This week in Church history

150 years ago

While meeting in the Nauvoo Temple with the high council, Brigham Young received word that federal officers were in the city to arrest him and some of the Quorum of the Twelve on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1845, according to History of the Church 7:549-551.

When the officers reached the temple, Brigham Young's carriage was driven up to the temple door.

Brigham Young's account reported: "William Miller

president of the high priestsT put on my cap and Brother

Heber C.T Kimball's cloak and went downstairs meeting the marshal and his assistants at the door, as he was about getting into my carriage the marshal arrested him, on a writ from the United States court, charging him with counterfeiting the coin of the United States. Miller told him there must be some mistake about it, as he was not guilty of anything of the kind, but the marshal insisted it was right."

The marshal took Brother Miller to Carthage where rumor spread that Brigham Young was in custody. But George W. Thatcher, the county commission's clerk, who was well acquainted with Brigham Young, said it was not he who was in custody.

"The marshal asked Miller if his name was Young," the account continues. "He answered, `I never told you my name was Young, did I?' "

Being convinced he had the wrong man in custody, the marshal said he had nothing further to do with Mr. Miller.

Quote from the past

"Every year that passes goes into an eternity, never to return; yet each carries with it into the past no personal weakness, no bodily ailment, no sorrow, no laughter, no thought, no noble aspirations, no hope, no ambition; all these with every trait of character, every inclination, every tendency remain with each individual." – President David O. McKay, in an address given in the April 1958 general conference.