This week in Church history

150 years ago

A Nov. 12, 1844, report by William Clayton concerning an experience he had while he was in St. Louis, Mo., was recorded in History of the Church, Vol. 7:316

"As I was walking along Front Street, St. Louis, I saw a man engaged

inT cutting a stone monument. I was amazed to see these words already cut on the monument, viz. `Highwater June 27th, 1844,' that was the day when this generation rejected the Prophet of God, when he and his brother Hyrum, the Patriarch, were murdered at Carthage jail by a wicked mob, and this was the day when the waters overflowed the Missouri at the highest, when the Front Street of St. Louis was covered eight feet deep with the flood."

During that same period of mid-November, reports of successful missionary efforts were recorded. On Nov. 14, Elder B. L. Clapp reported that he had left Nauvoo a year previous for a mission to the South and had returned after having traveled 4,444 miles. He had conducted 176 meetings and baptized 118 people in Alabama and Mississippi.

About that same time, Elder J. W. Crosby and his companion had served a mission in the British provinces and then proceeded to western New York. There they organized several branches of the Church, baptized some 150 people and conducted two conferences. They then traveled to eastern Canada, preaching in Montreal, Quebec and New Brunswick, where they baptized 47 people amidst much "opposition, persecution and personal violence."

Quote from the past

"Frame your lives according to the precepts of the Gospel. Let your . . . conversation be that upon which an angel can look with pleasure. And in all your social communications, or whatever your associations are, let all the dark, discontented, murmuring, unhappy, miserable feelings - all the evil fruit of the mind, fall from the tree in silence and unnoticed; and so let it perish, without taking it up to present to your neighbours. - President Brigham Young, in an address given April 6, 1853, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

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