Mormon History, Mar 20, 1844

-- Mar 20, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 20th (weather gage) Cold North wind. A snow & hail storm untill 10 oclok. Continued cloudy & Cold wind from the North untill 3 oclock. Was plesant during the remainder part of the day. As the 20th of September & March is considerd as the weather gage to govern the weather for the year by those who observe the weather we should calculate by this rule to have an exceding cold & dreary summer so that corn Could scarcely grow for this day is the Coldest we have had for near two months. (1)

[Brigham Young] --20-- Brother Woodruff accompanied me to Lima; stayed with Father Morley.

--21 (Sunday)-- I preached in the forenoon, Elder Woodruff in the afternoon, I followed him and called for volunteers to go out in the vineyard to preach, 26 volunteered. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Articles begin to appear in several newspapers commenting on Joseph's candidacy for the U.S. Presidency. (3)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Wednesday, March 20th 1844 A.M. and P.M. in assembly room studying the languages. Elder Woodruff read me a letter to Col[onel] Copeland (in my office) concerning his being Vice Pres[iden]t. [several lines left blank] "Voice of Innocence" [was published] in this days Neighbor. (4)

-- Mar 21, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 21st I received a letter from Br Dwight Webster and a paper from Ezra Carter. A cold snow storm. Our Cow brought forth a durham heifer Calf this morning. + (1)

[Brigham Young] --21-- I met in council in the Assembly Room. (2)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, March 21st 1844 In council [with Council of Fifty] over the store. (4)

Council of Fifty meet. (5)

-- Mar 21, 1844, Thursday
[William Clayton Writings] At the Council all day ... (6)

-- Mar 22, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Prayer circle in afternoon of Joseph Smith and apostles at Brigham Young's house . (7)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 22d A cold day. I spent a part of the day settelling with Elder John Taylor. I met with the quorum of the Twelve at B. Youngs for Prayer. We united together to pray for the Presidency the Twelve the sick &c. (1)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 22d Friday Mrs Woodruff returned home from Br Benbows whare she had been taking Care of Wilford who had been vary sick. She had been there two weeks. We were both satisfied to be at home + with our Children. * * * (1)

[Brigham Young] --22-- Attended prayer meeting with the Prophet and the Twelve in my house.

--24 (Sunday)-- I attended meeting at the stand and heard President Joseph Smith deliver an address concerning a conspiracy entered into by Chauncey L. Higbee, Dr. Robert D, Foster, Mr. Joseph H. Jackson, William and Wilson Law, and others for the purpose of taking his life. (2)

[Brigham Young] --22-- Rainy morning, in the afternoon we harnessed up our horses and rode on to the city plot, Brother Woodruff and I bought a lot each, and started for home but on reaching Brother William Draper's had to take shelter for the night in consequence of a tremendous storm of hail and rain. (2)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Friday, March 22nd 1844 At home. 10 A.M. Held court in my office. [several lines left blank] Read German in the reading room. [several lines left blank] Cold and windy for some days. (4)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith advised the Seventies to rebuild the Seventies' Hall by demolishing the existing walls and building a more permanent two-story edifice on the foundation. (8)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
2 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
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 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (
6 - 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.
7 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,
8 - Joseph Smith Resource Center: Daily Events in the Life of Joseph Smith,

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