." SALT LAKE TRIBUNE reporter Dawn Tracy hints the acquisition of the 1825 Joseph Smith letter had its questionable aspects. Why didn't President Hinckley, who purchased the document with personal funds for the Church consult archivist Don Schmidt? she asks. Why wasn't Dean Jessee, the LDS authority on Joseph Smith's handwriting, allowed to examine or authenticate the letter? President Hinckley responds, "I don't know.".

Oct 23, 1991 - Paul H. Dunn sends an "open letter to the members of the Church." It states: "I confess that I have not always been accurate in my public talks and writings. Furthermore, I have indulged in other activities inconsistent with the high and sacred office which I have held. For all of these I feel a deep sense of remorse, and ask forgiveness of any whom I may have offended. My brethren of the General Authorities, over a long period of time, have conducted in-depth investigations of the charges made against me. They have weighed the evidence. They have censured me and placed a heavy penalty upon me. I accept their censure and the imposed penalty, and pledge to conduct my life in such a way as to merit their confidence and full fellowship. In making these acknowledgements, I plead for the understanding of my brethren and sisters throughout the Church and give assurance of my determination so to live as to bring added respect to the cause I deeply love, and honor to the Lord who is my Redeemer. Sincerely, Paul H. Dunn." The letter is the lead news story on all three Salt Lake City TV News programs and was reported in the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE and the DESERET NEWS. Elder Dunn's statement that for a "long period of time" Church leaders "conducted in-depth investigations" of his actions appears to contradict a previous First Presidency statement responding to the Arizona Republic story that it had "no way of fully or finally verifying the accuracy or inaccuracy" of the allegations. Church spokesperson Don LeFevre tells the DESERET NEWS that the nature of Elder Dunn's penalty is "an internal matter, and we don't discuss such matters" publicly.

Oct 23, 1995 - SALT LAKE TRIBUNE reports that during formal meeting with University of Utah's president, nine Utah legislators from Utah County (home of BYU) criticize coursework at state campus. Utah County legislators (including several members of appropriations committee for University of Utah) complain about "topics being taught that are inconsistent with the beliefs of the predominant religion, particularly in the Graduate School of Social Work and the department of philosophy." These legislators (eight republicans out of nine) also have "concerns about the Women's Resource Center."

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