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the foundation of the world, but have been kept hid from the wise
and prudent, shall be revealed unto babes and sucklings in this
the dispensation of the fullness of times. Doc. and Cov. 128:1-18.

Sat. 10. Joseph Smith returned home undiscovered.

Sat. 17. Tlie ship "Sidney" sailed from Liverpool with 180
Saints; it arrived at New Orleans Nov. llth.

Sun. 25. The ship "Medford" sailed from Liverpool with 214
Saints, under the presidency of Apostle Orson Hyde; it ar-
rived at New Orleans Nov. 13th.

Thurs. 29. The ship "Henry" sailed from Liverpool for New
Orleans, with 157 Saints, under the direction of John Snider.

October. Sun. 2. Reports reached .Joseph Smith that Gov.
Thos. Reynolds, of Missouri, had offered a reward for the
arrest of himself and O. Porter Rockwell.

Fri. 7. Joseph Smith again left home to elude the pursuit
of his enemies, leaving his wife Emma sick. He returned on
the 20th.

Thurs. 13. Some of the brethren arrived at Nauvoo from
the Fineries, Wisconsin, with 90,000 feet of lumber and
24,000 cubic feet of timber for the Temple and Nauvoo

Thurs. 20. Thomas Ward succeeded Apostle Parley P.
Pratt as president of the British Mission, with Lorenzo
Snow and Hiram Clark as counselors.

Sat. 29. The ship "Emerald" sailed from Liverpool with
250 Saints, under the leadership of Apostle Parley P. Pratt.
Because of ice in the Mississippi river the company was
detained during the winter in St. Louis, Alton, Chester and
other places, and did not arrive in Nauvoo until April 12,

November. Tues. 15. Apostle John Taylor succeeded Jo-
seph Smith as editor of the "Times and Seasons."

Thurs. 17. Alpheus Harmon was frozen to death on the
prairie, between Nauvoo and Carthage, 111., as he was re-
turning home from a mission.

December. Sun. 4. The city of Nauvoo was divided into
ten Bishop's wards.

Wed. 7. Apostle Orson Hyde returned to Nauvoo from his
mission to Jerusalem.

Tues. 20. Lorenzo D. Barnes died at Bradford, England.
His was the first death of an Elder on a foreign mission.

Wed. 21. Apostle Willard Richards, who had been in the
East several months, was appointed Church Historian, etc.

Mon. 26, Joseph Smith was arrested the third time on a
requisition from the State of Missouri.

Tues. 27. Joseph Smith, accompanied by several brethren,
left Nauvoo for Springfield, III., where they arrived on the


January. Mon. 2. Joseph Smith prophesied that he should
not go to Missouri dead or alive.

Wed. 4. Joseph Smith was on trial before Judge Pope,
of Springfield, on the accusation of being an accessory to
the shooting of ex-Governor Boggs of Missouri.

Thurs. 5. Joseph Smith was proven innocent and ac-

Tues. 10. Joseph Smith and company arrived at Nauvoo
from the trip to Springfield.

Mon. 16. The ship "Swanton" sailed from Liverpool with
212 Saints for New Orleans, led by Lorenzo Snow. The emi-
grants arrived at Nauvoo April 12th.

Tues. 17. The Saints being overjoyed because of Joseph
Smith's release, meetings of prayer and thanksgiving were
held at Nauvoo.

February. Tues. 7. Apostle Parley P. Pratt arrived at
Nauvoo from his mission to England.

Thurs. 9. Joseph Smith received by revelation three grand
keys, by which bad angels, or spirits, may be known.
Three Grand Keys by which Good or Bad Angels or Spirits may be
known. Revealed to Joseph, the Prophet, at Nauvoo. Illinois.
February 9th. 1843.

There are two kinds of beings in heaven viz., angels who are
resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones.

For instance, Jesus said, "Handle me and see, for a spirit hath
not flesh and bones, as ye see me have."

2nd. The spirits of just men made perfect they who are not
resurrected, but inherit the same glory.

When a messenger comes, saying he has a message from God,
offer him your hand, and request him to shake hands with you.

If he be an angel, he will do so, and you will feel his hand.

If he be the spirit of a just man made perfect, he will come in
his glory; for that is the only way he can appear.

