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On May 23, in the life of Joseph Smith

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May 23, 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith spoke with the Sac and Fox Indians who had arrived the previous day.

Sources:
History of the Church, Joseph Smith 6:402

May 23, 1834

Belleville, Indiana. Joseph led the Zion's Camp march from Belleville to Greencastle, Indiana, and after a hard drive, the group encamped about four miles from Greencastle.

Sources:
History of the Church, Joseph Smith 2:70

May 23, 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith prophesied to his brother Hyrum that their enemies would lie about Hyrum the same as they had about Joseph.

Sources:
History of the Church, Joseph Smith 6:403
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch

May 23, 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. With Emma's approval and in her presence, Joseph Smith was married to sisters Emily and Eliza Partridge by Judge James Adams, a high priest in the Church. About this time, Emma also approved Joseph's marriage to two other sisters, Maria and Sarah Lawrence.

Sources:
Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith, Linda K. Newell and Valeen T. Avery pp. 143-44
"Autobiography of Emily D. P. Young," Woman's Exponent, 14:5

May 23, 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois. Nauvoo City Resolution: Created the office of coroner and appointed Samuel H. Smith as such.

Sources:
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch

May 23, 1843

Carthage, Illinois. City of Nauvoo v. Hunter: The motion for dismissal was sustained. The defendant recovered his costs.

Sources:
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch

May 23, 1844

Carthage, Illinois. State v. Smith: A grand jury indicted Joseph Smith for perjury based on Robert D. Foster's oath that Joseph Smith had sworn a complaint to arrest Alexander Simpson for theft and assault of a Brother Richard Badham outside Nauvoo. (See State of Illinois v. Simpson, January 17, 1844.) Joseph Smith was so irate that he sent Orrin Porter Rockwell and Justice of the Peace Aaron Johnson to have Foster indicted for perjury. They arrived too late and the jury "had risen."

Sources:
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch

May 23, 1844

Carthage, Illinois. State v. Smith: A grand jury indicted Joseph Smith for adultery and fornication with Maria Lawrence "and other diverse women," based on William and Wilson Law's testimony. Joseph Smith considered suing him for perjury and slander on behalf of Maria Lawrence. Dropped the following day when the state's attorney pro-tem indicated that he would not prosecute the indictment.

Sources:
Sustaining the Law: Joseph Smith's Legal Encounters, Gordon A. Madsen, Jeffrey N. Walker, and John W. Welch