Mormon History, Jun 30, 1844

-- Jun 30, 1844
[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle of men: "A Few of the Quorum assembled and agreed to send G. J. Adams to bear the news [of the Smiths' assassinations] to the Twelve" . (1)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 30th Met persuant to adjournment. Was addressed in the fore noon by Professor Orson Pratt, who took away all the objections of the world against new revelation.

The meeting was addressed in the afternoon by Elder L. Wight, who showed the principle of the immortality of the body as well as the soul & also the principle of Charity, running it into Baptism for the dead.

Elder W. Woodruff Preached in the evening from the words of Jesus saying "Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you. The house was full through the day and evening and much instruction was given through the day and evening and during the whole Conference by those that spoke. (2)

Illinois Governor Thomas Ford orders "Colonel Fellows and Captain Jonas" to go to Nauvoo "and ascertain what is the feeling, the disposition, and determination of the people there, . . . ascertain whether any of them propose in any manner to revenge themselves, whether any threats have been used, and what is proposed generally, to be done by them." He orders them then to go to nearby Warsaw to ascertain "whether any attack is intended on Nauvoo. . . . [A]nd in my name forbid any such interference, without my request, on pain of being demanded for punishment." (3)

-- Jun 30, 1844. Sunday.
[William Clayton Journal] ...A few of the Quorum assembled and agreed to send G[eorge] J. Adams to bear the news to the Twelve. [Lucien] Woodworth is bitter against Adams and said many hard things against him. (4)

-- During 1844 (Apr)
[Wives of John Taylor] Jane Ballantyne (b. 1813 Sheffield) - married Nauvoo 25 Feb

Jane's sister Ann married Taylor at Winter Quarters [1847] much to annoyance it seems of Brigham Young; she was granted a divoce in 1852 [Recognized by LDS Church] (5)

-- During 1844. June
(Emma Smith) : Emma has often been blamed for causing Joseph's return across the Mississippi River to Nauvoo by accusing him of cowardice. Actually, businessmen Reynolds Cahoon and Hiram Kimball, worried that the city business district would be adversely affected if the governor were to declare martial law, wrote to the Prophet demanding he return. Emma's letter apparently described the difficulties in Nauvoo and the possible consequences of his leaving or returning. (6)

(Emma Smith) When Joseph requested advice from Porter Rockwell and Hyrum Smith, Hyrum replied, "Let us go back and give ourselves up and see the thing out." Joseph then said, "If you go back I will go with you, but we shall be butchered." Hyrum, anxious to attend his daughter's wedding in Nauvoo, replied: "No, no: Let us go back and put our trust in God, and we shall not be harmed. The Lord is in it. If we live or have to die, we will be reconciled to our fate."

Contrary to popular belief, Joseph seems not to have been planning to go west. On June 23 he wrote Emma, "You may sell the Quincy property or any property that belongs to me that you can find anything about, for your support and children and Mother. Do not despair. If God ever opens a door that is possible for me I will see you again. I do not know where I shall go or what I shall do, but shall if possible endeavor to get to the city of Washington." (6)

-- Before Jun 1844
Joseph Smith tells William Hyde that he carried Sidney Rigdon on his back long enough and he wanted the 12 to help shake him off. (7)

Sidney Rigdon moves to Pittsburgh, PA. (7)

-- During June 1844
Amasa Mason Lyman: Traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, June 1844. (8)

Hyrum Smith Death: 27 June 1844, Carthage, Hancock Co., Illinois, by Carthage Greys militia and accomplices. Among artifacts and relics kept by widow Mary Fielding Smith were three magic parchments ("lamens" for summoning good spirit and protection) and ceremonial dagger (inscribed with Joseph Smith Sr. 's astrological birth sign) , Estate: No record q(8)

Hyrum Smith: Arrested three times June 1844 for inciting riot (acquitted, discharged, freed on bail) q(8)

John Taylor: Arrested three times June 1844 for commission of riot (acquitted by Nauvoo Municipal Court, discharged by Justice of the Peace Daniel H. Wells, future Presidency counselor, and freed on bail 25 June 1844 to stand trial) q(8)

1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
3 - On This Day in Mormon History,
4 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,
5 - Isle of Man, 'John Taylor'
6 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons,
7 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
8 - 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,
9 - 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,

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