History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

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17 March 1841 • Wednesday

<March 17> Wednesday 17. Ship “Alesto” sailed from for with <54> Saints  led by Elders Thomas Smith and William Moss. Elders , , [James] Whitehead  and Father Melling went to Preston; — — — — Elders and to Harden; <and to Leek.>

18 March 1841 • Thursday

<18> <Elder attended a Council of the Officers and Members of the Church at Leek, numbering 63 members, 1 Elder, 6 Priests, 2 Teachers & 2 Deacons.  Stephen Nixon was ordained an Elder, and John Hudson, Jacob Gibson, Joseph Knight— Priests; and F. Rushton, Ed Rushton Teachers.>

20 March 1841 • Saturday

<20> Saturday 20
“City of March 20. 1841. Brother William Allred, Bishop  of the Stake at Pleasant Vale, and also Brother President of the  Stake at Freedom, desire President Joseph Smith to enquire of the Lord, his will  concerning them”
I enquired of the Lord concerning the foregoing question, and  received the following answer
“City of March 20. 1841 Let my Servants  William Allred and have an agency for the selling of Stock  for the , and assist my servants , ,  , and in building said , and let my  Servants William Allred, and take stock in the ,  that the poor of my people may have employment, and that accommodations  may be made for the Strangers who shall come to visit this place, and  for this purpose let them devote all their properties, saith the Lord”—
About this time I received a Revelation given in the City of , in  answer to the following Interrogatory—
“What is the Will of the Lord concerning  the Saints in the Territory of ?” Verily thus saith the Lord, I say unto  you, if those who call themselves by my name, and are essaying to be my  Saints, if they will do my will and keep my commandments concerning  them; let them gather themselves together unto the places, which I shall  appoint unto them by my servant Joseph, and build up cities unto my name  that they may be prepared for that which is in store for a time to come.  Let them build up a City unto my name upon the Land opposite to the  City of , and let the name of Zarahemla be named upon it. And  let all those who come from the East, and the West, and the North, and  the South, that have desires to dwell therein, take up their inheritances  in the same, as well as in the City of , or in the City of ,  and in all the Stakes which I have appointed saith the Lord.”

21 March 1841 • Sunday

<21> <Sunday 21. Elder preached at Leek, and confirmed one.>
<See Addenda Book, page 25>

23–24 March 1841 • Tuesday–Wednesday

<23> Tuesday 23. returned to , and  wrote the following history of the “Mission to England, or the first foreign  Mission of the Latter Day Saints”—
“About the first of June 1837 Elder was called by the Spirit of Revelation, and set apart by the First  Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, then at . Ohio.  North America, to preside over a Mission to England, accompanied by Elder ,  who was set apart for the same work at the same time. In a few days, Brother , Priest, was set apart; and on the eve of the 12th., Elder , (having  been absent several months, on a long journey, and having returned the day previous)  was called and set apart for the same Mission. The following morning  Tuesday 13th. these brethren gave the parting hand, bid farewell to home, and without  purse or scrip started for England. They were accompanied 12 miles to ,  on Lake Erie, by Elders , and Brother ,  and Sisters [Vilate Murray] Kimball, [Rhoda Young] Greene, Fielding, (Brother and Wife accompanied  the Mission to , and Brother Fitch Brigham to Utica,) and others, with whom they [p. 1173]

17 March 1841 • Wednesday

March 17 Wednesday 17. Ship “Alesto” sailed from for with 54 Saints led by Elders Thomas Smith and William Moss. Elders , , [James] Whitehead and Father Melling went to Preston; — — — — Elders and to Harden; and to Leek.

18 March 1841 • Thursday

18 Elder attended a Council of the Officers and Members of the Church at Leek, numbering 63 members, 1 Elder, 6 Priests, 2 Teachers & 2 Deacons. Stephen Nixon was ordained an Elder, and John Hudson, Jacob Gibson, Joseph Knight— Priests; and F. Rushton, Ed Rushton Teachers.

20 March 1841 • Saturday

20 Saturday 20
“City of March 20. 1841. Brother William Allred, Bishop of the Stake at Pleasant Vale, and also Brother President of the Stake at Freedom, desire President Joseph Smith to enquire of the Lord, his will concerning them”
I enquired of the Lord concerning the foregoing question, and received the following answer
“City of March 20. 1841 Let my Servants William Allred and have an agency for the selling of Stock for the , and assist my servants , , , and in building said , and let my Servants William Allred, and take stock in the , that the poor of my people may have employment, and that accommodations may be made for the Strangers who shall come to visit this place, and for this purpose let them devote all their properties, saith the Lord”—
About this time I received a Revelation given in the City of , in answer to the following Interrogatory—
“What is the Will of the Lord concerning the Saints in the Territory of ?” Verily thus saith the Lord, I say unto you, if those who call themselves by my name, and are essaying to be my Saints, if they will do my will and keep my commandments concerning them; let them gather themselves together unto the places, which I shall appoint unto them by my servant Joseph, and build up cities unto my name that they may be prepared for that which is in store for a time to come. Let them build up a City unto my name upon the Land opposite to the City of , and let the name of Zarahemla be named upon it. And let all those who come from the East, and the West, and the North, and the South, that have desires to dwell therein, take up their inheritances in the same, as well as in the City of , or in the City of , and in all the Stakes which I have appointed saith the Lord.”

21 March 1841 • Sunday

21 Sunday 21. Elder preached at Leek, and confirmed one.
See Addenda Book, page 25

23–24 March 1841 • Tuesday–Wednesday

23 Tuesday 23. returned to , and wrote the following history of the “Mission to England, or the first foreign Mission of the Latter Day Saints”—
“About the first of June 1837 Elder was called by the Spirit of Revelation, and set apart by the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, then at . Ohio. North America, to preside over a Mission to England, accompanied by Elder , who was set apart for the same work at the same time. In a few days, Brother , Priest, was set apart; and on the eve of the 12th., Elder , (having been absent several months, on a long journey, and having returned the day previous) was called and set apart for the same Mission. The following morning Tuesday 13th. these brethren gave the parting hand, bid farewell to home, and without purse or scrip started for England. They were accompanied 12 miles to , on Lake Erie, by Elders , and Brother , and Sisters Vilate Murray Kimball, Rhoda Young Greene, Fielding, (Brother and Wife accompanied the Mission to , and Brother Fitch Brigham to Utica,) and others, with whom they [p. 1173]
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