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The first week of April 1837, Wilford joined with other men in the temple to be instructed and to prepare for the ordinances of washing and anointing. On April 3 and 4, just as Joseph Smith had directed those who had participated in the ordinances one year earlier, these men followed the Old Testament pattern of cleansing their bodies with water and perfuming themselves, prior to the ceremonial anointings and blessings.141
141 Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, 1:128-29, April 3, 1837. On this occasion, the Elders first washed “from head to foot” with soap and water, second with “clear water,” and then with “perfumed spirits.” (See also Doctrine and Covenants 89:7 for reference to practice.) On other occasions only water was used for washing and perfumed oil was used for anointing.
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At least ten women in Nauvoo chose to be sealed to Joseph Smith spiritually (for eternity, not mortality) in order to be connected to his priesthood lineage, yet remained physically with their husbands.345 Some of these women were married to men who supported the Church but were not baptized members. Others were married to men who were members of the Church but were not Church leaders. One was the wife of an apostle. Joseph’s assurance to these women was that being sealed to him and adopted into his priesthood line would ensure their own exaltation and benefit their husbands and children as well. After Joseph Smith’s death four more women chose to be sealed to their husbands for mortality only and to Joseph for eternity. (One was sealed to him before his death and resealed posthumously.)
345 Several of the women sealed to Joseph Smith for eternity only were married to men who did not join the Church: 1) Ruth Vose Sayers, 2) Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner, and perhaps 3) Sarah Kingsley Howe Cleveland. Prescindia Lathrop Huntington Buell’s husband had been baptized but was no longer participating in the Church, and Sylvia Sessions Lyon’s husband was excommunicated from the Church from 1842 to 1846. Four women had husbands who were faithful members of the Church: 1) Patty Bartlett Sessions, 2) Marinda Nancy Johnson Hyde, 3) Elvira Annie Cowles Holmes, and 4) Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs. Mary, Prescindia, and Zina were resealed to Joseph Smith for eternity and to Brigham Young for mortality; Sylvia was resealed to Joseph for eternity and to Heber C. Kimball for mortality; and Elvira was resealed to Joseph for eternity and her husband Jonathan for mortality in the Nauvoo Temple in 1846 (see infra endnote 391). Patty was resealed to Joseph Smith for time and eternity in 1867.
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Five women were sealed to Joseph Smith posthumously for eternity when they were sealed to their husbands for mortality in the Nauvoo Temple.391 However, there is only one recorded posthumous priesthood adoption of a man to Joseph Smith in Nauvoo. John M. Bernhisel wrote that on February 3, 1846, he was sealed to Joseph Smith “to become his son by the law of adoption and to become a legal heir to all the blessings bestowed upon Joseph Smith pertaining to exaltations.”392 The fact that John was sealed by adoption only to Joseph, not to Joseph and Emma as a couple, may explain the reason this was a singular occurrence. Emma Smith did not participate in the temple ordinances after her husband’s death.393
391The five married women who chose to be sealed to Joseph Smith (by proxy) for eternity and their husbands for mortality in the Nauvoo Temple were: Jane Tibbetts Luddington, Phoebe Watrous Woodworth, Cordelia Calista Morley Cox, Elvira Anne Cowles Holmes, and Lucinda Pendleton Harris. See Anderson and Bergera, eds., The Nauvoo Endowment Companies 1845–1846, 423, 464, 505, 581.