180 years ago today - Dec 29, 1842 - Thursday

[Joseph Smith (Willard Richards)]
... after Supper Gen [Wilson] Law asked why the Sun was masculine & <moon> femini[n]e? <Joseph> The root of masculine is stronger & of femini[n]e weaker Sun is a govening planet to certain planets [[The idea that the sun is a "governing planet" is found in the Book of Abraham, which JS had recently published.]] while the moon borrows her light from the Sun & is less or weaker &c— ...

I went into a tavern & plead our cause to get admission. The Landlord said he could not keep us for love or money. I told him we must & would stay let the consequence be what it might, for we must stay or perish. the Landlord said they had heard the mormons were very bad people & the inhabitants of the Paris had combined not to have any thing to do with them but we might stay. I told him we would stay but no thanks to him & we went in & all the taverns, I have boys Men enough to take the town & if we must freeze we will freeeze by the burn ing of these houses— The taverns were then opened & we were accom modatd. & recived many apologies in the morni[n]g from the inhabita[n]ts for their abusive treatment. ...

[Joseph Smith, "President Joseph Smith's Journal," 4 vols., Book 1, 21 December 1842–10 March 1843 (Willard Richards)]

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