History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<October 4> motion; resolved, that a Committee be appointed to draft a bill for the incorporating of the Town of , and other purposes. Resolved that Joseph Smith — —, , and be said Committee— Resolved, that be appointed delegate, — — — — — — — to urge the passage of said bill through the Legislature. President then rose and gave some general instructions to the Church. Conference adjourned for one hour. [HC 4:205]
One oclock P.M. Conference met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened by prayer by Elder . President Joseph Smith — — — then rose and delivered a discourse on the subject of baptism for the dead, which was listened to with considerable interest, by the vast multitude assembled. from the Committee, to draft a charter for the , and for other purposes, reported the outlines of the same. On motion resolved that the same be adopted. Elder then rose and gave an account of the printing of another edition of the book of Mormon, and stated, that it was now nearly completed and that arrangements had been made for the printing of the Hymn Book, book of doctrine and covenants, &c. Conference adjourned to Monday Morning.
5 October 1840 • Monday
<5.> Monday morning October 5th. Conference met pursuant to adjournment and was opened by prayer by Elder . Elder after a few preliminary remarks, read an article on the Priesthood composed by President Joseph Smith— <which will appear at the close of the Conference minutes> — —, after which, , delivered an excellent discourse on the same subject, at — — — considerable length. Conference adjourned for one hour. During the intermission a large number were baptized.
Two o’clock P.M. Conference met pursuant to adjournment— Elder addressed the Congregation on the subject of baptism for the dead and other subjects of interest to the Church. The President then made some observations, and pronounced his benediction on the Assembly— Dr. said that many persons had been accused of crime, and been looked upon as guilty, when on investigation it has been ascertained that nothing could be adduced against them,— Whereupon On motion. It was resolved that no person be considered guilty of crime, unless proved so by the testimony of two or three witnesses. He next brought before the Conference the treatment the Saints had experienced in , and wished to know whether the Conference would take any further steps in relation to obtaining redress. On motion resolved that and be appointed a Committee to obtain redress for the wrongs sustained in . The Committee on ordinations reported that they had ordained thirty nine to the ministry. [HC 4:206] On motion; resolved that this Conference be dismissed, and that the next Conference be held on the 6th. day of April next— Joseph Smith Prest.. Clerk. <(Article on the Priesthood) see addenda page 16#.> [HC 4:207] [HC 4:208] [HC 4:209] [HC 4:210] [HC 4:211]
The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, would respectfully report: that they feel rejoiced to meet the Saints at another general Conference, and under circumstances as favorable as the present. Since our Settlement in , we have for the most part been treated with courtesy and respect, and a feeling of kindness and of sympathy has generally been manifested by all classes of the Community, who with us, deprecate the conduct of those men, whose dark and blackening deeds, are stamped with everlasting infamy and disgrace. [p. 1104]
October 4 motion; resolved, that a Committee be appointed to draft a bill for the incorporating of the Town of , and other purposes. Resolved that Joseph Smith — —, , and be said Committee— Resolved, that be appointed delegate, — — — — — — — to urge the passage of said bill through the Legislature. President then rose and gave some general instructions to the Church. Conference adjourned for one hour. [HC 4:205]
One oclock P.M. Conference met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened by prayer by Elder . President Joseph Smith — — — then rose and delivered a discourse on the subject of baptism for the dead, which was listened to with considerable interest, by the vast multitude assembled. from the Committee, to draft a charter for the , and for other purposes, reported the outlines of the same. On motion resolved that the same be adopted. Elder then rose and gave an account of the printing of another edition of the book of Mormon, and stated, that it was now nearly completed and that arrangements had been made for the printing of the Hymn Book, book of doctrine and covenants, &c. Conference adjourned to Monday Morning.
5 October 1840 • Monday
5. Monday morning October 5th. Conference met pursuant to adjournment and was opened by prayer by Elder . Elder after a few preliminary remarks, read an article on the Priesthood composed by President Joseph Smith— which will appear at the close of the Conference minutes — —, after which, , delivered an excellent discourse on the same subject, at — — — considerable length. Conference adjourned for one hour. During the intermission a large number were baptized.
Two o’clock P.M. Conference met pursuant to adjournment— Elder addressed the Congregation on the subject of baptism for the dead and other subjects of interest to the Church. The President then made some observations, and pronounced his benediction on the Assembly— Dr. said that many persons had been accused of crime, and been looked upon as guilty, when on investigation it has been ascertained that nothing could be adduced against them,— Whereupon On motion. It was resolved that no person be considered guilty of crime, unless proved so by the testimony of two or three witnesses. He next brought before the Conference the treatment the Saints had experienced in , and wished to know whether the Conference would take any further steps in relation to obtaining redress. On motion resolved that and be appointed a Committee to obtain redress for the wrongs sustained in . The Committee on ordinations reported that they had ordained thirty nine to the ministry. [HC 4:206] On motion; resolved that this Conference be dismissed, and that the next Conference be held on the 6th. day of April next— Joseph Smith Prest.— . Clerk. (Article on the Priesthood) see addenda page 16#. [HC 4:207] [HC 4:208] [HC 4:209] [HC 4:210] [HC 4:211]
The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, would respectfully report: that they feel rejoiced to meet the Saints at another general Conference, and under circumstances as favorable as the present. Since our Settlement in , we have for the most part been treated with courtesy and respect, and a feeling of kindness and of sympathy has generally been manifested by all classes of the Community, who with us, deprecate the conduct of those men, whose dark and blackening deeds, are stamped with everlasting infamy and disgrace. [p. 1104]
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