Documents Volume 10: May–August 1842
The tenth volume in the Documents series, to be published in May 2020, features over one hundred letters, revelations, meeting minutes, deeds, sermon accounts, and other documents from May 1842 through August 1842. These documents chronicle important developments in the church, Joseph Smith’s personal life, and the community of Nauvoo, Illinois, during these months. The rich documentary record from this period details Joseph Smith’s attempts to avoid extradition from Illinois to Missouri, efforts to build a temple, and challenges posed by John C. Bennett’s immorality and disaffection from the church. This book offers an extraordinary portrait of the breadth of Joseph Smith’s daily activities as he served as a military leader and mayor of Nauvoo, continued as editor of the church’s newspaper, attempted to secure financial relief under the nation’s new bankruptcy law, and instructed Latter-day Saints near and far through discourses and correspondence. Readers will come away from this volume with an increased understanding of Joseph Smith’s life and of this pivotal period in Nauvoo.
Elizabeth A. Kuehn, Jordan T. Watkins and Matthew C. Godfrey are historians for the Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mason K. Allred is an assistant professor at Brigham Young University Hawaii.