Mormon History, Nov 12, 1843

-- Nov 12, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, November 12th [several lines left blank] Prayer Meeting in the evening at S[outh] E[ast] Room [of] Jos[eph's] old house. R[eynolds] Cahoon and <wife anointed and Mother [Lucy Mack] Smith>. [several lines left blank] Clear [and] cold. (1)

-- Nov 12, 1843 (Sunday)
[Joseph Smith Sermon] (Location: At Temple, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA

Source: William Rowley Diary -Words of Joseph Smith, 258) As a matter of course we felt a desire to behold the Prophet Josephâ€"on the following day -Sunday- we proceeded to the Temple (then in an unfinished state) to hear him preach we were gratified in seeing & hearing him on that occasion & we soon felt & knew we were listening to one that had not been taught of menâ€"So different were all his thoughts & language. (2)

-- Nov 12, 1843
The endowed quorum meets for prayer and sealing ordinance work. (3)

-- Nov 13, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 13th I Commenced work again on my house with the masons. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph replies to a letter of James Arlington Bennett written on Oct. 24, 1843, which suggested a secret deal between them that might put Bennett in the governor's chair of Illinois. Bennett calls his recent baptism by Brigham Young "a glorious frolic in the clear blue ocean," and says, "I am capable of being the most undeviating friend, without being governed by the smallest religious influence . . . my mind is of so mathematical and philosophical a cast, that the divinity of Moses makes no impression on me, and you will not be offended when I say that I rate you higher as a legislator than I do Moses . . . go ahead: you have my good wishes. You know Mahomet had his 'right hand man. ' . . . In short, I expect to be yet, through your influence, governor of the State of Illinois." Joseph is not terribly impressed with Bennett's bravado, and answers him, "The boldness of my plans and measures can readily be tested by the touchstone of all schemes, . . . truth; fo
r truth is a matterof fact; and the fact is, that by the power of God I translated the Book of Mormon from hieroglyphics, the knowledge of which was lost to the world, in which wonderful event I stood alone, an unlearned youth, to combat the worldly wisdom and multiplied ignorance of eighteen centuries, with a new revelation. . . . Your good wishes to go ahead, coupled with Mohamet and a right hand man, are rather more vain than virtuous. Why, sir, Caesar had his right hand Brutus, who was his left hand assassinâ€"not, however, applying the allusion to you. . . . I combat the errors of ages; I meet the violence of mobs; I cope with illegal proceedings from executive authority; I cut the gordian knot of powers, and I solve mathematical problems of universities, with truthâ€"diamond truth; and God is my 'right hand man. ' "In spite of this fascinating, if somewhat hostile, exchange of letters, Joseph suggests on Mar. 4, 1844, that James Arlington Bennett become his vice-presid
ential candidate. Bennett, however, having been born in Ireland, is ineligible. (These letters appear in History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 6:71-78, with abridgements. Jerry Burnett and Charles Pope, Nauvoo Classics 7-14 carries the complete versions.) (5)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, November 13th 1843 Called at the office A.M. with Hyrum and heard Judge Phelps read letter to Ja[me]s A. Bennet and made some corrections.

In the morning Bro[ther] Phelps called at the Mansion and read a letter which I had dictated to Gen[eral] James Arlington Bennet which pleased me much.

P.M. Called again with Doct[or] Bernhisel and Clayton and read again. After wards called again and enquired for the Egyptian grammar. (1)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a reply letter to James Arlington Bennet in which he addressed a mathematical approach to religion brought up in Bennet's letter. (6)

-- Nov 14, 1843
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 14 15 16 17 & 18 Was spent vary busy in laying brick on my house. We finished the first story on Saturday the 18th. (4)

The Halifax Branch, the first branch of the Church in Nova Scotia, is organized. (7)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, November 14th Absent most of the day. [several lines left blank] Evening called at the office to [-] Mr. Southwick of Dixon and hear my letter to Gen[eral] Bennet. (1)

-- Nov 15, 1843
[Anointed Quorum] Prayer circle at Joseph Smith's old house; second anointing for Alpheus and Lois Cutler. Afterwards, the men and women of "the quorum" approved his plan for a "Petition to Congress" and "a proclamation to the kings of the earth" . (8)

1 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
2 - The Woodland Institute,
3 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
4 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
5 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
6 - Joseph Smith Resource Center: Daily Events in the Life of Joseph Smith,
7 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,'
8 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,

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