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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Book 2, 10 March–14 July 1843

Editorial Note
The second book of ’s JS journal chronicles JS’s activities as church president, mayor of , Illinois, trustee-in-trust of the church, lieutenant general of the Nauvoo Legion, and businessman. The volume begins at 4:00 p.m. on 10 March 1843—the events of the earlier part of the day having been recorded in the first memorandum book—and continues through July 1843. This second book details JS’s involvement in numerous civic, legal, and ecclesiastical affairs and contains several accounts of his teachings. These accounts include comments made to on 2 April that were later canonized; lengthy discourses delivered at the April 1843 “special Conference” of the Church; practical instructions given to newly arrived immigrants on 13 April; a discourse on resurrection given on 16 April; and instructions given to several members of the Quorum of the Twelve on 19 April. Other historically significant events mentioned are the calling of missionaries to the , JS and ’s evident sealing, the recording of the revelation on eternal and plural marriage, JS’s plural marriage to (recorded in Taylor shorthand), and several lengthy discourses. At three different times during May and June 1843, JS left Nauvoo unaccompanied by Willard Richards. The first two trips (from 13 to 15 May and from 16 to 18 May) were relatively brief, and Richards wrote entries in the journal even in JS’s absence. The third trip (13–30 June), during which JS was arrested near , Illinois, on charges stemming from the 1838 Mormon War in , was lengthier. During this third period of JS’s absence, Richards generally either made no entry in the journal for a particular day or recorded what he heard or saw about JS’s arrest and efforts to rescue him. Several entries recorded after the Nauvoo Municipal Court discharged JS from arrest on 1 July illustrate the hostility that the rescue and release engendered among many non-Mormons in the area.

10 March 1843 • Friday (continued)
Friday March 10[th] 1843
4. P.M. Bro Norton claimed 2 trying squares, , 1 Padlock: David grant 1. shirt:— of property found by the marshall on warrant Just issued— a bit stock and smoothing plane & 3 or 4 other little tools were presented on this case.— Mayor present.— clear and cold.— <​10 minutes before 7— I ​>
Saturday March 11.th.
, discovered a stream of light in the South West quarter of the heavens.— the pencil rays of light <​were​> in the form of a broad sword. with the hilt downward. the blade raised, pointing from the west south west [p. 1]
Book 2, 10 March–14 July 1843

Editorial Note
The second book of ’s JS journal chronicles JS’s activities as church president, mayor of , Illinois, trustee-in-trust of the church, lieutenant general of the Nauvoo Legion, and businessman. The volume begins at 4:00 p.m. on 10 March 1843—the events of the earlier part of the day having been recorded in the first memorandum book—and continues through July 1843. This second book details JS’s involvement in numerous civic, legal, and ecclesiastical affairs and contains several accounts of his teachings. These accounts include comments made to on 2 April that were later canonized; lengthy discourses delivered at the April 1843 “special Conference” of the Church; practical instructions given to newly arrived immigrants on 13 April; a discourse on resurrection given on 16 April; and instructions given to several members of the Quorum of the Twelve on 19 April. Other historically significant events mentioned are the calling of missionaries to the , JS and ’s evident sealing, the recording of the revelation on eternal and plural marriage, JS’s plural marriage to (recorded in Taylor shorthand), and several lengthy discourses. At three different times during May and June 1843, JS left Nauvoo unaccompanied by Willard Richards. The first two trips (from 13 to 15 May and from 16 to 18 May) were relatively brief, and Richards wrote entries in the journal even in JS’s absence. The third trip (13–30 June), during which JS was arrested near , Illinois, on charges stemming from the 1838 Mormon War in , was lengthier. During this third period of JS’s absence, Richards generally either made no entry in the journal for a particular day or recorded what he heard or saw about JS’s arrest and efforts to rescue him. Several entries recorded after the Nauvoo Municipal Court discharged JS from arrest on 1 July illustrate the hostility that the rescue and release engendered among many non-Mormons in the area.

10 March 1843 • Friday (continued)
Friday March 10[th] 1843
4. P.M. Bro Norton claimed 2 trying squares, , 1 Padlock: David grant 1. shirt:— of property found by the marshall on warrant Just issued— a bit stock and smoothing plane & 3 or 4 other little tools were presented on this case.— Mayor present.— clear and cold.— 10 minutes before 7— I
, discovered a stream of light in the South West quarter of the heavens.— the pencil rays of light were in the form of a broad sword. with the hilt downward. the blade raised, pointing from the west south west [p. 1]
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