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It Was a Bitter Pill

The Prophet Joseph had called President [Brigham] Young, H. C. Kimball, N. K. Whitney, Orson Hyde, and himself [John Taylor] into his office in the part of the building known as Joseph’s Store in Nauvoo, and there communicated to them that God had revealed to him the doctrine of celestial marriage and reasoned at some length respecting it. They all received it though to use his words, “it was a bitter pill.” (10 June 1883)

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Next to Brigham Young, George Q. Cannon was arguably the best-known Latter-day Saint in the last half of the nineteenth century. His record covers half a century, a period in which he served as an editor and publisher, a businessman, an educator, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a territorial delegate in Congress, and a counselor to church presidents Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow.

This website publishes for the first time George Q. Cannon’s journal from 1855 through 1901. It also reproduces Cannon’s journal from 1849 through 1854, which was previously published in two print volumes. For the first time the entirety of Cannon's journal is now published on this website.

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