Mormon History, Mar 16, 1844

-- Mar 16, 1844
[Brigham Young] --16-- I attended council with the Twelve. (1)

The last Relief Society meeting in Nauvoo is held. The Relief Society doesn't officially meet for ten years. John Taylor later gave the reason that Joseph's wife Emma "made use of the position she held [Relief society president] to try to pervert the minds of the sisters in relation to [plural marriage]." (2)

[Joseph Smith] A meeting of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo is held. This turns out to be their last meeting in Nauvoo. The membership has, by this time, reached 1,341. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Saturday, March 16th 1844 At home. Female Relief Society continued their meeting twice this day in assembly room to sanction the voice of "Innocence from Nauvoo" [several lines left blank]

1 P.M. Held a council with Bishop Miller, W[illard] Richards and Porter Rockwell. Very pleasant and warm for over 3 weeks. (4)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The Relief Society holds its last meeting with a membership of 1,341. At this and the preceding meeting, Emma had strongly preached adherence to Joseph's publicly articulated standards of sexual virtuea stand that amounted to a repudiation of "private" teachingsand had the sisters vote by uplifted hand to sustain Joseph Smith's "Voice of Innocence." (5)

-- Mar 17, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 17 Sunday I visited the Sick in the evening. Their was a snow storm yet I met with s[everal?] + * of the Saints & gave a lecture on experience. (6)

[Brigham Young] --17-- Spent the day in council; William and Wilson Law and Robert D. Foster were cut off from the Church. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, March 17th At home. Last night was extreme strong wind from the west. Blew down the new house of the 70's [building project] just raised to the roof on Bain St. Very windy this day. Prayer Meeting adjourned 1 week. [several lines left blank] Some snow this evening. (4)

-- Mar 18, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] March 18th I spent the day Choreing. (6)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, March 18th 1844 At home reciting German with [Alexander] Neibaur. Last night froze in the house. Considerable snow.

2 P.M. Secretary Richards called and gave me letter from [blank] and &c. which I read.

5 1/2 P.M. W[illiam] W. Phelps went past the office on the [way to board the] Leboner for St. Louis. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Studies German. (7)

-- Mar 19, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 19th Wrote a letter to Col Solomon Copeland. I went to the printing office & made an arangment to take home 200 B[ound?] T & S. (6)

[Brigham Young] --19-- I attended the council of fifty. (1)

[Council of Fifty Members] James, Samuel (1806). Admitted 19 March 1844. Dropped 4 February 1845. (8)

[Council of Fifty Members] Parker, John D. (1799-1891). Admitted 19 March 1844. Released due to old age 24 June 1882. (8)

[Council of Fifty Members] Rockwell, Orrin Porter (1815-1878). Admitted 19 March 1844. (8)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, March 19th 1844 9 A.M. in council [with Council of Fifty] in assembly room. (4)

-- Mar 19, 1844. Tuesday.
[William Clayton Journal] At the Council meeting. S[amuel] Bent, Uriah Brown, Samuel James, John D. Parker, O[rrin] [Porter] Rockwell, Sidney Rigdon, W[illia]m Marks and O[rson] Spencer were admitted members. (9)

-- Mar 19, 1844
William Marks: Member of Council of Fifty 19 March 1844. Expressed ambivalence concerning right of Twelve to govern Church after Prophets death. Sympathized with Sidney Rigdons claims. (10)

1 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
2 - On This Day in Mormon History,
3 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
4 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1844,
5 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books,
6 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
7 - Scott H. Faulring, An American Prophet's Record, 'A Joseph Smith Chronology',
8 - Quinn, D. Michael, Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)
9 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,
10 - 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,

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