Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith was visited by John C. Calhoun Jr. and his brother Patrick, sons of John C. Calhoun, a senator from South Carolina who Joseph had met in Washington, D.C. in February 1840 and was now a candidate for United States president. (1)
[Joseph Smith Diary] Sunday, June 2nd 1844 At home. Pleasant day. (2)
Dominicus Carter polygamous marriage to Mary Durfee (3)
-- 1844: 3 June
[Patriarchal Blessings] Cynthia Hubbard. (Given by Hyrum Smith.)
"Sister Cynthia, I lay my hands upon your head in the name of Jesus of Nazareth and bless you, and I seal you up unto Eternal Life and whatever I seal on earth shall be sealed in Heaven, a blessing by the Gift of God and a seal of promise, a blessing there is none greater. This is a reward laid up in rememberance of your pilgrimage and the desires and integrity of your heart, your firm reliance upon the merits of Jesus Christ, with unshaken confidence in the application of the Blood of the Lamb, through which cometh salvation, redemption and deliverance. Therefore you shall be blessed and have comfort and consecration henceforth and forever, and shall be blessed in your house and habitation, fields and possessions, in your incomings and outgoings and in days and in years. You shall have an inheritance in Mount Zion in the City of the New Jerusalem, with the remnants of the seed of Joseph, which blessing is according to the prophetic visions and lineage of your fathers, and y
our name shall be perpetuated in honor in the lineage of your posterity from generation to generation, and you shall have a home and a place in the mansions of your Father, as Sarah and Rachel. These blessings I seal upon your head, even so, Amen." (From typescript; Blessing Book Vol. 41, p. 354, LDS Archives.) [Age, 58; Scribe, ?] (4)
[Patriarchal Blessings] Noah Hubbard. (Given by Hyrum Smith.)
"Brother Noah, I lay my hands upon your head in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, to place and seal a blessing upon you in your declining years, the same is Patriarchal and prophetic to come to pass in the future, according to the will of God in answer to the desires of your heart from time to time, throughout all the days of your probation, for you shall be blessed temporally here on earth and spiritually moreover by and by. I ordain you an High Priest and unto the Holy Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek in this Church of Jesus Christ, to preach repentance and remission of sins and the endurance of faith. This blessing is for you in your old age, that you may be blessed with the Priesthood and the power of its administrations, and also to bear testimony in the eleventh hour of your days, and in the eleventh hour speaking after the manner of the Lord, and receive your blessing at the end of your days.
Therefore look and live and bear testimony wherever you may be of all the things you know and most assuredly believe, and the day cometh when you shall be blessed spiritually, and be remembered in mercy and honor and in your habitation and in your possessions, and in your fields and in your posterity, manifesting to your understanding from generation to generation, and your name shall be perpetuated and be blessed with an inheritance in the lineage of Jacob in Mount Zion, even with Joseph with the blessings of Ephraim to bear your head, and you shall go forth to and fro these many years. These blessings I seal upon your head, even so, Amen." (From typescript; Blessing Book Vol. 41, p. 354, LDS Archives.) [Age, 65; Scribe, ?] (4)
-- Jun 3, 1844
[Brigham Young] --3-- Went to Old Britain and preached in the evening to an attentive congregation. (5)
[Joseph Smith Diary] Monday, June 3rd 1844 At home. Received letter this morning signed Francis that 600 men were coming to sack the city from Burlington and get Dr. Hicko[c]k. Rode out on the Hill about 9 o'clock on the Hill.
Municipal court set. Was not present. Augustin Spencer, C[hauncey] L. Higbee, C[harles] A. Foster, R[obert] D. Foster, and C[hauncey] L. Higbee had cases but failed to appear. Refer[r]ed back to low court.
5 [P.M.] read German with [Alexander] N[e]iba[u]r. (2)
-- Jun 4, 1844
[Brigham Young] --4-- I left on board the packet Erie on the Pennsylvania and Ohio canal for Kirtland, in company with Brothers F. D. Richards and L. Brooks. (5)
Joseph Smith has himself appointed legal guardian for orphan girls Maria and Sarah Lawrence. Joseph has been secretly married to both of them for over a year. On this day he also decides to prosecute "Laws and Fosters for perjury, slander, &c.- in behalf of Maria Lawrence" William Law, former Second Counselor to Joseph, had accused Joseph of living with Maria Lawrence "in an open state of adultery" (6)
1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith, http://amzn.to/BYUStudies-JSChron
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1844, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries
3 - Smith, George D (Spring 1994), "Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy, 1841-46: A Preliminary Demographic Report", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 27
4 - Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
5 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
6 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
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