Mormon History, Feb 23, 1845

-- Feb 23, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Feb 23d Sunday The Bradford quarterly Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints assembled at ten o'clock in the Philadelphia Chapel North Wing Bradford. There being Present W. Woodruff of the quorum of the Twelve, 1 High Priest, 1 of the seventies, 9 Elders 9 Priest, 6 Teachers, & 4 Deacon. Elder Elijah F. Sheets The Presiding Elder over the conference was called to the chair And Priest Beecroft chosen clerk. Conference opened by singing & Prayer After which the following branches were represented: ...

After the representation the meeting was addressed by Elder Woodruff upon Principle. There was a good number of Saints to gether & had a good time. A band of music set in front of the Pulpit & Played in unison with the singers.

Met in the Afternoon at 2 oclok & had a Crouded house of Saints & citizens. Meeting opened by singing & Prayer. Remarks by Elder Woodruff on the Sacrament after which Elder Sheets blessed the bread & wine. We communed with a large number of Saints after which we confirmed 4 persons & Blessed 3 children. Elder Woodruff explained the ordinances, and addressed the assembly for about half an hour.

In the midst of the remarks Mr Bastow who had been a Priest in the Church but was Cut off and [--] intoxicated arose and disturbed the meeting, which made some Confusion. Meeting was soon dismissed. A contribution was taken up.

We met in the evening at 6 oclock & had crouded house. The music & singing was splendid. After that was over Elder Woodruff arose in the mids of a vast congregation & took for his text the 14 ch. of Rev. 6,7,8 verses as the foundation of his discours. The speaker gave an account of the origin foundation, rise & progress of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. He spoke of the leading mind of Joseph Smith the way he called upon God & had the Administering of the Angels & traced the subject through untill he sealed his testimony with his blood. He spoke an hour with the power of God resting upon him before the congregation who was as still as the house of Death. The most intens interest prevailed And a good impression was made. At the close of the meeting a contribution was taken up for the expens of the house when they collected £2.9.2. The Conference Closed with the best of feelings & all considered that good had been done.

Elijah E. Sheets President

Beecroft Clerk

I confirmed 4 person & blessed 3 children & lade hands upon 12 sick & spent the night at Br Child at Peel street. (1)

[Brigham Young Journal] Sunday 23 Preached at Hiram Kimball had a good meeting on monday 24 went to Masadona in company with H. C. Kimball George Miller O. Pratt A. Lymon Wm Clayton George D. Grant E. D. Woley John Key J. L. Smith we came in 6 ours found all well (2)

[Lucy Mack Smith] At a meeting at "Bishop Hale's," Lucy "gave a recital of the persecutions endured by her family." (3)

-- Sunday, February 23rd, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] Preached at Masonic Hall in evening. (4)

-- Feb 24, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 24th Parted with many Saints. Spent the day with Elders Sheets, Ure, Cureden & Wm. Walker. I Preached in the evening at the Chapel. The band of music came out as usual & added their music with the singing. Their was not so many out as was on Sunday. I lade hands upon 4 sick. 4 miles. (1)

Brigham Young writes in his journal "in company with Elders Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, Amasa M. Lyman, George Miller, William Clayton, George D. Grant, E. D. Woolley, John Kay and John L. Smith; I went to Macedonia: we were armed with forty-six rounds, loaded pistols." (5)

-- Monday, February 24th, 1845
[Apostle John Taylor diary] In company with Elder Page and others. (4)

-- Feb 25, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 25th I took the parting hand with Elders Sheets & Ure & many Saints & left Bradford in Coach & rode to Brighouse 8 miles then took cars & rode to Manchester. 34 miles.

Stoped at Elder Druce No 6 Sandford Street Broughton Road Salford, & took dinner. From thence to Br Sheldens 43 Lombard street Deans gate. Br Flint had moved to 98 Upper Chatham st Charlton upon Medlock. I spent several hours with Elder Holmes at Br Sheldens. He was still poor in health but better than he had been. I saw several of the Elders.

In the evening I took an open car & rode 35 miles in the rain to Liverpool & spent the night with my family in Newsum street. Distance of the Day from Bradford to Liverpool 77 mi. (1)

[Brigham Young Journal] at Br Benjaman Johnson Ramus after meeting we set up till late I set up till between one & two o. c. in the morning Br George Grant Luras Daniel and John Key was watching a bout 1/2 past 2 o. c. the Brs from Nauvoo came in to town about 10 in number. they waked us up we thaught it was the mob at first but soon found our mestake the Brethrin at Nauvoo heard that Br Kimball and my self was taken to Carthage jale by the mob this was the reson of the Brn coming out (2)

1 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
2 - Brigham Young Journal (1801-1877) Journal #2 July, 1837- Mar. 1845
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books,
4 - 'The John Taylor Nauvoo journal, January 1845-September 1845,' BYU Studies 23:3 (1983) edited by Dean C. Jessee
5 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on

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