Mormon History, Summer/Fall 1842

-- During Summer/Fall 1842
[Emma Smith] Joseph is in hiding. Emma and children are ill; Emma nearly dies. Joseph returns home to bless his family. (1)

-- 1, Sep 6, 1842
[Joseph Smith] By letter, announces new guidelines for administration of baptisms for the dead (D&C 127, 128). (2)

-- Sep 01, 1842
Joseph Smith addresses a letter to the Saints, now found in Doctrine and Covenants 127, containing information on procedures associated with the practice of baptism for the dead. At this time, the Prophet is hiding (at Edward Hunter's home) from Missouri officials who are bent on returning him to stand trial in Missouri. (3)

[Polygamy] to 01 Sep 1842 Smith publishes denouncement of polygamy. Smith publishes teaching gainst polygamy in the Times and Seasons, of which he was editor. In the September 1 1842 issue, Smith declares: "All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this church, should be held sacred and fulfilled. Inasmuch as this church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy: we declare that we believe, that one man should have one wife; and one woman, but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again." SOURCE: Times and Seasons, Sep 1, 1842, Vol.3, No.21, p.909 (4)

-- Sep 1, 1842
[D and C] Doctrine and Covenants 127: An epistle from Joseph Smith the Prophet to the Latter-day Saints at Nauvoo, Illinois, containing directions on baptism for the dead; dated at Nauvoo, September 1, 1842. HC 5: 142-144.
1-4, Joseph Smith glories in persecution and tribulation; 5-12, Records must be kept relative to baptisms for the dead. (5)

Joseph Smith editorializes in the TIMES AND SEASONS that "the public mind has been unjustly abused through the fallacy of Dr. Bennett's letters" and reminds readers that the church's rule for marriage was "that one man should have one wife; and one woman, but one husband." At this time Joseph Smith has married sixteen plural wives in addition to his legal wife, Emma. (6)

Nauvoo, Illinois. While in seclusion, Joseph Smith wrote a general epistle to the Church concerning the work of baptisms for the dead, which was later canonized as Doctrine & Covenants 127. (7)

Lyman Wight: Assigned to travel east to preach and counter false reports propagated by John C. Bennett 1 September 1842. Met with several branches of Church in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania during next several months. (8)

-- Sep 1, 1842 & 6
Joseph Smith writes two letters to the church regarding baptism for the dead, clarifying the doctrine and practice. (D&C 127, 128) (9)

-- Sep 2, 1842
Orson Pratt Orson writes in the Mormon newspaper THE WASP that, contrary to rumor, he had not "renounced 'Mormonism,' left Nauvoo, &c." He further explains how he is able to believe his wife's accusations against Joseph Smith while remaining in the Church: "The lustre of truth cannot be dimmed by the shadows of error and falsehood. Neither will the petty difficulties existing among its votaries weaken its influence or destroy its power. Its course is onward to accomplish the purposes of its great Author in relation to the happiness and salvation of the human family." (6)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith received a report that the sheriff was on his way to Nauvoo with a posse. (7)

-- Sep 3, 1842
Sheriff comes to Nauvoo to arrest Joseph Smith; Smith escapes and goes into hiding. (10)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith escaped out the back door of his home from Deputy Sheriff Pitman and others who had come to arrest him. (7)

William Clayton Appointed "private clerk" to Joseph Smith, as well as temple recorder. (11)

-- Sept 3rd 1842
[High Council Minutes]
It was decided that former decision stand confirmed Sept 3rd 1842 The minutes of the 3 & 4 of Sept were taken by Elder James Sloan.
Adjourned till next Saturday at 4 o clock at this place
Hosea Stout Clk (12)

[High Council Minutes]
On application of J.M. Powers to have a hearing of his appeal from the Bishops (Miller) decision which has lain over, or that he be reinstated in as much as the hand of fellowship has been withdrawn from him (12)

[High Council Minutes]
[original minutes on file note some deletions] Council met according to adjournment
A Charge was prefered against Gustavius Hills by Elijah Everett one of the teachers of the Church for illicit intercourse with a certain woman by the name of Mary Clift by which she is with child and for teaching the said Mary Clift that the heads of the Church practised such conduct & that the time would come when men would have more wives than one &c.
Mary Clift did not appear & upon vote it was adjourned untill 4 o'clock P.M. tommorrow
Samuel Bent David Fulmer Elisha Everett & Gustuvius Hills were to go to her house at 8 o'clock tommorow morning & take Alderman Spencer to take her depositions and so that the trial might take place according to adjournment to morrow (omission) [See Page 10 for omission] (12)

1 - Emma Smith, Woman of Faith,
2 - Highlights in the Prophet's Life, Ensign, June 1994
3 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,'
4 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,
5 - Doctrine and Covenants
6 - On This Day in Mormon History,
7 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
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 - Wikipedia, 19th Century (Mormonism),
10 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
11 - Smith, George D., An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology
12 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois

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