Mormon History, Apr 2, 1843

-- Apr 2, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, April 2nd 1843 Missouri-St. Louis Republican, March 24th says at Point Petre, W[est] I[ndies] islands lava ran together in the public square, the earth opened and swallowed them whole mass.
Wind [from the] N[orth] E[ast]. Snow fell several inches but melted more or less. D[imick] Huntington returned from Chicago. After breakfast called on Si[s]ter Sophronia.
10 A.M. to meeting. Elder Hyde Preached 1st epistle [of] John, 1 chap[ter] 1st 3 verses, "When he shall appear we shall be like him &c. He will appear on a white horse as a warrior and maybe we shall have some of the same spirit. Our God is a warrior." John 14:23 "It is our privilege to have the Father and Son dwelling in our hearts." (1)

William Clayton Performs plural marriage of Almera Johnson to Joseph Smith. (2)

-- April 2nd 1843
[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to adjournment at the Lodge Room. W. Marks & C.C Rich Presiding.
Councellors present 1) Bent 2) Allred 3) Zebidee Coultrin pro tem 4) Elias Higbee pro tem 5) Fulmer 6) Harris 7) Peter Haws pro tem. 8) Johnson 9) Knight 10) Huntington 11) Soby 12) Sherwood.
Defendant plead not guilty. two were then appointed to speak on a side, to wit: 3) Coultrin 4) Higbee 5) Fulmer and 6) Harris. After the evidences was given there was much said on both sides of the subject after which President Rich spoke showing the necessity of a reconcilation among all parties agreived that the difficulties might all be settled without a decision of the Council
The parties then agreed to drop all former difficulties & hardness and bury them forever
Council adjourned till Friday the 14th inst. at 9 o'clock
Hosea Stout, Clerk (3)

-- Apr 03, 1843
[Polygamy] to 27 Jun 1844 Marriage - Joseph to Almera Woodward Johnson, age 30 ,. Elder William Clayton officiating SOURCE: LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Elder Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 1 Page: 697 Marriages in Nauvoo Region 1839-45. Easton, S. Civil Marriages in Nauvoo 1839-45. Cook, Lyndon Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register 1845-46 Mormon Manuscripts to 1846. (4)

-- Apr 3, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] April 3, 4, 5 I spent the time in the printing office (5)

[Joseph Smith] This is the day William Miller had predicted the world would end. As the supposed last day of the world, Joseph comments that the day "is too pleasant for false prophets." (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 5:326, 272.) (6)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, April 3d 1843 Miller's Day of Judgement has arrived, but tis too pleasent for false prophets.
Dined at Joel Johnson's on a big Turkey. 2 P.M. Started for Carthage, arrived at 4 P.M. Staid at J[acob] B. Backensto's. [Spent the] evening reading [the] /Book of/ Revelation with Elder Hyde and conversing with Esqu[ire] Backman.
April 4th, Tuesday Spent 5 hours preaching to Esqu[ire] Backman, Chauncey Robinson, and the Backenstos. Backman said, "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." 2 P.M. [We] left [and] arrived at Nauvoo [at] 5 P.M. (1)

-- Apr 4, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 4th There appeared a circle in b s a n t r, much larger than any I have yet described being about 144° in diameter and of a uniform whiteness. It was about 18° above the horizen, and parallel to it passing through the tru Sun, s, and the collateral parhelia a, and b and also through two other parhelia, t and r sumthing about 90 or 100° from the sun one towards the north & the other towards the South. The Parhelia t and r were of a whitish colour and not vary distinctly seen. The intersections, m and n, of this circle with the k i m were rendered more distinctly seen. The intersections m and n of this circle with the circle k i m were rendered more distinctly visible than other portions of the two circles. + * * * * * * * * [Repetition and asterisks are Wooruff's.]
O Pratt A.M.
Professer of Mathematics in the University of the City of Nauvoo March 23d 1843 (5)

The day after William Miller's predicted end of the world, Joseph observed triumphantly: "Monday, April 3d 1843 Miller's Day of Judgement has arrived, but tis too pleasant for false prophets" (7)

-- 4/5/1843
Joseph Smith prophesies that those in the rising generation would see, while still in the flesh, the second coming of Christ. Generally accepted cutoff date (Bruce McKonkie): 2000 AD. (8)

-- Apr 5, 1843
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith sat with several brethren in the municipal court on a writ of habeas corpus. (9)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Wednesday, April 5th 1843 Attended Municipal Courts for People vs. Hoops on Habeas Corpus. After hearing the testimony they were discharged. Johnathan Hoops gave me receipt for $50 in lands in Iowa, dated Sept[ember] 2d 1840. (1)

1 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843
2 - Smith, George D., An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, p.lxiii, A William Clayton Chronology
3 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois
4 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,
5 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
6 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
7 - Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source
8 - Standing for Something More: The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn: Appendix D, Modern True History Timeline of the LDS Church, by Lindon Lamborn
9 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith

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