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Day in the Life

May 18, 1839

Journal Entry

May 18, 1839 ~ Saturday

18 We Travled to Commerce & called upon Brother Joseph & his family I also saw Brothers Clark Turley &
Ripley. Br Ripley was surveying out a city plot which included Joseph's farm Notwithstanding the Saints are
driven from city to city & from place to place yet they are not discouraged but are determined to build a city
wharever their lot is cast showing themselves to be industrious & determined to maintain the kingdom of God. I
next visited President Rigdon & Hyrum Smith & Elder George Robison & several other brethren Commerce is
beautiful for situation though there is but two or three dwellings in the town as yet. I then crossed the Missisip
pi river
in the ferry boat owned by George Robison we landed at Montrose in the [FIGURE] IAOWAY This is the
first time I ever visited this Territory. Montrose was built for a garrison in 1834 by the U S A for the army it con-
tains about 12 blocks of buildings making about 75 rooms in all. I moved into Doct Galland office in company with
Elder Nobles for the night the distance of the day 10

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Robinson, George W.
14 May 1814 - 2 Oct 1878
15 mentions
Clark, Hiram, b. 1795
22 Sep 1795 - 28 Dec 1853
115 mentions
Smith, Hyrum
9 Feb 1800 - 27 Jun 1844
403 mentions
Apostle
Galland, Isaac
15 May 1791 - 27 Sep 1858
7 mentions
Noble, Joseph Bates
14 Jan 1810 - 17 Aug 1900
49 mentions
Smith, Joseph (Jr.)
23 Dec 1805 - 27 Jun 1844
2236 mentions
Rigdon, Sidney
19 Feb 1793 - 14 Jul 1876
209 mentions
Turley, Theodore
10 Apr 1801 - 12 Aug 1871
139 mentions

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Autobiography 1882 Leaves from My Journal

merce on the . After an interview with Joseph we crossed the river at Montrose, Iowa. President Brigham Young and myself, with our families, occupied one room about fourteen feet square. Finally Brother Young obtained another room and moved into it by himself. Then Brother Orson Pratt and family moved into the same room with myself and family.

Autobiographical Notes, circa 1850-1880

Commerce on the , and called upon Brother Joseph Smith & his family. I also say many other old friends who had been driven from place to place yet th[e]y felt well, & were not discouraged but felt to trust in God. The Saints felt determined to ^try to^ build up a City wherever they went, Commerce was beautiful for situations yet there was but two or three buildings in the town. After spending a short time visiting old acquaintances I crossed the Mississippi River in a ferry boat and landed in Montrose Iowa. This was the first time I ever was in the Terr[i]tory.

Autobiography 1882 Leaves from My Journal Notes 1

on the and after an interview with Joseph we crossed the river into the old Military Barracks in Iowa, and there took up our alode abode for our Families, President Brigham Young and myself

Autobiography 1883 Tullidge's Quarterly Magazine

Commerce on the . After an inter- view with Joseph we crossed the river at Montrose, Iowa. President Brigham Young and myself, with our families, occupied one room about fourteen feet square. Finally Brother Young obtained another room and moved into it by him- self. Then Brother Orson Pratt and family moved into the same room with myself and family. While I was living in this cabin in the old barracks, we experienced a day of God's power with the Prophet Joseph. It was a very sickly time and Joseph had given up his home in Commerce to the sick, and had a tent pitched in his door- yard and was living in that himself. The large number of Saints who had been driven out of Missori, were flock- ing into Commerce; but had no homes to go into, and were living in wagons, in tents, and on the ground. Many, therefore, were sick through the ex- posure they were subjected to. Bro- ther Joseph had waited on the sick, until he was worn out and nearly sick himself.

Events

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Church leaders escape while being transported for trial with the help of their guards; Church members move to Commerce, Illinois and establish Nauvoo.
Wilford receives the official call to serve his third mission.

May 18, 1839