History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

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to be especial messengers to bear the gospel among all nations, <Note A Addenda p 1> The  following are the minutes of the proceedings.
14–15 February 1835 • Saturday–Sunday
<February. 14  Minutes of a  Meeting to choose  the “Twelve.”> “, February  “14th. 1835. This day a meeting was called of those who journey ed to for the purpose of laying the foundation of its  redemption last season, together with as many others of the  brethren and sisters as were disposed to attend. President  Joseph Smith Junr. presiding, read the 15th. chapter of John  and said let us Endeavor to solemnize our minds that we  may receive a blessing by calling on the Lord; and after  an appropriate and affecting prayer, the brethren who  went to Zion were requested to take their seats together in  a part of the house by themselves. President Smith then  stated that the meeting had been called because God had  commanded it, and it was made known to him by vision  and by the Holy Spirit. He then gave a revelation of  some of the circumstances attending us while journeying  to Zion, our trials, sufferings, &c, &c,— and said God had  not designed all this for nothing, but he had it in re membrance yet; and those who went to Zion, with a deter mination to lay down their lives, if necessary, it was the  will of God that they should be ordained, to the min istry, and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last  time, or the Coming of the Lord which was nigh even  fifty six years should wind up the scene. The President  also said many things, such as the weak things, even the  smallest and weakest among us, shall be powerful and  mighty, and great things shall be accomplished by you from  this hour; and you shall begin to feel the whisperings of the  Spirit of God, and the work of God shall begin to break  forth from this time, and you shall be endowed with from with power  from on high. President Smith then called upon all those  who went to Zion, if they were agreed with him in the statement  which he had made, to arise; and they all arose and stood  upon their feet. He then called upon the remainder of the  congregation to know if they also sanctioned the movements,  and they all raised the right hand. The names of those who  went to Zion in the camp, are, in part, as follows;
<Names, in  part, of those  who went  up to Zion.>
Joseph Smith Junrr 1. 12. 23.
2. 13. Lebbeus T. Coon [Libbeus Coons] 24.
3. 14. 25.
4. 15. 26.
5. , 16. James L. Thompson 27.
Jesse B. Smith 6. 17. Henry Shibley 28.
7. 18. 29.
8. 19. Lewis Robbins 30.
9. Alden Burdick 20. Darwin Richardson 31.
10. Hiram Winters 21. 32.
11. 22. 33.
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to be especial messengers to bear the gospel among all nations, Note A Addenda p 1 .
14–15 February 1835 • Saturday–Sunday
February. 14 Minutes of a Meeting to choose the “Twelve.” “, February “14th. 1835. This day a meeting was called of those who journeyed to for the purpose of laying the foundation of its redemption last season, together with as many others of the brethren and sisters as were disposed to attend. President Joseph Smith Junr. presiding, read the 15th. chapter of John and said let us Endeavor to solemnize our minds that we may receive a blessing by calling on the Lord; and after an appropriate and affecting prayer, the brethren who went to Zion were requested to take their seats together in a part of the house by themselves. President Smith then stated that the meeting had been called because God had commanded it, and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit. He then gave a revelation of some of the circumstances attending us while journeying to Zion, our trials, sufferings, &c, &c,— and said God had not designed all this for nothing, but he had it in remembrance yet; and those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, it was the will of God that they should be ordained, to the ministry, and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, or the Coming of the Lord which was nigh even fifty six years should wind up the scene. The President also said many things, such as the weak things, even the smallest and weakest among us, shall be powerful and mighty, and great things shall be accomplished by you from this hour; and you shall begin to feel the whisperings of the Spirit of God, and the work of God shall begin to break forth from this time, and you shall be endowed with with power from on high. President Smith then called upon all those who went to Zion, if they were agreed with him in the statement which he had made, to arise; and they all arose and stood upon their feet. He then called upon the remainder of the congregation to know if they also sanctioned the movements, and they all raised the right hand. The names of those who went to Zion in the camp, are, in part, as follows;
Names, in part, of those who went up to Zion.
Joseph Smith Junrr 1. 12. 23.
2. 13. Lebbeus T. Coon [Libbeus Coons] 24.
3. 14. 25.
4. 15. 26.
5. , 16. James L. Thompson 27.
Jesse B. Smith 6. 17. Henry Shibley 28.
7. 18. 29.
8. 19. Lewis Robbins 30.
9. Alden Burdick 20. Darwin Richardson 31.
10. Hiram Winters 21. 32.
11. 22. 33.
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