Mormon History, Feb 23, 1844

-- Feb 23, 1844
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith met with the Twelve Apostles in the assembly room above the Red Brick Store and gave them specific instructions regarding supplies for the Oregon and California Exploring Expedition. (1)

-- Feb 24, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 24th We laid Brick to day. (2)

[Brigham Young] --24-- Went to Knowlton Settlement on Bear Creek and preached twice; my brother Phinehas H. accompanied me. Information was received concerning the death of Ex-governor Joshua Duncan of Illinois; and Reynolds of Missouri, who shot himself through the head; they were two of the most inveterate enemies of the Saints. (3)

Presidential candidate Joseph Smith has 1500 copies of GENERAL SMITH'S VIEWS OF THE POWERS AND POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES printed. He writes "Prayed that Gen Smith's views of the power and policy of the U.S. United States might be spread far and wide and be the means of opening the hearts of the people." Copies of it were mailed to President John Tyler, members of his Cabinet, Supreme Court judges, members of Congress and many newspaper editors, postmasters, and other prominent persons. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, February 24th 1844 At home. Had an interview with Bro[ther] Phelps at 9 o'clock. [several lines left blank] Seth Palmer volunteered to go to Oregon. Amos Fielding volunteered. Cha[rle]s Shumway volunteered. John S. Fullruer volunteered. [several lines left blank]

1,500 copies of my views [General Smith's Views of the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States] out of press. [several lines left blank]

Very pleasant the past two weeks. The pleasantest February I ever saw. (5)

-- Feb 25, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening "Prayer Meeting over the store"--political meeting, no ordinances; "We prayed that 'General Joseph Smith's Views of the Powers and Policy of the United States,' might be spread far and wide, and be the means of opening the hearts of the people. I gave some important instructions, and prophesied that within five years we should be out of the power of our old enemies, whether they were apostates or of the world; and told the brethren to record it, that when it comes to pass they need not say they had forgotten the saying" . (6)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 25th Sunday I preached at Br Reeds house at 11 oclock President Smith Preached at the Temple.

In the evening I met with the quorum and had an interesting time. We had received correct information concerning the death of Joseph Duncan & Govornor Reynold of Missouri. He Shot himself through the head. They were two of the most inven-erate enemies against the latter Day Saints. President Joseph Smith Prophesyed that within five years we should be rid of our old enemies whether they were Apostates or of the world & wished us to record it that when it comes to pass that we need not say we had forgotten the saying. (2)

The regular prayer meeting of the Anointed Quorum's men and women approve Smith's political platform and its distribution, Joseph prophesies "within five years we should be rid of our old enemies whether they were Apostates or of the world." Joseph Smith baptizes James J. Strang. (4)

John Taylor: Sealed to Jane Ballantyne 25 February 1844. Three children: Richard James, Annie Maria, and David John. (7)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, February 25th 1844 I preached at or near the Temple. Hiram also preached. [several lines left blank] Eve[ning] Prayer Meeting over the store. Prayed that Gen[eral] Smith's views of the /power and policy of the U.S./ United States might be spread far and wide and be the means of opening the hearts of the people. Some rain this eve. Cloudy and foggy. (5)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith prophesied at a temple block prayer meeting that within five years the Saints would be out of the power of old enemies. (1)

[Joseph Smith Sermon] Went to the Temple with my wife --heard Joseph preach on Cardinal points--an immense congregation. [Thomas Bullock Diary] (8)

1 - Joseph Smith Resource Center: Daily Events in the Life of Joseph Smith,
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 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on
5 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1843-44,
6 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,
7 - 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,
8 - The Words of Joseph Smith by Joseph Smith by Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook

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