Mormon History, Jul 1, 1844

-- Jul 1, 1844
[Brigham Young] July 1.-- Attended state convention with our friends en masse in the Melodeon, Boston, for the nomination of an electoral ticket, General Joseph Smith for president of the United States, and appointed delegates to the Baltimore National Convention. (1)

Willard Richards, John Taylor and W. W. Phelps announce that they will await the return of the Quorum of Twelve before deciding the nature of the church's new leadership. In Boston Wilford Woodruff, unaware of the assassination of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, attends the Jeffersonian Democracy Convention and nominates Joseph Smith for president of the United States and Sidney Rigdon for vice-president. (2)

-- [circa 1-11] July 1844
Revelation to Parley P. Pratt, member of the Quorum of the Twelve, received between Chicago and Nauvoo, Illinois, in [circa 1-11] July 1844

The Spirit said unto me:

Lift up your head and rejoice; for behold! it is well with my servants Joseph and Hyrum [Smith]. My servant Joseph [Smith] still holds the keys of my kingdom in this dispensation, and he shall stand in due time on the earth, in the flesh, and fulfil that to which he is appointed. Go and say unto my people in Nauvoo, that they shall continue to pursue their daily duties and take care of themselves, and make no movement in Church government to reorganize or alter anything until the return of the remainder of the Quorum of the Twelve. But exhort them that they continue to build the House of the Lord which I have commanded them to build in Nauvoo.

(Parley P. Pratt [Jr.], ed., Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994], 294, quotation marks omitted.) (3)

-- summer 1844
John C Bennett: Attended William Law 's "Reformed Church" in summer 1844 (4)

William E Mclellin: Joined William Law 's! Reformed Church of Christ late summer 1844 (4)

-- Jul 2, 1844
[Brigham Young] --2-- I attended conference with the Twelve and elders in the Franklin Hall, and resolved to divide into different parts of the vineyard; each one of the Twelve was appointed to take the over sight of several conferences. (1)

-- Jul 2, 1844 (Tuesday)
Apostle John Taylor was brought home to Nauvoo from Carthage. (5)

-- Jul 2, 1844. Tuesday.
[William Clayton Journal] A.M. went to see Emma. She is in trouble because Mother [Lucy Mack] Smith is making disturbance about the property in Josephs hands. Mother Smith wants Samuel to move into Nauvoo and take the Patriarchs office and says the church ought to support him. There is considerable danger if the family begins to dispute about the property that Joseph's creditors will come forward and use up all the property there is. If they will keep still there is property enough to pay the debts and plenty left for other uses. I had much talk with Emma on the subject. (6)

-- Jul 3, 1844
William Clayton digs up the minutes of the Council of Fifty that he had buried at Joseph Smith's request a week earlier. He finds that they have been damaged by water while buried. (2)

-- Jul 3, 1844, Wednesday
[William Clayton Writings] Wednesday 3rd. A.M at the Temple Office Emma sent for me & Cutler & Cahoon we had conversation with Esqr Wood on the situation of Josephs affairs. Emma has councilled Esqr Wood on the subject. P.M. at the Temple Office & after went to dig up the Records. Water had got into the place where they were & they were damaged. /Clayton does not say that these are the records of the Kingdom or the records referred to on 23 June 1844: The previous day he went home and buried the records of the Kingdom and on ``Sunday 23r. At 5 A.M. Rockwood & Scott came to ask advice what to do with the Cannon &c I went to Joseph & got all the public & private records together and buried them.'' This was another set of records (7)

-- Jul 4, 1844
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 4th I spent the day with Elder Holmes at father Carters & rote a page and a half in a letter to Aphia S. Woodman which Elder Holmes sent to her. I walked with father Carter to see the old meeting house, to see if it would do to hold our Conference in it. We concluded it would. We visited his orchard & garding. All things looked well. Found the papers all through the Country full of stories or reports Concerning mobs armies &c gathering against Nauvoo mostly comes from Warsaw Message & St Louis paper. (8)

[Brigham Young] --4-- Brother Kimball and I visited a grand exhibition of fireworks on the Boston common during the evening with others of the Twelve.

--6 and 7-- Attended conference in Salem; had a good time. (1)

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 - Marquardt, H. Michael,
4 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47,
5 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
6 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,
7 - 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.
8 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,

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