Minute Book 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Revelation speaking on the subject— He also informed them if he should  now be taken away that he had accomplished the great work which the  Lord had laid before him, and that which he had desired of the Lord,  and that he now had done his duty in organizing the High Council, through  which Council the will of the Lord might be known on all  importent occasions in the building up of Zion, and establishing truth  in the earth.
A vote was then taken whether the brethren that were appointed on  the 3rd of July should stand according to appoinment. The vote was clear in their behalf.
Br. Joseph Smith jr. then proceeded and ordained the three Presidents. as President and & assistants and  their twelve Counsellors.
The twelve counsellors then proceeded to cast lots to know who should  speak first, and the order in which they should speak which is as follows:
No. 1 No. 2.
" 3. " 4.
" 5 " 6.
" 7. " 8
" 9." 10
" 11 " 12
After which came forward and blessed three of his sons  in the name of the Lord Viz: , & . And also   blessed his son in the name of the Lord.
After the council of High Priests were organized the Bishop,  came forward and stated to the Council that a greater responsibility devolved upon  him than before as he had not the privilege of counselling with any of the  high council save one of the Presidents and his own Counsellors, and desired to have  the prayers of all the Church that he might be able to act in his station in  righteousness.
After which br. Joseph Smith jr. laid the case of be fore the council to have their descision whether he should take his  family to and when it shall be wisdom for him to go. As it  has been deemed necessary for him to go and assist in the printing es tablishment. [p. 44]
Revelation speaking on the subject— He also informed them if he should now be taken away that he had accomplished the great work which the Lord had laid before him, and that which he had desired of the Lord, and that he now had done his duty in organizing the High Council, through which Council the will of the Lord might be known on all importent occasions in the building up of Zion, and establishing truth in the earth.
A vote was then taken whether the brethren that were appointed on the 3rd of July should stand according to appoinment. The vote was clear in their behalf.
Br. Joseph Smith jr. then proceeded and ordained the three Presidents. as President and & assistants and their twelve Counsellors.
The twelve counsellors then proceeded to cast lots to know who should speak first, and the order in which they should speak which is as follows:
No. 1 No. 2.
" 3. " 4.
" 5 " 6.
" 7. " 8
" 9." 10
" 11 " 12
After which came forward and blessed three of his sons in the name of the Lord Viz: , & . And also blessed his son in the name of the Lord.
After the council of High Priests were organized the Bishop, came forward and stated to the Council that a greater responsibility devolved upon him than before as he had not the privilege of counselling with any of the high council save one of the Presidents and his own Counsellors, and desired to have the prayers of all the Church that he might be able to act in his station in righteousness.
After which br. Joseph Smith jr. laid the case of before the council to have their descision whether he should take his family to and when it shall be wisdom for him to go. As it has been deemed necessary for him to go and assist in the printing establishment. [p. 44]
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