Masonic Lodge in Nauvoo
Of the 2,072 Masons in the United States at the time Joseph Smith became a Mason, how many resided in Nauvoo?
(B) White Horse prophecy
Note: For those who are unfamiliar, this is the supposed prophecy when Joseph Smith stated the constitution of the United States will hang by a thread and the Elders of the Mormon Church would save it. I only bring this up because of the upcoming election and the fact that Mitt Romney had been asked to comment on this prophecy. At the time he commented on it, he said in part, that it was not church doctrine.
The following was stated by President Joseph F. Smith in the 1918 General Conference:
In that same meeting, President Joseph F. Smith said this in a pronouncement about several spurious prophecies, including the white horse prophecy:
“The ridiculous story about the ‘red horse,’ and ‘the black horse,’ and ‘the white horse,’ and a lot of trash that has been circulated about and printed and sent around as a great revelation given by the Prophet Joseph Smith, is a matter that was gotten up, I understand, some ten years after the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, by two of our brethren who put together some broken sentences from the Prophet that they may have heard him utter from time to time, and formulated this so called revelation out of it, and it was never spoken by the prophet in the manner in which they have put it forth. It is simply false; that is all there is to it.”
Joseph F. Smith, in Eighty-ninth Semiannual Conference (1918), 58.