Mormon History, Sep 1842

-- During Sep 1842
Nauvoo Masonry has 286 member candidates. (1)

-- During Sept 1842
Orson Pratt: Published a statement of =his continued faith in the LDS church Sept 1842 (2)

-- During September 1842
Amasa Mason Lyman: Mission to southern Illinois with George A. Smith September 1842. (3)

-- Oct 01, 1842
[Polygamy] to 01 Oct 1842 Smith republishes denial of polygamy. Smith re-publishes denouncement of polygamy from the Sep 1 Times and Seasons, of which he was the editor. In the Oct 1 1842 issue, Smith re-states: "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. It is not right to persuade a woman to be baptized contrary to the will of her husband, neither is it lawful to influence her to leave her husband. All children are bound by law to obey their parents; and to influence them to embrace any religious faith, or be baptized, or leave their parents without their consent, is unlawfularents and masters who exercise control over their wives, children,
and servants and prevent them from embracing the truth, will have to answer for that sin." The publication also includes affidavits signed by twelve men and nineteen women that states in part, "we know of no other rule or system of marriage than the one published in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants." SOURCE: Times and Seasons, Oct 1, 1842, Vol.3, No.23, p.939 The signers included Apostle John Taylor and Apostle Wilford Woodruff (who had already been taught the doctrine of polygamy by Joseph Smith), Bishop Newel K. Whitney (who had performed a plural marriage ceremony the previous July for his own daughter and Joseph Smith in accordance with a revelation dictated by the Prophet on the occasion), Elizabeth Ann Whitney (who witnessed the plural ceremony), Sarah M. Cleveland (who had become Joseph Smiths plural wife early in 1842), and Eliza R. Snow (who also married him on 29 June 1842). (4)

-- Oct 1, 1842
Amid accusations of diversion of temple materials to private use Joseph Smith, Trustee-in-trust, tells the Temple Committee: "Some reports had been circulated that the committee was not making a righteous disposition of property consecrated for the building of the Temple, and there appeared to be some dissatisfaction amongst the laborers. After carefully examining the accounts and inquiring into the manner of the proceedings of the committee, I expressed myself perfectly satisfied with them and their works. The books were balanced between the trustee and the committee, and the wages all agreed upon. I said-I was amenable to the state as trustee-in-trust, and that the Temple committee were accountable to me, and to no other authority; and they must not take notice of any complaints from any source, but let the complaints be made to me, if any were needed, and I would make things right." (5)

Editorial in TIMES AND SEASONS, edited by Joseph Smith: "Central America, or Guatamala, is situated north of the Isthmus of Darien and once embraced several hundred miles of territory from north to south. The city of Zarahemla, burnt at the crucifixion of the Savior, and rebuilt afterwards, stood upon this land as will be seen from the following words in the book of Alma: -- 'And now it was only the distance of a day and half's journey for a Nephite, on the line Bountiful, and the land Desolation, from the east to the west sea; and thus the land of Nephi, and the land of Zarahemla was nearly surrounded by water: there being a small neck of land between the land northward and the land southward.' . . . It is certainly a good thing for the excellency and veracity, of the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon, that the ruins of Zarahemla have been found where the Nephites left them: and that a large stone with engravings upon it as Mosiah ss has published, is also among the
left remembrances of the, (to him,) (lost and unknown). We are not going to declare positively that the ruins of Quirigua are those of Zarahemla, but when the land and the stones, and the books tell the story so plain, we are of opinion, that it would require more proof than the Jews could bring to prove the disciples stole the body of Jesus from the tomb, to prove that the ruins of the city in question, are not one of those referred to in the Book of Mormon." (5)

[Wilford Woodruff] Sept [sic] 1st Was spent in the printing Office. (6)

-- Oct 2, 1842
Governor Reynolds offers $200 or $300 reward for Joseph Smith and same for Orin P. Rockwell. (1)

Missouri's governor Thomas Reynolds offers a $300 bounty for returning Joseph Smith to Missouri. Illinois's governor adds a $200 bounty. (7)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The Nauvoo Freemason lodge is suspended for membership and advancement irregularities. (8)

1 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
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
3 - 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
4 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,
5 - On This Day in Mormon History,
6 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
7 - 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"
8 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books

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