Mormon History, Dec 27, 1841

-- Dec 27, 1841
Nauvoo, Illinois. In a meeting with the Twelve Apostles, Joseph Smith discussed seer stones and showed his seer stone to the brethren. (1)

-- Dec 28, 1841
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith baptized Sidney Rigdon for and in behalf of Elder Rigdons parents. The Prophet also baptized Reynolds Cahoon and others. (1)

-- Dec 30, 1841
[Lucy Mack Smith] Applying for membership at the second meeting of Nauvoo's Masonic lodge are Joseph, Willard Richards, Brigham Young, Sidney Rigdon, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, and others. They are admitted formally on 15 March 1842. (2)

-- 1841
Church Membership at end of year: 19,856
New Converts : 2,991
Percent Change from previous year: 17.73% (3)

-- During December 1841
Richards, Willard: Moved to Nauvoo December 1841. (4)

-- winter of 1841
Miller, George: Left Nauvoo in winter of 1841 and returned April 1842 with 100 head of cattle. (4)

Wight, Lyman: Traveled to Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Louisiana to collect money for temple and Nauvoo House during winter of 1841-42. (4)

-- During 1841
[Brigham Young] Following his return to Nauvoo in 1841, Young affirmed his complete loyalty to Joseph Smith by embracing the controversial and still-secret practice of polygamy, despite his initial personal reluctance. Young's commitment was underscored by his eventual marriage to a total of 55 wives (accounts differ) and fathering of fifty-seven children by sixteen of these women. (5)

[Deseret] Capt. John Bartleson leads first wagon train of settlers across Utah to California. (6)

A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints selected by Emma Smith containing 304 hymns is published in Nauvoo, Illinois. (7)

A Voice of Warning by Parley P. Pratt published in Manchester, England from 2nd American edition. (7)

A series of Shaker revelations are received from Si-lo-lan'-se-len' (Celestial Messenger) in 1841. They arrange "whatever the Angel of God dictated" into chapter and verse, and publish the revelations in 'The Divine Book of Holy and Eternal Wisdom, Revealing the Word of God; Out of Whose Mouth Goeth a Sharp Sword' in 1849. The book uses "Thus saith the Lord" phraseology and notes "Deity consists of both male and female." (8)

(Almon W. Babbitt) Although Babbitt's Church commitment was evidenced by his service in Zion's Camp (1834), the First Quorum of the Seventy (1835), and as Kirtland's stake president (1841), he frequently clashed with other Church leaders. (9)

1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
3 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
4 - 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
5 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Brigham Young,
6 - History to Go, Pioneers and Cowboys,
7 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007,
8 - Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source
9 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons

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