Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Minutes • 6–8 April 1840

Minutes of a conference of the Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held in  — Hancock Co Ills. on the 6th of April  A. D. 1840—
At a general conference of the church of Jesus  Christ of Latter Day Saints held in , Hancock  Co. Illinois, on the sixth day of April A. D. 1840  agreeable to the previous appointment.
Joseph Smith Jr was called upon to preside over  the meeting, and was chosen Clerk.
The conference was then opened by prayer by Elder  .
The President rose and made some observations  on the business of the conference— exhorted the brethren  who had charges to make against individuals, and made  Some very appropriate remarks respecting “pulling  out the beam out of their own eye, that they might see  more clearly the mote which was in their brothers eye
A letter was read from the the presidents of the  Seventies, wishing for an explanation of the steps,  which the High Council had taken, in removing Elder  , from the quorum of the seventies, to  that of the High Priests, without any other ordina tion than he had when in the quorum of the Seventies  and wished to know, whether, those ordained into the  Seventies at the time was, had a right to  the High Priesthood, or not. Several persons spoke on the  subject, after which the president gave a statement  of the authority of the seventies, and said they were  Elders and not High Priests, and consequently had no claim to the high priesthood.
On motion, resolved, that Elder be  placed back into the Quorum of the Seventies
On motion, resolved that the conference adjourn  until to two o clock. [p. 201]

Minutes • 6–8 April 1840

Minutes of a conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held in — Hancock Co Ills. on the 6th of April A. D. 1840—
At a general conference of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held in , Hancock Co. Illinois, on the sixth day of April A. D. 1840 agreeable to the previous appointment.
Joseph Smith Jr was called upon to preside over the meeting, and was chosen Clerk.
The conference was then opened by prayer by Elder .
The President rose and made some observations on the business of the conference— exhorted the brethren who had charges to make against individuals, and made Some very appropriate remarks respecting “pulling the beam out of their own eye, that they might see more clearly the mote which was in their brothers eye
A letter was read from the the presidents of the Seventies, wishing for an explanation of the steps, which the High Council had taken, in removing Elder , from the quorum of the seventies, to that of the High Priests, without any other ordination than he had when in the quorum of the Seventies and wished to know, whether, those ordained into the Seventies at the time was, had a right to the High Priesthood, or not. Several persons spoke on the subject, after which the president gave a statement of the authority of the seventies, and said they were Elders and not High Priests, and consequently had no claim to the high priesthood.
On motion, resolved, that Elder be placed back into the Quorum of the Seventies
On motion, resolved that the conference adjourn until to two o clock. [p. 201]
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