Mormon History, Jul 21, 1841

-- Jul 21, 1841
The WARSAW SIGNAL in Warsaw, Illinois: "How MILITARY these people are becoming! Every thing they say or do seems to breathe the spirit of military tactics. Their PROPHET appears, on all great occasions, in his splendid regimental dress, signs his name Lieut. General, and more titles are to be found in the Nauvoo Legion, than any one book on military tactics can produce; and now comes a public journal, the name of which is composed of two military words. Truly FIGHTING must, be a part of the creed of these Saints!" (1)

-- 25July41
[Joseph Smith Sermon] I followed him [Sidney Rigdon], illustrating the subject of the resurrection by some familiar figures. (2)

-- Jul 25, 1841
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith attended a meeting in a grove where he preached a sermon on the Resurrection. (3)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Don Carlos Smith performs the marriage ceremony of George A. Smith and Bathsheba W. Bigler. (4)

-- During July 1841
Lyman E Johnson: Met with the Quorum of Twelve Apostles 19 July 1841, and said: "If I could believe 'Mormonism' as I did when I traveled with you and preached, if I possessed the world I would give it" (5)

Oliver Cowdery: Accused 15 July 1841 of denying Book of Mormon (5)

[Orson Pratt] Following another mission, this time to England, Pratt arrived in Nauvoo, Illinois, in July 1841. During Pratt's absence, Joseph Smith had begun practicing plural marriage. One of the women he approached was Sarah, who rejected his advances. The next spring Sarah told Orson of Smith's proposals. Pratt became depressed and on 14 July disappeared; however, he was found near the Mississippi River and was persuaded to return home. In mid-August three apostles tried to convince him to sustain Smith. When he refused, they excommunicated him from the church. (6)

Snow, Erastus: Appointed by Hyrum Smith and William Law July 1841 to preach in Salem, Massachusetts, area. (7)

-- Aug 2, 1841
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith and the Saints heard reports from all the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who had recently returned from missions. (3)

-- Aug 4, 1841
Sidney Rigdon preaches baptism for the dead. However his influence in Nauvoo has waned to an all time low. (8)

-- Aug 5, 1841
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith received a letter from his brother William Smith regarding the Hotchkiss land purchase in Nauvoo. (3)

-- Aug 7, 1841
[Emma] Joseph-s brother, Don Carlos, dies. (9)

Don Carlos Smith, Joseph's youngest brother, dies in Nauvoo at 26 years of age. (1)

1 - On This Day in Mormon History,
2 - The Parallel Joseph,
3 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
4 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
5 - 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
6 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Orson Pratt,
7 - 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
8 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology,
9 - Emma Smith, Woman of Faith,

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