Mormon History, Feb 18, 1844

-- Feb 18, 1844
The endowed quorum meets for instruction. (1)

-- Feb 18, 1844. Sunday.
[William Clayton Journal] About 12 A.M. M[argaret] began to be sick and continued to grow worse until 5 o'clock when she was delivered of a son. She did remarkably well for which I thank my heavenly father. Mother attended her. I was at home all day. M[argaret] seems to do very well. (2)

-- Feb 19, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 19th I spent the day at home at work. I drew one cord of stone from the Temple for a vault. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, February 19th 1844 9 A.M. went to my office with Dr. Bernhisel who proposed some alterations in my views of the government. Phelps read the same and the Doctor seemed better pleased with it than before. (4)

-- Feb 20, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 20 I received a letter from Br Luther Scammans & Sister Sarah B. Foss. I wrote a Letter to Sarah B Foss one to Luther Scamman 3 in all.

+ I met in council in the morning with the Presidency & Twelve at Joseph Store. Two messengers arived from the pine Country with word from Lyman Wight wanting Council Concerning Preaching to the indians. Joseph thought it wisdom not to do it. He said if Lyman did any thing about it he must do it on his own responsibility but finally decided not to send any Council to him but let him act with the best wisdom he had in all things. (3)

[Brigham Young] --20-- Met with the [First] Presidency and Twelve, the subject of Lyman Wight's preaching to the Indians in Wisconsin was discussed; the matter was left to Brother Wight's own judgment. (5)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph meets with the Twelve and tells them to send out delegations to California and Oregon to "hunt out a good location, where we can remove to after the temple is completed, and where we can build a city in a day, and have a government of our own, get up into the mountains, where the devil cannot dig us out." (History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (7 volumes) 6:222.) (6)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, February 20th 1844 At home. At 10 A.M. went to my office where the Twelve [Apostles] and some others met in council with Bro[ther]s Mitchel Curtis and Stephen Curtis who left the pinery, 1st of January, Black River. [They were] sent by Lyman Wight and Bishop Miller to know whither Lyman should preach to the indians. The Menominees and Chippeway having requested it. The Chippeways had given Bro[ther] Wight some wampum as token of peace and the brethren had given them 1/2 box flour and an ox to keep them from starving and Wight had gone through to Green Bay with them to mark a road.

I told them to tell Bro[ther] Wight I have no council to shed blood /give/ him. He is there on his own ground and he must act on his own responsibility and do what he thinks best and he shall never be brought into any difficulty about it by us.

I instructed the 12 [Apostles] to send out a delegation and investigate the locations of California and Oregon and find a good location where we can remove after the Temple is completed and build a city in a day and have a government of our own in a healthy climate.

Dr. Richards received a letter from Ja[me]s A. Bennet which /pleased me much. At office./ Warm. Ice began to come down from above in the river.

[written sideways on the page] /Visited at James Irvins this P.M. and evening/ (4)

[Joseph Smith] Instructs twelve apostles to find new location for church in California or Oregon. (7)

[Joseph Smith] Instructs the Twelve Apostles to oversee organization and outfitting of exploring parties to search out a new location for the Saints in the West. (8)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith contemplated western migration for the Church and gave instruction to the Twelve Apostles concerning it. (9)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Instructions given to Twelve to investigate place of refuge for the Saints. (10)

-- Feb 21, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 21st I dug a volt for an out Building 7 feet deep 4 feet square in the clear of the stone work.

I met with the quorum of the Twelve at Josephs Store & according to Joseph Council we selected a company to go on an exploring expedition to California & pitch upon a spot to build a city. The following persons were named: Jonathan Dunham, David Fulmer, Phineas Young, Alphonzo Young, [ ] Yearsley [ ] & [ ] Emmet.

At the same time we were holding this Council Rev D Wolfe An Episcopalian Clergyman was preaching to a Congregation of Saints in the other room. When he closed, President Joseph Smith followed him & made many interesting remarks. Among other things Said that men may preach & practice evry thing except those things which God Commands us to do & will be damned at last. We may tithe rue annis & Cummin & still not obey the Commandments of God. The object with me is to obey & teach others to obey God in just what he tells us to do. It mattereth not whether the principle is popular or unpopular. I will always maintain a true principl even if I Stand alone in it & many interesting remarks was made by president Smith. (3)

1 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
2 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
4 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
5 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
6 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
7 - Scott H. Faulring, An American Prophet's Record, 'A Joseph Smith Chronology',
8 - Highlights in the Prophet's Life, Ensign, June 1994
9 - Joseph Smith Resource Center: Daily Events in the Life of Joseph Smith,
10 - Proctor, Scott and Maurine Jensen, editors, History of Joseph Smith by His Mother: Revised and Enhanced

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