October 8th

Oct 8, 1843 - The general conference refuses to sustain Joseph Smith's motion to drop Sidney Rigdon from the First Presidency.

Oct 8, 1844 - Brigham Young uses two administrative techniques to circumvent the Nauvoo high council's "equal in authority" rights. First, 400 men are ordained today as seventies, which immediately transfers them from the jurisdiction of the high council to the Twelve's domain. Second, he appoints eighty-five of Nauvoo's high priests to be branch presidents outside Nauvoo, but does not require them to move. For the first time in Mormon history this puts a stake's high priests under the jurisdiction of the Twelve.

Oct 8, 1845 - Lucy Mack Smith is the first woman to speak at general conference. Church authorities do not invite another woman to address conference for 143 years.

Oct 8, 1854 - In what Apostle Wilford Woodruff describes as "the greatest sermon that ever was delivered to the Latter Day Saints since they have been a people," Brigham Young announces from the pulpit: "I believe [sic] in Sisters marrying brothers, and brothers having their sisters for Wives. Why? because we cannot do otherwise. There are none others for me to marry but my sisters . . . .Our spirits are all brothers and sisters, and so are our bodies; and the opposite idea has resulted from the ignorant and foolish traditions of the nations of the earth." Young's secretary George D. Watt has already married his own half sister as a plural wife. Her letter to Young shows that he was initially "unfavorable" toward allowing them to marry, but this sermon reveals theological basis for Young's authorizing Watt's brother-sister marriage and the three children born of their union.

Oct 8, 1855 - Brigham Young's counselors, Hebver C. Kimball and Jedediah M. Grant are each sustained as "Prophet, Seer, and Revelator." Not since 1841 have Presidency counselors been publicly announced in this manner. He has had this public title since April 1851.

Oct 8, 1856 - Second counselor Jedediah M. Grant declares that Polysophical Society is "a stink in his nostrils," Heber C. Kimball agrees. They regard its equality of female participation as "an adulterous spirit." The society does not survive this general conference.

Oct 8, 1859 - Brigham Young from the pulpit tells bishops to give Melchizedek priesthood to eighteen-year-old boys, even if they "have been sowing their wild oats for years."

Oct 8, 1860 - Brigham Young preaches "he was contending against a principle in many of the Bishops to use up all the Tithing they could for their own families."

Oct 8, 1861 - Brigham Young preaches that no woman "will never become an angel to the devil, and sin so far as to place herself beyond the reach of mercy."

Oct 8, 1875 - Brigham Young is sustained again as Trustee-in-Trust, following death of his replacement, George A. Smith. He has no assistants, and office remains with presiding apostle or church president from now on.

Oct 8, 1881 - First Counselor George Q. Cannon tells general conference: "We hear now of men having got married to cover up certain things; of children born wonderfully soon after marriage in some of our settlements, and perhaps in this city no less than in our [rural] settlements."

Oct 8, 1882 - Theodore B. Lewis is first Civil War soldier and former prisoner to be sustained as general authority, and he is also only Confederate Army veteran appointed. Despite being publicly sustained as new member of First Council of Seventy, Lewis's appointment is cancelled next day when First Presidency learns he is also a high priest.

Oct 8, 1888 - Nevada Supreme Court declares unconstitutional Nevada's law which denies vote to anyone "who is a member of or belings to the 'Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,' commonly called the 'Mormon Church'. . ."

Oct 8, 1904 - Mormon tells Senator Reed Smoot's secretary that "Apostle [Abraham O.] Woodruff told him that a certain number or worthy people had been commissioned to keep alive the principle of plural marriage." This view is basis of Mormon Fundamentalist movement which does not fully emarge until 1920's. Woodruff, who died in June after visiting his post-Manifesto plural wife and her first baby, is honored as polygamy martyr by these Mormons.

Oct 8, 1910 - First Presidency instructs local priesthood leaders to investigate and excommunicate persons who enter recent plural marriages.

Oct 8, 1916 - Apostle James E. Talmadge announces in Conference that "The [ten lost] tribes shall come: they are not lost unto the Lord; they shall be brought forth as hath been predicted; and I say unto you there are those now living - aye, some here present - who shall live to read the records of the Lost Tribes of Israel..."

Oct 8, 1942 - General conference sustains Joseph F. Smith (b. 1899) as Patriarch to Church, ending ten-year vacancy.

Oct 8, 1960 - N. Eldon Tanner and Theodore M. Burton are sustained as Assistants to Twelve. Tanner is first general authority who had prominent office in non-U.S. government, three terms as Minister of Lands and Mines in cabinet of Canada's premier. Burton is first PhD. appointed as Assistant.

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