Mormon History, Feb 12, 1845

-- Feb 12, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 12th I recieved a letter from Elder Clayton. I walked to the office. Spent the fore part of the day. In the evening I accompinied Mrs Woodruff & Clark to Br Tysom's & took tea. 5 m. (1)

[Nauvoo Neighbor] - Announcement: Married -- Editorial -- Nathaniel Johnson married Mary Cole, performed by Elder William Kay.

- Poetry: "The Chariot of Israel" -- W.W. Phelps -- Poem, written in the format of a song, written about The Saints.

- Reprinted Story: "Mormon Meeting" - Denial of Crimes -- The Quincy Herald -- Speaks of a meeting where members of the Church created a resolution stating their innocence from the crimes that rumors state they committed.

- Letter to the Editor: Letter Concerning a Dam in the Mississippi -- A. Ripley -- Gives Joseph Smith the credit for the idea, and states that a dam in the Mississippi could power sawmills or machinery.

- Announcement: Deaths -- W.D. Huntington -- Hyrum S. Griffith (infant, Canker), Alonzo W.N. Whittney (20, Lung Fever), Mary Holden (1 month). (2)

-- Feb 12, 1845, Wednesday
[William Clayton Writings] Wednesday. Feb. 12. 1845. At the office all day copying records of the Kingdom (3)

-- Feb 13, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Thursday prayer circle meeting of "the Twelve and others" in "the Temple." Heber C. Kimball apparently also listed unendowed people who attended an after meeting social: "Br. Woodard, Br. Vance," and their wives . (4)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 13th I recieved two letters one from P. P. Pratt & S. Brannan No 7 spruce Street New York & one from John Taylor Nauvoo Also 2 Nauvoo Neighbors. 4 m. (1)

-- Feb 14, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Prayer circle meeting of Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, George A. Smith, Willard Richards, Newel K. Whitney, George Miller, Alpheus Cutler, Reynolds Cahoon, Isaac Morley, Orson Spencer, Joseph Young, and William Clayton, "to pray and ask God to thwart the plans of the mob and deliver the brethren out of their hands" . (4)

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 14th I wrote Elder J. M. Grant of Philadelphia a letter. I also recieved 2 more Neighbors & five Prophets. P. P. Pratt Is over the eastern Churches. Their appears to be a prospect of another riot or outbreak about Nauvoo, from the mob according to the last Neighbor. I spent most of the day at the Office. 4 miles. (1)

John M. Bernhisel is appointed as a "Traveling Bishop" to visit and regulate wards. Hosea Stout, Nauvoo chief of police and head of Temple Guard, records in his diary, "Today Lucretia Fisher came to live with me." They are married a little over two months later. (5)

-- Feb 14, 1845. Friday.
[William Clayton Journal] ...In the evening the following brethren met together to pray and ask God to thwart the plans of the mob and deliver the brethren out of their hands viz. B. Young, H. C. Kimball, O. Pratt, G. A. Smith, Wd. Richards, N. K. Whitney, Geo. Miller, A. Cutler, R. Cahoon, Isaac Morley, O. Spencer, Joseph Young and myself. We have a very good time and the Lord blesses us and I believe we will have the desires of our hearts. After prayers it was voted that Father [Isaac] Morley move in to Nauvoo as soon as possible and that Solomon Hancock be appointed to preside over the Lima Branch in his stead. It was also voted that Dr. [John] Bernhisel be appointed a traveling Bishop to visit the churches. We had also some conversation on the subject of sending six brethren with brother Lewis Dana to the West, and especially to Texas. (6)

-- Feb 15, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 15th In company with Elder Leonard Hardy & James Darling Ross I rode in the rail road to Manchester. Met with Elder Milton Holmes. I spent the night with Br Flint. Distance 33. (1)

Sidney Rigdon asks, in the LDS newspaper MESSENGER AND ADVOCATE "Did the Lord ever tell any people that sleeping with their neighbor's wives and daughters had any thing to do with preparing the way of the Savior's coming[?]" Ridgon's daughter, Nancy, had been approached by Joseph Smith and asked to become a secret plural wife. This caused a rift between Rigdon and Smith. (5)

[High Council Minutes]

The High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints met according to adjournemtn at Councellor Henry G. Sherwoods' and opened by prayer from Councellor Alpheus Cutler.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Councellors Present.

Samuel Bent James Allred.

Lewis D. Wilson Alpheus Cutler

David Fulmer George W. Harris

Thomas Grover Aaron Johnson

Newel Knight William Huntington

Phineas Richards

Presidents John Smith and Chas C. Rich Presiding with President Bent.

The case to be tried (being an appeal from Bishop D. Evans Court of Dec. 21 1844) was not acted upon in consequence of the parties not presenting themselves.

Calvin C. Pendleton was ordained a high priest under the hands of Presidents John Smith, Saml Bent, and Chas. C. Rich

Closing prayer by President John Smith.

Voted to adjourn till next Saturday to meet in this house at ten o'clock A.M.

C. C. Pendleton Clerk (7)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
2 -
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 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45,
5 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on
6 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995,
7 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois,

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