Mormon History, March 1843

-- During March 1843
A "Young Gentlemen's and Ladies' Relief Society" was organized at Nauvoo, with Wm. Cutler as president. (1)

Joseph Smith studied the German language. (1)

-- Apr 1, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 1st Let Z be the Zenith directly under which the observer is stationed looking to the east. Let the outer circle represent the horizon's the true sun about 18° above the horizon surrounded by a vary bright prismatic circle not far from 45° in diameter; the lower limb of which extended below the horizon nearly 41-2°. Its breadth and colours were about the same as that of a common rainbow. Nearly all the prismatic colours were discernible the red being on the concave part of the circle next [to] the sun. On each side of the sun at a and b towards the north and south there were two mock suns of different Colours vary splendid & bright in their appearance. (2)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] April 1st It is a pleasent day & thaws some. It is expected there will be a great rise of water in the Missisippi this spring as there is 5 or 6 feet of snow on a level up the river. (2)

At the direction of the President of the United States the post office at Nauvoo is abolished. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, April 1st 1843 Called at the office with Mr. Clayton about 10 A.M. for the "[Book of the] Laws of the Lord." About noon heard read Truthiana No. 3. Very warm and pleasant.
2 P.M. Started with W[illia]m Clayton, O[rson] Hyde, and J[acob] B. Backenstos for Ramus. [We] arrived about 6 1/2 [P.M.] Very muddy. [We were] very joyfully received by Bro[ther] Benjamin F. Johnson. J[acob] B. Backenstos was with me continually. (4)

-- April 1st 1843
[High Council Minutes]
Council m (5)

[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to adjournment at the Ladge Room.
W. Marks & C.C. Rich Presiding:
Council all present. Elder Sherwood was released from the Council and Zebidee Coultrin Graham Coultrin took his place during this trial
Prayer by David Fulmer
Isaac Allred against Jordan P. Hendrixson
"February the 24th 1843
To the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois. I prefer the folloiwng charges against Jordan P. Hendrixson
First. that he married a second woman when his first wife was living, from which he was not released by the laws of God or of man consequently committed adultery.
Second, that he told the second woman before he was married to her and also others that he had a bill of divorcement from his wife.
Third, For abusing & neglicting her and not admini[s]tering to the wants of the second woman while she was on her death bead.
Fourth For slandering the character & speaking evil of her since dead.
Isaac Allred."
Defendant plead not guilty; whereupon two were appointed to speak on the case, to wit: 1) Samuel Bent & 2) James Allred. When the evidence was nearly all heard the Council adjourned to the Office of H. Smith.
President W. Marks decided that as the matter case now presents itself, it was his feelings to continue him in the Church, that if he did not observe the advice of this Council he would do something else to cut him off before long. (That he did not feel that Br Hendrixson had done what he had wilfully.)
The decision was not sustained by the Council
There was then remarks made by several remark of the Councellors explain[in]g the reasons that why they did not concur with the Presidents decision.
The vote was put whether there was new light elicited sufficient to warrant a new hearing, which was carried by a majority of one that there was.
The Councellors then all spoke on the case, at some length giving their views on the subject.
When on motion it was voted that he be cut off from the church.
Council adjourned till tomorrow at 10 o'clock A.M.
Hosea Stout, Clerk (5)

-- 2 Apr., 16-May 17, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Teaches doctrine now contained in D&C 130 and D&C 131, at Ramus (now Webster), Illinois. (6)

-- Apr 02, 1843
While visiting the Saints in Ramus, Illinois, Joseph Smith gives instructions on such topics as the nature of the Godhead, intelligence, and obedience, found today in Doctrine and Covenants 130. (7)

[Polygamy] Faithful member Benjamin Johnson wrote "His brother, Hyrum, said to me, "Now, Brother Benjamin, you know that Brother Joseph would not sanction this if it was not from the Lord. The Lord revealed this to Brother Joseph long ago, and he put it off until the Angel of the Lord came to him with a drawn sword and told him that he would be slain if he did not go forth and fulfill the law." He told my sister to have no fears, and he there and then sealed my sister, Almira, to the Prophet." Man believes Smith's angel-with-a-sword testimony, gives him sister as secret wife . "Soon after this he was at my house again, where he occupied my Sister Almira's room and bed, and also asked me for my youngest sister, Esther M." SOURCE: Joseph Smith's personal secretary and church patriarch, Elder Benjamin F. Johnson, Autobiography "My Life's Review" (8)

1 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
3 - On This Day in Mormon History,
4 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843
5 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois
6 - Highlights in the Prophet's Life, Ensign, June 1994
7 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,'
8 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,

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