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Day in the Life

Aug 18, 1844

Journal Entry

August 18, 1844 ~ Sunday

18th [FIGURE] Sunday I met I vast congregation
of the Saints at the grove to hear a discourse
from President Young upon the present excite-
ment that is through Nauvoo in consequence of
unwise teaching by some that are trying to
draw away a party after them the following is
a synopsis of the discourse

President Young arose and said that he ^"I^ had^ve^ many
things to speak of. It was my mind in the first
place that we should have suitable time to meditate
upon all matters and weigh them, even evry
subject wharein we felt interested. When the
question was asked me if they should con-
tinue to Baptise for the dead, I said I had no
council to give upon that subject at that time ^present^ but
should think it not best to attend to it at that
time. I have learned some things I did not know
when I came home. I discover a disposition toin
the sheep to scatter abroad now the shepherd is taken
away. I do not say that it will never be right for
this people to go from here or scatter abroad but let
them wait untill the time comes & untill they
get council to do so. The report has gone forth through
the city that the Twelve has^ve^ a secret understanding

with those men who are going away to take a ^& taking^
companys with them, that they shall take all
they can but ^& although^ the Twelve will blow it up in
public but ^yet^ privately ^they^ wish it to go on, but if
it was the last words I had to say before going into
the Eternal world I would swear by the Holy
Trinity that it was ^is^ utterly fals and not a word
of truth in it, their is no man ^that has^ any right to
lead away one soul out of this city by the consent
of the Twelve, except Lyman Wight and Geo
Miller
^who have^ had the privilege of taking the Pine Company
whare they pleased but not anyother soul has
the consent of the Twelve to go with them. Their^re^
is no man ^who has^ any liberty to lead away people into
the wilderness from this Church or to lead them
any whare els not by the consent of the Twelve
or the Church except the case above named and
I tel you in the name of Jesus Christ, that if
Lyman Wight & Geo Miller take a course contrary
to our council, and will not act in consent with
us, but take a course against us they will be
damned and go to destruction, and if men
will not stop striving to be great and exhalted and
lead away parties from us, and strive to weaken
our hands they will fall and not rise again, and
I will destroy their influence in this Church with
the help of God and my brethren. I wish you to
distinctly to understand that the councel of the
Twelve is for evry family that does not belong to the
Pine Company to stay here in Nauvoo, and build up
the Temple & get your endowment, dont
scatter. United we stand divided we fall. it has
been whispered about that all that go into the
wilderness with Wight and Miller will get their
endowment, but they cannot give an endowment

in the wilderness. If we do not carry out the
plan Joseph has laid and the pattern he has given
for us to work by we cannot get any further
endowment I want it to sink deep into your heart
that you may remember it. I repeat it, let me
reason with you. If you stir up the flame of dissent
will you get an endowment No, you get a party
to run here and another there, and divide our
strength, and weaken our hands and we will be
left and our enemies will flock around us and destroy
us in that case you will not get your endowment
but will sink and not rise, go to hell and not to
the bosom of Abraham. do the people leave here
because they are afraid? what are you cowards?
do you fear those that have power to kill the body?
and have no other power more than him that has
power to cast both soul and body in hell.
If you
leave this place for fear of the mob before God
tells you to go you will have no place of rest
but you will flee from place to place and go
like the jews, untill God raises up some other
people to redeem you, for if the devil scares
you from this place he will scare you from
all other places. Let no man go from this place
but the pine country brethren but stay here, sow
plant, build, put your plow shares into the prairies
one plow share will do more to drive off the mob
than two guns. let us stay here with ^where^ the bones
of Joseph and Hiram Samuel ^Don^ Carloss and father
Smith, ^are^ Joseph has said if I ^&c^ am slain in battle
or fall any way I want my body laind in Nauvoo
I had rather have the dead body of the prophet
than some men who are alive, and I should rather
have the clothes of the prophet stuffed with straw
for President ^of the U S^ than any man whose name is now
before the nation for a candidate, for he would

