<January 12> Book of Mormon, Translation of the Bible, Hymn Book, and Doctrine and Covenants for the press; all of which the brethren are anxious to see, in their most perfect form; consequently, they will be particular to bring their offerings on the day specified until further notice, but not relax their exertions to carry on the work. The Elders will please give the above notice in all public meetings, until the plan is understood. January 12. 1842. , Recorder for the Temple—
I rode South about seven miles to my accompanied by brother John Sanders and Peter Maugh[a]n, and found a vein of Coal about Eighteen inches thick apparently of a superior quality for the Western Country.
<Elder Benj. Winchester was suspended by the quorum of the Twelve until he made satisfaction for disobedience to the First Presidency>
13 January 1842 • Thursday
<13> My Clerk commenced boarding with me—
<The British forces having evacuated Cabul, they were attacked in the Pass, a few miles from the City, and after three days fighting, they were nearly all slaughtered>
15 January 1842 • Saturday
<15> Saturday 15. I commenced reading the Book of Mormon at page 54 American Stereotype Edition (the previous pages having been corrected) for the purpose of correcting the <Stereotyped> Plates, of some errors which escaped notice in the first Edition.
<Attended City Council, and was appointed Committee on Ways and Means, and Municipal Laws.>
16 January 1842 • Sunday
<16> Sunday 16. I preached at my own house morning and evening, illustrating the nature of Sin, and shewing that it is not right to sin that grace may abound.
17 January 1842 • Monday
<17> Monday 17. Transacted a variety of business in the , myself and dined with Sister . In the evening I attended a Council of the Twelve at my Office; present Elders , , , , , , and , appointed Elder a Mission to , according to the Revelation of 22nd. December, and Elder Henry Jacobs <to> accompany him. <The Council were unanimously opposed to Robertson’s publishing the Book of Mormon and other books>
18 January 1842 • Tuesday
<18> Tuesday 18.
“Special Notice, Know all men by these presents that Whereas I Joseph Smith of the County of and State of Illinois as Trustee in Trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints— in and by my letter of Attorney, bearing date on or about the 15th. day of Feb. 1841, did constitute and appoint Dr. of Iowa Territory my Attorney to transact business in general for said Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as appears by said letter: and whereas I the said Joseph Smith, for myself, on or about the date above mentioned, in and by my letter of Attorney, did constitute and appoint the said my Attorney to transact certain business for myself individually, as appears by said letter— Now know ye, That I the said Joseph Smith, for myself, and also as Trustee in Trust, for said Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, have revoked, countermanded, annulled and made void, and by these presents do revoke, annul, countermand, and make void the said letters of Attorney, and all power and authority thereby given, or intended to be given, to the said Dr. ; and also, all other letters or instruments of writing, whatsoever, if any such there are, authorizing the said Dr. to act as agent, or transact any business for myself or said Church, are revoked, countermanded, annulled, and made void by these presents, and are of no power or virtue in law whatsoever, and will not be so acknowledged by me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at the City of , County of Hancock, and State of Illinois. this 18th. day of Jany. A. D. 1842. Joseph Smith L.S. President, and Sole Trustee in Trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints— Attest ” [p. 1269]