Notice, circa 1 March 1842

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  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

TO THE BRETHREN IN , GREETING:—
It is highly important, for the forwarding of the , that an equal distribution of labor should be made, in relation to time; as a superabundance of hands one week, and none the next, tends to retard the progress of the work; therefore, every brother is requested to be particular to labor on the day set apart for the same, in his ward; and to remember that he that sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly,—so that if the brethren want a plentiful harvest, they will do well to be at the place of labor in good season in the morning, bringing all necessary tools, according to their occupation; and those who have teams bring them also, unless otherwise advised by the temple committee.
Should any one be detained from his labor by unavoidable circumstances, on the day appointed, let him labor the next day, or the first day possible.
N. B.—The captains of the respective wards are particularly requested to be at the place of labor on their respective days, and keep an accurate account of each man’s work, and be ready to exhibit a list of the same when called for.
The heart of the trustee is daily made to rejoice in the good feelings of the brethren, made manifest in their exertion to carry forward the work of the Lord, and rear his ; and it is hoped that neither planting, sowing or reaping will hereafter be made to interfere with the regulations hinted at above.
JOSEPH SMITH.
Trustee in Trust. [p. 715]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    In an epistle to members of the church published in mid-December 1841, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles indicated that volunteer workers who were sick were excused from laboring on the temple but reminded them that “when they get well let them begin.” (Brigham Young et al., “Baptism for the Dead,” Times and Seasons, 15 Dec. 1841, 3:626.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

  2. 2

    William Cahoon, a carpenter and son of temple committee member Reynolds Cahoon, apparently tracked the time of the temple’s various carpenters from 1842 to 1846. (Nauvoo Temple Time Book, 1842–1846, Nauvoo Temple Building Committee Records, CHL; Cahoon, Autobiography, 21, 28.)  

    Nauvoo Temple Building Committee Records, 1841–1852. CHL.

    Cahoon, William F. Autobiography, 1878. Microfilm. CHL. MS 8433.

  3. 3

    The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles previously counseled church members “who appear to think their own business of more importance than the Lord’s,” saying, “to such we would ask, who gave you your time, health, strength, and put you into business?” (Brigham Young et al., “Baptism for the Dead,” Times and Seasons, 15 Dec. 1841, 3:626.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

  4. 4

    JS was elected as the church’s trustee-in-trust on 30 January 1841. In December 1841 JS informed the church that all donations earmarked for temple construction should be sent directly to him, as trustee-in-trust, rather than funneled through the temple committee. (Appointment as Trustee, 2 Feb. 1841; Brigham Young et al., “Baptism for the Dead,” Times and Seasons, 15 Dec. 1841, 3:626–627; JS, “To Whom It May Concern,” Times and Seasons, 15 Dec. 1841, 3:638.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.