[William Clayton Writings] and after death will not these laws be made known by messagers and agents as the gospel was made known to us. And (1)
[William Clayton Writings] is there not a similarity between this grand council & the council which sat previous to the organization of this 55 world. (1)
[William Clayton Writings] making laws and sanctioning principles which will in part govern the saints after the resurrection, (1)
-- March 8th 1845
[High Council Minutes]
The High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, met in the Seventies Hall according to adjournment and opened by prayer from Councellor George W. Harrs.
The minutes of the two previous meetings were read and approved.
Lewis D. Wilson James Allred
David Fulmer George W. Harris
Thomas Grover Aaron Johnson
Newel Knight William Huntington
Phineas Richards William Snow
Charles C. Rich Presiding
Closing prayer by the President.
Voted to adjourn till next Saturday, to meet in this Hall at one o'clock P.M.
Calvin C. Pendleton Clerk. (2)
[Nauvoo City Council] March 8th 1845 Regular Session 20 min p. 10.
Met pursuant to adjournment - names of members called - a minority present. On motion of Co. W. W. Phelps adjourned to next regular Session and the Marshall to notify the members to attend - seconded - carried -
Adjourned to next Regular Session. (3)
-- Mar 9, 1845
After several women must have approached Brigham Young about resuming regular meetings of the Relief Society, Young tells a meeting of the Seventy that women "have no right to meddle in the affairs of the Kingdom of God [-] outside the pale of this they have a right to meddle because many of them are more sagacious & shrewd & more competent [than men] to attend to things of financial affairs. they never can hold the Priesthood apart from their husbands. When I want Sisters or the Wives of the members of the church to get up Relief Society I will summon them to my aid but until that time let them stay at home & if you see females huddling together . . . and if they say Joseph started it tell them its a damned lied for I know he never encouraged it." (4)
Jedediah M Grant: Presented to Seventies as a new president of the First Council of Seventy 9 Mar. 1845 (5)
Roger Orton: Sustained by the seventies as a new president of the First Council of Seventy 9 Mar. 1845, even though they knew he had "addicted himself to drinking whiskey" (5)
[Joseph Smith] Young preaches that LDS women "have no right to meddle in the affairs of the Kingdom of God[--]outside the pale of this they have a right to meddle because many of them are more sagacious & shrewd & more competent [than men] to attend to things of financial affairs. they never can hold the keys of the Priesthood apart from their husbands." Young did not deny that endowed women had received a conferral of priesthood, but he denied that women had priesthood office, or right to preside within the church. (6)
-- Mar 10, 1845
Mormon Benjamin Blackbury is arrested in Nauvoo on a charge of perjury. However approximately 125 armed Mormons take him from the custody of the sherriff. Word of the incident reaches the governor who is asked to order a posse comitatus to take Brackenbury. Brigham Young then relents and sends Blackbury with a bodyguard of six men to answer the charges. (4)
-- Mar 10, 1845. Monday.
[William Clayton Journal] ...While writing and copying the records of the Kingdom, I was writing these words dropped by Elder H. C. Kimball in the council on the 4th inst. viz. "if a man step beyond his bounds he will lose his kingdom as Lucifer did and it will be given to others who are more worthy." This idea came to my mind. It has been a doctrine taught by this church that we were in the Grand Council amongst the Gods when the organization of this world was contemplated and that the laws of government were all made and sanctioned by all present and all the ordinances and ceremonies decreed upon. Now is it not the case that the Council of the Kingdom of God now organized upon this earth are making laws and sanctioning principles which will in part govern the saints after the resurrection, and after death will not these laws be made known by messengers and agents as the gospel was made known to us. And is there not a similarity between this grand council and the council whi
ch sat previous to the organization of this world. (7)
1 - 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. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/clayton-diaries
2 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - Nauvoo City Council Rough Book
4 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on http://amzn.to/originsofpower
5 - 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, http://amzn.to/origins-power
6 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power
7 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995, http://amzn.to/william-clayton
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