Minutes, Discourse, and Blessings, 14–15 February 1835

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Blessings
February 14 1835
This day a meeting was called of those who for the <​purpose of laying​> the foundation of its redemption last season with as many more of the Brethren & Sisters as felt disposed to attend. Joseph Smith Junr presided over the meeting. After the Congregation assembled. he arose and requested the attention and read the 15th chapter of John and said, let us endeavor to solemnize our minds that we may receive a blessing by calling on the Lord & said let us pray
After an appropriate and affecting prayer was made the Bretheren who went to , were requested to take their seats together in one part of the house by themselves. President Smith arose and stated the reason why this meeting was called. It was this. God had commanded it and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit. he then gave a relation of some of the circumstances attending us while journeying to Zion, our trials, sufferings &c &c. He said God had not designed all this for nothing, but he had it in remembrance yet, and those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, it was the Will of God, that they should be to the ministry and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh, even fifty six years, should wind up the scene. He said many things such as the weak things, even the smallest and weakest among us shall be powerful and mighty and great things, should be accomplished by you, even from this hour. He said, you shall begin to feel the whisperings of the Spirit of God, and the works of God, shall begin to break forth from this time. you shall be with power from on high. [p. 147]
President Smith then called upon all those who went to to know if they were agreed with him in the statements which he had made, he said if you are arise upon your feet, all arose upon their feet. He then called upon the balance of the congregation to know also, if they would sanction the movement. They all raised the right hand. The names of those who went to Zion are as follows.
Joseph Smith Junr. 1 James L. Thompson 27 53
2 Henry Shibley 28 54
3 29 P[eter] Buchanan 55
4 Lewis Robbins 30 56
5 Darwin Richardson 31
6 32
7 33
8 34
9 35
10 36
11 Daniel Stevens [Stephens] 37
12 Bradford Elliott 38
13 Hiram Stratton 39
14 40
15 41
16 42
17 43
18 44
19 45
Alden Burdick 20 46
21 S[olomon] W. Denton 47
22 48
23 Elias Hutchins 49
Libeus T. Coon [Libbeus Coons] 24 Charles Kelly 50
25 51
26 52
[p. 148]
A Hymn was then sung for dismission (viz.) Hark listen to the trumpeters they call for volunteers. closed by prayer and dismissed for one hour.
Met pursuant to adjourment & president opened the meeting by Prayer. President J. Smith Junr. and arose and said. The first business of the meeting was for the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon, to pray each one and then proceed to choose twelve men from the as to go to all nations, kindred toungs and people. The three Witnesses united in prayer (Viz) , & . These three Witnesses were then blessed by the of the . They then according to a former commandment, proceeded to make choice of the : The names of are as follows
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, and came forward and the three witnesses laid their hands upon each ones head and prayed separately. The Blessing of was in the name of Jesus Christ, that he should bear the tidings of salvation to nations, tongues and people, until the utmost corners of the earth shall hear the tidings, and that he shall be a witness of the things of God to nations & tongues, and that Holy shall administer to him occasionally and that no power of the enemy shall prevent him from going forth and doing the work of the Lord. And that he shall <​should​> live until the was accomplished, according to the Holy Prophets. And that he should be like unto Enoch. [p. 149] And your faith shall be like unto his, and he shall be called great among all the living, and Satan shall tremble before thee, and that he shall see the Saviour come and stand on the Earth with power and great glory.
The blessing of was as follows, That he should be strong in Body, that he may go forth and gather the Elect preparatory to the great day of the coming of the Lord, and that he might be strong and mighty declaring the tidings to nations that know not God, that he may add ten talents, that he may come to with many sheaves. He shall go forth from land to land and from sea to sea. and shall behold Heavenly Messengers going forth, & his life shall be prolonged, and the Holy Priesthood is confirmed upon thee, that he may do wonders in the name of Jesus, that he may cast out Devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, open the eyes of the blind, go forth from land to land and from sea to sea, and that heathen nations shall not even call him God himself, if he did not rebuke them.
, blessing was in substance as follows. That he shall be made like unto those who have <​been​> blessed before him and be favored with the same blessing. That he might receive visions, the ministration of and hear their voices & even come into the presence of God. That many millions may be converted by his instrumentality that angels may waft him from place to place and that he may stand unto the coming of our Lord and receive a crown over the kingdom of our Lord, that he be made acquainted with the day when Christ shall come, that he shall be made perfect [p. 150] in faith and that the deaf shall hear, the lame shall walk, the blind shall see, and greater things <​than​> these shall he do, that he shall have boldness of speech before the nations and great power &c.
A hymn was then sung Glorious things of the[e] are spoken. The congregation was then dismissed by J. Smith Junr.
Sunday, Feb. 15th at 9 o clock A.M. the congregation again assembled & arose, and made some observations upon the nature of the meeting and then prayed unto the Lord for his assistance &c &c.
After which a number of certificates were read and accepted from brethren, that recently returned from . Then, called forwarward . and and proceeded to their & blessing.
