150 years ago today - Jan 2, 1870

Geo[rge]. A. S[mith].[:] Gentiles will now hardly pass hans [Haun's] mill. [F]ear comes on them. Jos[eph]. Johnson. [s]aid the people there were afraid Mormons [would] come by & bye & take possession of that, [so] /they/ wont build substantial buildings.

Geo. A. S.[mith:] 10 Acres /on throwed/ fenced out /of field at Independance/ several met death trying to cultivate it. ... People suffered at Jackson Co. terribly during the late [civil] war. ...

Emma told Jos[eph]. she could not stand the brethren spitting & smoking in the small room where [the] school /of p[r]ophets w/ was held in Kirtland.

B. Y.[:] ... Jos[eph]. said, I mean to have a patriarchal blessing from [my] father, [then he] got home [and his] father got [the] family together. Jos[eph] said [he] want[s] bro Jos. S. present. Jos. S. ordained father as patriarch. [F]irst Jos. S. thought of it, [and] Jos S said Now I will have my family together, [then he] set his father apart. Then he got revelation to appoint [a] patriarch over [the] whole church. Bro Joel Johnson said when patriarch Jos Sen. went to /give patriarchal/ blessings after they would have bread baked /& [a] glass of/ wine. Pres[iden]t. B. Y. said [it] wont do here. [P]eople get /would/ drink too much'

[Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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