Mormon History, Jun 4, 1844

-- Jun 4, 1844
Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith sent a letter to Abijah Tewksbury of Boston, Massachusetts. (1)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Tuesday, June 4th 1844 At home. A. Morrison and Pulaski Cahoon proposed to give $100.00 per month for the use of the "Maid of Iowa" and made out their own bonds of their own security but I would not receive them.

P.M. Went out on my farm. Broke the whipple tree too my buggy. Wrote Mr Tewksbury, Boston.

6 to 7 eve in council with Taylor, Babbit, Hyrum, Richards, Woodworth, and Phelps &c. about prosecution [of Laws and Fosters] in behalf of Maria [Lawrence for slander]. Concluded to go to (Quincy with Taylor and give up my Bonds of guardianship [of Maria Lawrence] &c. (Cutler and Cahoon are so anxious to get prope[r]ty they will all flat out as soon as the temple is completed and the faith of the Saints ceases from /Higbee and . Walked out with Woodworth. (2)

-- Jun 5, 1844
[Brigham Young] --5-- Arrived in Warren and took on a large company going to Akron to an abolition convention, some of whom manifested a spirit to put down everybody but themselves. (3)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph rides out to the prairie to show some land. It is 94 1/2 degrees in the shade. He receives a book titled An Original History of the Religious Denominations at Present Existing in the United States, for which he wrote the article on Mormonism. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Wednesday, June 5th 1844 Went on the prairie to show some land for sale. Returned towards night betwe[e]n 8 and 9 eve. Stood out to watch the lightning in the North. It was most beautiful and sublime, a little thunder. About 10 [P.M.] a shower of rain passed over with continued rumbling thunder. I told my clerk Dr. Richards it would be fair weather tomorrow. Received the Book of Denominations and answered by letter. Wrote I. D. Rupp (on file).

Very warm. Middle of the day thermometer stood at 94 1/2 degrees. No rain before this for some days. (2)

-- Jun 6, 1844
[Brigham Young] --6-- Brothers F. D. Richards, L. Brooks and I found Brother Salmon Gee's family in Shalorsville; they desired us to remain with them overnight, which we did, and addressed the people in the town house in the evening, on Joseph Smith's views of the powers and policy of the government. (3)

Joseph Smith receives letter from L. W. Hickok warning of plans to indite him at Springfield for protecting Jeremiah Smith with writ of habeas corpus [per Joseph Smith]. (5)

In Washington D. C. Heber C. Kimball clothes himself in endowment robes, prays in the "true order," while holding a divining "rod," and asks yes-no questions. Movement of the rod means "yes" and no movement "no." This is the first verified use of the divining rod since an 1829 revelation commending Oliver Cowdery's use of his "rod of nature . . . behold it has told you things." (6)

[Joseph Smith] Dimick B. Huntington comes to Joseph saying that Robert D. Foster wants to repent and return to the Church. Joseph says that if Foster truly withdraws all his suits against the Saints, he can be restored. Joseph also runs a notice warning Saints not to pass the old "Kirtland Safety Society" paper bills. (4)

[Joseph Smith Diary] Thursday, June 6th 1844 At home. About 9 [A.M.] ordered my carriage which stood at the door till near noon, while I read my letter to H[enry] Clay to many strangers in the bar room among whom was one who advocated for H[enry] Clay. I argued long to show the subject in its true light and showed him that no man could honestly vote for a man /like Clay/ who had violated his oath and not acted on constitutional principles.

About 12 [P.M.] 1/2 D[imick] B. Huntington come and said R[obert] D. Foster felt bad and he thought there was a chance for him to return if he could be reinstated in his office in the Legion &c. that he had all the anties affidavits &c. at his control. ! told him if he would return, withdraw all his suits &c. and do right he should be restored. Met Bro[ther] Richards coming from his garden with new potatoes. Told him to go to the High Council and have Bro[ther] Brown restored to the church and give him his licence. Rode out with several in my carriage an hour or so.

7 P.M. Heavy shower, thunder, lightning [and] rain and again about 9. (2)

-- Jun 07, 1844
The first and only issue of William Law's Nauvoo Expositor is published, with references to the 1843 polygamy revelation and to Smith's 1844 ordination as king on earth. Nauvoo Expositor publishes references to Smith's polygamy and ordination as King on Earth . PLACE: Nauvoo, IL SOURCE: Navuoo Expositor (7)

-- Jun 7, 1844
[Brigham Young] --7-- Lawyers and doctors called to converse with us, and obtain copies of General Smith's "Views." Afternoon, with Brother Richards I went to Mantua, where we met Brother Lorenzo Snow and others. We proceeded to Hiram and held a meeting in sight of the house where Joseph and Sidney were dragged out by the heels and tarred and feathered.

Arrived in Kirtland on the 8th; found my brother John Young and my sister Nancy Kent well.

--9 -- (Sabbath) I preached in the temple in the morning, and Brother F. D. Richards in the afternoon. I lectured in the evening on the subject of the location of Nauvoo; the Saints were dead and cold to the things of God. (3)

1 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith,
2 - Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1844,
3 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
4 - Conklin, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology
5 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
6 - On This Day in Mormon History,
7 - Joseph Smith Polygamy Timeline,

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