a. The Three Nephites
b. A hail storm
c. A snow storm
d. The army of Helaman
(B) On Joseph Smith’s birthday
Brigham Young and most of the apostles remained in the Winter Quarters area throughout that winter. On December 23, they issued an “epistle” to be carried to Latter-day Saints throughout the globe directing all—except those in California—to emigrate “to Zion.”
“Should any ask, ‘where is Zion?,’ they wrote, “tell them in America; and if any ask: ‘what is Zion?’ tell then the pure in heart.”
That same day, 300 miles to the east, Emma Smith remarried in Nauvoo taking as her husband a non-Latter-day Saint named Lewis Bidamon with whom she would finish her days. It would have been Joseph Smith’s forty-second birthday.
In a conference held from December 24 to 27 in the brand new log tabernacle in Miller’s Hollow, members of the church in that region—the largest body of church members then assembled in any one area—sustained the ordination of Brigham Young as the new president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Coke Newell, Latter Days (St. Martin Press, New York City: 2000), 186.