September 23rd

Sept 23, 1845 - A non-Mormon at Warsaw, Illinois, writes that "a young man by the name of McBracking" died after Mormons found him trying to burn their homes at Morley's settlement: "after shoting him in two or three places they cut his throat from ear to ear, stabbed him through the heart, cut off one ear & horribly mutilated [castrated] other parts of his body." Friends discover his corpse.

Sept 23, 1855 - Apostle George A. Smith preaches that Mohammed "was no doubt raised up by God on purpose to scourge the world for their idolatry." He states that Mohammed had, "cautioned his people not to drink wine, or in other words, he had given them a 'word of wisdom.'" He gives a history of Islam and states "I relate this to show you what religious zeal will accomplish."
Parley P. Pratt follows Smith and preaches: "Now, if we take Mohammedanism [Islam] during those dark ages, and the corruptions that are so universally prevalent over the earth, and the idolatrous systems of religion, falsely called Christianity, and weigh them in a balance; with all my education in favor of Christian nations and Christian powers, and Christian institutions, so called, with all my prejudices of early youth, and habits of thought and reading, my rational faculties would compel me to admit that the Mahometan history and Mahometan doctrine was a standard raised against the most corrupt and abominable idolatry that over perverted our earth, found in the creeds and worship of Christians, falsely so named."

Sept 23, 1860 - Brigham Young tells the Apostles that he loves them more than he loves any woman.

Sept 23, 1889 - First Presidency Secretary L. John Nuttall records in his journal: "Prest. Joseph F. Smith had some very plain talk with Bro. Angus M. Cannon in regard to his persistent claim to the land known as the Barn Lot, west of the Lion House, which Bro. Cannon claims he purchased, bonafide. While Pres. Smith claims (it) was only in trust for its safety to the church. Pres. M. Thatcher and Bp. Wm. B. Preston held the same views as Bro. Smith and repudiated Bro. Cannon's claim. No decision was arrived at."

Sept 23, 1894 - Apostle Francis M Lyman writes in his diary of a visit to Beaver, Utah: "I then spoke of Statehood, politics and plural marriages. I announced to the Saints that plural marriage is true and though by law we are prevented from practicing it we may believe in the doctrine. If a man cast off his family here he will have none hereafter."

Sept 23, 1945 - George Albert Smith dedicates temple at Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Sept 23, 1966 - First Presidency letter, "effective immediately," ending "missionary farewells" in LDS meetings. Letter asks local officers "that you counsel families against holding receptions for departing missionaries." Without single reference to war, this letter responds to disparity of holding joyous farewells for young missionaries, while also conducting funerals for young men who are drafted to serve in Vietnam without opportunity to serve mission. LDS missionaries at this time are granted draft deferments for full-time religious ministers.

Sept 23, 1978 - Mary Sturlaugson is first African-American lady missionary.

Sept 23, 1995 - At general meeting of LDS Relief Society the First Presidency and Twelve issue "Proclamation on the Family" including the statement: "We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be imployed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife." It concludes: "We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society." Aside from this statement's usefulness in LDS campaign against legalization of same-sex marriages, hierarchy's repeated emphasis on importance of its being "proclamation" suggests that this announcement will one day be presented for sustaining vote of general conference and added as numbered document in Doctrine and Covenants.

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