Ask him to shake hands with you, but he will not move, because
it is contrary to the order of heaven for a just man to deceive; but
he will still deliver his message.

If it be the Devil as an angel of light, when you ask him to
shake hands, he will offer you his hand, and you will not feel
anything: you may therefore detect him.

These are three grand keys whereby you may know whether any
administration is from God. Doc. and Cov. Sec. 129.

March. A "Young Gentlemen's and Ladies' Relief Society"
was organized at Nauvoo, with Wm. Cutler as president.

Joseph Smith studied the German language.

Fri. 3. The Illinois legislature passed a bill for repeal-
Ing the Nauvoo city charter, which, however, was not ap-

Sat. 4. O. F9rter Rockwell was taken prisoner In St.
Louis by the Missourians.

Wed. 8. The ship "Yorkshire" sailed from Liverpool, Eng-
land, with 82 Saints on board, led by Thomas Bullock; the
emigrants arrived at Nauvoo, May 31st, via New Orleans.

Wed. 15. Joseph Smith prophesied that O. Porter Rock-
well would get away honorably from the Missourians.

Tues. 21. The ship "Clayborne" sailed from Liverpool with
106 Saints.

April. Sun. 2. '"Important Items of Instruction" were given
by Joseph Smith, at Nauvoo, who also prophesied "that the
commencement of the difficulties which will cause much
bloodshed previous to the coming- of the Son of Man, will be
in South Carolina."

Important Items of Instruction, given by Joseph, the Prophet. April
2nd. 1843.

When the Saviour shall appear, we shall see him as he is. We
shall see that he is a man like ourselves;

And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist
among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which
glory we do not now enjoy.

(John xiv. 23.) The appearing of the Father and the Son, In
that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father
and the Son dwell in a man's heart, is an old sectarian notion, and
is false.

In answer to the question, "Is not the reckoning of God's time,
angel's time, prophet's time, and man's time according to the planet
on which they reside?"

I answer, yes. But there are no angels who minister to this
earth but those who do belong or have belonged to ft.

The angels do not reside on a planet like this earth.

But they reside in the presence of God. on a globe like a sea of
glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest past,
present, and future, and are continually before the I^ord.

The place wheie Gnd resides is a great Urim and Thummim.

This earth, in its sanctified and immortal state, will be made like
unto crystal and will be a Urim and Thummim to the inhabitants
who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an inferior
kingdom, or all kingdoms of a lower order, will be manifest to
those who dwell on it; and this earth will be Christ's.

Then the white stone mentioned in Revelations ii. 17. will become
a Urim and Thummirn to each Individual who receives one. whereby
things pertaining to a higher order of kingdoms, even all kingdoms,
will be made known;

And a white stone is given to each of those who come into the
celestial kingdom, whereon is a new name written, which no man
knoweth save he that receiveth It. The new name is the key word.

I prophesy, in the name of the I>ord God. that the commencement
of the difficulties which will cause much bloodshed previous to the
coming of the Son of Man will be in South Carolina.

It may probably arise through the slave question. This a voice
declared to me, while I was praying earnestly on the subject,
December 25th, 1832.

Thurs. 6. At a conference held in the Temple, at Kirtland,
Ohio, it was decided that all the Saints residing at that place
should remove to Nauvoo, 111.

An important conference, which continued its sessions
till the 8th, was commenced on the floor of the Temple, at
Nauvoo, 111. Joseph Smith prophesied that Christ would not
come until he (Joseph) was eighty-five years of age.

I was once praying very earnestly to know the time of the coming
of the Son of Man. when I heard a voice repeat the following:

"Joseph, my son, if thou livest until thou art eighty-five years
old, thou shall see the face of the Son of Man: therefore let this
suffice, and trouble me no more on this matter."

I was left thus, without being able to decide whether this coming
referred to the beginning of the millennium or to some previous
appearing, or whether I should die and thus see his face.

I believe the coming of the Son of Man will not be any sooner
than that time.

Whatever principles of intelligence we attain unto in this life. It
will rise with us In the resurrection:

And If a person gains more knowledge and intelligence In this
life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have
so much the advantage in the world to come.

There is a law, Irrevocably decreed in heaven before the founda-
tions of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated:

And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience
to that law upon which it is predicated.

