Mormon History, 1844

-- During 1844
(Almon W. Babbitt) After the Prophet's death, Babbitt served on a committee with Brigham Young, Willard Richards, Orson Pratt, W.W. Phelps, and John M. Bernhisel that unsuccessfully petitioned President James K. Polk to "convene a special session of Congress and furnish us an asylum where we can enjoy our rights of conscience and religion unmolested."

When the main body of Saints left Nauvoo, he remained behind to serve with Joseph Heywood and John S. Fullmer as trustee-in-trust for Church property. (1)

(Almon W. Babbitt) During the troubled days prior to Joseph Smith's death, Babbitt served as legal counsel to the Prophet, recommending the actions which resulted in the destruction of the anti-Mormon Nauvoo Expositor. (1)

(Eliza R. Snow) After the Prophet's death, she became a plural wife of Brigham Young. Their relationship appears to have been platonic, she serving as a counselor, he as a provider. She always referred to him with nineteenth-century formality as "President Young"; he called her "Sister Snow." (1)

(Eliza R. Snow) Brigham Young did not always heed Eliza's counsel. On one occasion he gave his older daughters colorful sashes. When Phoebe Young laid her sash out on the bed while dressing for a dance, the ribbon disappeared. Confronted by President Young, Eliza replied, "I felt that you wouldn't approve of anything so frivolous for your girls so I put it away."

"Sister Eliza," said her husband, "I gave the girls those ribbons, and I am judge of what is right and wrong for my girls to wear. Phoebe is to have her sash." (1)

(Emma Smith) Less than enthusiastic about the ascendency of the Quorum of the Twelve and Brigham Young to the leadership of the Church, Emma Smith became suspect because of her closeness to Joseph's erratic brother William and his succession claims. She and Brigham Young also disagreed over the disposition of Joseph's estate.

Disfavor with Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and others prompted rumors that she had been excommunicated. The September 11, 1844, Warsaw Signal reported, "It is rumored that on Sunday, nineteen of the leading Mormons were ejected from the church at Nauvoo, among whom were … Emma Smith, the prophet's widow." Such rumors, however, were unfounded. (1)

(George Q. Cannon) A member of the council since 1867, Cannon served as recorder and for many years had the only key to the safe which contained council minutes since 1844. (1)

(Green Flake) James M. Flake, Green's owner, was baptized in Mississippi during the winter of 1843-44. After visiting Illinois in the spring of 1844, the family decided to move to Nauvoo. John Brown recorded in his pioneer journal that he "baptized two black men, Allen and Green, belonging to Brother Flake," in April, 1844. (1)

(Heber C. Kimball) Throughout their Church careers, Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball were virtually inseparable, and their close friendship intensified after Joseph Smith's death in 1844. (1)

(Heber J. Grant) So far as is known, the Council of Fifty never convened after its October, 1844, meeting. Grant was the last surviving member of that body. (1)

(Jacob Hamblin) After two years in Nauvoo and a short mission in behalf of Joseph Smith's presidential candidacy, Hamblin moved his family west to Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Two years later, Hamblin and his three older children returned from a short trip to Council Bluffs to be met by Lucinda, who shoved thirteen-month-old Lyman under the fence to Jacob and screamed, "Take your little Mormon brats." "The family saw her for only one brief visit after this." (1)

(Jedediah M. Grant) Married Caroline Van Dyke, who died crossing the plains in 1847. Grant brought her body to the Salt Lake Valley, where she was the first white woman to be buried. (1)

(John C. Bennett) After Joseph Smith's death, he returned to Nauvoo with a letter purportedly given to him by the Prophet which stated that Sidney Rigdon was to be president of the Church in the event of Joseph Smith's death. In 1844-1845 he joined the disciples of William Law and Sidney Rigdon. Baptized into James Strang's Mormon group in 1846, he was excommunicated a year later for sexual licentiousness and disagreements over management of the sect's affairs. Despite his excommunication, however, Bennett continued to advise Strang, particularly on matters of pomp and ceremony, such as Strang's public coronation in 1850. (1)

(John D. Lee) Campaigning for Joseph Smith's presidential candidacy, Lee said he was told of the Prophet's death by an angelic visitor: "Instead of electing your leader the chief magistrate of this nationâ€"they have Martyrd him in prisonâ€"which has hastened his exaltation to the executive chair over this generation." (1)

1 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons,

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