1840 - The Prophet Joseph writes a letter to the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, reproving them for the neglect of their brethren during the Missouri persecutions. He also encourages them to repent and the Lord will bless them as they build the kingdom in that area. The Prophet also writes a letter to the Twelve Apostles in England telling them to return in the Spring.
1843 - The Prophet Joseph spoke at the stand east of the Temple in Nauvoo on a cool Sunday morning. He covered several topics including, “I am the greatest advocate of the Constitution of the United States there is on earth,” all creeds have some truth, the Bible has some incorrect translation, and that “the first principles of the Gospel, as I believe, are, faith, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, with the promise of the Holy Ghost.” (History of the Church, 6:56-57)
1838 - After a several weeks of mob violence and siege, the Saints living in DeWitt, Missouri, agreed to abandon the settlement and surrendered. They gathered a few of their remaining items and left in seventy wagons for Far West, Missouri. Many homes had been burned, oxen and cows were killed, and their rights denied by the government that was suppose to protect them. On the first night of the march out of Carroll County, two women died---One woman died of exposure, the other (a woman named Jenson) died in childbirth. Several children also became ill during the ordeal and died later. This was a foreshadow of what was to come during this difficult time for the Saints in Missouri.
1846 - The last group of Saints (known as the “poor camp”) who had been thrown out of Nauvoo, Illinois, during the “Battle of Nauvoo” and who are camped on the West side of the Mississippi River in terrible conditions, avoid starvation through the “miracle of the quail.” Hundreds of quail land in the camp and are easily caught, providing meat for the starving Saints.
1841 - During the morning, the Prophet Joseph Smith took part in the laying of the Nauvoo House cornerstone in which he placed an original manuscript of the Book of Mormon. In the afternoon, he presided and spoke at the October conference held in the Grove in Nauvoo. (History of the Church, 4:423-424)