Millennial Star

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Millennial Star
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First page of the January 1841 edition.
Type Weekly, semi-monthly, and monthly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Founder(s) Parley P. Pratt
Publisher Various
Editor Various (see Editors section)
Founded May 1840 (1840-05)
Language English
Country United Kingdom
OCLC number 1604954

The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star (usually shortened to Millennial Star) was the longest continuously published periodical of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, being printed in England from 1840 until 1970, when it was replaced by the Church-wide Ensign.

History[edit]

The first issue of the Millennial Star was published in Manchester, England in May 1840, with Latter Day Saint Apostle Parley P. Pratt as editor and W. R. Thomas as printer.[1] First mention of the newspaper being sold in Liverpool appeared in March 1842[2] and printing was officially moved to Liverpool with the April 1842 issue.[3] Pratt was eventually replaced as editor by Thomas Ward.[4] When Ward left England, the Star was thereafter edited or supervised by mission presidents of the church's European Mission, based in England.

When Orson Pratt was called as mission president in 1848, he also became the editor and publisher of the Millennial Star. In his first issue as editor, he also printed an address to the members and missionaries of the church.[5]

During its 130-year history, the Millennial Star varied from being monthly, semi-monthly and even weekly, and was primarily aimed at British Latter-day Saints.

Due to the Priesthood Correlation Program of the church that sought to encourage uniformity and extend control over printed materials, the Millennial Star was replaced by Ensign at the end of 1970.

Editors[edit]

The following is a list of the editors of the Millennial Star with the time period where they were listed as the editor in the magazine. There are two periods in the 1960s where no editor identification appeared in the issues.

  • Parley P. Pratt: May 1840 – October 1842
  • Thomas Ward: November 1842[6] – 1 October 1846
  • Orson Hyde: 15 October 1846 – 15 January 1847
  • Orson Spencer: 1 February 1847 – 1 August 1848
  • Orson Pratt: 15 August 1848 – 15 December 1850
  • Franklin D. Richards: 1 January 1851 – 1 May 1852
  • Samuel W. Richards: 8 May 1852 – 24 June 1854
  • Franklin D. Richards (2nd term): 1 July 1854[7] – 2 August 1856
  • Orson Pratt (2nd term): 9 August 1856 - 24 October 1857
  • Samuel W. Richards (2nd term): 31 October 1857 - 6 March 1858
  • Asa Calkin: 13 March 1858 - 12 May 1860
  • N. V. Jones: 19 May 1860 - 11 August 1860
  • Amasa Lyman: 18 August 1860 - 22 December 1860
  • George Q. Cannon: 5 January 1861 - 27 August 1864
  • Daniel H. Wells: 3 September 1864 - 2 September 1865
  • Brigham Young Jr.: 9 September 1865 - 29 June 1867
  • Franklin D. Richards (3rd term): 6 July 1867 - 12 September 1868
  • Albert Carrington: 19 September 1868 - 14 June 1870
  • Horace S. Eldredge: 21 June 1870 - 6 June 1871
  • Albert Carrington (2nd term): 13 June 1871 - 21 October 1873
  • Lester J. Herrick: 28 October 1873- 17 March 1874
  • Joseph F. Smith: 24 March 1874 - 1 July 1878
  • William Budge: 8 July 1878 - 1 November 1880
  • Albert Carrington (3rd term): 8 November 1880 - 20 November 1882
  • John Henry Smith: 27 November 1882 - 26 January 1885
  • Daniel H. Wells (2nd term): 2 February 1885 - 14 February 1887
  • George Teasdale: 21 February 1887 - 29 September 1890
  • Brigham Young Jr. (2nd term): 6 October 1890 - 12 June 1893
  • Anthon H. Lund: 19 June 1893 - 23 July 1896
  • Rulon S. Wells: 30 July 1896 - 8 December 1898
  • Platte D. Lyman: 15 December 1898 - 30 May 1901
  • Francis M. Lyman: 6 June 1901 - 31 December 1903
  • Heber J. Grant: 7 January 1904 - 29 November 1906
  • Charles W. Penrose: 6 December 1906 - 9 June 1910
  • Rudger Clawson: 16 June 1910 - 25 September 1913
  • Hyrum M. Smith: 2 October 1913 - 31 August 1916
  • George F. Richards: 7 September 1916 - 3 July 1919
  • George Albert Smith: 10 July 1919 - 30 June 1921
  • Orson F. Whitney: 7 July 1921 - 16 November 1922
  • David O. McKay: 23 November 1922 - 25 December 1924
  • James E. Talmage: 1 January 1925 - 22 December 1927
  • John A. Widtsoe: 5 January 1928 - 28 September 1933
  • Joseph F. Merrill: 5 October 1933 - 24 September 1936
  • Richard R. Lyman: 1 October 1936 - 6 October 1938
  • Hugh B. Brown: 13 October 1938 - 9 May 1940
  • James P. Hill: 16 May 1940 - 31 December 1942
  • Andre K. Anastasiou: (January?) 4 February 1943 - April 1944
  • Hugh B. Brown (2nd term): May 1944 - June 1946
  • Selvoy J. Boyer: July 1946 - February 1950
  • Stayner Richards: March 1950 - July 1952
  • A. Hamer Reiser: August 1952 - November 1955
  • Clifton G. M. Kerr: December 1955 - October 1958
  • T. Bowring Woodbury: November 1958 - June 1961
  • N. Eldon Tanner: July 1961 - February 1963
  • Mark E. Peterson: March 1963 - April 1963
  • None Listed: May 1963 - February 1967
  • Douglas D. Palmer: March 1967 - July 1967
  • None Listed: August 1967 - November 1967
  • Monitor C. Noyce: December 1967 - October 1969
  • David Boulton: November 1969 - December 1970

Namesake[edit]

Millennial Star is also the name of an LDS-themed blog, part of the so-called Bloggernacle or community of Mormon blogs.[8]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See the vol. 1. no. 1, May 1840 issue.
  2. ^ The reference is made in the printing information at the end of the number: Millennial Star, March 1842, p. 176
  3. ^ Liverpool became the printing location mentioned in Millennial Star, April 1842, p. 192.
  4. ^ Parley P. Pratt, "Farewell Address to Our Readers and Patrons", Millennial Star, October 1842, pp. 109-10.
  5. ^ Orson Pratt, "President Orson Pratt's First General Epistle to the Saints throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Adjacent Countries, Greeting", Millennial Star, 15 August 1848, pp. 241-47.
  6. ^ Thomas Ward, "Address to Our Readers and Patrons", Millennial Star, November 1842, pp. 123-24.
  7. ^ Franklin D. Richards, "Appointment of Elder F. D. Richards to the Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the British Isles, and the Adjacent Countries", Millennial Star, 24 June 1854, pp. 385-86.
  8. ^ Millennial Star blog

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