Mormon History, Mar 24, 1844 (Sunday)

-- Mar 24, 1844 (Sunday)
Joseph Smith spoke in public meeting against Chauncey L. Higbee, Robert D. Foster, Wm. and Wilson Law and others, as conspirators against his life. (1)

[Joseph Smith Sermon] (Location: At Temple Stand, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA

Source: Thomas Bullock Diary -Words of Joseph Smith, 338) Went to the Temple Joseph spoke about a conspiracy to kill himâ€"he said he would not say anything about the characters of the Laws, Jackson, Dr Foster, or Higbeeâ€"but if he was driven to it, he would tell all he knew . . . Joseph again spoke [after Orson Spencer and Sidney Rigdon] and shewed that his Power was in the Doctrines he taught and defied all men to upset itâ€"he called aloud "as the voice of one bawling in the wilderness Repent ye Repent ye for the Kingdom of God is at hand"â€" (2)

-- Mar 25, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 25th I went on to the prairie with Br Hale & Bullock to Br Pulsiphers & commenced plowing & sowing spring wheat. We sowed about 1 1/2 bushels & harrowed it in. (3)

[Brigham Young] --25-- Spent the day in general council--Elder J. [Jedediah] M. Grant and William Smith were present. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, March 25th At home in the morning. Rode out A.M. After dinner rode up to the upper landing to see the "St. Louis Oak" steamer. Emigrants from England are expected soon. Called at my office on my return and read Memorial to Congress [requesting authorization to raise an army of 100,000 to explore and protect settlers in Oregon and Texas,] which my clerk had been writing as committee of council [of Fifty] of Thursday last. Was pleased with the instrument. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Emma C. Salisbury, sixth child and third daughter of Katharine Smith Salisbury and Wilkins J. Salisbury, is born at Fountain Green, Hancock County, Illinois. (6)

-- Mar 26, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 26th A rainey day. I met in council with the brethren. + (3)

[Brigham Young] --26-- Spent the day in council.

April 4,-- I attended council. (4)

[Council of Fifty Members] Greene, John P. (1793-1844). Admitted 26 March 1844. (7)

Joseph Smith asks U.S. Congress for permission to establish unit of 100,000 armed men to protect settlers in Oregon and other Northwest areas [several Missourians had already settled in the Oregon area]. (Congress rejects request.) Church population 26,000. (8)

Joseph Smith petitions Congress to commission him to a U.S. army officer and authorize him to enlist 100,000 armed volunteers to move at his direction through the western territories. (The LDS population at this time is 26,000 worldwide.) (9)

Joseph Smith meets with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in what is his last opportunity to address the group before his martyrdom. This is probably when he gives his "last charge" and bestows on them the keys, rights, and responsibility to lead the kingdom. (10)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph, having recently become aware that President Tyler has asked Congress to establish military posts to protect pioneers going on the Oregon Trail, petitions Congress to empower him as a military officer to raise 100,000 volunteer troups to open up the unsettled sections of the American West and to protect American borders. On Mar. 30, 1844, Joseph sends a similar petition to Pres. Tyler. Orson Hyde takes both petitions to Washington. On May 25, 1844, John Wentworth of Chicago tries to present the bill to Congress, but Wentworth's motion to suspend certain rules so that the petition might be read is defeated. (11)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, March 26th 1844 From 9 to 12 in council [with Council of Fifty]. From 2 to 5 P.M. in council. [several lines left blank] Warm, some wet. (5)

Council of Fifty meet. Joseph Smith gives his "last charge to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to carry forth both the Church and Kingdom of God. (12)

-- Mar 26, 1844 (Tuesday)
Joseph Smith petitioned Congress to protect the citizens of the United States, emigrating west; this he did in view of the Saints going to the mountains in the near future. (1)

-- Mar 27, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 27th Still rainey. I Settelled all accounts with Elder John Taylor & passed receipts on Settlement.

I wrote a Letter to Br Dwight Webster. Advised him to come via Albany, Cleaveland Beaver St Louis. (3)

1 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
2 - The Woodland Institute,
3 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
4 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
5 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1844,
6 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books,
7 - Quinn, D. Michael, Council of Fifty Members, 1844-1945, BYU Studies 20, #2 (1980)
8 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
9 - On This Day in Mormon History,
10 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,'
11 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
12 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (

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