[William Clayton Writings] Monday 31. ... On Saturday Ruth and Margaret received their annointing for which I feel thankful Margaret had some good instructions and she feels satisfied and reconciled. She says she will never leave me on any consideration.
/Journal entry of this date ends the journal with this last line/
I still feel determined to do all I can and be as faithful as I know as I know how for that is the desire of my heart, but my greatest desire is to so live that I may secure for myself and mine the highest degree of exaltation and glory which is possible for me to obtain, and to be with my friend Joseph Smith in the eternal world. (1)
[William Clayton Writings] The month of March was particularly difficult, and at the end he seemed resigned that the ``vast press of business'' weighing on his mind probably would not grow any better. ``I have labored diligently and faithfully but seem to get worse behind,'' he sighed through his pen. ``My health seems to be impairing and sinking, and it seems impossible to get rest enough to recruit my strength.'' But most important, it all had a spiritual meaning for him, whether he got credit for this work or not, as Joseph Smith still dominated his thoughts and ambitions. ``I still feel determined to do all I can and be as faithful as I know how,'' he wrote, ``but my greatest desire is to so live that I may secure for myself and mine the highest degree of exaltation and glory which is possible for me to obtain, and to be with my friend Joseph in the eternal world.'' (1)
-- During Mar. 1845
John Taylor: When sought! as witness in trial of Smiths' murderers, said he would kill anyone trying to arrest him Mar. 1845 (2)
-- Apr 1, 1845
[Brigham Young Journal] 1 April 1845. (112b?) William Peirson was borne May 2, 1792 Nancy Peirson November 22, 1792 Edwin Dwight born Dec. 10th 1819 Eliza Ann April 14th 1822 Emelia Elizabeth April 16th 1825 Levi Richards March 29th 1827 Albert Howe June 8th 1829 died Oct 15th 1839 Susan Sanford Dec. 13th 1831 Joseph Richards born March 17th 1762 Rhoda Richards July 8th 1762 Were Married Dec 20th 1781 Joseph Richards born Sept 29th 1782 Rhoda Richards Aug 8th 1784 Susan Richards Aug 13th 1788 Phineas Richards Nov 15th 1788 Levi Richards Dec 7th 1790 (p) Nancy Richards Nov 22 1792 Hapey Richards July 28th 1795 Betsey Richards May 17th 1797 Levi Richards April 14th 1799 William Richards May 2nd 1801 Willard Richards June 24th 1804 (3)
[Brigham Young Journal] this day I comenced revising the History of the church Br G. A. Smith was with me, we took grate delight in perusing the history of the church in is infancy
I cauld at Br L Young in the morning Sister Dianita Walker was there (3)
[Nauvoo Temple] The Times and Season reported the beginning of the construction of the wall around the temple block. The wall would have a stone base with a wrought iron fence for security. (4)
-- Apr 1, 1845, Tuesday
[William Clayton Writings] Tuesday. April 1, 1845. At the office all day, quite unwell, recording minutes of the Kingdom. (1)
-- Apr 2, 1845
[Newspaper] - Announcement: "List of Lands" - Lands with Due Taxes Part 1 -- Editorial -- Provides the name, description, acreage, value, and taxes owed on many properties in Nauvoo.
- Story: "The Gathering" - Immigrants Arrive in Nauvoo -- Editorial -- Describes new groups of immigrants to arrive in Nauvoo, and speaks of the need for a free country in which to practice religion.
- Story: Calamities in Jackson County -- Editorial -- Describes recent natural disasters in Jackson County as the vengeance of the Lord.
- Story: Thomas C. Sharp's Avoidance of Jail -- Editorial -- States that Sharp is protected by his mob, and has not been arrested, though he has been indicted.
- Letter to the Editor: The Signal and Whig Print Lies - Written by a non-member -- Signed, "A Gentile" -- A non-member of the church describes the hypocrisy and crimes of Thomas C. Sharp and others. (5)
-- Apr 3, 1845
[Anointed Quorum] Thursday evening prayer circle of "a few of the high quorum" or "holly order" (Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, John Taylor, Orson Pratt, George A. Smith, John E. Page, George Miller, Joseph Young, and William Clayton) at Willard Richards's house: "we remembered our enemies and prayed that their designs against Zion might fail; we felt the power of God" (refers to this meeting in entry of 4 Apr). (6)
Brigham Young commends the Nauvoo police for beating "a man almost to death in the Temple." Young-s clerk Thomas Bullock copies a revelation received by Young "to be read next Conference." NAUVOO NEIGHBOR reports the reading on Aril 7 of a revelation "concerning blotting out the names of APOSTATES, that they may not be found upon the Church Record." (7)
1 - 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. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/clayton-diaries
2 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 6, Biographical Sketches of General Officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power
3 - Brigham Young Journal (1801-1877) Journal #2 July, 1837- Mar. 1845
4 - Brown, Lisle (compiler), Chronology of the Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple
5 - http://boap.org/LDS/Nauvoo-Neighbor
6 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45, http://amzn.to/origins-power
7 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
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