Mormon History, Oct 8, 1843

-- Oct 8, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle at Mansion House; anointing and endowment ceremony for Harriet Denton (Adams), Elizabeth Ann Smith (Whitney), Clarissa Lyman (Smith), and Lucy Mack (Smith); second anointing for Hyrum and Mary Smith . Emma Smith probably performed the ordinances for the women. (1)

Amasa M Lyman: "anointed" second counselor 1 Oct. 1843 to replace Sidney Rigdon but general conference 8 Oct. 1843 refused to drop Sidney Rigdon (2)

Hyrum Smith: Second anointing 8 Oct. 1843 (2)

Sidney Rigdon: Formally charged with apostasy at general conference 6 Oct. 1843 where Joseph Smith Jr. recommended that he be rejected as counselor, but re-sustained by conference 8 Oct. 1843 (Joseph Smith Jr. had already anointed William Law and Amasa M Lyman as counselors in his place) (2)

William Law: Re-anointed in Anointed Quorum 1 Oct. 1843 after confession of adultery and anointed first counselor in First Presidency but general conference 8 Oct. 1843 refused to drop Sidney Rigdon as first counselor (2)

The general conference refuses to sustain Joseph Smith's motion to drop Sidney Rigdon from the First Presidency. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, October 8th 1843 Slight frost last night. Conference A.M. Went in the P.M. Rain commenced and adjourned to Monday 10 A.M. Prayer Meeting at Joseph's. Quorum [of the anointed] present also in addition Sis[ters Harriet] Adams, [Elizabeth Ann] Whitney, Uncle John's wife [Clarissa], [and] Mother [Lucy Mack] Smith. Hiram and his wife were blessed, ord[ained], and anointed [to the fullness of the priesthood]. Prayer and singing. (4)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Lucy is anointed and endowed. (5)

[Polygamy] The endowed quorum meets and four new members receive temple ordinances: Harriet Denton Adams, Elizabeth Ann Smith Whitney, Clarissa Lyman Smith, and Lucy Mack Smith. (6)

-- Oct 8, 1843 (Sunday Morning)
[Joseph Smith Sermon] (Source: Times and Seasons 4 -15 September 1843-: 330 -Words of Joseph Smith, 252) President Joseph Smith arose and satisfactorily explained to the congregation the supposed treacherous correspondence with Ex-Governor Carlin, which wholly removed suspicion from elder Sidney Rigdon, and from every other person. He expressed entire willingness to have elder Sidney Rigdon retain his station, provided he would magnify his office, and walk and conduct himself in all honesty, righteousness, and integrity; but signified his lack of confidence in his integrity and steadfastness, judging from their past intercourse. (7)

-- Oct 8, 1843 (Sunday)
At a meeting of the special conference at Nauvoo, Sidney Rigdon was sustained as a Counselor to Joseph Smith, although the Prophet said, "I have thrown him off my shoulders, and you have again put him on me; you may carry him, but I will not." (8)

-- October 8th 1843
History of the Church, 6:51, Joseph Smith, Sunday, October 8th 1843; TPJS, p. 325.

Spirits can only be revealed in flaming fire or glory. Angels have advanced further, their light and glory being tabernacled; and hence they appear in bodily shape. The spirits of just men are made ministering servants to those who are sealed unto life eternal, and it is through them that the sealing power comes down.

Patriarch Adams is now one of the spirits of the just men made perfect; and if revealed now, must be revealed in fire; and the glory could not be endured. Jesus showed Himself to His disciples, and they thought it was His spirit, and they were afraid to approach His spirit. Angels have advanced higher in knowledge and power than spirits. (9)

-- ca. Oct 8, 1843
[Lucy Mack Smith] Sophronia C. Smith, daughter of Don Carlos and Agnes Smith, dies at Nauvoo. (5)

-- Oct 9, 1843
[Joseph Smith] At the final session of conference Joseph speaks in commemoration of the late Gen. James Adams, praising him, describing the glory his spirit must now be in, and urging the Saints to work with all possible diligence on the building of the temple. Joseph says, "Could you gaze into heaven five minutes, you would know more than you would by reading all that ever was written on the subject." (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 6:50-52.) (10)

1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,
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 - 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, 1843-44,
5 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books,
6 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
7 - The Woodland Institute,
8 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
9 - Quotations Dealing with the Relationship of Our First Earthy Parents to Our Heavenly Parents (1830-1978)
10 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology

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