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Jan 19, 1847

Journal Entry

January 19, 1847 ~ Tuesday

189th [FIGURE] {The tribe of Wilford Woodruff was organized this day}

President Heber C Kimball organized
His family company this night At the
Council House consisting of about 200 persons
I, Wilford Woodruff organized my family company
this night At my own House consisting of 40 Men mostly
Head men of families. Those that Joined me entered into
a covenant with uplifted Hands to Heaven to keep all the
commandments & statutes of the Lord our God And
to sustain me in my office the following are the nam[es]
of those who were present with me in this organization
Wilford Woodruff, Aphek Woodruff, John Fowler,
Abraham O Smoot, William C. A. Smoot, John Grierson,
Chancy W. Porter, John Benbow, Simeon Blanchard,
Jacob Burnham, Little John Utley Samuel Turnbow
Eligah F. Sheets, Jacob F Secrist, Benjamin Abers,

Andrew J Allen, Ezra Clark, Edward Stephvenson,
Zerah Pulsipher, John M Wolley Albert Dewey
Wm Stewart, Thomas Clark, Hezekiah Peck,
being 24 persons in all that were present, the remainder
were Absent on business. we dismissed and parted in good
spirits & feelings I went to bed and fell asleep And dreamed
[FIGURE] that I was {[big] with child and} ready to {be delivered} which was A singular dream


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Smoot, Abraham Owen
17 Feb 1815 - 6 Mar 1895
555 mentions
1835 Southern Convert
8 mentions
Allen, Andrew Jackson
5 Sep 1818 - 18 Jul 1884
1 mention
Woodruff, Aphek, b. 1779
11 Nov 1779 - 28 May 1861
547 mentions
8 mentions
Porter, Chauncy Warriner
20 Oct 1812 - 3 Mar 1868
12 mentions
Sheets, Elijah Funk
22 Mar 1821 - 3 Jul 1904
113 mentions
Clark, Ezra Thompson
23 Nov 1823 - 17 Oct 1901
33 mentions
Kimball, Heber Chase
14 Jun 1801 - 22 Jun 1868
1403 mentions
Peck, Hezekiah
19 Jan 1782 - 25 Aug 1850
11 mentions
7 mentions
1 mention
Benbow, John
1 Apr 1800 - 12 May 1874
170 mentions
1840 British Convert, United Brethren
3 mentions
23 mentions
2 mentions
Turnbow, Samuel
16 Oct 1804 - 19 Nov 1890
6 mentions
Clark, Thomas Henry
7 May 1805 - 14 Oct 1873
43 mentions
1840 British Convert, United Brethren
Smoot, William Cochran Adkins
30 Jan 1828 - 2 Feb 1920
29 mentions
3 mentions
Pulsipher, Zerah
24 Jun 1788 - 1 Jan 1872
101 mentions


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21st The following is a true copy of a Revelation given dated Winter Quarters Camp of Israel Jan 14th 1847 The word and will of the Lord concerning the camp of Israel In their journeyings to the west Let all the people of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, and those who journey with them, be organized into companies with a covenant and promise to keep all the commandments and Statutes of the Lord our God: Let the companies be organized with Captains of Hundreds, Captains of Fifties, and Captains of Tens with a President & his two councillors at their head, under the direction of the Twelve Apostles: And this shall be our covenant that we will walk in all the ordinances of the Lord. Let each company provide themselves with all the Teams, waggons provisions, clothing, and other necessaries for the journey that they can. When the companies are organized let them go to with their might to prepare for those who are to tarry. Let each company with their Captains, and Presidents, decide how many can go next spring; then choose out a sufficient number of able bodied and expert men, to take teams, seeds, and Farming utensils, to go as Pioneers, to prepare for puting in spring crops. Let each company bear an equal proportion, according to the dividend of their property, in taking the poor, the widows, the fatherless, and the families of those who have gone into the armey, that the cries of the widow and the Fatherless come not up into the ears of the Lord against this people. Let each company prepare houses, and fields for raising grain, for those who are to remain behind this season, and this is the will of the Lord concerning his people; Let every man use all his influence and property, to remove this people to the place whare the Lord shall locate a stake of Zion;
~ Brigham Young


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Church membership is 34,694.
Wilford organizes "adopted" family (40 heads of households) under covenant to abide rules.

Jan 19, 1847