, blessing. proceeded and called upon the Lord to smile upon him and that his faith shall be perfect, and that the blessings pronounced shall be realized. He shall be made mighty and be with power from on high, and go forth to the nations of the earth to proclaim the gospel. That he shall escape all the pollutions of the world. The shall uphold him, and that he shall go forth according to the , both to Jew & and shall go to all nations, kingdoms and tongues and shall All who hear his voice shall acknowledge him to be a servant of God. He shall be equal in holding the of the kingdom. He shall stand on the earth and bring souls till Christ comes. We know that he loves thee, and may this thy servant be able to walk through pestilence and not be harmed. The powers of darkness shall have no ascendency over him. He shall have power to smite the earth with pestilence, to divide waters and lead through the Saints. He shall go from land to land and from sea to sea. He shall be like unto one of the three [p. 151]
’s blessing. O God, give this, thy servant a knowledge of thy will; May he be like one of old who bore testimony of Jesus. May he be a new man from this day forth. He shall be equal with his brethren, the , and have all the qualifications of the Prophets before him. May his body be strong and never be weary. May he walk and not faint. May he have power over all diseases, and faith according to his desires. May the Heavens be opened upon him speedily, that he may bear testimony from knowledge, that he may go to nations and isles afar off. May he have a knowledge of thing the things of the kingdom from the beginning and be able to tear down like a Lion May he have power to smite his enemies before him with utter destruction. May he continue till the Lord comes. O Father we seal these blessings upon him, even so Amen.
s blessing
Our Father, in Heaven, look down in mercy upon us and upon this thy servant whom we to the ministry of the twelve. He shall be prepared and preserved and become like those we have blessed before him, The nations shall tremble before him. He shall hear the voice of God: he shall comfort the hearts of the saints, always. The angels shall bear him up till he shall finish his ministry. He shall be delivered and come forth with Israel. He shall bear testimony to the kings of the earth, and hold communion with the Father, with the son and with the general assembly and church of the first born. If cast into prison he shall be able to comfort the hearts of his comrades His tongue shall be loosed and he shall have power to lead many to , and set down with them, and the Ancient of Days shall pronounce this blessing. That you have been faithful. He shall have strength [p. 152] wisdom & power. He shall go among the covenant people and speak all their tongues where he shall go. All these blessings we confirm upon him in the name of Jesus. Amen.
’s blessing.
In the name of the Lord, Wisdom & intelligence shall be poured out upon him, to enable him to perform the great work, that is incumbent upon him. That he may be spared until the saints are gathered, that he may stand before Kings and Rulers to bear testimony and be upheld by holy , and the nations of the earth shall acknowledge that God has sent him. He shall have power to overcome his enemies, and his life shall be spared in the midst of pestilance and destruction, and in the midst of his enemies. He shall be a prince and a saviour to God’s people. The Tempter shall not overcome him, nor his enemies prevail against him. The Heavens shall be opened unto him as unto men in days of old. He shall be mighty in the hands of God, and shall convince thousands that God has sent him, and his days may be prolonged until the coming of the son of man. He shall be wafted as on eagles wings, from country to country and from people to people and <​be able​> to <​do​> wonders in the midst of this generation, Even so Amen.
’s blessing
Thou hast prevailed, and thou shalt prevail and thou shalt declare the gospel unto many nations. Thou shalt be made mighty before God. And although thou shalt be cast out from the face of men, yet thou shalt <​have​> power to prevail, thou shalt lead the Elect triumphantly to the places of refuge. Thou shalt be like thy brethren who have been blessed before thee. Thou shalt stand in that day of calamity when the wicked shall be consumed, and present unto the Father, spotless, the fruit of his <​thy​> labor. Thou shalt overcome all the evils that are in the world. Thou shalt have wisdom to put to silence all the wisdom of the wise, and thou shalt see the face of thy Redeemer in the flesh. These blessings were <​are​> pronounced and sealed upon thee even so Amen. [p. 153]
’s blessing
That he may be purified in heart, that he may have communion with God. That he may be equal with his brethren in holding the of this ministry That he may be kept and be instrumental in leading Israel forth, that he may be delivered from the hands of those who seek to destroy him: that he may be enabled to bear testimony to the nations, that Jesus lives. That he may stand in the midst of pestilence and destruction, he shall be mighty in the hands of God, in bringing about the restoration of Israel. The nations shall rejoice at the greatness of the gifts which God has bestowed upon him, That his tongue shall be loosed, he shall have power to do great things in the name of Jesus. He shall be preserved and remain on the earth, until Christ shall come to take vengeance on the wicked. [p. 154]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    The Kirtland contingent of the Camp of Israel left Kirtland for Missouri in early May 1834. It joined another contingent from Michigan Territory in June 1834. Many members of the expedition had returned to Kirtland by August 1834. (Woodruff, Journal, 1 May 1834; George A. Smith, Autobiography, 30, 58; Kimball, “Journal and Record,” 19.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352. Also available as Wilford Woodruff’s Journals, 1833–1898, edited by Scott G. Kenney, 9 vols. (Midvale, UT: Signature Books, 1983–1985).

