Journal, December 1842–June 1844; Book 2, 10 March 1843–14 July 1843

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Editorial Note
JS, , and several others—, , Lydia Partridge, J. M. Smith, and —left for and , Illinois, on 16 May, while , who was keeping JS’s journal at the time, remained in . According to Clayton’s record, the group stayed only fifteen minutes in Carthage before proceeding to Ramus, where JS taught and Melissa LeBaron Johnson about eternal marriage: “He said that except a man and his wife enter into an everlasting covenant and be married for eternity while in this probation by the power and authority of the Holy priesthood they will cease to increase when they die (i.e. they will not have any children in the resurrection[)], but those who are married by the power & authority of the priesthood in this life & continue without committing the sin against the Holy Ghost will continue to increase & have children in the celestial glory.” On 17 May, after a “pleasure ride” through , Illinois, in the morning, JS preached from the first chapter of 2 Peter about knowledge, salvation, and “the more sure word of prophecy.” Later in the day, following further discussion of eternal marriage, JS attended the Ramus city council meeting, “rode out” with the Johnson family, and attended a lecture given by a Methodist preacher. JS “offered some corrections” about Genesis 2:7 following the lecture and also taught that “spirit” was a “more fine or pure” form of matter than is discernible by natural means. JS and his party returned to Nauvoo on 18 May 1843. Portions of JS’s teachings given on 16 and 17 May were later canonized.

16 May 1843 • Tuesday
Tuesday May 16.[th] 1833 1843 to Laharp .
The twelve met at the office to see Mr Brown but he did not appear. And the twelve voted that be req[u]ested to repair immediately to to prea[c]h till they arrivd. [8 lines blank] [p. [204]]

Editorial Note
JS, , and several others—, , Lydia Partridge, J. M. Smith, and —left for and , Illinois, on 16 May, while , who was keeping JS’s journal at the time, remained in . According to Clayton’s record, the group stayed only fifteen minutes in Carthage before proceeding to Ramus, where JS taught and Melissa LeBaron Johnson about eternal marriage: “He said that except a man and his wife enter into an everlasting covenant and be married for eternity while in this probation by the power and authority of the Holy priesthood they will cease to increase when they die (i.e. they will not have any children in the resurrection[)], but those who are married by the power & authority of the priesthood in this life & continue without committing the sin against the Holy Ghost will continue to increase & have children in the celestial glory.” On 17 May, after a “pleasure ride” through , Illinois, in the morning, JS preached from the first chapter of 2 Peter about knowledge, salvation, and “the more sure word of prophecy.” Later in the day, following further discussion of eternal marriage, JS attended the Ramus city council meeting, “rode out” with the Johnson family, and attended a lecture given by a Methodist preacher. JS “offered some corrections” about Genesis 2:7 following the lecture and also taught that “spirit” was a “more fine or pure” form of matter than is discernible by natural means. JS and his party returned to Nauvoo on 18 May 1843. Portions of JS’s teachings given on 16 and 17 May were later canonized.

16 May 1843 • Tuesday
Tuesday May 16.[th] 1843 to .
The twelve met at the office to see Mr Brown but he did not appear. And the twelve voted that be requested to repair immediately to to preach till they arrivd. [8 lines blank] [p. [204]]
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