Mormon History, Jun 15, 1841

-- Jun 15, 1841
Letter, Orson Hyde to Joseph Smith Smith, London: "I retired to my bed one night ... the vision of the Lord, like clouds of light burst into my view. The cities of London, Amsterdam, Constantinople, and Jerusalem, all appeared in succession before me; and the spirit said unto me, 'Here are many of the children of Abraham whom I will gather to the land that I gave to their fathers; and here also, is the field of your labors. Take therefore proper credentials from my people, your brethren, ... and go ye forth to the cities which have been shown you, and declare these words unto Judah, and say. 'Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, assemble yourselves and let us go into the defended cities. Set up the standard towards Zion ..." (1)

-- Jun 19, 1841
James Murdock writes to the CONGREGATIONAL OBSERVER of his interview with William Smith, LDS Apostle and brother of Joseph Smith: "About the year 1823, there was a revival of religion in that region, and Joseph was one of several hopeful converts. The others were joining, some one church, and some another in that vicinity, but Joseph hesitated between the different denominations. While his mind was perplexed with this subject, he prayed for divine direction; and afterwards was awaked one night by an extraordinary vision. The glory of the Lord filled the chamber with a dazzling light, and a glorious angel appeared to him, conversed with him, and told him that he was a chosen vessel unto the Lord to make known true religion." (2)

-- Jun 28, 1841
Assistant President of the Church John C. Bennett writes to Bodley Lodge No. 1, Quincy, Illinois, asking that it recommend that a Masonic lodge be established in Nauvoo. His request is denied because Mormons were "unknown to this lodge as Masons." (2)

-- During Jun 1841
[Black History] Regarding the events surround an arrest, Smith refers to one "Elijah Able", note the different spelling of the last name. It seems likely that Smith was referring to "Elijah Abel", but it is not entirely clear that is the case as no direct references to Elijah Abel appear in History of the Church. "News of my arrest having arrived in Nauvoo last night, and being circulate through the city, Hosea Stout, Tarleton Lewis, William A. Hickman, John S. Higbee, Elijah Able, Uriel C. Nickerson, and George W. Clyde started from the Nauvoo landing, in a skiff in order to overtake me and rescue me, if necessary. They had a heavy head wind, but arrived in Quincy at dusk; went up to Benjamin Jones's house, and found that I had gone to Nauvoo in charge of two officers." (History of the Church, 4:365) (3)

Don Carlos Smith denounces any who teach and practice plural marriage. (4)

Returning to Nauvoo from Quincy, Joseph Smith is arrested. (4)

Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's brother) denounces those who teach and practice plural marriage, no matter if it is his brother Joseph. (5)

[Polygamy] to 06 Feb 1842 Emma carries child, premature baby dies at birth. PLACE: Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: Official Joseph Smith family record (6)

to 12 Mar 1842 Smith possible father of George A. Lightner (by Mary Elizabeth Rollins) . Mary Elizabeth Rollins, married to non-Mormon Adam Lightner since 11 August 1835, was one of the first women to accept the polyandrous teachings of the Prophet. "He was commanded to take me for a wife," she wrote in a 21 November 1880 letter to Emmeline B. Wells. "I was his, before I came here," she added in an 8 February 1902 statement. Brigham Young secretly sealed the two in February 1842 when Mary was eight months pregnant with her son George Algernon Lightner. She lived with Adam Lightner until his death in Utah many years later. In her 1880 letter to Emmeline B. Wells, Mary explained: "I could tell you why I stayed with Mr. Lightner. Things the leaders of the Church does not know anything about. I did just as Joseph told me to do, as he knew what troubles I would have to contend with." She added on 23 January 1892 in a letter to John R. Young: "I could explain some things in regard
to my living with Mr. L. after becoming the Wife of Another, which would throw light, on what now seems mysterious--and you would be perfectly satisfied with me. I write this; because I have heard that it had been commented on to my injury" SOURCE: Mormon Polygamy in Nauvoo, Richard Van Wagoner, Dialogue, Vol.18, No.3, p.77 (6)

-- During June 1841
Sidney Rigdon: "ordained" prophet, seer, and revelator 1 June 1841 (7)

Miller, George: Accompanied Joseph Smith to trial at Monmouth, Illinois, June 1841. (8)

-- Jul 1, 1841
Brigham Young and the others in the Twelve returning from England, arrive in Nauvoo [Brigham Young]. (4)

[Heber C. Kimball] Returns home to Nauvoo. (9)

1 - Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source
2 - On This Day in Mormon History,
3 - Crapo, Richley, Chronology Pertaining to Blacks and the LDS Priesthood,
4 - Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology,
5 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
6 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,
7 - 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
8 - 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
9 - Kimball, Stanley B. (editor), On the Potter's Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball, Chronology, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1987

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