175 years ago today - May 11, 1842

Church leaders announce that John C. Bennett will be disfellowshipped. Orson Pratt refuses to sign the announcement. Pratt's wife, Sarah, had accused Joseph Smith of trying to seduce her. Joseph had accused John C. Bennett of being the one involved with Sarah Pratt Joseph's main defense was that Bennett engaged in spiritual wifery, and Joseph did not do such a thing.

Hiram accuses John C. Bennett of performing abortions. Sarah Pratt later claims the abortions were for Joseph Smith, Jr. Another charge for John Bennett in the notes that is not published is "Buggery" in the ranks of the Nauvoo Legion.

[Source: Exploring Mormonism: Polygamy Timeline, http://www.exploringmormonism.com/polygamy-timeline/]

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