would not do so much harm. We want to build
the Temple in this place if we have to build
it as the Jews built the walls of the Temple in
Jerrusalem, with a sword in one hand and the
trowell in the other. how easily ^some^ men are scared
this child was never ^I have not been^ frightend yet and I
know of other men who are ^have^ not. Do you suppose
the mouth of God is closed to be opened unt
no more unto us. If this was the case I would
not give the ashes of arie straw for the salvat-
ion of the Church. If God has ceased to speak
By the Holy Ghost or revelation their is no
salvation but this is not the case. Their seems
to be a disposition by many to leave Nauvoo &
go into the wilderness or some whare els, but what
if we should go into the wilderness, and we
should ask God to give us an endowment, and
he should ask if we were driven from
Nauvoo and who drove you? the devel drove
us, would be the answer. well he might say did
you not know that I had power over the devil,
yes but one said that I would not give a jack
knife for all Nauvoo and another said I would
not give a pair of mules for the best farm
in Hancock Co and I was afraid. would the
Lord give an endowment to a people that would
be fritened away from ^their^ duty? Those that are
wishing to lead away parties contrary to council
I wishould not wish them damned worse than
to have a company after their own liking for
they will soon quarrel among themselves;
and if we should go to the wilderness and
ask the Lord, to give us an endowment He might
ask us saying did I not give you rock in Nauvoo
to build the temple with yes Did I not through my

providence furnish men to quirry & cut the
stone & prepare them ^it^ for the building yes did I
not give you means to build the Temple there?
yes. vary well had you have died in Nauvoo
on the walls of the Temple or in your fields
I would have taken you to glory ^myself^ and raised
up men to officiate for you and you would have
got ^enjoyed^ the highest glory. did you make a sacrafice
by tithing? No well I dont wonder you did
not believe I had power over the devil.
Such may go away. But I want to have the
faithful stay here to settle the city. we shall
require the 10th of all your property for the ^as a^
tithing for the building of the Temples, the
poor and for the Priesthood. I want my support and
living by the Church hereafter so that I can
give my whole time to the business of the Church
I have always supported myself heretofore in all
my travels and labours. While in England one
year, we circulated 60,000 tracts upon our
doctrin. this ought to be done in all the world
^and it can be where the Elders are faithful in their calling^
The testator ^Joseph^ has always lived ^been preserved^ untill now, but he
has now sealed his testimony with his blood
and his testiment should now be put in force
while the testator lived it was all in his hands
but now he is dead. Their is no remission of
sins
without the sheding of Blood. you will
soon wake up and know things as they are their
has been a great dept paid. their will be no need
of more Blood of the Saints being shed at present
by and by you will understand and see that all
is right. WO, WO, WO, unto all who have
shed the blood of the Saints and the Lords
Anointed it must needs be that offences come
but wo unto that man through whome they come

to those that want to go away from this place I
would say wait untill the time comes. I will
give you the key. North and South America
is Zion and as soon as the temple is done and
you get your endowment you can go and
build up statkes but dont be in haste, wait untill
the Lord says go. If you have the spirit of
God you can discover right from wrong. when
all is right with the priesthood is right ^&^ A man is
rises up and speaks in the spirit of God and
just right All will say Amen but when
a man rises up and talks as smooth as oil
if he is not right their will be many queries
about it, it will not satisfy ^edify^ the body I give
this as a key. You may go all over North
and South America & build up stakes when
the time comes. The whole continant of
America must be organized into districts
and presiding elders appointed over each
district, the time has come when all
things must be set in order. I have had these
things upon my mind a long time. the time
has come now for bickerings to scease theirre must
be a strict order of things, and we are no longer
bound to harbor black legs, counterfieters, boges
makers, we know all about them they have been
in our midst long enough. I advise all the Saints
to have no dealing with such men let them alone
the time has come that they should be wiped
out of our midst, let those men alone, let the ungod-
ly dealers alone. And as to the doctors who are in
our midst who are our enemies I would say let
them alone, for I have no boubt but that three
to one who have died in this place had a doctor
and I would say wo unto you Lawyers for their ^your^

whole study is to put down truth and put a lie
in its stead. I want the Lawyers to know that
we have common sense they want to make
you believe that when you spell Baker it
means cider or whiskey; Now let the Lawyers
and doctors alone and leave ^off^ all bitterness and
evil speaking alone and you will build the Temple
and get an endowment. All ye Lawyiers go
away and let us alone, and when we want you
and we ^&^ get full of the devil ^& want you^ we will send for you,
we may then have a more convenient season
but go thy way for this time, and I want to
say to all Saints do not harbor black legs coun-
terfeiters, and bogas makers wipe them away
it is time to carry out the design of our prophet
do scease to employ doctors Lawyers & Merchants
who will empty your purs and then mob you
Store your grain in Nauvoo for you will want
it here, to eat while you are bilding the Temple.
I want to say to the hands upon the Temple be
united and I want to say to the committee ^I say^
dont turn away any person because he is an
Englishman, Scotchman, Irishman or any other
nation, but employ evry man you can and build
the temple and your homes. I had rather pay
out evry sent I have to build up this place
and get an endowment If I was driven the
next minute, without any thing to take with me
As to the doctors let them go. I can prove that
a doctor in this place doctored A woman that
was in the family way and did not know it
untill she was deliverd, and both woman and
child died, and if you will employ them
you will all die, but the time has come

