Mormon History, Dec 31, 1842

-- Dec 31, 1842
Springfield, Illinois. Joseph Smith appeared before the court and gave bail for his appearance at court in the Lilburn W. Boggs case. (1)

-- During December 1842
Jr Smith, Joseph: Remained in hiding at or near Nauvoo until December 1842. (2)

[Willard Richards] In December 1842 he was called to be the LDS Church Historian and Recorder, a position he held until his death. (3)

William B Smith: Edited The Wasp 16 April-10 December 1842. (2)

-- During 1842 24-25 May.
Three women testify that Assistant President John C. Bennett and Apostle William Smith taught them that Joseph Smith approved of "spiritual wifery" wherein several men have sexual relations with the same woman. (4)

-- During 1842
[Black History] Eveline Wilbur Teague Joins Boston Branch, (5)

[Black History] Pearl of Great Price completed (Note: work on the Pearl of Great Price began about 1837). The work makes two references relevant to the issue at hand: + Enoch ministers the gospel to surrounding nations but does not go to those of the lineage of Cain, which are identified as being "black", cf. Moses 7:12 for Enoch not calling on the people of Canaan to repent; Moses 7:22 for the seed of Cain being "black". Regarding the "seed of Cain were black", the LDS community has traditionally interpreted Moses 7 as referring to a black skin color rather than "black" in deeds or spirituality. + Lineage of Ham via Canaan is cursed by Noah for "seeing the nakedness of his father". This curse is equated with a black skin and Priesthood ban by inference, (cf. Abr. 1.) (6)

Charles Coulson Rich: Mission September-December 1842. Location unknown. (2)

[Critical Books] Bennett, John C. (1842). The History of the Saints; or An Exposé of Joe Smith and Mormonism. Boston: Leland & Whiting. ISBN 0-252-02589-X. http: . (7)

[Critical Books] Turner, J. B. (1842). Mormonism in all ages: Or, the rise, progress, and causes of Mormonism with the biography of its author and founder, Joseph Smith. Platt & Peters. (7)

[Eliza R. Snow] In 1842 Snow participated in the founding of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo. (8)

Ezra Taft Benson: Mission to eastern states 1842-43. (2)

[First Vision] "Again, when we read the history of our beloved brother, Joseph Smith, and of the glorious ministry and message of the angel Nephi" Millennial Star, vol. 3, p. 71 (9)

[First Vision] "He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Nephi." Millennial Star, vol. 3, p. 53 (9)

[First Vision] Joseph Smith - "He called me by name, and said unto me, that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Nephi." Times and Seasons, vol. 3, p. 753 (9)

Times and Seasons and the Nauvoo printing office are purchased by Joseph Smith and Quorum of Twelve Apostles. (10)

(Amasa Lyman) Called to the Quorum of the Twelve by Brigham Young after the excommunication of Orson Pratt. When Pratt returned to the Quorum in 1843, Lyman was called to be a counselor in the First Presidency, but he was not sustained in a general conference, either as apostle or counselor, during the Prophet's lifetime. (11)

(Emma Smith) In response to an 1835 commandment, Emma selected hymns to be published in the first hymnbook, A Collection of Sacred Hymns. She also worked on revisions in 1839 and 1842 and, later, on a Reorganized LDS hymnbook. (11)

(George Q. Cannon) George's family was converted to the Church by his uncle John Taylor. His mother died on the ocean voyage from Liverpool and his father died in Nauvoo. George was taken into the Taylor home and worked for his uncle on the Times and Seasons. He was adopted to John Taylor in the Nauvoo Temple in 1846. (11)

1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
2 - 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
3 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Willard Richards,
4 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
5 -
6 - Crapo, Richley, Chronology Pertaining to Blacks and the LDS Priesthood,
7 - Wikipedia, List of Publications Critical of the Latter Day Saint Movement,
8 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Eliza R. Snow,
9 - First Vision,
10 - Sherry Baker: Mormon Media History Timeline: 1827-2007,
11 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons

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