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The Book of Remembrance of Joseph W. Musser

Between April 23, 1930 and December 14, 1933, Joseph White Musser recorded in his own longhand, his  "Book of Remembrance."  His efforts produced a contemporary source of Lorin C. Woolley's instructions and prophesies that is unparalleled in the historical record.

Parts of Musser's notes have been previously published as Items from the Book of Remembrance of Joseph W. Musser and as Reminiscences of Lorin C. and John W. Woolley, volume five.  Undoubtedly Musser himself did the initial editing, choosing which "items" would be printed and which would be omitted.  Interestingly, Musser declined to include any of Lorin's prophesies, perhaps because it appears they all remain unfullfilled.

We are highly indebted to Joseph Musser for his notes of that three and a half year period.  Musser recorded Woolley's declarations, which if true, would designate Lorin as possibly the greatest prophet of this dispensation next to Joseph Smith.  Woolley affirmed that he alone held the keys to the priesthood during those 1930-33 years (see page 15 dictated on March 6, 1932 and page 48 dictated on November 9, 1932).

The reader is left to prayerfully consider the significance of Lorin C. Woolley and his teachings.

[Note: If someone is interested in a higher resolution version of these pages, please send your request with a U.S. postal mailing address to and I will try to send a CD.  I am seeking someone who would be interested in transcribing Musser's handwriting to create a transcript of the entire "Book of Remembrance" that might be posted at this website.  Thanks, BCH]

Page 1    Gazelam (Lorin C. Woolley) states Heber J. Grant married a plural wife after 1915.

Page 2    Joseph Smith transported to England; Lorin relates a dream that reflects his own importance and stature.

Page 3     Dream continues with a deceased Joseph F. Smith inviting Lorin to a solemn assembly in the temple and a deceased Prophet Joseph Smith introducing Lorin as the next speaker.

Page 4    Story attributed to J. Golden Kimball; Lorin teaches about Albert Carrington

Page 5    A. Milton Musser - a member of the "Grand Council."  John Taylor at the Carlisle home.

Page 6    Miscellaneous teachings.

Page 7    Lorin reports that he was a 33rd degree mason, one of only eight in New York, Washington, Chicago, and St. Louis.  Joseph and Hyrum led the emigrants to Utah in their resurrected bodies.

Page 8    Miscellaneous teachings.

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