Mormon History, Jul 15, 1842

-- Jul 15, 1842
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith was worried that Elder Orson Pratt had taken his life and organized a search for him. Elder Pratt returned that evening. (1)

[Polygamy] Smith attempts to seduce wife of Orson Pratt leads to suicide attempt. Thousands of Nauvoo Mormons search for Orson Pratt after discovering a suicide note. They find him distraught because Smith, according to Pratt's wife, had tried to seduce Pratt's wife Sarah. PLACE: Navuoo, IL (2)

-- Jul 15, 1842 (Friday Morning)
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Location: Grove, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Source: Manuscript History of the Church (Words of Joseph Smith, 126)
It was reported early in the morning that Elder Orson Pratt was missing. I caused the Temple hands and the principle men of the City to make search for him. After which a meeting was called at the Grove, and I gave the public a general outline of John C. Bennett's conduct. (3)

-- Jul 16, 1842
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith rode out to the prairie with his clerk, William Clayton, hoed some potatoes, and dined with Cornelius P. Lott, who maintained Joseph Smith's farm. (1)

-- Jul 17, 1842
Brigham Young writes to Parley P. Pratt concerning his brother Orson Pratt: "Br Orson Pratt is in trubble in consequence of his wife, hir feelings are so rought up that he dos not know whether his wife is wrong, or whether Josephs testimony and others are wrong and due Ly and he decived for 12 years or not; he is all but crazy about matters, you may aske what the matter is concirning Sister P.-it is enoph, and doct, J.C. Bennett could tell all about himself & hir-enoph of that-we will not let Br. Orson goe away from us he is to good a man to have a woman destroy him." THE WASP EXTRA, a Nauvoo newspaper, accuses John C. Bennett of "adultery, fornication, embryo infanticide and buggery, . . ." (4)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith attended a meeting at a grove near the Nauvoo Temple but became sick and stayed at home the rest of the day. (1)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Orson Pratt becomes disaffected when his wife tells him that Joseph Smith proposed plural marriage to her while Orson was on a mission. Three members of the Twelve "excommunicate" him on 20 August. Orson disappears and is feared suicidal on 29 August. He is reinstated on 20 January 1843, when Joseph declares the apostles earlier action illegal. (5)

1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,
3 - The Woodland Institute,
4 - On This Day in Mormon History,
5 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books

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