Mormon History, Oct 12, 1843

-- Oct 12, 1843
[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, October 12th 1843 Towards evening gave W[illiam] W. Phelps a letter from H[orace] R. Hotchkiss to be answered. see ans[wer] [several lines left blank] Eve[ning] prayer Meeting at Joseph's. Prayed for W[illia]m Marks [who is] sick. A[masa] Lyman [and] John Taylor [were] absent. Cutler and Cahoon present [and initiated into quorum of the anointed]. (1)

[Polygamy] Date given by William Law (on May 23, 1844) when indicting Joseph Smith as the beginning of adulterous relations between him and his plural wife Maria Lawrence. (The reason for choosing this date is unclear according to current research.) (2)

[Polygamy] The endowed quorum meets and two new members receive temple ordinances: Alpheus Cutler and Reynolds Cahoon. (2)

Reynolds Cahoon: Received endowment 12 October 1843. (3)

-- Oct 13, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Joseph allows a phrenologist to examine the bumps on his head for an hour. (4)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith allowed Dr. Turner, a phrenologist, to examine his head for about an hour. (5)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Friday, October 13th 1843 First severe frost last night. Ice twice [the] thickness of window glass. At home, answered letter to H[orace] R. Hotchkiss. Gave Woodworth some instructions about food at the pinery. 10 A.M. presided at Municipal court. Horace Drown on Habeus Corpus. 1/4 past 12 adjourned for dinner till 2. In court again till 3[. Spent rest of afternoon] trying a span of grey horses in carriage. A Phrenologist came in and examined Joseph's head an hour. [several lines left blank] Very pleasant. (1)

-- Oct 14, 1843
[Joseph Smith] Joseph has a long discussion with a physiologist and a mesmeriser. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, 14 October In the A.M. at home. Had a long conversation with a phrenologist and mesmerizer. [several lines left blank] From 11 to 1 in City Council. Appointed inspector of flour. (1)

-- Oct 14, 1843. Saturday.
[William Clayton Journal] A.M. at President Joseph's. He was conversing with some strangers one of whom I believe is Dr. Turner the Phrenologist and another a mesmerist. They had a pretty warm debate. Joseph said they could not prove that the mind of man was seated in one part of the brain more than another &c...Evening I went to Sister Booths and saw S[arah] A[nn] but could not have a chance to converse any. (6)

-- October 14th 1843
[High Council Minutes]

Council met according to adjt at President Hyrum's office all present except Bent & Sherwood

[illegible] the Council on the 3rd of Sept 1842, on an appeal from Bishop Miller's Court, and has since been rebaptized by the consent of President Marks appeared before the Council and wished to be ordained which was on motion decided that he be ordained to the office of an Elder. which was done under the hands of Councellors David Fulmer & Leonard Soby. Council adjd till two weeks from to day the 28th of Oct.

Hosea Stout Clerk (7)

-- 15Oct43
[Joseph Smith Sermon] Joseph's Politics

Cannot Subscribe to the Creeds

Believes Bible as it Came from Writers

First Principles - Hebrews 6

Need Change of Heart - Holy Ghost - Present Generation Evil

Joseph Won't Be Killed Yet

Nauvoo Economy

Building Temple Gives to the Poor

Curse on the Rich - Beware Doctors and Lawyers (8)

-- Oct 15, 1843
Joseph Smith preaches, "The only fault I find with the Constitution is, it is not broad enough to cover the whole ground. Although it provides that all men shall enjoy religious freedom, yet it does not provide the manner by which that freedom can be preserved, nor for the punishment of Government officers who refuse to protect the people in their religious rights, or punish those mobs, states, or communities who interfere with the rights of the people on acount of their religion." (9)

Nauvoo, Illinois. From the speaker's stand east of the Nauvoo Temple, Joseph Smith preached about the Constitution of the United States, the Bible, and Nauvoo's economy. (5)

1 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
2 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
3 - 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,
4 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
5 - Joseph Smith Resource Center: Daily Events in the Life of Joseph Smith,
6 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,
7 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois,
8 - The Parallel Joseph,
9 - On This Day in Mormon History,

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