October 27th

Oct 27, 1838 - Upon learning of the Crooked River hostilities, Gov. Liburn W. Boggs gives orders to the Missouri militia: "The Mormons must be treated as enemies and MUST BE EXTERMINATED or driven from the state."

Oct 27, 1841 - Joseph Smith marries a woman polygamously who lives with her legal husband. Brigham Young University would later name one of its residence halls after her. Zina D. Huntington would also marry Brigham Young after Joseph's death, her legal husband, Henry Jacobs, standing a witness. This is the first of a dozen known cases of polyandry in Mormon history. Throughout his life Jacobs bemoans the fact that his wife and children have been taken from him. In death, however, he is buried 30 feet from Zina in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Oct 27, 1869 - Brigham Young preaches at Lehi, Utah that "by marriage Lot's two daughters were sealed to him, and will be his to all eternity." Young adds that it might one day become necessary to seals a man's daughter to him as a wife, "but it is not likely ever again to occur." There are verified instances of LDS leaders performing polygamous marriages between men and their foster-daughters or step-daughters, but not actual daughters.

Oct 27, 1892 - First Counselor George Q. Cannon tells apostles that Utah's newly appointed U.S. marshal has instructions from the Republican administration in Washington, D.C., to "do as he was directed by the heads of the Mormon Church. . . .He had expressed his willingness to do so, and had sent such word to the Presidency.

Oct 27, 1942 - Helmuth Huebner, age seventeen, is first Mormon the Gestapo executes (by beheading). He leads anti-Nazi resistance group involving two other German LDS teenagers who are sent to concentration camps. To protect other Mormons from Nazi reprisals, Hamburg branch president excommunicates Heubner shortly after his arrest. On Jan. 24, 1948 First Presidency orders following notation to appear on Huebner's membership records: "Excommunication done by mistake."

Oct 27, 1961 - First Presidency counselor Hugh B. Brown tells a church member Frederick S. Buchanan that a Mormon "can be a Democrat or a Socialist and still be a good church member." Brown adds that "he had just had a talk with Bro Benson" who was "on the carpet in regard to his political sallies of late." Benson had stated in the October general conference that "No true Latter-day Saint and no true American can be a socialist or a communist or support programs leading in that direction” and "the internal threat to the American way of life is in the secret alliance which exists between the more advanced Social Democrats and the hard-core Communist conspiracy." Buchanan notes in his diary that Benson was leaving Brown’s office as he, Buchanan, was going in. A month later BYU president Ernest Wilkinson writes that Benson was privately criticizing "the socialistic tendencies" of Counselor Brown. And that that the two general authorities were already in "a vigorous dispute" about anti-Communism.

Oct 27, 1962 - in midst of Cuban Missile Crisis, Apostle Ezra Taft Benson publicly endorses John Birch Society as "the most effective non-church organization in our fight against creeping socialism and godless Communism," and his son Reed A. Benson announces that he is Utah coordinator of the society.

Oct 27, 1980 - Spencer W. Kimball dedicates temple at Tokyo, Japan.

Oct 27, 1983 - Second counselor Gordon B. Hinckley dedicates temple near Papete, Tahiti.

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