Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Minutes • 5–7 October 1839
Minutes of a general Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held at . Hancock Co. on Saturday Oct 5— 1839.
The conference was opened by prayer by Pres. Joseph Smith Jr.
Joseph Smith was then unanimously appointed president of the Conference and was chosen Clerk.
The president then spoke at some length upon the situation of the Church, the difficulties they had to contend with, and the manner in which, in the providence of God they had been led to this place; and wished to know the views of the brethren, whether they wished to appoint this place a stake of Zion or not, stating that he believed it to be a good place and suited for the Saints.
It was on motion, unanimously agreed upon that this place be appointed a stake and a place of gathering for the Saints.
On motion, resolved; that be the president of the stake. Bishop be the bishop of the middle ward. , be bishop of the upper ward, and be the bishop for the lower ward.
On motion, resolved, that , , , , William Huntington Sen, , , , and be the high Councillors for this stake.
On motion, resolved, that a branch of the church be established on the opposite side of the in Iowa Territory:
On motion, resolved, that Elder be the president of said branch, be the Bishop and the following persons composed the [p. 197]
Minutes • 5–7 October 1839
Minutes of a general Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held at . Hancock Co. on Saturday Oct 5— 1839.
The conference was opened by prayer by Pres. Joseph Smith Jr.
Joseph Smith was then unanimously appointed president of the Conference and was chosen Clerk.
The president then spoke at some length upon the situation of the Church, the difficulties they had to contend with, and the manner in which, in the providence of God they had been led to this place; and wished to know the views of the brethren, whether they wished to appoint this place a stake of Zion or not, stating that he believed it to be a good place and suited for the Saints.
It was on motion, unanimously agreed upon that this place be appointed a stake and a place of gathering for the Saints.
On motion, resolved; that be the president of the stake. Bishop be the bishop of the middle ward. , be bishop of the upper ward, and be the bishop for the lower ward.
On motion, resolved, that , , , , William Huntington Sen, , , , and be the high Councillors for this stake.
On motion, resolved, that a branch of the church be established on the opposite side of the in Iowa Territory:
On motion, resolved, that Elder be the president of said branch, be the Bishop and the following persons composed the [p. 197]
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