Mormon History, March 1st 1845

-- March 1st 1845
[High Council Minutes]

The High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints met in the Seventies Hall pursuant to adjournment

Councellors Present.

Newell Knight James Allred

Phineas Richards George W. Harris

Aaron Johnson

William Huntington

William Snow

No business was brought before the Council. Voted to adjourn till Saturday next, to meet in this Hall at one o'clock P.M.

C.C. Pendleton Clk (1)

-- Mar 2, 1845
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 2d Sunday I dreamed last night of seeing two large snakes coming out of a large tree. Their object seemed to be to bite me. Soon a third one appeared, but I thought they had no power to harm me. Soon I met another one which I draged with my foot a long distance in the road. He tried to bite me. I soon trod on his neck. He run his tongue out, but I killed him.... (2)

[Brigham Young Journal] Sunday I did not leve the house till just past evening cauld on Father John Smith a fue minets came home went with my wife to mother Smith (3)

-- Mar 3, 1845
[Brigham Young Journal] Monday 3 I was stil more unwell Br Kimball came to my house wanted I should goe with him on to the hill, I went with him to see Br Beach came home quite sick went to bed did not get up till thursday, walked out to Br Joseph Youngs on Frida, rode on to the hill Saterday the 8 I had no doctor in my sickness but the Lord and my wife and the laing on of the hands of the Elders (3)

-- Mar 4, 1845
James Polk becomes U.S. President. (4)

-- Mar 4, 1845, Tuesday
[William Clayton Writings] Tuesday 4 Mch 1845. ... At 9 oclock met with the council of the Kingdom. We had a very interesting meeting. The subject being the Oregon Mission. (5)

-- Mar 5, 1845
Apostle Heber C. Kimball preached: "Some think we shall be driven from Nauvoo; but we are going to stay in Nauvoo and we shall build it up . . . I have told our Bishops, and will again say here, that not many years will pass away before there will be more than one hundred and fifty thousand Bishops to attend to the temporal affairs of the church." On Apr 7, NAUVOO NEIGHBOR published these prophecies. Nauvoo police chief Hosea Stout writes in his diary: "went with G[eorge] A. Smith to see President Brigham Young who was very sick. From there I went with the police to Schussler's Brewery where we all got what beer we could drink." (6)

[Newspaper] - Story: Remarks of Almon W. Babbitt in The US House of Representatives -- Editorial -- Notes and outline of the speech given by Almon Babbitt to secure the Nauvoo Charter.

- Story: "Commencement" - Beginning the Dam in the Mississippi -- Editorial -- Describes the beginning construction of the proposed dam in the Mississippi River.

- Reprinted Story: "Another Mormon Witness" - Ancient Relics found in Pennsylvania -- The St. Louis Republican -- Describes the finding of a mortar, pestle, and an axe, in a 400 year old tree. Includes a commentary from the Editor, accepting these artifacts as proof of the validity of the Book of Mormon.

- Letter: "Correspondence" - Anti-Mormon Ridicule -- Louisa Pratt -- Letter from D.H., S., and B. Stevens, asking Louisa Pratt not to associate with them unless she renounces her Mormon faith. Includes a rebuttal from Louisa Pratt defending her beliefs.

- Story: "Attention The Whole Kingdom of Saints" - Nauvoo Water Power Co. -- John E. Page -- Announces the creation of the Nauvoo Water Power Company, and petitions for the purchase of stock. (7)

-- Mar 6, 1845, Thursday
[William Clayton Writings] Thursday March 6.a 1845. At the Office all day copying records of the Kingdom. (5)

-- Mar 7, 1845, Friday
[William Clayton Writings] Friday March 7. 1845 As above (5)

[William Clayton Writings] Mar. 10. 1845. ... While writing and copying the records of the kingdom, I was writing these words dropped by Er H.C. Kimball in the council on the 4th inst. viz ``if a man step beyond his bounds he will lose his kingdom as Lucifer did and it will be given to others who are more worthy.'' This idea came to my mind. It has been a doctrine taught by this church that we were in the Grand Council amongst the Gods when the organization of this world was contemplated and that the laws of government were all made and sanctioned by all present and all the ordinances and ceremonies decreed upon. Now is it not the case that the council of the kingdom of God now organized upon this earth are (5)

1 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois,
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,
3 - Brigham Young Journal (1801-1877) Journal #2 July, 1837- Mar. 1845
4 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology"
5 - 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.
6 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on
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