September 24th

Sept 24, 1835 - The Kirtland high council "by revelation" appoints Joseph Smith as "head" of the "war department" of the "Lord's Host," in imitation of the national Secretary of War. The latter phrase would appear three years later in the "Danite" constitution's description of the unnamed Joseph Smith's military role.

Sept 24, 1842 - The QUINCY WHIG editorializes: "If [Joseph Smith] will listen to word from us, we would advise him to locate his new Jerusalem, away to the far West, in the Oregon country and there…govern the Saints in his own way…he would procure peace and quietness [without] molestation in the enjoyment of their peculiar notions in that distant country;—to the Government, the location of [the Mormons] would be an advantage, because it greatly needs settlers in that region; and doubtless, Government would do something right handsome for Joseph, in the grant of a gift of lands, etc., if he would guarantee the emigration of any number of settlers…"

Sept 24, 1856 - Due to report that Stephen A. Douglas has called Utah's Mormons "an ulcer on the body politic," DESERET NEWS publishes Joseph Smith's 1843 prophecy: "Judge [Douglas], you will aspire to the Presidency of the United States," with his warning of failure if he turns against Mormons. Douglas is defeated for presidency in 1860; dies next year.

Sept 24, 1858 - Brigham Young dreams "that 4 men came into his room and tried to get in. He tried to shoot them with his pistol but Could not get it off. He then drew a Bowie knife but found it to be a Carving knife with a saw on one side. At the same time Mr Clarkson reached over his shoulder & drew a large Bowie knife from between his shoulders & att[e]mp[t]ed to kill Presidet Young who said to him you may think that you are going to do sumthing but I will show you. He then threw his saw knife at Clarkson & Just as it was about to enter his body Brigham Young reached out his hand Caught it so that it did not hurt him saying at the same time you now see what I Can do. Clarkson said I see that my life is in your power. At the same time he plunged his knife into his own breast & split it open then handed the handle of the knife all Bloody to B. Young & walked a short distance & fell dead."

Sept 24, 1860 - Last company of handcart pioneers enters Salt Lake City.

Sept 24, 1865 - Wilford Woodruff records: "President Young spoke 40 [minutes]. He spoke his Feelings in great plainness Concerning O[rson]. Pratt & his publications. He said Orson Pratt would go to Hell. Joseph Smith said he would when Orson said [in Nauvoo, Illinois] that he would believe his wife Sarah before he would Joseph Smith. He will go to Hell as Joseph Said. He would Sell this people for gold. What would I give for Such an Apostle? Not much and yet we hold him in Fellowship in the Church."

Sept 24, 1890 - Wilford Woodruff's "Manifesto" advises all church members to obey anti-polygamy laws. It is not added to DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS until 1914. Apostle Marriner Wood Merrill writes in his diary: "President Woodruff had an article read he had prepared for the press of the country declaring to the world that we did not celebrate plural marriages now in the Church and that he counseled the members of the Church not to break the law in relation to plural marriage. The article was approved by all the brethren present, including myself, which seems the only way to retain the possession of our Temples and continue the ordinance work for the living and dead, which was considered more important than continuing the practice of plural marriages for the present."

Sept 24, 1903 - The First Presidency and half the Quorum of Apostles decide that the Church will to buy the Carthage Jail, where Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed, for $4000.

Sept 24, 1929 - Heber J Grant writes: "I am free to confess that I am disappointed with the Yosemite valley. It seems only about one-half as grand as the American Fork canyon" of Utah.

Sept 24, 1938 - CHURCH NEWS article "Are Men of Earth Gods In Embryo?"

Sept 24, 1845 - Brigham Young signs a pledge to lead the Mormons out of Nauvoo in the spring for an anticipated re-settlement in Oregon or on Vancouver Island. On Oct. 1 the anti-Mormon leaders agree to these terms of peace.

Sept 24, 1954 - CBS television's Edward R. Murrow program features Apostle Ezra Taft Benson's family having "LDS Home Night." At this time Benson is also Secretary of Agriculture under President Eisenhower.

Sept 24, 1977 - DES MOINES TRIBUNE article, "Mormon Sub-Culture Practices Polygamy."

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