The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's;
the Son also: but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones,
but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost
could not dwell in us.

A man may receive the Holy Ghost, and it may descend upon him
and not tarry with him. Doc. and Cov. Sec. 130.

Mon. 10. About one hundred and fifteen Elders were
called on missions to different States, at a special confer-
ence held at Nauvoo.

Thurs. 13. Joseph Smith preached to the British Saints,
who had arrived at Nauvoo the day previous.

Sun. 23. Six brass plates and a skeleton were found by
Mr. R. Wiley and others, near Kinderhook, Pike Co., 111.

May. Wed. 3. The first number of the "Nauvoo Neighbor,"
a newspaper, was issued at Nauvoo, instead of the "Wasp,"

Tuesday. 16. On this and the following day Joseph Smith
made some important remarks about the celestial glory,
at Ramus, 111.

Remarks nf Joseph, the Prophet, at Ramus, Illinois. May 16th and
17th, 1843.

In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees:

And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter in to this
Order of the Priesthood; (meaning the new and everlasting covenant
of marriage;)

And if he does not, he cannot obtain it.

He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom:
he cannot have an increase.

(May 17th. 1843.) The more sure word of prophecy (mentioned
by Peter) means a man's knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal
life, by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the power
of the Holy Priesthood.

It is impossible for a man to be saved In ignorance.

There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter,
but it Is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes.

We cannot see it; but when our bodies are purified, we shall see
that It is all matter. Doc. and Cov. Sec. 131.

Thurs. 18. Returning to Nauvoo from his visit to Ra-
mus, Joseph Smith dined with Judge Stephen A. Douglas,
at Carthage, Hancock Co., 111. During the conversation
which took place Joseph prophesied that Judge Douglas
would aspire to the Presidency of the United States, and
added that if he ever turned his hand against the Latter-
day Saints, he should feel the hand of the Almighty upon
him, etc.

Tues. 23. Addison Pratt, Noah Rogers, Benjamin F.
Grouard and Knowlton F. Hanks were set apart for a mis-
sion to the Pacific Islands.

Fri. 26. Joseph Smith gave endowments, and also instruc-
tions on the Priesthood and the new and everlasting cove-
nant, to Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, Heber C. Klmball
and others, at Nauvoo.

June. Thurs. 1. Addison Pratt, Benjamin F. Grouard,
Knowlton F. Hanks and Noah Rogers left Nauvoo on their
missions to the Pacific Islands.



Thurs. 8. ETias Higbee died in Nauvoo.

Sun. 11. A conference was held at Lima, 111., and the
branch at that place reorganized, with Isaac Morley as
president, and Gardiner Snow, Bishop.

Tues. 13. Joseph Smith left Nauvoo with his wife Emma
to visit her sister, living near Dixon, Lee County, 111.

Fri. 23. Joseph Smith was arrested and brutally treated
by Joseph H. Reynolds, sheriff of Jackson Co., Mo., and
Constable Harmon T. Wilson, of Carthage. 111., without legal
process, and only through interference of friends at Dixon
saved from being kidnaped and taken to Missouri.

Sat. 24. The corner stones of the Masonic Temple at
Nauvoo were laid.

Joseph Smith secured a writ of habeas corpus and
started towards Ottawa to have his case examined by Judge
John D. Caton, but, arriving at Pawpaw Grove, the com-
pany learned that Judge Caton was not at home, and, there-
fore, returned to Dixon the following day.

Sun. 25. News of Joseph Smith being kidnaped reached
Nauvoo, and 175 men immediately started on horseback to
his rescue.

Mon. 26. Joseph Smith started under guard towards
Quincy, 111.

Tues. 27. The company traveling with Joseph Smith was
met by the brethren from Nauvoo, when it was decided that
instead of going to Quincy to have the writ of habeas cor-
pus examined, the prisoner and escort should proceed to

Fri. 30. Joseph Smith and company arrived at Nauvoo,
nearly the whole city turning out to meet him. In the
afternoon he addressed the people, giving the history of
his arrest. While he was speaking Officers Reynolds and
Wilson started for Carthage and tried to raise a mob; after-
wards they petitioned Gov. Thos. Ford for militia to take
Joseph out of Nauvoo by force.

