Apropos the current poll, I couldn’t resist sharing a fascinating description of the Millennium originally published in the Nauvoo Neighbor, but then reprinted in the Millennial Star (6, no. 9 (October 15, 1845): 140-142) and Dialogue (4, no. 1 (Spring 1969): 127-130). I do not currently have the time off work to track it down in the Neighbor, though I suspect on internal evidence that Phelps was the author (the vision uses Phelps’s sobriquets for church leaders, borrows a word apparently from the KEP, and emphasizes pure language, all characteristic of Phelps).
The piece is a vision entitled “One Hundred Years Hence. 1945,” and its prophecies are fascinating:
- The world ended ca. 1895-1905
- An annual martyrs’ feast is held April 7 every year since then in honor of Joseph and Hyrum; Attendant at the feast were “the worthy of the earth, with Adam at their head; the martyrs of the different dispensations, with Abel at their head; and honourable men from other worlds.”
- Jesus is grand King, but it appears the Church is run by Joseph Smith and John the Revelator, who planned 48 new Zion cities for 1945.
- General Conferences are now held in January and July.
- In an almost perfect anticipation of Planet of the Apes, New York City is discovered during excavation of the foundation for the temple of the 124th City of Joseph. A time capsule contains newspaper accounts of the final conflagration.
- A tombstone marking hell bears the inscription “Mo 1838″
- The new church organ is “Zo-ma-rah or Pure News”
I’ll leave to those more facile with the Mormon PDF archives the establishment of links to the relevant texts. And I am eager to hear if anyone has more information about provenance and reception.Also, how would you picture the Millennium?
 John Taylor was editing the Neighbor at the time and was known to work with Phelps. Apparently the piece has been attributed to Parley Pratt over the years, as per Stapley’s input. Other authors are certainly possible; hopefully someone has access to the Neighbor and there is a byline there. This authorial assignment is much more tentative than others in a paper on Phelps’s ghostwriting forthcoming in Journal of Mormon History.
 This refers to the 1838 Mormon War in Missouri.
 This appears to be invoking the word Zomar, a term likely held to be Adamic that appears in the Kirtland Egyptian Papers and in Booth’s letters on Mormonism. The word means “Zion” according to those two sources.