Submitted by Jonathan Stapley
Wilford Woodruff kept an incredible diary — a treasure of the Restoration.  Really. He also had the delightful habit of making a summary of each year. I’ve taken summaries from five years of his life, each from a different period of the Church. Sometimes these summaries are in table format, others in narrative. What follows are an approximate representation…and sometimes there are some fun nuggets nestled in the texts, so read carefully:
IN 1836 I traveled 6,557 miles, held 153 meeting attended 4 conferences held 4 debates and Baptized 27 persons Ordained 2 Elders 3 Priest 1 Teacher and 2 Deacons, Blest 19 Children. 4 persons were healed under my hands in the name of JESUS CHRIST. I Procured 22 Subscribers for the M & Ad & $70 for the same. Also Procured $91 for building the house of the LORD in Kirtland. Wrote 34 letters & received 7 letters. I had 3 mobs rise against me.
|Travelled Ten thousand & fifty miles||10,050 Miles|
|Attended with the quorum of the Twelve||12 Councils|
|Attended with Joseph & Hiram Smith the prophet And Patriarch & quorum of the Twelve & other Brethren in the affairs of the kingdom of God||13 Councils|
|The Twelve in recieving our endowment||21 Councils|
|Was Baptized for dead friends||19 Persons|
|Baptized for the dead (P.W.W)||5 Persons|
|Baptized for the remission of sins||6 Persons|
|"||3 High Priest|
|Married two coup||2 Couple|
|Administered to the sick||24 persons|
|Reported and recorded in my Journal The sermons of the Prophet Joseph Smith||11 sermons|
|Reported & recorded in my Journal Seventeen discourses from the Twelve &c||17 Sermons|
|Procured 10 subscribers for T & S & N N & 10 for N.Y. Prophet Total||20 Subscribers|
The Exodus (1846-1847)
I Travelled 2,619 Miles
The above distance was mostly from Council Bluffs across the Rocky mountains to the great salt lake, great Bason, North America And back again.
|I attended with the Twelve||56 Councils|
|With the High Council||15 Councils|
|I Preached to the Saints||33 times|
|I Baptized||3 Persons|
|I Confirmed||122 Persons|
|I Ordained||1 Bishop|
|Of the Quorum of Seventies||1|
|I Blessed||12 Children|
|I Administered unto||30 Sick Persons|
|I Wrote||14 Letters|
|I Received||6 Letters|
Early Utah (1848-1890: pre-manifesto)
|I travelled||2,172 Miles|
|I Attended||200 Meetings|
|I Preached 83 Discourses||83 discours|
|I Attended 2 general Conferences||2 Conferences|
|I Attended Prayer Circles with Presidency & 12||22 Meeting|
|I Attended Prayer Circle with W.W. Quorum||21 Meeting|
|Met In Council with Presidency & Twelve||5 Meetings|
|Met with the school of the Prophets||36 days|
|I Assisted in the organization of the school of the Prophets||2|
|I Attended 3 High Councils||3 H. Councils|
|I Baptized 2 Persons||2 Baptized|
|I Assisted in Confirming||226 Confirmed|
|Assisted in Blessing 219 Missionaries||219 Missionaries|
|I Attended 10 Funerals||10 Funerals|
|I Reported 12 Sermons||12 Sermons|
|I spent 14 days in the Endowment House||14|
|Assisted in giving Endowments to||861 Persons|
|I sealed at the Altar 305 Couple||305 Couple|
|I was Baptized for 32 Dead Friends||32 Dead|
|W Woodruff & Phebe W Woodruff sealed for||14 Couple|
|W. Woodruff & Phebe A. W. Snow sealed for||11 Couple|
|Assisted in ordaining||11 High Priest|
|&||12 High Council|
|Attended the dedication of 4 Meeting||4 Houses|
|Assisted in organizing one stake of||1 Zion|
|Administered unto 25 sick||25 sick|
I Travelled 1,843 Miles.
I wrote 82 Letters. Received 69 Letters.
I Attended 40 Meetings & 14 Conferences.
I met 30 times with the Board of Zions saving Bank.
I met 28 times with the board of Z.C.M.I.
Preached 21 Discourses. Administered to 7 sick.
I Attended 32 Councils with the Twelve Apostles.
I Ordained 1 Patriarch.
I was gone South to St George.
I had 170 persons Adopted to me & 36 sealing at the Altar.
I also had 36 of my relatives Adopted to Joseph Smith the Prophet.
I Attended 8 funerals.
I signed 47 Recommends for 2.
I Paid in 1892 $2,000 on Salt Lake Temple & $1,000 tithing.
I spend a good Deal of time in the Temple and labor hard to get it Prepard for Dedication By the 6 of April next.
I have spent this year mostly in the office Attending to the numerous Call of the Latter Day Saints which are vary numerous.
I have signed all the drafts sent abroad by Z.C.MI Also the drafts of the Church.
- The massive corpus is available as a typescript. Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, 1833-1898, typescript, edited by Scott G. Kenney, 9 vols. (Midvale, Utah: Signature Books, 1983-85). All the excerpts in this post were taken from the electronic version of these volumes, available on the New Mormon Studies CD-ROM