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Article of the Week East to West through North and South: Mormon Immigration during the Civil War
June 29, 2015
by Fred E. Woods
When LDS immigrants on their way to Utah crossed the Atlantic Ocean or the Eastern United States between 1861 and 1864, they encountered the difficulties of traveling in a nation at war. Their first-person accounts paint a vivid picture of the obstacles faced by these saints as they journeyed to Utah during the US Civil War. The narratives also depict an effective immigration system directed by Brigham Young and operated by dedicated immigration agents and other faithful Mormons who assisted immigrants along their journey.

In 1864, David Coombs wrote that the captain of the General McClellan had sailed out of his course, far north among icebergs, for fear of meeting a Confederate ship at sea. . . .
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New Test. Lesson #28
June 26, 2015

This lesson on the time period right after the Resurrection mentions the forty-day ministry of Christ. Little in canonized scripture acknowledges this ministry, but presumably, the epistles and Revelation reflect what the . . .

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Book Review Essay
June 25, 2015

BYU Studies strives to involve readers in the LDS academic experience. In that spirit, we offer this scholarly exchange between Ralph C. Hancock and Joseph M. Spencer based on Spencer's "Goodness and Truth: An Essay on Ralph Hancock's The Responsibility of . . .

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Additional Features
On June 29, in the life of Joseph Smith
On this day in 1835

Chardon, Ohio. Lake v. Smith: A writ of collection (fieri facias) was issued and forwarded to Sheriff Jabez Tracy by Peter Thompson. It was returned on October 20, 1835, "wholly unsatisfied."


On this day in 1840

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith later received a letter written by William W. Phelps on this date, wherein Phelps admitted the wrongs he had committed against Joseph and asked for his forgiveness.


On this day in 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith married Eliza Roxcy Snow, sister of Lorenzo Snow, as a plural wife.


On this day in 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith appointed William Clayton as his new scribe to replace Willard Richards, who was leaving to bring his family to Nauvoo.


On this day in 1843

Honey Creek, Daviess County, Illinois. Joseph Smith consulted with his lawyers and told them that Nauvoo was the nearest place where writs of habeas corpus could be heard. They agreed, and the party turned toward Nauvoo. Joseph and his company of roughly 100 men made it to Michael Crane's on Honey Creek, where a flock of turkeys and chickens were killed for a feast for the company.


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Nauvoo City Ordinances: Required all strangers entering Nauvoo to give their names, former residence, and what intent they have in being in Nauvoo. Also gave authorities the right to ask whether any of these persons had recently been exposed to any contagious disease or diseases from whence they came. Prohibited citizens of Nauvoo from keeping any animal confined within the City for the purpose of "increasing the passions or ferocity of said animal" or endangering any passer-by. States that only animals such as cows, calves, sheep, goats, and harmless and inoffensive dogs may run at large in the city. Established that if any person swam or bathed in the public waters in Nauvoo and exposed themselves to public view in a state of nudity, they would be fine three dollars for the first offense and charged under the Ordinance Concerning Vagrants and Disorderly Persons for the second offense.


On this day in 1844

Carthage, Illinois. Smith v. Cowdery: The suit was dismissed from the Hancock County Chancery Court for want of prosecution.


On this day in 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. The bodies of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were buried.


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LDS FAQ Angle Moroni
What role does the Book of Mormon play in the Church and the lives of its members?

Willie Handcart
On this day in 1856:

The wet Saints held outdoor worship services.

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