when you need no longer to support
them. their is a distinction between the
law of the Land and the law of the Church
you have the privilege of keeping all shops that
does not come in contack with the Law of
the state, county, or city, so I will evade the law
says the dealer and give away whiskey and
sell a little tobaco or sumthing & charge enough
for both, but the law of the Church will
reach such men if they are members for they
will be cut off (I had a dream which I will
here relate I saw a fruit tree, & I went into the
tree in search of fruit. I soon discoverd that some
of the main branches on ^the^ top g^r^oing from the main
body was dead; It seemed necessary to cut off
the dead branches in order to save the tree so I
told some person to help me cut them off & they
steped on to a large green limb they were afraid it
would break, so I put my sholder under it & held
it up while he cut off the dead branches it cracked
the green limb but it did not break. after we cut
of[f] the dry limbs the wounds healed up and the
tree grew finely) now let us cut of[f] the dead bran
ches of the Church that good fruit may grow
and the voice will soon be herd go and build
Zion and the great Temple of the Lord.


A word unto the Seventies they will be organized
into their different quorums and a Presidency
of seven men will be chosen out of the first
seventy to preside over each quorum. Now as you
have been warned let evry man warn his Neighbor
and we will give evry man his appointment
as soon as convenient

May the Lord bless you in the name of
Jesus Christ Amen See next page

The Saints assembled in the afternoon and
was addressed by Elder H. C. Kimball & followed
by President Young I did not attend myself
and hence did not take notes but they had an
interesting time, they warned the Loyars
Lawyers and Doctors of their iniquity, and Preached
righteousness to the Saints. I spent the afternoon
at home writing. And in the evening in company
with Mrs Woodruff I rode out to Br John Benbow
and spent the night had some trouble getting there
but had a good visit with them we came to
the conclusion to leave our ownly son named
Wilford Owen. with Br and Sister Benbow while
we should take our mission to England.

People

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228 mentions
Scriptural Figure
Young, Brigham
1 Jun 1801 - 26 Aug 1877
3314 mentions
Apostle, Family
Smith, Don Carlos, b. 1816
25 Mar 1816 - 7 Aug 1841
49 mentions
Miller, George
25 Nov 1794 - 27 Aug 1856
36 mentions
Kimball, Heber Chase
14 Jun 1801 - 22 Jun 1868
1408 mentions
Apostle
Smith, Hyrum
9 Feb 1800 - 27 Jun 1844
403 mentions
Apostle
Benbow, Jane Homes
12 Jan 1792 - 27 Nov 1846
55 mentions
1840 British Convert
Benbow, John
1 Apr 1800 - 12 May 1874
170 mentions
1840 British Convert, United Brethren
Smith, Joseph (Jr.)
23 Dec 1805 - 27 Jun 1844
2248 mentions
Smith, Joseph (Sr.)
12 Jul 1771 - 14 Sep 1840
127 mentions
Wight, Lyman
9 May 1796 - 31 Mar 1858
189 mentions
Apostle
Woodruff, Phebe Whittemore Carter
8 Mar 1807 - 10 Nov 1885
1557 mentions
Family
Smith, Samuel Harrison
13 Mar 1808 - 30 Jul 1844
42 mentions
Woodruff, Wilford (Jr.)
22 Mar 1840 - 9 May 1921
704 mentions
Family

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(I had a dream which I will here relate I saw a fruit tree, & I went into the tree in search of fruit. I soon discovered that some of the main branches on ^the^ top g^r^oing from the main body was dead; It seemed necessary to cut off the dead branches in order to save the tree so I told some person to help me cut them off & they steped on to a large green limb they were afraid it would break, so I put my sholder under it & held it up while he cut off the dead branches it cracked the green limb but it did not break. after we cut of[f] the dry limbs the wounds healed up and the tree grew finely) now let us cut of the dead bran ches of the Church that good fruit may grow and the voice will soon be herd go and build Zion and the great Temple of the Lord.
~ Wilford Woodruff

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