October 24th

Oct 24, 1837 - An appeals court confirms the conviction and $1,000 fine each of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon for operating an illegal bank.

Oct 24, 1838 - Apostles Thomas B. Marsh and Orson Hyde prepare an affidavit against Joseph Smith for destroying non-Mormon property through Danite operatives.

Oct 24, 1841 - On the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem Apostle Orson Hyde dedicates Palestine for the return of Jewish people.

Oct 24, 1894 - Wilford Woodruff and his two counselors each give approval for Apostle Abraham H Cannon to marry another plural wife. In all, ten general authorities marry post-Manifesto plural wives by permission of church president or his counselors during next ten years.

Oct 24, 1901 - Joseph F. Smith ordains his oldest son Hyrum M. Smith as new member or Twelve. Apostle John Henry Smith writes, "I called attention to the charge that was likely to be made of Nepotism." Before learning of his appointment, Apostle Smith recommends as new apostle "the names of the sons of dead apostles."

Oct 24, 1927 - B. H. Roberts writes to Apostle Richard R. Lyman about his decision to not present further Book of Mormon problems he has uncovered to the Quorum of the Twelve. He does, however, present Lyman with an eighteen-page document titled "A Parallel" which shows numerous parallels between the Book of Mormon and Ethan Smith's "View of the Hebrews" published in Vermont before the Book of Mormon. Copies of "A Parallel" circulates in the Mormon underground during the late 1920s and through the early 1940s. It is finally published in the "Rocky Mountain Mason" in 1956 and later is circulated widely being available on the internet.

Oct 24, 1964 - Australian judge comments that "it seems a particularly extraordinary way of bringing religion to the notice of the housewife," as he imposes criminal fines on two LDS missionaries for impersonating government inspectors in order to enter the home of potential investigators. From mid-1950's to 1980's there are published complaints in various parts of Australia that LDS missionaries force their way through partly opened doors and refuse to leave until householder listens to message about LDS church.

Oct 24, 1968 - Apostle Ezra Taft Benson replies to a letter asking child rearing advice: "I wish my good wife, who has had major responsibility for the training of our children, could talk to you personally. You see, I have been away from home approximately half of our married life, occasioned by my Church service and employment."

Oct 24, 1979 - Spencer W. Kimball dedicates Orson Hyde Memorial Gardens in Jerusalem.

Oct 24, 1986 - Ezra Taft Benson dedicates temple near Denver, Colorado.

Oct 24, 1989 - Tonga's princess 'Elisiva Fusipala Vaha'i is baptized.

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