Mormon History, Aug 11, 1843

-- Aug 11, 1843
Hyrum Smith: Sealed to Mercy R. Thompson for time 11 August 1843. Member of Nauvoo City Council. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Friday, August 11th 1843 Brother James Adams very sick. 12 noon pulseless since morning. Eve[ning] gave instruction to grant licence to A. LaForest for his show on feats of strength tomorrow eve.

Gen[eral] James Adams died about 10 P.M. report says. (2)

[Polygamy] Hyrum Smith polygamous marriage to Mercy R. Fielding (Thompson) (3)

[Polygamy] Hyrum Smith is sealed to his first plural wife, Mercy Rachel Fielding Thompson. Later that month he is also sealed to Catharine Phillips and Lydia Dibble Granger. (4)

[Polygamy] Smith performs a marriage for his brother Hyrum and his first plural wife and tells William Clayton, "you have a right to get all you can. " Smith also once reportedly explained: "The result of our endless union will be offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven or the sands of the seashore" (History of the Church 5: 391-92). Smith tells William Clayton to get all the wives he can . PLACE: Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: William Clayton Journal 2, "Nauvoo, Illinois," August 11, 1843 (5)

-- Aug 11, 1843 (Friday)
General James Adams, of Springfield, died at Nauvoo. (6)

-- Aug 11, 1843, Friday
[William Clayton Writings] Friday 11 A.M to the Temple office. P.M Prest. J. came to my house & I went home with him & took dinner with him. In our conversation about Judge Adams J. made this remark ``No man can put forth his hand to steady the ark but God and his servant Joseph.'' by the ark I understood him to mean this work & that no man could dictate and govern it but Jehovah and he whom God had appointed viz his servant Joseph. ... Judge Adams died about 10 o clock P.M. None of his family are here having only been sent for a few days & they are at Springfield It is truly afflicting to see the sickness which exists through the city and the loss of this man seems very grievous. He attended the polls on Monday last and was elected Probate Judge for this County but he is gone to receive his reward in the other world. J. told me to day that ``Walker'' had been speaking to him concerning my having taken M away from A. & intimated that I had done wrong. I told him to be quiet a
nd say no more about it. He also told me Emma was considerably displeased with it but says he she will soon get over it. In the agony of mind which I have endured on this subject I said I was sorry I had done it, at which J told me not to say so. I finally asked him if I had done wrong in what I had done he answered no you have a right to get all you can. (7)

-- Aug 12, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 12th We dined at sister Poltries. She made our quorum a present of $12 dollars in silver making $2 each of us. In the evening we had an interesting meeting with the Elders. All of the quorum present spoke. Elders Young & Kimball gave instruction & we bore testimony to the truth of the wor[k/d?]. (8)

[Joseph Smith] Emma returns to Nauvoo from St. Louis. (She had gone there on business on Aug. 6.) Robert D. Foster, having been elected school commissioner in the recent election, goes to Carthage to take the oath of office. He is met by 12 to 15 armed men who want to stop him from taking office. They are terribly angry over the election results and give notice of an anti-Mormon meeting to be held in one week. (9)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, August 12th Emma returned from St. Louis. Joseph not well. Saw him at home 5 P.M.A. LaForest gave some experiments or exhibited some feats of strength as a public show man in the court room lifting cannon, anvils, men, &c.

Robert D. Foster [was] elected School commissioner and Geo[rge] W. Thatcher [elected] clerk of Co[unty] Commissioners court. Went to Carthage to give bonds and take oath of office. When before the court Harmon T. Wilson, John Wilson, Franklin J. Morrill, one Prentice and 12 or 15 others came in court, armed with hickory clubbs, knives, dirks, and pistols, and told the court they must not approve there bond or swear them into office. If they did blood would be spilt and pledged their word, honors, and reputations to keep them out of office and put down the Mormons. The bonds were accepted and the mob notified a meeting of the old citizens of Hancock County on Saturday next to consider about the Mormons retaining their offices. (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The high council and Nauvoo Stake presidency hear and accept the revelation on plural marriage. (10)

1 - 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
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44
3 - Smith, George D (Spring 1994), "Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy, 1841-46: A Preliminary Demographic Report", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 27
4 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
5 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,
6 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
7 - Fillerup, Robert C., compiler; William Clayton Nauvoo Diaries and Personal Writings, A chronological compilation of the personal writings of William Clayton while he was a resident of Nauvoo, Illinois.
8 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993
9 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
10 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books

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