125 years ago today - Jul 26, 1897; Monday

Pres[iden]ts. Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon and J[oseph]. F. Smith, at the Office this morning, received a visit from Stephen H. Goddard, from California, one of the Pioneers of 1847. He went there at an early day to better his financial condition, against the counsel of Pres[ident]. Brigham Young. In this he had not succeeded, but appeared to be a poor and broken down old man, barren in mind and feeble in body. However, he remembered many things spoken of by the Prophet Joseph [Smith], and having heard Pres[ident]. Joseph F. Smith in the Tabernacle on Sunday, he told Elder Geo[rge]. Goddard that he heard the Prophet Joseph give instructions concerning the removal of the Saints to the Rocky Mountains, and prophesy that they would eventually go there. He now told Pres[iden]ts. Cannon and Smith that on one occasion in his presence in the Masonic Hall in Nauvoo [Illinois], the Prophet Joseph mapped out on the floor with a piece of chalk a diagram of what he called the Great Salt Lake Basin or Valley, and said that the Latter Day Saints would go there. The course of travel was mapped out, which afterwards was the route taken by Pres[iden]t. Brigham Young and the Pioneers. He did not remember the exact date of this prophecy but as the Masonic Hall was not built until 1843, it must have been after that date...

[First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

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