July. Sat. 1. Joseph Smith was tried before the mu-
nicipal court of Nauvoo on a writ of habeas corpus and

Sun. 2. Joseph Smith had a pleasant interview with
several Pottawatomie chiefs who had come to visit him, and
a very good impression was made upon the Indians.

The steamboat "Maid of Iowa" returned to Nauvoo, after
a very adventurous trip in search of Joseph. The brethren
who had participated in that river expedition, numbering
about eighty, were blessed by the Prophet.

Mon. 3. A number of Elders were called to visit the
various counties of Illinois, to preach the gospel and dis-
abuse the public mind with regard to Joseph Smith's arrest.

Charles C. Rich and a company of twenty-five men, who
had been out searching for the Prophet, returned to Nauvoo,
having traveled about five hundred miles on horseback in-
seven days.

Tues. 4. Nauvoo was visited by about one thousand gen-
tlemen and ladies from St. Louis, Quincy and Burlington.

Fri. 7. Mr. M. Braman arrived at Nauvoo as a messenger
from the governor, to learn the particulars of Joseph
Smith's late arrest.

Sat. 8. Bishop George Miller arrived at Nauvoo from the
Pineries with 157,000 feet of lumber and 70,000 shingles for
the Temple.

Wed. 12. The revelation on celestial marriage was writ-
ten in the presence of Hyrum Smith and Wm. Clayton.
(Doc. and Cov., Sec. 132.)

Revelation on the Eternity of the Marriage Covenant, including-
Plurality of Wives. Given through Joseph, the Seer, in Nauvoo,
Hancock County, Illinois, July 12th. 1843.

Verily, thus salth the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph, that
inasmuch as you have Inquired of my hand, to know and understand
wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob; as also Moses. David and Solomon, my servants, as touching
the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concu-

Behold! and lo, I am the Lord thy God, and will answer thee as
touching this matter:

Therefore, prepare thy heart to receive and obey the Instructions
which I am about to give unto you: for all those who have this
law revealed unto them must obey the same:

For behold! I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant;
and If ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one
can reject this covenant, and be permitted to enter Into my glory;

For all who will have a blessing at my hands, shall abide the
law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions
thereof, as were Instituted from before the foundation of the world:

And as pertaining to the new and everlasting covenant. It was
Instituted for the fullness of my glory, and he that receiveth a
fullness thereof, must and shall abide the law. or he shall be
<amned, saith the Lord God.

And verily I say unto you, that the conditions of this law are
these: All covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, oaths, vows, per-
formances, connections, associations, or expectations, that are not
made and entered Into, and sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, of
him who Is anointed, both as well for time and for all eternity, and
that too most holy, by revelation and commandment through the
medium of mine anointed, whom I have appointed on the earth to
hold this power, (and J have appointed unto my servant Joseph to
hold this power In the last days, and there is never but one on the
earth at a time, on whom this power and the keys of this Priest-
hood are conferred,) are of no efficacy, virtue or force. In and after
the resurrection from the dead; for all contracts that are not madft
unto this end. have an end when men are dead.

Behold! mine house Is a house of order, salth the Lord God, and
not a house of confusion.

Will I accept of an offering, salth the Lord, that Is not made
in my name!

Or. will I receive at your hands that which I have not appointed!

And will I appoint unto you. salth the Lord, except It be by law,
even as I and my Father ordained unto you, before the world was!

I am the Lord thy God, and I give unto you this commandment,
that no man shall come unto the Father but by me, or by my word,
which Is my law, saith the Lord:

And everything that Is In the world, whether It be ordained of
men, by thrones, or principalities, or powers, or things of name,
whatsoever they may be, that are not by me, or by my word, saith
the Lord, shall be thrown down, and shall not remain after men
are dead, neither In nor after the resurrection, salth the Lord your

For whatsoever things remain, are by me; and whatsoever things
are not by me, shall be shaken and destroyed.

Therefore, if a man marry him a wife in the world, and he
marry her not by me, nor by my word; and he covenant with her
so long as he is in the world, and she with him. their covenant
and marriage are not of force when they are dead, and when they
are out of the world; therefore, they are not bound by any law
when they are out of the world;

Therefore, when they are out of the world, they neither marry,
nor are given in marriage; but are appointed angels in heaven,
which angels are ministering servants, to minister for those who
are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight
of glory;

For these angels did not abide my law, therefore they cannot be
enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in
their saved condition, to all eternity, and from henceforth are not
Gods, but are angels of God. for ever and ever.

