Mormon History, Oct 16, 1842

-- Oct 16, 1842
[Wilford Woodruff] 16th Sunday I preached in the fore part of the day to the congregation of the Saints & warned the Church against councelling against the interest of the Church but to take a course that would help Joseph while in exhile or being driven from home by wicked & ungodly men.
In the after part of the day I walked a mile north to preach a funeral sermon but when I arived preaching was omitted as their was no more than time to bury the dead. (1)

-- Oct 17, 1842
[Wilford Woodruff] 17, 18, 19, 20 21 & 22 Was spent in the printing Office about my daily labour as usual. (1)

-- Oct 20, 1842
Apostle Orson Hyde writes to Apostle Orson Pratt that during a voyage from Beirut to Jaffa Hyde saw clearly in the sky "a very bright glittering sword. . .with a beautiful hilt, as plain and complete as any cut you ever saw. And, what is still more remarkable, an arm, with a perfect hand, stretched itself out and took hold of the hilt of the sword. The appearance really made my hair rise, and the flesh, as it were, to crawl on my bones. The Arabs made a wonderful outcry at the sight: 'O, Allah, Allah, Allah!' was their exclamation all over the vessel." In the letter Hyde explains, ""I mention this, because you know there is a commandment to me which says: 'Unto you it shall be given to know the signs of the times, and the sign of the coming of the Son of Man.'" (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Joseph returns to Nauvoo. (3)

-- Oct. 22nd 1842
[High Council Minutes]
The High Council met according to adjournment.
Austin Cowles, President.
1. Elias Higbee pro. tem 7 Isaac Hibgee pro. tem.
2. James Allred 8 Aaron Johnson
3. Lewis D. Wilson 9 James Sloan pro tem.
4. Alpheus Cutler 10 Wm Huntington
5. Wm Felshaw pro tem 11 Leonard Soby
6. Geo W. Harris 12 Shadrack Roundy pro tem.
Allen Talley against Benjamin Boydston.
1st. For imprudent conduct towards Br. John Turpin's wife
2nd For insulting and abusing and striking Br L.T. Coons in his own house.
3. For being of a contentious make.
4th For misrepresenting or of telling falsehoods.
5th. For wanting Br D.M. Gamut to carry a challenge to Br L.T. Coons, to meet him at his own time or place with sticks, swords, guns, or fist and scull, and if he was not satisfied, there knock it out.
Defendant confessed to the charges except the 3rd and 4th said he did not think he was contentious or guilty of misrepresentation or fals[e]hood, and that he was willing to make satisfaction for every thing which he had done amiss.
Both parties expressed an anxiety to to be reconciled and put an end to their difficulties. After talking over the affair before the Council the parties were reconciled together without the council having to act upon it. Adjourned as usual
H. Stout Ck. (4)

-- Oct 23, 1842
[Wilford Woodruff] 23d Sunday I spent in transacting some business of importance in behalf of Keokuck with Mr Ramek. (1)

-- Oct 24, 1842
[Wilford Woodruff] 24th We had a fire in the upper part of the printing Office this morning & we came near burning down. One minute delay more & we should not have saved the building. (1)

-- Oct 25, 1842
[Wilford Woodruff] 25 I went out to John Benbows to get our son Wilford Owen. He had been Choked near three days & had not swallowed any thing during the time. When we got there he had got relieved & could swallow. We brought him home. Distance 12. (1)

-- Oct 26, 1842
[Wilford Woodruff] 26 27 28 & 29 Was spent in the printing Office as usual. (1)

-- 29Oct42
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Addresses New Arrivals at Nauvoo
Land Troubles in Nauvoo - Joseph not Perfect - May Hide Again (5)

-- Oct 29, 1842 (Saturday Morning)
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Location: Red Brick Store, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Source: Manuscript History of the Church (Words of Joseph Smith, 132)
Saturday, 29.â€"About 10 {in the forenoon I rode up and viewed the Temple. I expressed my satisfaction at the arrangements, and was pleased with the progress made in that sacred edifice. After conversing with several of the brethern and shaking hands with numbers who were very much rejoiced to see their Prophet again, I returned home, but soon afterwards went over to the Store, where a number of brethren and Sisters were assembled who had arrived this morning from the neighborhood of New York, Long Island &c After Elders Taylor, Woodruff, and Samuel Bennett, had addressed the brethren and Sisters, I spoke to them at considerable length, shewing them the proper course to pursue, and how to act in regard to making purchases of land &c.
I shewed them that it was generally in consequence of the brethren disregarding or disobeying counsel that they became dissatisfied and murmured; and many when they arrived here were dissatisfied with the conduct of some of the Saints because every thing was done perfectly right, and they get mad and thus the devil gets advantage over them to destroy them. I told them I was but a man, and they must not expect me to be perfect; if they expected perfection from me, I should expect it from them; but if they would bear with my infirmities and the infirmities of the brethren, I would likewise bear with their infirmities. I told them it was likely I would have again to hide up in the woods but they must not be discouraged but build up the city, the Temple &c. When my enemies take away my rights, I will bear it and keep out of the way, but if they take away your rights, I will fight for you. I blessed them and departed.} (6)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
2 - On This Day in Mormon History,
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois
5 - The Parallel Joseph,
6 - The Woodland Institute,

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