October 7th

Oct 7, 1835 - Joseph Smith uses his white seer stone to give blessings to Newel K. and Elizabeth A. Whitney. The Whitneys have a seer stone of their own shortly afterwards.

Oct 7, 1944 - A conference drops William Marks as stake president. For the first time the apostles ordain a stake partiarch, Asa(h)el Smith.

Oct 7, 1848 - Brigham Young instructs his special counselor, Presiding Patriarch John Smith, to select men to go to California on "Gold Mission" for church. Among "Forty-Niners" who travel to California are about fifty gold-digging Mormon missionaries.

Oct 7, 1861 - Brigham Young changes seniority of apostles Wilford Woodruff and John Taylor and ranks Woodruff after Taylor, first time in 22 years. Says their ranking should be according to ordination date rather than previous ranking according to age.

Oct 7, 1863 - Brigham Young tells conference that Joseph Smith III will never become LDS president but that martyred prophet prophesied this role for David H. Smith.

Oct 7, 1866 - Brigham Young tells general conference it is right of Joseph Smith's last son, David H. Smith, to be president of LDS church.

Oct 7, 1866 - Brigham Young tells general conference: "Not six months before the death of Joseph, he called his wife Emma into a secret council, and there he told her the truth, and called upon her to deny it if she could. He told her that the judgments of God would come upon her forthwith if she did not repent. He told her of the time she undertook to poison him, and he told her that she was a child of hell, and literally the most wicked woman on this earth, that there was not one more wicked then she. He told her where she got the poison, and how she put it in a cup of coffee; said he, 'You got that poison so and so, and I drank it, but you could not kill me.' When it entered his stomach he went to the door and threw it off. He spoke to her in that council in a very severe manner, and she never said one word in reply. I have witnesses of this scene all around, who can testify that I am now telling the truth. Twice she undertook to kill him."

Oct 7, 1870 - AT priesthood meeting in Salt Lake Tabernacle, Brigham Young announces revelation about Mormons investing in bonds of Utah Central Railroad Co. Text is available but never canonized or officially published.

Oct 7, 1872 - Apostle John Taylor tells general conference: "and if we have Presidents or Apostles or anybody that we do not like, let us vote them out, and be free men."

Oct 7, 1977 - John Taylor tells general conference that Trustee-in-Trust's office will begin giving "reasonable recompense for their services" to Twele and to their two counselors.

Oct 7, 1879 - U.S. government grants first patent to Mormon, John M. Browning for rifle. Two years after that invention is marketed as Winchester Single shot rifle of 1885, Browning becomes full-time missionary. Among later inventions of this "father of modern firearms," are Winchester Repeating Rifle of 1886, Winchester Leer Action Shotgun Model of 1887, Winchester Pump-action Shotgun of 1890, Winchester .22-caliber Single Shot Rifle of 1900, Cold .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol (standard U.S. military sidearm since 1911), .30-caliber machine gun used in World War I. his Browning automatic rifle (BAR) is later used in World War II.

Oct 7, 1889 - At priesthood leadership meeting, President Wilford Woodruff prophesies, "In the name of Israel's God there shall be no peace in the nation. There is no need to look for prosperity and peace because it will not come."

Oct 7, 1890 - Wilford Woodruff's office journal records: "President Woodruff drew the attention of the brethren to the fact that the Manifesto did not affect our present family relations, but it simply stated that all plural marriages had ceased." However later, under oath in a court of law, Woodruff states that the Manifesto did mean that all polygamous relations must cease.

Oct 7, 1894 - Wilford Woodruff instructs conference priesthood meeting that all presiding officers should live Word of Wisdom, and he threatens to drop Presiding Patriarch John Smith for office if he continues using tobacco and alcohol.

Oct 7, 1896 - At priesthood leadership conference, Wilford Woodruff asks "all those that had money to spare to loan it to the Trustee in Trust to assist the Church."

Oct 7, 1898 - At general conference Apostle John W. Taylor reports that in one rural area, 80 percent of LDS marriages involve premarital sex.

Oct 7, 1925 - Spencer Adams plays in baseball's World Series for Washington Senators (again in 1926, New York Yankees). First Mormon on major league team of any sport (1923, Pittsburgh Pirates), Adams is only LDS player to participate in consecutive World Series.

Oct 7, 1972 - CHURCH NEWS announcement of twelve "fellowship lessons" for new converts.

Oct 7, 1984 - Ronald E Poelman gives general conference talk stressing need of central headquarters to adapt its programs to cultural diversity of international church, rather than require diverse peoples to conform to Utah Mormon culture. He is required to return to empty Salt Lake Tabernacle to re-deliver censored version of his general conference talk for videotaping which includes pre-recorded track of audience coughs but deletes his endorsement of chltural diversity and decentralization. He is not allowed to speak in general conference again for more than four years.

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