Mormon History, Apr 8, 1841

-- Apr 8, 1841
Bennett, John Cook: Appointed assistant president to Joseph Smith 8 April 1841. (This position to be temporary, until Sidney Rigdon recovered from illness. (1)

John C Bennett: Sustained assistant president 8 Apr. 1841 (2)

John E Page: Disfcllowshippcd 8 Apr. 1841 (2)

Joseph Smith Jr.: revelation of 19 Jan. 1841 designated Samuel as a counselor to Vinson Knight , the first man appointed Presiding Bishop of the church. The general conference of 8 Apr. 1841 sustained Samuel as a counselor to Vinson Knight in one of the four ward bishoprics of Nauvoo, rather than as a presiding bishopric over the entire church. Although Vinson Knight functioned as general (regional) bishop at Nauvoo rather than as Presiding Bishop, at least he transcended his former jurisdiction as local bishop. The same cannot be said for Samuel H. Smith. Following Vinson Knight 's death, the Nauvoo High Council appointed Samuel to fill his place as bishop of a local ward, but Smith declined the calling. Therefore, Samuel H. Smith was not a general authority for the same reason that Joseph Smith III, who also was designated for church office, is not. Had Samuel H. Smith been voted upon by a general conference as was Roger Orton or ordained without public vote as was William
Smith , there would be greater reason to consider him as having the status of an! LDS general authority. (2)

Lyman Wight: Ordained apostle 8 Apr. 1841, but never sustained as a "prophet, seer, and revelator" (2)

William Law: Temporarily rejected by Nauvoo high priest quorum 8 Apr. 1841 (2)

A conference sustains John C. Bennett as "Assistant President" in the First Presidency to replace ailing Sidney Rigdon. He is the first general authority to have attended college, having studied one year at McGill University. Bennett is a Campbellite minister, self-trained lawyer, doctor, thirty-third-degree Mason, brigadier general in the Illinois Invincible Light Dragoons, and Quartermaster General of Illinois. Joseph Smith is so impressed by Bennett that he adopts many of Bennett's mannerisms including his oratorical style, his military dress and bearing, and his habit of using foreign phrases in written communications. Bennett boards at Smith's home and they are constant companions. William Law, also in the First Presidency, later writes that Bennett was "more in the secret confidence of Joseph than perhaps any other man in the city." (3)

[Joseph Smith] Lyman Wight is ordained an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (4)

Wight, Lyman: Ordained apostle 8 April 1841. (1)

-- Apr 8, 1841 - 25 May 1842
[1st Presidency Changes] Joseph Smith, Jr. Hyrum Smith (Assistant President) John C. Bennett (never ordained an apostle, Assistant President) Sidney Rigdon (never ordained an apostle) William Law (never ordained an apostle) John Smith (never ordained an apostle, Counselor) John C. Bennett called as Assistant President (5)

-- 9Apr41
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Deceptive Missionaries
Temple Building = Mission (6)

-- Between Apr 6, 1841 and 9-Apr 1841, 1841
Hyrum Smith appointed Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, as revealed on 19-Jan, 1841. (7)

John C. Bennett appointed councilor while Sidney Rigdon was ill. (7)

1 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
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
3 - On This Day in Mormon History,
4 - Wikipedia, Joseph Smith Chronology,,_Jr.
5 - Wikipedia, First Presidency (LDS Church),
6 - The Parallel Joseph,
7 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"

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