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Day in the Life

Aug 25, 1844

Journal Entry

August 25, 1844 ~ Sunday

25th Sunday I met with the congregation
of the Saints in Nauvoo I was called upon to
address them inasmuch as I was about to leave
them to go on a mission to England. I arose and
deliverd them my farewell address it was short
The following is a few items which I presented to the
People. Their is a spirit in man and the inspiration
of the Almighty giveth it understanding [Job 32:8] it is through
this principle that this congregation is assembled
together at this place. you had understanding of
the things of God by the spirit of God. And I have
now one important declaration to make unto you and
that is that inasmuch as you will be united in heart
mind and action in supporting your councillors the
uthority of the, Church the priesthood of God
and follow the council given you, as you have
endeavord to follow the council of the Prophet
while he was living, you will be safe and blessed
and will prosper but if you are divided and reject
the council of God you will fall, union and faithful
ness is your salvation. It is true you have been
led by one of the best men that ever has graced
humanity, or tabernacled in flesh but he has gone
he has sealed his testimony with his blood. he has
loved this people unto death. But I would now call
upon this people to be united in building upon the
foundation which The Prophet Joseph has laid

It is true you have been called to suffer much in
the cause in which you are engaged but if Judgment
bgins at the house of God, babylon will not escape
and if their is a fire in a dgreen tree a dry tree will
not escape the fire, and their is no people more
prepared for the shok that is coming on the earth than
thane latter day Saints, for the object we have is
to secure blessings beyound the veil in the first resurr-
this ^is wh[a]t^ we are preparing for. Again I would say
let not the saints be troubled because they have lost
their Prophet. for I would ask because the Prophet
has sealed his testimony with his Blood if that destroys
the gospel, or takes away the power of God, is truth
anhilated, or has the Priesthood found a burying
place I tell you Nay it hasdoes not, theHis testiment
is now in force. therefore my council is to follow
the example of those who have gone before and
be faithful untill death, if you will be united
and go to with your mights in building that temple
you will have power to accomplish it & get an endow
. I exhorted them to faithfulness and requested
their Prayers, asked forgiveness of any thing that
I might have done wrong and bade them farew-
ell I was followed by Elder B. Young who made
many interesting remarks. Also Elders O Hyde
and P. P. Pratt testifyed that Joseph the Prophet and
Seer had ordained, anointed, and appointed the
Twelve to lead the Church had given them the
Keys of the Kingdom of God for that purpose
W. W. Phelps and R. Cahoon bore testimony to the
same thing, saying that Joseph said unto the
Twelve upon your sholdiers the kingdom of God must
rest in all the world, now round up your sholdiers and
bear it many important things were spoken that
I have not time to write. The brethren came forward
to convey us to Chicago when we were ready

when the meeting was closed, after shaking hand
with many friends, and taking many letters to convey
to England, I returned to my family all our children
were at home. Br & Sister Benbow was present


Browse people Wilford Woodruff mentioned on this day in his journal.

Young, Brigham
1 Jun 1801 - 26 Aug 1877
3307 mentions
Apostle, Family
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
2236 mentions
Hyde, Orson
8 Jan 1805 - 28 Nov 1878
673 mentions
Pratt, Parley Parker
12 Apr 1807 - 13 May 1857
526 mentions
20 mentions
Phelps, William Wines
17 Feb 1792 - 7 Mar 1872
164 mentions


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Joseph said unto the Twelve upon your sholdiers the kingdom of God must rest in all the world, now round up your sholdiers and bear it
~ Wilford Woodruff


View selected events in the two months surrounding this date in Wilford Woodruff's life.

Meeting where majority of Church members sustain the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as governing body of the Church.
Wilford accepts call to preside over the European Mission for one year.

Aug 25, 1844