And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife, and
make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity, if that
covenant is not by me, or by my word, which is my law, and is not
sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, through him whom I have
anointed and appointed unto this power then It Is not valid,
neither of force when they are out of the world, because they are
not joined by me, .saith the Lord, neither by my word; when they
are out of the world, it cannot be received there, because the angels
and the Gods are appointed there, by whom they can not pass; they
cannot, therefore, inherit my glory, for my house is a house of
order, saith the Lord God.

And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my
word, which is my law. and by the new and everlasting covenant,
and It is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, .by him
who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power, and the
keys of this Priesthood; and It shall be said unto them, ye shall
come forth in the first resurrection: and if It be after the first
resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall Inherit thrones,
kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and
depthsthen shall it be written In the Lamb's Book of Life, that he
shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if
ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed
Innocent blood, it shall be done unto them In all things whatsoever
my servant hath put upon them. In time, and through all eternity,
and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and
they shall pass by the angels, 'and the Gods, which are Bet there,
to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon
their heads, which glory shall be a fullness and a continuation
of the seeds for ever and ever.

Then shall they be Gods, because they have no end; therefore
shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue;
then shall they be above all. because all things are subject unto
them. Then shall they be Gods, because they have all pwer, and
the angels are subject unto them.

Verily, verily I say unto you, except ye abide my law, ye cannot
attain to this glory;

For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the
exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find
it, because ye receive me not in the world, neither do ye know me.

But If ye receive me in the world, then shall ye know me, and
shall receive your exaltation, that where I am, ye shall be also.

This Is eternal lives, to know the only wise and true God, and
Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent. I am he. Receive ye, therefore,
my law.

Broad is the gate, and wide the way that leadeth to the deaths,
and many there are that go in thereat; because they receive me not,
neither do they abide in my law.

Verily, verily I say unto you. If a man marry a wife according
to my word, and they are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise,
according to mine appointment, and he or she shall commit any
sin or transgression of the new and everlasting covenant whatever,
and all manner of blasphemies, and if they commit no murder,
wherein they shed innocent blood yet they shall come forth In
the first resurrection, and enter into their exaltation; but they shall
be destroyed in the flesh, and shall be delivered unto the buffetings
of Satan unto the day of redemption, saith the Lord God.

The blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which shall not be for-
given in the world, nor out of the world, is in that ye commit
murder, wherein ye shed innocent blood, and assent unto my death,
after ye have received by new and everlasting covenant, calth the
Lord God; and he that abideth not this law, can in no wise enter
Into my glory, but shall be damned, saith the Lord.

I am the Lord thy God, and will give unto thee the law of my
Holy Priesthood, as was ordained by me, and my Father, before the
world was.

Abraham received all things, whatsoever he received, by revela-
tion and commandment, by my word, salth the Lord, and hath
entered into his exaltation, and sitteth upon his throne.

Abraham received promises concerning his seed, and of the
fruit of his loins, from whose loins ye are. namely, my servant
Joseph, which were to continue so long as they were In the world;
and as touching Abraham and his seed, out of the world they
should continue; both in the world and out of the world should
they continue as innumerable as the stars; or, if ye were to count
the sand upon the sea shore, ye could not number them.

This promise is yours, also, because ye are of Abraham, and
the promise was made unto Abraham; and by this law are the
continuation of the works of my Father, wherein h glorifleth

Go ye, therefore, and do the works of Abraham; enter ye into
my law, and ye shall be saved.

But if ye enter not into my law ye cannot receive the promise
of my Father, which he made unto Abraham.

God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to
wife. And why did she do It? Because this was the law. and from
Hagar sprang many people. This, therefore, was fulfilling, among
other things, the promises.

Was Abraham, therefore, under condemnation? Verily, T say
unto you, Nay; for I, the Lord, commanded it.

Abraham was commanded to offer his son Isaac; nevertheless, it
was written, thou shalt not kill. Abraham, however, did not refuse,
and It was accounted unto him for righteousness.

Abraham received concubines, and they bear him children, and it
was accounted unto him for righteousness, because they were given

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