-- Sep 2, 1850
Joseph E. Johnson is on trial impregnating one of Apostle Lorenzo Snow's plural wives. A Church court in Kanesville, Iowa, had already decided that "his priesthood was required to be laid down [i.e., he was disfellowshipped] until he came here" to Salt Lake City. Johnson said "I never heard any conversation to say it was right to go to bed with a woman if not found out--I was aware the thing [with Mrs. Snow] was wrong." He told the court "He was familiar with the first frigging -- that was done in his house with his mother in law [Mary Heron Snyder (Snider)] -- by Joseph [Smith]." He added " I knew at the time I was doing wrong [with Mrs. Snow] -- I never av [have] taken any body as a[n] excuse -- I never plighted my faith on Joseph's transactions." [Council meeting and trial of Joseph E. Johnson, 2 September 1850, Miscellaneous Minutes, Brigham Young Papers] In 1850 Joseph E. Johnson was not an uninformed novice about Joseph Smith's polygamy a decade earlier. Two of his sisters (Delcena in 1842, then Almera in 1843) married the Prophet, who also performed the polygamous marriage for their brother Benjamin F. Johnson, after which Joseph Smith unsuccessfully asked to marry yet another of the Johnson family's daughters in the spring of 1843 (16-year-old Esther). (1)
-- Sep 18, 1850 (Wednesday)
Jabez Woodard joined Lorenzo Snow and fellow-missionaries in Italy. (2)
-- 25 September 1850
[Wife of Lorenzo Snow] Death of wife Charlotte Squires (3)
-- 21 October 1850
[Death of child] Death of Child Amanda Eleanor Snow (mother: Eleanor Houtz) (3)
-- Oct 27, 1850
During services in La Tour, Italy, Elder Lorenzo Snow baptizes Jean Antoine Box, the first Italian convert to the Church in Italy. (4)
-- Nov 24, 1850 (Sunday)
Apostle Lorenzo Snow ordained Jabez Woodard a High Priest and called him to preside over the Church in Italy. He also ordained Thos. B.H. Stenhouse a High Priest and appointed him to open up the gospel door in Switzerland. This was done on "Mount Brigham," Piedmont, Italy. (2)
1 - "Evidence For The Sexual Side of Joseph Smith's Polygamy," Comments by D. Michael Quinn on Session #2A "Reconsidering Joseph Smith's Marital Practices," Mormon History Association's Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 29 June 2012 (unabbreviated version, revised during July)
2 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo_Snow#Wives_and_children
4 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
Mormon History Timeline: the life of Lorenzo Snow
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