Mormon History, 1841

-- During 1841
(Brigham Young) Called to be president of the Quorum of the Twelve (D&C 124:127), Young returned to Nauvoo in July. (1)

(Daniel H. Wells) A non-Mormon, Wells was elected commissary general of the Nauvoo Legion and made a trustee of the University of Nauvoo. (1)

(Elijah Abel) A skilled carpenter, Abel and others formed a partnership called "The House Carpenters of the Town of Nauvoo." He worked on the Kirtland, Nauvoo, and Salt Lake temples. (1)

(John C. Bennett) He first met Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon when he was living at Willoughby, Ohio. When he heard of Church difficulties in Missouri, he wrote encouraging letters to Joseph Smith and was later baptized by him in Nauvoo.
On April 8, 1841, John C. Bennett replaced the ailing Sidney Rigdon as "Assistant President" of the Church. For a time he was the Prophet's constant companion, confidant, and advisor, and was praised in Doctrine and Covenants 124: "I have seen the work which he hath done, which I accept if he continues, and will crown him with blessings and great glory." (1)

(John C. Bennett) Though his attempt to found Methodist University in Ohio was unsuccessful, he secured a charter for Wheeling (Ohio) University in 1829. Later he helped found Indiana University at New Albany, and was its first president. In 1841 he was appointed chancellor of the University of Nauvoo. Classes in the sciences, literature, philosophy, history, music, foreign languages, and religion were taught in private homes, the Masonic Hall, and the uncompleted temple. (1)

(John C. Bennett) Unanimously elected the first mayor of Nauvoo, he also served as secretary of the Nauvoo Masonic Lodge. He engineered the Illinois Legislature's approval of the Nauvoo Charter, Nauvoo Legion, and the University of Nauvoo. (1)

(Joseph Smith) Although some evidence indicates Joseph Smith may have been involved in polygamy as early as Kirtland, Erastus Snow testified that Louisa Beaman became the Prophet's first plural wife in 1841. The total number of Joseph Smith's wives is unknown. Some accounts list eighty. Fawn Brodie's No Man Knows My History names forty-eight, including widows of Bishop Vincent Knight and Seventies President Lyman R. Sherman, daughters of Heber C. Kimball, Edward Partridge, and Newell K. Whitney, sisters of Brigham Young and Willard Richards, the sister-in-law of Parley P. Pratt, and two stepdaughters of Seventies President Josiah Butterfield. (1)

John Gould: Baptized again and reinstated as seventy abt. 1841 (2)

John Taylor: Chaired committee "to petition Congress for redress of wrongs and injuries received in Missouri" 1841, and emissary to present the petition to Congress (2)

Joseph Smith Jr.: Arrested 1841 as fugitive, released by Illinois judge Stephen A. Douglas (2)

Joseph Smith Jr.: Reported 1841 physical appearance of Apostle Paul through vision (2)

Lyman Wight: Moved from church headquarters and excommunicated third time 1841-42 (2)

Salmon Gee: High priest 1841 (2)

1 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47

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