October 25th

Oct 25, 1831 - Conference is held in the home of nineteen-year-old Stephen Burnett where Burnett is ordained a High Priest by Oliver Cowdery. A few months later Burnett is appointed by revelation (D&C 75:35 and D&C 80:1) to two missions but later leaves the Church and denounces Joseph Smith. In 1838 an official church publication calls Burnett “an ignorant little blockhead.” Burnett stated that the "last pedestal" of support for belief in the church gave way when he "came to hear Martin Harris state in public that he never saw the plates with his natural eyes only in vision or imagination, neither Oliver [Cowdery] nor David [Whitmer] & that the eight witnesses never saw them & hesitated to sign that instrument for that reason, but were persuaded to do it."
The office of deacon is first introduced. Although deacon is referred to in a published revelation of April 6, 1830, the earliest manuscript does not seem to date before 1831.

Oct 25, 1838 - Apostle David W. Patten is killed while leading Danites against the Missouri militia in the "Battle of Crooked River." Apostle Parley P. Pratt kills a militiaman, and wounds another who (while unconscious on the ground) is mutilated by enraged Danites.

Oct 25, 1880 - DESERET NEWS editorial. "A Utah Genius," suggests that some of Utah's "public-spirited men who have means to spare for occasional luxuries" order sculpture work by 17-year-old Cyrus Dallin and pay him in advance so he can continue art studies in Boston.

Oct 25, 1890 - First Presidency publicly establishes Religion Classes. America's first experiment in separate weekday religious training for public school students. This elementary level program merges with LDS Primary program in May 1929. Seminaries for LDS high school students are spin-off which lasts longer than the innovative Religion Classes.

Oct 25, 1893 - U.S. President Grover Cleveland signs congressional resolution for return of church's confiscated monies and personal property. Utah Supreme Court returns these properties to church authorities on Jan. 10, 1894.

Oct 25, 1905 - Public criticism of Joseph F. Smith's remarks that Father Damien of Hawaiian leper colony was immoral before his death. LDS church president is convinced that leprosy is contracted through sexual contact.

Oct 25, 1992 - General authority Malcolm S. Jeppsen prepares talk which he gives to LDS leaders in Utah during next several weeks, listing twenty warning signs of apostasy. In addition to usual cautions about current polygamy, he includes: "those who advocate a mother in heaven and women holding the priesthood," those who hold special prayer meetings in private, "John Birch membership or leanings," and those who store more than LDS headquarter's recommendation of one-year's supply of food.

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