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Part 4: 1841-1845

Part 1: 1823-1830   |   Part 2: 1831-1835   |   Part 3: 1836-1840   |   Part 4: 1841-1845
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5 Jan 1841
Joseph Smith says God has flesh and bone, and that earth was formed out of other planets that were broken up.

19 Jan 1841
Hyrum Smith is ordained Presiding Patriarch in place of his deceased father. He remains functioning as a part-time Counselor in the First Presidency until April 6th -- but William Law is ordained to replace him as Counselor on Jan 19th.

4 Mar 1841
William Harrison becomes first Whig U.S. President.

Spring 1841
The Anti-Mormon party is organized in Warsaw by Thomas Sharp to check the Mormon growth and influnce in Hancock County.

6 Apr 1841
Following thye sudden and unexpected death of Harrison, John Tyler becomes U.S. President -- although a Whig in name he does little to advance the party's goals and is generally disavowed by Whigs before his term ends.

6 Apr 1841
Cornerstones laid for Nauvoo Temple; among other books and items, a Bible is laid but only after the Apocryphia is added to it (torn from one of the member's family Bible) to make it complete [Samuel Miles]. Sidney Rigdon officiates at the ceremony and gives a hour long speech. This is practically Rigdon's last official act in the Church until the spring of 1844.

6-9 Apr 1841
Hyrum Smith appointed Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, as revealed on 19 Jan, 1841.

6-9 Apr 1841
William Law is sustained as Smith's Counselor, officially replacing Hyrum Smith. Sidney Rigdon remains a Counselor in name only.

6-9 Apr 1841 John C. Bennett is appointed Smith's acting Counselor so long as Sidney Rigdon remains ill. Bennett is also sometime referred to as "Vice President of the Church."

6-9 Apr 1841
The Quorum of Twelve is reorganized with Lyman Wight (ordained Apr 4th) replacing David W. Patten. (Willard Richards had been ordained Apr 14, 1840) Other members include: Brigham Young (President), Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Orson Hyde, William Smith, John Taylor, John E. Page, Wilford Woodruff, and George Albert Smith.

20 Apr 1841
Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, Orson Pratt, Willard Richards, George A. Smith, and Levi Richards sail from England; they arrive in New York on May 20th [Brigham Young].

Jun 1841
Returning to Nauvoo from Quincy, Joseph Smith is arrested.

Jun 1841
Don Carlos Smith denounces any who teach and practice plural marriage.

1 Jul 1841
Brigham Young and the others in the Twelve returning from England, arrive in Nauvoo [Brigham Young].

4 Aug 1841
Sidney Rigdon preaches baptism for the dead. However his influence in Nauvoo has waned to an all time low.

7 Aug 1841
Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's brother) dies.

15 Aug 1841
Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's son) dies.

27 Aug 1841
Robert Blashel Thompson (Joseph Smith's secretary), was an associate editor of the Times and Seasons in Nauvoo. From May to August 1841 he worked there with Don Carlos Smith. On 16 August 1841, at the age of 29, he was seized with the same disease that had stricken Don Carlos Smith, and died 9 days later. William Law later said he died under 'suspicious circumstances:' "I know that several men, six or seven, died under very suspicious circumstances. Among them were two secretaries of the prophet, Mulholland and Blaskel Thompson. I saw Mulholland die and the symptoms looked very suspicious to me. Dr. Foster, who was a very good physician, believed firmly that those six or seven men had been poisoned, and told me so repeatedly." Thompson and his future wife, Mercy Rachel Fielding, were baptized by Parley P. Pratt on May 21, 1836. She married Thompson June 4, 1837. The couple came to Quincy, Ill., in the spring of 1839 where Robert was temporarily employed as a writer for the "Quincy Argus." They were among the earliest settlers at Commerce, where Robert became a scribe/secretary for Joseph Smith and a "recorder" (or historian) for the Church.


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