Josiah Butterfield: Excommunicated 7 October 1844. Later rebaptized. (1)
William Marks: Rejected as president of Nauvoo Stake 7 October 1844. (1)
-- Oct 7, 1844 (Monday)
At the general conference held in Nauvoo Wm. Marks was rejected as president of the Stake and John Smith appointed in his stead. (2)
-- Oct-6th 7th & 8th [Sept 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] attended the Semiannual conference of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.
When the saints was instructed in those subjects which immediately concerned them and the building up of the kingdom of God upon the face of the earth, and Zion established never more to be thrown down, also upon the necessity of the saints living together in unison and to finish that Temple, so that you may receive your endowments their washings, anointings & so forth & when the power of God shall be made known, and the Elders be endowed with power from on high to go forth into all the nations of the world and spread forth & build up the Kingdom of our God.
The different quorums of the church was put in order and about 4 or 500 Elders was ordained into the quorum of Seventies.
The different Quorums of the Seventies was called to order 7 commanded to go to different places apart from each other, and their prestsed their head; and they were to choose their own Clerk and fill up their quorums if any was lacking, whereupon Eleven quorums was organized and filled up. (3)
-- Oct 8, 1844
Brigham Young, 1844-10-08, marries (aged 43); Clarissa Blake (1796-?) (aged 48); widow of -- Morse; married to Mormon husband Lyman Homiston (4)
[Brigham Young Sermon] Conference am
President Young explained the object for which these high priests were being sent out, and informed them that it was not the design to go and tarry six months and then return, but to go and settle down, where they can take their families and tarry until the Temple is built, and then come and get their endowments, and return to their families and build up a stake as large as this. Nauvoo, Illinois HC 7:307-308 Conference pm
President Brigham Young then said that the elders, young men who are capable of preaching, will be ordained; "but do not be anxious. You must now magnify your calling. Elders who go to borrowing horses or money, and running away with it, will be cut off from the church without any ceremony. They will not have as much lenity as heretofore. The seventies will have to be subject to their presidents and council. We do not want any man to go to preaching until he is sent. If an elder wants to go to preaching let him go into the seventies, You are all apostles to the nations to carry the gospel; and when we send you to build up the kingdom, we will give you the keys, and power and authority. If the people will let us alone we will convert the world, and if they persecute us we will do it the quicker. I would exhort all who go from this place to do right and be an honor to the cause. Inasmuch as you will go forth and do right you shall have more of the spirit than you have heretofo
re. We have had a good conference; we have had beautiful weather and no accidents; and if you will go and do honor to the Lord for this, say amen;" and all the people said amen. [Nauvoo, Illinois - HC 7:306-307] (5)
Brigham Young uses two administrative techniques to circumvent the Nauvoo high council's "equal in authority" rights. First, 400 men are ordained today as seventies, which immediately transfers them from the jurisdiction of the high council to the Twelve's domain. Second, he appoints eighty-five of Nauvoo's high priests to be branch presidents outside Nauvoo, but does not require them to move. For the first time in Mormon history this puts a stake's high priests under the jurisdiction of the Twelve. (6)
-- Oct 9, 1844
Brigham Young, 1844-10-09, marries (aged 43); Rebecca Holman (1824-1849) (aged 20); first marriage (4)
[Brigham Young Journal] John Nelson cn one gun for temple $10. 9 was at Br Isac Decker Sister Rebecca Holman was there on a visit Br H. C. K. --- (7)
[Nauvoo Neighbor] Announcement: Deaths -- W.D. Huntington -- Dorothy Folks (57, Typhus Fever), Mary Dixon (3), Julina Benjamin (15, Remittent Fever), James P. Bliss (7, Fever), Lorena Murray (30, Black Canker), George Richy (31, Consumption), Mary Ann Hawkins (26, Winter Fever) Mary Buchannon (31, Fever), John J. Terry (7, Hooping Cough), Ann Cottam (24, Chill Fever), Eugene H. Harris (1, Chill Fever), James Sprout (12, Consumption), Charles John Egan (7 months, Inflammation on the Brain), Ephraim Cook (4, Chill Fever), Louisa How (8, Typhus Fever). (8)
1 - 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, http://amzn.to/RevelationsofJosephSmith
2 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
3 - Brigham Young Journal # 4 in the handwriting of: William Clayton, Evan Greene, John D. Lee, Willard Richards. First person account kept by others. 'Lieut. Genl Brigham Young's Journal 1844'
4 - Wikipedia, List of Brigham Young's Wives, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Brigham_Young%27s_wives
5 - Elden J. Watson, ed. Brigham Young Addresses, 1801-1877: A Chronological Compilation of Known Addresses of the Prophet Brigham Young, 6 vols. (Salt Lake City: Privately published, 1971)
6 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
7 - Brigham Young Journal (1801-1877) Journal #2 July, 1837- Mar. 1845
8 - http://boap.org/LDS/Nauvoo-Neighbor
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