180 years ago today - Aug 10, 1842

[Wilford Woodruff]

During my sickness there was some important things transpired in the Church. We received the word of the Lord Concerning the Elders of the Church (through Joseph the Seer). ... The instructions were for the Elders to confine themselves to the free States & mostly to New England & the canidas [and] not to go to any of the indians or Slave States. ...

There was a Counsel of the Twelve held for four days with Elder Orson Pratt to labour with him to get him to recall his sayings against Joseph & The Twelve [That Joseph Smith had propositioned Orson's wife Sarah] but he persisted in his wicked course & would not recall any of his sayings which were made in public against Joseph & others sayings which were unjust & untrue. The Twelve then rejected him as a member of their quorum & he was cut off /from the Church/. Dr John Cook Bennet [Assistant President of the church] was the ruin of Orson Pratt. /He was Cut off from the Church Aug 20, 1842.

/President Joseph Smith has been much persecuted of late by being hunted & sought for by Sheriffs & officers from Missouri & Illinoise by the orders of Governors Reynolds & Carlin under pretence of taking him to Missouri to try him for being accessary to the shooting of ex Gov Bogg. ... Joseph has presented the Church of late with some glorious principles from the Lord Concerning Baptism for the dead & other interesting Subjects.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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