September 6th

Sept 6, 1847 - William E. McLellin and BOOK OF MORMON witnesses John Whitmer, Jacob Whitmer, and Hiram Page ordain David Whitmer as "Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and Translator" for the church organized by McLellin at Kirtland in February. All living BOOK OF MORMON witnesses except Oliver Cowdery join.

Sept 6, 1857 - Thomas B. Marsh, former president of original Twelve, is received back into the church years after his apostasy. Brigham Young publicly compares himself physically to the ailing Marsh: "He has told you that he is an old man. Do you think that I am an old man? I could prove to this congregation that I am young; for I could find more girls who would choose me for a husband than can any of the young men. . . . . 'Mormonism' keeps men and women young and handsome; and when they are full of the Spirit of God, there are none of them but what will have a glow upon their countenances; and that is what makes yea and me young; for the Spirit of God is with us and within us."

Sept 6, 1879 - Other apostles vote against presiding apostle John Taylor's proposal to organize First Presidency.
DESERET NEWS editorial "What Shall the Mormon Church Do?" quotes recommendation of pro-Mormon OMAHA HERALD: "Let the Mormon people renounce all future polygamous marriages by an open and honest declaration, and there are not a baker's dozen of decent people in America who would ask that any such a brand [of abandonment] as is mentioned by the NEWS should be put upon the women and children." NEWS replies: "If the authorities of the Church were to take any such stand as some friends suppose possible, their enunciation [pronouncement] would in all probability be repudiated by the people." Apostles restate this fear in 1890.

Sept 6, 1902 - Apostle John Henry Smith writes at Nauvoo: "Mr. Chas. E. Bidamon showed us a medal said to have been carved by Joseph Smith with this inscription on it [-] Confirm[o] O Deus Potentissimus." Bidamon is Emma Smith's stepson, and these Latin words are traditional inscriptions for magic talisman of Jupiter.

Sept 6, 1912 - Utah Power and Light Company incorporates in Maine with at least one general authority on its board since then.

Sept 6, 1938 - First Presidency appointes coordinator of church's first anti-polygamy surveillance team which obtains information on Mormon Fundamentalists and turns it over to excommunication courts and to law enforcement agencies. Surveillance coordinator reports to first counselor J. Reuben Clark.

Sept 6, 1846 - President George Albert Smith visits Church Patriarch Joseph Fielding Smith [not to be confused with his apostle cousin of the same name] whose homosexual activities have recently come to light and notes in his diary, "a pitiable case." He is released at October general conference for "ill health."

Sept 6, 1869 - Wilford Woodruff writes: "I went to the Endowment House & was sealed at the Altar in company with Mrs Woodruff for 5 Couple and as I went to the Altar to Commenced sealing others I was taken deadly sick at the stomach /though I sealed 11 Couple/. I went out of Doors & vomited severely. I had to leave the House & go home. I soon was Covered all over from head to Foot with the Hives. The ownly thing I Could do to get releaf was to be rubed over with raw flour."

Sept 6, 1889 - Secretary to the First Presidency L. John Nuttall records: "Bro. Fred W. Taylor called and expressed his desires to go to New York for the purpose of entering some college there to study and graduate in Medicine and Surgery, and wished the counsel and sanction of the Presidency. The brethren consented to his going for the propose desired, and hoped he would be firm to the principles of his religion, and not allow his studies or associations to weaken his faith in the Gospel. I suggested to him if he found there was any possibility of his losing his faith, that he come home right away."

Sept 6, 1894 - Apostle Heber J. Grant writes in his diary: "Among other matters the propriety of sending Bro Anthon W. Ivins to Mexico to preside there was considered and all of those who were present seemed to favor the proposition. I confess that I know of no man in the Church who as well qualified to go there as Bro[ther] Ivins at the same time it would be a hard thing for me to see him go as long as his father and mother are alive." Ivins's assignment in Mexico includes performing many post-manifesto plural marriages.

Sept. 6, 1898 - Apostle John Henry Smith writes in his journal: "I was sent for by President Lorenzo Snow to go to his room in the Temple. He said he wanted me to run for U.S. Senator. He also told me he would not take hold of affairs until after the funeral of Prest. Wilford Woodruff. [who died four days earlier] He said he thought the church owed three millions of dollars. He also said he did not agree with Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon's business methods. He said the load seemed more than he could carry."

Sept 6, 1902 - Apostle John Henry Smith writes, while visiting Nauvoo, "Mr. Chas. E. Bidamon showed us a medal said to have been carved by Joseph Smith with this inscription on It Confirms O Dius Potentessemus." This is Joseph Smith's "Jupiter Talisman" which he had with him at the time of his assassination.

Sept 6, 1960 - Second Counselor Henry D. Moyle confides to BYU President Ernest Wilkinson that Apostles Joseph Fielding Smith and Harold B. Lee were in "real opposition" to his "accelerated missionary program." The program includes using baseball as a missionary tool to baptize teenage boys.

Sept 6, 1966 - Deseret Management Cororation as holding company for church's income producing enterpriese. "There was criticism from members of Twelve," second counselor N. Eldon Tanner later comments, "because they couldn't see why the First Presidency would hand that [power] over to the Deseret Management Corporation."

Sept 6, 1974 - First Presidency announcement of intention to legally divest church of fifteen hospitals in three western states. Most maintaintheir "LDS Hospital" titles despite ownership by "non-Mormons" and non-profit corporation, Intermountain Healthcare. This move also representes First Presidency's decision to publicly disengage church from hospital ownership following 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision ROE VS. WADE which legalized abortion s on demand, Although Presiding Bishop signs final divestiture agreement on April 1, 1975, Intermountain Healthcare is listed among "Associated Businesses" of LDS church in GENERAL CHURCH OFFICES TELEPHONE DIRECTORY, JANUARY 1996.

Sept 6, 1980 - CHURCH NEWS article about Ronald Mead Horton, "newly appointed music director of National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador."

Sept 6, 1991 - LDS leaders give $25,000 to Philippines after eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.

Sept 6, 1992. - Bryan Waterman, who had written a summary about the controversy surrounding Mother in Heaven for STUDENT REVIEW in July/August 1992, is called in by his stake president, Allen Bergin, on the instructions of Elder Malcolm Jeppsen (of the Second Quorum of Seventy) who wanted Bryan interviewed immediately and also at the end of the semester. Bergin, had been supplied with a photocopy of the article highlighted in yellow. Bryan, expresses some concern in the second interview about the creation of a file on him that contained only "narrowly focused" material on controversial topics, says he has "misgivings about the nature of the `confidential files" maintained on church members.

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