Mormon History, Dec43

-- Dec43
[Joseph Smith Sermon] meeting: Joseph Smith's political statements, request of redress from Congress, notice that Missouri would again request the governor of Illinois to transport Joseph Smith to Missouri. (1)

-- Dec 2, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Dec 2d 1843 Seventh Day morning I felt quite unwell yet I met with the quorum & conversed upon a variety of subjects among which were the progress of the work of God & the emegration of the Saints, the light blessings & glory that awaiteth Zion & the blessings that approach those who keep the Law of God. Truth & virtue will bring exhalta-tion to the soul in the security of knowledge while Bigotry & superstition will Join vice in debasing man in ignorance untill he degrades humanity & looses the objet for which he was created. /P P. Pratt Orson Hyde W Woodruff G A Smith & O Spencer all of us received our Anointing preperitory for further Blessings from 1 oclk to 6 PM.

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[Brigham Young] December 2.-- Met in the Assembly Room with Joseph [Smith], Hyrum [Smith] and the Twelve, when the ordinances of endowment were administered to Elders Orson Hyde, Parley P. Pratt, W. [Wilford] Woodruff, Geo. [George] A. Smith and Orson Spencer. We received instructions on the priesthood from Joseph.

--3 (Sunday)-- Met in the Assembly Room and received instructions from Joseph [Smith]. His appeal to the Green Mountain Boys was read and dedicated by prayer. (3)

-- Dec 2, 1843 (Saturday)
Daniel Avery was kidnapped from Bear Creek, Hancock Co, Ill., by a company of Missourians, and imprisoned in Monticello jail, Lewis Co., Mo., where his son Philander was already confined. (4)

-- Dec 2, 1843
George Albert Smith: Received endowment 2 December 1843. (5)

[Joseph Smith] A prayer meeting is held in the assembly room over Joseph's store. Orson Hyde, Parley P. Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, George A. Smith, and Orson Spencer receive their endowments, with 35 people present. About this time some women receive their endowments also. Bathsheba W. Smith, wife of George A. Smith, receives her anointings in a room in Emma's house. Emma is the first female ordinance worker, and Elizabeth Ann Whitney is the second.Daniel Avery and his son, Philander, who live in Warsaw, Ill., are kidnapped by Levi Williams of Warsaw, John Elliott, and others, and are taken across the Mississippi to Missouri. They are imprisoned in Clark County while a Joseph McCoy looks for witnesses to prove that Daniel Avery had stolen a mare from him. Philander escapes and returns to Illinois, but his father remains a prisoner and suffers great cruelty in Missouri. He too is finally released on a writ of habeas corpus. Violent acts like this seem to be increasing between th
e Mormons and the non-Mormons in Hancock County at this time. Gov. Ford is notified of all acts of violence, but remains unconvinced that there is any real danger, refusing to order out any militia for protection. (6)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, December 2nd 1843 Prayer Meeting at the assembly room (room over the store). P[arley] P. Pratt, O[rson] Hyde, W[ilford] Woodruff, Geo[rge] A. Smith, [and] O[rson] Spencer /were anointed preparatory [to receiving the fullness of the priesthood]/ and A[lpheus]. Cutler and [blank [Reynolds]] Cahoon were all present at the meeting which continued from 1 to 5 P.M. About 35 present. Adjourned to 10 next morning. (7)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The first endowments for women and more for men are conducted. During this month, there are several hostile incidents: Missourians kidnap a Mormon on a four-year-old horse-stealing charge and take him across the state line. A Mormon living on the prairie is stabbed and robbed. A Mormon's house is burned near Ramus. (8)

The endowed quorum meets and five new members receive temple ordinances: Orson Hyde, Parley P. Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, George A. Smith, and Orson Spencer. (9)

-- Dec 2, 1843, Saturday
[William Clayton Writings] A.M. at the Temple Office. Bro Cutler called me aside & gave me to understand that Cahoon was fully bent on having revenge on my head. It appears he is trying to excite the stone cutters against me & I know no cause except it be because I have opposed his dishonesty & told him of it. I now realise my situation more sensibly than I ever did in my life. I might have the privilege of being received into the quorum of anointing but Cahoon has got there and through private pique he is resolved to deprive me of that privilege that added to Emmas determination to be revenged sink[s] my mind & fills me with agony, but I yet believe that innocence will finally triumph & I shall be prospered As to any accusation which may be brought against me by the stone cutters my conscience is at peace. I am at the defiance of all or any man & am willing to be proved I wrote a long letter to J. on the subject. ... (10)

1 - The Parallel Joseph,
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
3 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
4 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
5 - 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,
6 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
7 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
8 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books,
9 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
10 - 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.

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