Mormon History, 6-Apr 9, 1841

-- 6-Apr 9, 1841
John C. Bennett is appointed Smith's acting Counselor so long as Sidney Rigdon remains ill. Bennett is also sometime referred to as "Vice President of the Church." (1)

The Quorum of Twelve is reorganized with Lyman Wight (ordained Apr 4th) replacing David W. Patten. (Willard Richards had been ordained Apr 14, 1840) Other members include: Brigham Young (President), Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Orson Hyde, William Smith, John Taylor, John E. Page, Wilford Woodruff, and George Albert Smith. (1)

William Law is sustained as Smith's Counselor, officially replacing Hyrum Smith. Sidney Rigdon remains a Counselor in name only. (1)

-- 6Apr41
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Temple Begins (2)

-- Apr 6, 1841
Cornerstones laid for Nauvoo Temple; among other books and items, a Bible is laid but only after the Apocryphia is added to it (torn from one of the member's family Bible) to make it complete [Samuel Miles]. Sidney Rigdon officiates at the ceremony and gives a hour long speech. This is practically Rigdon's last official act in the Church until the spring of 1844. (1)

Following thye sudden and unexpected death of Harrison, John Tyler becomes U.S. President -- although a Whig in name he does little to advance the party's goals and is generally disavowed by Whigs before his term ends. (1)

John Tyler becomes U.S. President. (3)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith supervised the laying of the four Nauvoo Temple cornerstones and attended a military parade celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Church. (4)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Cornerstone laid for the Nauvoo Temple. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The cornerstone of the Nauvoo temple is laid with much ceremony. (6)

[Nauvoo] Cornerstones were laid in a grand ceremony. Construction continued steadily with limestone rocks blasted from quarry and hauled to temple site by wagon. Workers were obtained as members tithed their time, giving one day in 10 for temple construction. Women provided food and clothing for the workers and also donated precious heirlooms and coins to fund the construction. Eventual total cost of the building was $750,000. (7)

-- 7Apr41
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Nauvoo House D&C 124 Read (2)

-- 8Apr41
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Quorum Organization
Temple Committee
Vacancy in 12
Baptism for the Dead (2)

1 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology,
2 - The Parallel Joseph,
3 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
4 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
5 - Proctor, Scott and Maurine Jensen, editors, History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced
6 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
7 - LDS Church News: Nauvoo -- The City of Joseph,

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