Mormon History, Dec 30, 1844

-- Dec 30, 1844
[Wilford Woodruff] A dream on the night of the 30th Dec 1844 (WWJ 2:492): Behold and lo in a dream I was in Council with the Martered Prophet & Patriarch & the quorum of the Twelve Apostles in America. I thought we had all got to be ordained for some purpose. I was called upon by Br Young & another person to assist in administering the ordinances. In the midst of the Council, Sidney Rigdon Came in & was objected to by Hyrum Smith.

I awoke & again fell asleep & dreamed of being in council with the Twelve & others. I made an address to them. John E. Page arose to address the meeting but was stoped by some female & was followed by Elder Willard Snow

I have recorded this dream yet I Pay but little attention to dreams that I have on ship board for I am nearly all the while in some dream while asleep on board of the ship. (1)

[Wilford Woodruff] I was in dreams nearly all of last night. Saw A large fire, A field of green corn, repaird old tubs to hold water, ground grain for the Saints Among other things I had an interview with the Patriarch Hyrum Smith who was martered. He wished me to get a plain gold ring made of fine gold set a stone in it & put some of his hair in it & wear it, & also some of Joseph Hair. ... (WWJ 2:491) (1)

-- 1844
Church Membership at end of year: 26,146

New Converts : 166

Percent Change from previous year: 0.64% (2)

-- 31- [Dec 1844]
[Brigham Young Journal] Went upon the Hill and in the afternoon- preached at the Sev. Hall. (3)

-- Before Dec 31, 1844
Martin Harris joins the Shakers and a becomes a follower of Anne Lee. (4)

-- Dec 31, 1844
[Nauvoo Temple] Bishops Newel K. Whitney and George Miller published the names of 46 men, who were appointed to gather tithes and donations for the temple, and that all those who donated money would be credited in The Book of the Law of the Lord. They asked that "all should double their exertions in order to finish the building of the temple the next season." (5)

-- During December 1844
Ezra Taft Benson: Mission to East December 1844. (6)

John Edward Page: In 1843 revelation directed to leave Boston area and preach in Washington, D C Returned to Nauvoo by December 1844. (6)

-- During 1844
[African American History] Joseph Smith Jr. campaigns for the presidency of the United States and espouses an anti-slavery platform aimed at ending all slavery by 1850. His earlier position had been anti-slavery but also anti-abolitionist. Smith states, "Pray Congress to pay every man a reasonable price for his slaves out of the surplus revenue arising from the sale of public lands, and from deduction of pay from the members of Congress, break off the shackles from the poor black man, and hire him to labor with other human beings, for an hour of virtuous liberty on earth is worth a whole eternity of bondage." (7)

[Brigham Young] Young emerged as Mormonism's principal leader, following the assassination of Joseph Smith in 1844, skillfully and successfully beating back the claims of several challengers. (8)

[Charles C. Rich] After the death of Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1844, Rich rose to the rank of major general in the Nauvoo Legion. (9)

[Deseret] Miles Goodyear establishes Fort Buenaventura, the first town in Utah, on the site of present-day Ogden. (10)

[Edition of the Doctrine and Covenants] The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Carefully selected from the Revelations of God. By Joseph Smith, President of said Church. Second edition. Nauvoo, Ill. Printed by John Taylor, 1844. 448p. This edition included eight new revelations. (11)

[Emmeline B. Wells] Converting to the Mormon Church in 1842, she married James Harris the next year, and in 1844 they migrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, then Church headquarters. (12)

Erastus Snow: Initiated into Masonry early 1844. (6)

1 - Wilford Woodruff Dreams and Visions, Saints Without Halos, Scott Kenny (
2 - Wikipedia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Membership History,
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 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
5 - Brown, Lisle (compiler), Chronology of the Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple
6 - 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,
7 - Crapo, Richley, Chronology Pertaining to Blacks and the LDS Priesthood,
8 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Brigham Young,
9 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Charles C. Rich,
10 - Legends of America, Old West Timeline,
11 - Cook, Lyndon, Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Appendix D, Important Editions of the Doctrine and Covenants,
12 - Utah History Encyclopedia: Emmeline B. Wells,

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