Wilford Woodruff’s journal entry for Tuesday, December 5, 1865, is short: “I spent the day packing away Apples.” (The entry for the 6th is equally short: “I undertook to make some Cider to day. It was to Cold to get the Juece out of the Apples.”) This is a man who, we believe, was acting at the time as an apostle of the Lord, and who would later become a prophet and leader of the church. However, his day was spent in the sort of labor that today we contract out to machines or migrant farm workers.
Then-Elder Woodruff’s 1865 summary is also divided between the sacred and the mundane:
I Travelled 1,983 Miles; I Attended 170 Public Meetings; I Preached 64 discourses; I Attended two General Conferences; I Attended 62 Prayer Circles; I Ordained 4 Seventies; I Blessed 52 Missionaries in Company with the Twelve; I Spent 54 days in the Endowment House; We Gave Endowments to 1,342 persons; President B Young sealed several Couple; President H C Kimball sealed 182 Couple; I Sealed 451 Couple; G. Q. Cannon sealed 529 Couple; I Attended the dedication of One Meeting House June 22; I wrote 27 Letters; I Received 24 Letters; I Attended the 40 days Session of the Legislative Council; I was a Member of the Senate of the State of Deserett; I Attended the Meetings of the D. A. & M. Society; I Attended as Treasurer of the Jordon Irrigation Co.; I Administered to 16 sick persons by the laying on of hands; I Paid my Tithing for 1865 $229.57 cts; I spent the rest of my time upon my farm & in My Garden laboring for the support of my Family. (emphasis added)
Even for those men who we revere as prophets, seers, and revelators, life is not merely a series of theophanies. Often, the day is spent packing away apples and making cider.