The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 234
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ment. In 1839, after a residence of some eight years in Missouri,
the Saints, under the leadership of Joseph Smith, began an
exodus to Illinois, leaving their property behind them.
In Illinois, the Saints began a new settlement on the banks
of the Mississippi at Nauvoo, which, operating under a liberal
charter granted by the legislature of that state, enjoyed great
prosperity and growth. The Quorum of Twelve, which was
the head of the missionary efforts of the church, proselyted
with great zeal, especially in England, and brought thousands
of converts to Nauvoo.
At Nauvoo, in 1841, Lyman Wight became one of the Quorum
of Twelve. He was born in 1796 in Connecticut. As a boy he
had fought in the War of 1812, distinguishing himself at the
Battle of Sackett's Harbor. About the year 1826, after a short
residence in New York State, he moved to Cuyahoga County,
Ohio, and while living there he accepted the Book of Mormon
and was baptized into the church at Kirtland. Six days after
his baptism, he became an elder in the church and continued
so until his death. As one of the forerunners, he went to Jack-
son County, Missouri, in 1831, to carry the gospel of the new
dispensation to the western frontier of that state. The story
of his life in Missouri is filled with numerous incidents which
bespeak his courage and loyalty. On one occasion the presiding
bishop of the Jackson County Saints called for volunteers to
go and visit the Prophet (Joseph Smith), who was still in
Kirtland, Ohio, and to ascertain from him what he would have
the Saints do next. Volunteers were slow in responding; many
excuses were made. Wight stepped forward and said he would
go. "What kind of circumstances are your family in right now,
Brother Wight?" the Bishop asked. Wight made this reply:
"My wife is lying beside a big log in the woods with a three-
day-old child in her arms, but there are three days' provisions
there too, so I am sure that it will be all right for me to go."
This was in February, 1834, when weather conditions were
certainly not ideal for a mother and newborn babe in the woods
with only a big log for shelter.
The plans for the Nauvoo settlement called for the erection
of a temple and a home for the Prophet, and a special company
was formed to secure lumber for this purpose. At the head
of this special company were placed Lyman Wight and George
Miller. A sawmill in the Wisconsin pineries, on the Black River,
a little above LaCrosse, was purchased; standing timber was
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