Mormon History, 1842

-- During 1842
(Jacob Hamblin) Hamblin was converted by the preaching of Elder Lyman Stoddard. When he told Lucinda that he intended to be baptized, she threatened to leave him. (1)

(John C. Bennett) After eighteen months of membership in the Church, he was accused of teaching an adulterous system of"spiritual wifery" and was asked to "withdraw his name from the Church record." At the time of his excommunication he was expelled from the Masonic Lodge, cashiered from the Nauvoo Legion, and forced to resign as mayor of Nauvooâ€"although the city council approved a vote of thanks "for his great zeal in having good and wholesome laws adopted for the government of this city; and for the faithful discharge of his duty while Mayor." (1)

(John C. Bennett) Declaring that he had only become a Mormon in order to "get behind the curtain, and behold, at my leisure, the secret wires of the fabric and likewise those who moved them," he wrote The History of the Saints: Or An Exposé of Joe Smith and the Mormons. "I felt myself an humble instrument in the hands of God to expose the Imposter and his myrmidons, and to open the eyes of my countrymen to his dark and damnable designs. I have done my duty." (1)

(Oliver Cowdery) 1840s Practiced law for several years in Ohio and Wisconsin. He described his 1842 practice as "steadily increasingâ€"nothing operates against me, except the fact that I have been formerly connected with, what is now an important church." (1)

(Oliver Cowdery) A contemporary described him as "an able lawyer and great advocate. His manners were easy and gentlemanly; he was polite, dignified, yet courteous. He had an open countenance, high forehead, dark brown eyes, Roman nose, clenched lips and prominent lower jaw. He shaved smooth and was neat and clean in his appearance. He was of light stature about five feet, five inches high and had a loose easy walk. With all his kind and friendly disposition there was a certain degree of sadness that seemed to pervade his whole being." (1)

(Porter Rockwell) Rockwell was arrested in Saint Louis and charged with the attempted murder of Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs. Ex-Mormon John C. Bennett claimed, "In the spring of the year Smith offered a reward of five hundred dollars to any man who would secretly assassinate Governor Boggs." After the attempt on Boggs's life, according to Bennett, "Smith said to me, speaking of Boggs, 'The Destroying Angel' had done the work as I predicted, but Rockwell was not the man who shot; the Angel did it.'" (1)

(Wilford Woodruff) As business manager for the Nauvoo Times and Seasons, he was dubbed "Wilford the Faithful" by the Prophet. (1)

Albert P Rockwood: Mason 1842, Nauvoo lodge (2)

Amasa M Lyman: Mason 1842, Nauvoo lodge (2)

Brigham Young: Mason 1842, Nauvoo's lodge (2)

Ezra T Benson: Mason 1842, Nauvoo lodge (2)

George A Smith: Mason 1842, Nauvoo lodge (2)

Heber C Kimball: Patriarchal blessing promised 1842 he would be in First Presidency (2)

Hyrum Smith: Secretly commissioned someone 1842 to! spy on Joseph Smith Jr. and other suspected polygamists (2)

Hyrum Smith: Voluntarily declared bankruptcy 1842 (2)

John C Bennett: Secretary of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge and standing Committee of Investigation 1842 (2)

John C Bennett: Unsuccessful candidate 1842 for Illinois Lt.-Governor and Hancock County coroner (2)

John C Gaylord: Mason 1842, Nauvoo's lodge (2)

1 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons
2 - 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

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