Mormon History, Apr 2, 1844

-- Apr 2, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 2d I worked in the garden & made some beds. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, April 2d 1844 At home. Somewhat unwell and kept my house this day. John P. Green, Marshal and Andrew and John Lytle police force arrested by warrant of R[obert] D. Foster on complaint of F. M. Higby for false imprisonment. As case was going to trial the prisoners were taken by Habeus Corpus before Municipal court and tomorrow P.M. 1 o'clock set for trial. Strong wind. Warm this eve[ning]. (2)

Erastus Snow polygamous marriage to Minerva White (3)

Joseph Smith teaches that "that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in the Celestial Kingdom], only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy. (See D&C 130.) Erastus Snow marries his first plural wife, Minerva White. (4)

-- Apr 3, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 3d I worked in the garden. (1)

[Joseph Smith] Presides at Nauvoo court. (5)

[Joseph Smith Diary] April 3rd 1844, Wednesday 1 P.M. I presided in the municipal court. J[ohn] P. Green, Andrew Lytle and John Lytle on Habeus Corpus, taken away from R[obert] D. Foster's court, where they had been arrained on complaint of Chaunc[e]y L. Higbee for false imprisonment. Prayer of Petitions [were] granted and court decided that Chaunc[e]y L. Higby was a very disorderly person. (2)

-- Apr 4, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 4th + I met in Council with the quorum & others. (1)

Heber C. Kimball records in his journal, "I Heber C. Kimball recieved the washing of my feet, and was annointed by my wife Vilate fore my burial, that is my feet, head, Stomach. Even as Mary did Jesus, that she mite have a claim on Him in the Reserrection." (6)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith had an interview with 11 visiting Indians who wanted counsel. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Orson Hyde leaves Nauvoo for Washington in order to assist Orson Pratt and John E. Page in interesting President Tyler in Joseph's offer to raise 100,000 volunteers to control national boundaries. (8)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, April 4th 1844 In council [with Council of Fifty] in reading Room from 9 to 12 A.M. and from 1 to 4 P.M. O[rson] Hyde was at council and left for Washington immediately after council [to present Joseph Smith's memorial to Congress]. (2)

Orson Hyde: Left Nauvoo 4 April 1844. (9)

The Council of Fifty meet. (4)

-- Apr 4, 1844, Thursday
[William Clayton Writings] Thursday, April 4. In Council of the Kingdom. Eleven Lamanites appeared and wanted council. We had a very pleasant and impressive interview. (10)

-- Apr 5, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 5th + * I attended the dedication of the Nauvoo Masonic Hall which was truly grand and interesting the first dedication of the kind I ever attended. The procession was grand being Composed of about 500 members.

In the fore part of the day President Joseph Smith was to have preached the fun[er]al sermon of King Follet but in consequence of Ill health He omitted it & called upon Elder A. Lyman to take the stand & he arose & gave an interesting address to the vast multitude who had assembled for the purpose of hearing a discourse from President Smith. (1)

Hyrum Smith dedicates Nauvoo's Masonic temple, which Joseph Smith calls "the most substantial and best finished Masonic Temple in the Western States." Joseph Smith was scheduled to give the funeral sermon of King Follett but had to postpone it for two days due to ill health. (6)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1844,
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 - Scott H. Faulring, An American Prophet's Record, 'A Joseph Smith Chronology',
6 - On This Day in Mormon History,
7 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith,
8 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
9 - 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,
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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