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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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them to Zion to purchase lands, according to previous commandment  <May 11.> that all things be prepared before them, in order to their gathering  Much was said to the conference upon these important things, and  <Conference convenanted  to abide teachings  of the twelve.> they covenanted before the Lord that they would be strict to attend  to our teaching. After preaching by , at 3 o clock  P. M. and the farewell Exhortation of the twelve, seven individ uals were baptized by who were confirmed in the evening,  and after layings on hands on many sick, who obtained relief  <Adjourned to 22—> Adjourned to the 22d instant to meet in New York. C<lerk>

May 1835

< & arrive in  , Ed. M. & A.> About the middle of May and  presidents of the church in , arrived at ; and   was appointed to take the place of President , in conducting the “Messenger and Advocate:” was appointed to edit the “Northern Times,” a weekly  < Ed N. Times> News paper which we had commenced in February last, in favor  of Democracy: And (with his son Watermar [Waterman Phelps]) made his  < assisted  in Doctrine & Covts.> home with my family, and assisted the committee in arrang  compiling the Book of Doctrine and Covenants.

22–25 May 1835 • Friday–Monday

<22  Conference Minutes  of the Twelve.> “May 22d. The twelve met in conference with the church in  New York, when after an agreeable salutation and rejoicing in each  others prosperity, Elder being chairman, conference was  opened by singing, and prayer, by the president. -[Here let it be  remarked that it was the universal custom of the Twelve, and the  presidency of the chu[r]ch, to open and close all conferences & councils  by prayer.— and generally singing, so that this need not be named  in this history hereafter]- Resolved that the limits of this conference  extend from in the west, so far East as to include , South  to , and north to Lake Ontario, called the “  <, Conference> Conference,” including the branches of , , Portage,  Grove, Burns, Geneseeo, , Java, Holland, Aurora, Greenwood,  and Niagara. The report concerning the labors and teachings of  the elders in the conference, and those who had recently travelled  through was good. The Branch in numbered 65: 28:  Burns, 30; Holland, 15, represented by as having suffered much  <Branches  Represented> from false teachings by hypocrites and knaves: Aurora, 4: Niagara 4:  the numbers of the remaining branches not ascertained but generally reported  in good standing. The council gave instruction concerning the Word  of Wisdom, the Gift of tongues, prophecying, &c and adjourned till  <Adjourned— 23> tomorrow morning. 23d. Conference met, to take into consideration  the redemption of Zion. After addresses from five of the council, the  Church expressed their determination to put in practice the teaching  <Council 25> we had given, when conference adjourned. May 25th the twelve met  in council, to pray for one another, until we meet again, and Resolved,  < & ,  sent to  &. Springville to set  in order the churches.> that we recommend and council Elders , and  to go to the churches at Chenango-Point, New York, and Springville  Pennsylvania, (among whom we understand there is some difficulty)  and set in order the things that are wanting in those branches.” , C.
Resolved that Elder go immediately from this place. [p. 592]
them to Zion to purchase lands, according to previous commandment May 11. that all things be prepared before them, in order to their gathering Much was said to the conference upon these important things, and Conference convenanted to abide teachings of the twelve. they covenanted before the Lord that they would be strict to attend to our teaching. After preaching by , at 3 o clock P. M. and the farewell Exhortation of the twelve, seven individuals were baptized by who were confirmed in the evening, and after laying hands on many sick, who obtained relief Adjourned to 22— Adjourned to the 22d instant to meet in New York. Clerk

May 1835

& arrive in , Ed. M. & A. About the middle of May and presidents of the church in , arrived at ; and was appointed to take the place of President , in conducting the “Messenger and Advocate:” was appointed to edit the “Northern Times,” a weekly Ed N. Times News paper which we had commenced in February last, in favor of Democracy: And (with his son Watermar [Waterman Phelps]) made his assisted in Doctrine & Covts. home with my family, and assisted the committee in compiling the Book of Doctrine and Covenants.

22–25 May 1835 • Friday–Monday

22 Conference Minutes of the Twelve. “May 22d. The twelve met in conference with the church in New York, when after an agreeable salutation and rejoicing in each others prosperity, Elder being chairman, conference was opened by singing, and prayer, by the president. -[Here let it be remarked that it was the universal custom of the Twelve, and the presidency of the church, to open and close all conferences & councils by prayer.— and generally singing, so that this need not be named in this history hereafter]- Resolved that the limits of this conference extend from in the west, so far East as to include , South to , and north to Lake Ontario, called the “ , Conference Conference,” including the branches of , , Portage, Grove, Burns, Geneseeo, , Java, Holland, Aurora, Greenwood, and Niagara. The report concerning the labors and teachings of the elders in the conference, and those who had recently travelled through was good. The Branch in numbered 65: 28: Burns, 30; Holland, 15, represented by as having suffered much Branches Represented from false teachings by hypocrites and knaves: Aurora, 4: Niagara 4: the numbers of the remaining branches not ascertained but generally reported in good standing. The council gave instruction concerning the Word of Wisdom, the Gift of tongues, prophecying, &c and adjourned till Adjourned— 23 tomorrow morning. 23d. Conference met, to take into consideration the redemption of Zion. After addresses from five of the council, the Church expressed their determination to put in practice the teaching Council 25 we had given, when conference adjourned. May 25th the twelve met in council, to pray for one another, until we meet again, and Resolved, & , sent to — &. Springville to set in order the churches. that we recommend and council Elders , and to go to the churches at Chenango-Point, New York, and Springville Pennsylvania, (among whom we understand there is some difficulty) and set in order the things that are wanting in those branches.” , C.
Resolved that Elder go immediately from this place. [p. 592]
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