Mormon History, Sep 25, 1844

-- Sep 25, 1844
[Nauvoo Neighbor] Reprinted Story: "Joe Smith and the Devil - A Dialog" -- The New York Herald -- Describes Joseph Smith as a willing participant in helping the Devil deceive others. (1)

[Nauvoo Neighbor] Reprinted Story: "The Mormons and Their Adversaries" -- The New York Herald -- Describes the illegal actions of the Mob, and decry's the lack of justice, while not approving of the Saint's Decisions. (1)

[Nauvoo Neighbor] Story: "Church and Slavery" -- Editorial -- Describes the Methodist Church's view of Slavery. (1)

[Nauvoo Neighbor] Story: "Public Buildings in Nauvoo" -- William Law -- Describes the building projects in Nauvoo, and states that their dedication to building public facilities is unrivaled in the entire nation. (1)

[Nauvoo Neighbor] Story: "Sidney Rigdon Esq." - Rigdon's Public Letter -- William Law -- Rigdon published an open letter in "The People's Organ" where he disputes the reasons he was cut off from the Church. (1)

[Nauvoo Temple] The third crane toppled when raising a sunstone, just missing Thomas Japp, who might have been killed in the accident. The crane was repaired and work continued. (2)

-- Sep 26, 1844
[Nauvoo Temple] During the month Ira T. Miles, who had sided with Lyman Wight against the Twelve's leadership, arrived in Nauvoo. Rumors spread that he had come to burn the lumber needed for the Temple. Because of this threat to the building, the Twelve and the Temple Committee appointed four night watchmen on the temple walls. The guards were used until the Saints abandoned the building in 1846. (2)

-- Sep 26, 1844, Thursday
[William Clayton Writings] Four watchmen were placed at the temple every night and, commented Clayton, ``It seems that all hell is let loose at once but we feel calm for we know that God is with us.'' (3)

-- Sep 27, 1844 (Friday)
Gov. Thos. Ford visited Nauvoo with about five hundred troops and three pieces of artillery, ostensibly for the purpose of bringing the murderers of Joseph and Hyrum Smith to justice. (4)

-- Sep 28, 1844
Amasa Mason Lyman: Sealed to Eliza Maria Partridge Smith for time 28 September 1844. Five children: Don Carlos, Platte Dealton, Carlie Eliza, Joseph Alvin, and Lucy Zina. (5)

[Lucy Mack Smith] Brigham Young affirms to William that the patriarchal right "rests upon your head" although he suggests "you can bestow it upon Uncle John or Uncle Asael." (6)

-- Sep 28, 1844 (Saturday)
About this time several persons in Hancock County were indicted for the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, among whom was Jacob C. Davis. (4)

-- Sept 28th [Sept 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] appeared on the Parade ground as Lieut. Genl. and reviewed the Nauvoo Legion, Gov Ford & his staff being present. afterwards they were marched up on to the hill and dismissed in to the hands of the Major Genl. & so on down to the Captains of companies, when they were all dismissed, after the returns was made & given in to the hands of the Colonel (7)

-- Sep 29, 1844
Brigham Young vacates the First Quorum of the Seventy by ordaining it's 63 members as presidents of local quorums. This removes a quorum specified in the 1835 revelation as "equal in authority" with the Twelve." (8)

[Nauvoo Temple] Brigham Young in a Sunday service sermon endorsed the Sisters' penny subscription fund for procuring glass and nails for the Temple. (2)

-- Sunday 29th [Sept 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] Went up to the stand, bro P. P. Pratt spoke and exhorted the Saints in the spirit of meekness to cherish the fruits of the spirit and walk uprightly before God and to deal justly with all men & to show by their walk and conduct that they had not taken the name of christ in vain, and to give their enemies no occasion to say or print any against them that was evil. And made a few very appropriate remarks on the conduct and the duties the saints ought to pursue.

I then arose and made a few remarks on the sisters penny subscription, and that on the next Sabbath our Semi-annual conference would take place, and requested the brethren and sisters to prepare themselves to be able to take in some of the Elders who may come from abroad to attend the conference may be accomdated. afternoon went to the Seventies hall and ordained the first quorum of Seventies to be presidents over the different quorums in rotation. (7)

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2 - Brown, Lisle (compiler), Chronology of the Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple
3 - 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.
4 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
5 - 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,
6 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books,
7 - 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'
8 - On This Day in Mormon History,

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