    Smith, George A. Autobiography, ca. 1860–1882. George Albert Smith, Papers, 1834–1877. CHL. MS 1322, box 1, fd. 2.

    Kimball, Heber C. “The Journal and Record of Heber Chase Kimball an Apostle of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” ca. 1842–1858. Heber C. Kimball, Papers, 1837–1866. CHL. MS 627, box 1.

  2. 2

    Joseph Young later called the meeting a “general conference,” while Orson Hyde’s summary in the “Record of the Transactions of the Twelve” describes it as “a conference or general meeting.” A later history of Brigham Young referred to it as “a council of Elders.” (Young, History of the Organization of the Seventies, 2; Historian’s Office, Brigham Young History Drafts, 10.)  

    Young, Joseph, Sr. History of the Organization of the Seventies: Names of First and Second Quorums. Items in Relation to the First Presidency of the Seventies. Also, a Brief Glance at Enoch and His City. Embellished with a Likeness of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, and a View of the Kirtland Temple. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Steam Printing Establishment, 1878.

    Historian’s Office. Brigham Young History Drafts, 1856–1858. CHL. CR 100 475, box 1, fd. 5.

  3. 3

    See Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:35]; and Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103:27–28].  

  4. 4

    See Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:4]; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 137 [Jacob 5:62]; Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24:19]; and Revelation, 5 Jan. 1831 [D&C 39:17].  

  5. 5

    In 1843, JS told a group, “I was once praying very earnestly to know the time of the comeing of the son of man when I heard a voice repeat the following ‘Joseph my son, if thou livest untill thou art 85 years old thou shalt see the face of the son of man.’” He continued, “I was left thus without being able to decide wether this coming referred to the beginning of the Millenium, or to some previous appearing, or wether I should die and thus see his face. I believe the coming of the son of man will not be any sooner than that time.” As JS was twenty-nine at the time of this February 1835 meeting, he would have been eighty-five in fifty-six years. However, it is not clear when he had the revelation to which he referred in 1843. (William Clayton, Journal Excerpt, 1–4 Apr. 1843 [D&C 130:14–17].)  

  6. 6

    See 1 Corinthians 1:27; Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:13–14]; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:19, 23]; and Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133:58–59].  

  7. 7

    See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:32]; Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:8]; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833; and Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105:12, 17–18].  

  8. 8

    What follows is apparently a list of those individuals in attendance who had gone on the Camp of Israel expedition. However, at least one of the individuals listed—Parley P. Pratt—was likely not in attendance at the meeting, as he was not ordained an apostle until 21 February 1835 and was living in New Portage, Ohio, at this time. In a later history, he recalled traveling to Kirtland in early February but did not mention attending this meeting. It is possible he was present for only part of the meeting. At some later point, Evan Greene, a twenty-year-old church member living in Kirtland in 1835, prepared a list of Camp of Israel participants who were present at the meeting. It is not clear when or why Greene prepared this list or where he received his information, since he did not participate in the Camp of Israel expedition and may not have even attended this meeting. However, he included an additional twelve men to those listed here: Levi Gifford, Zebedee Coltrin, George A. Smith, A. Warner (likely Salmon Warner), Israel Barlow, Gad Yale, Moses Martin, David Evans, Jesse Harmon, Alexander Whiteside, Hiram Blackman, and W. Groves (likely Elisha Groves). (Pratt, Autobiography, 126–127; Evan Greene, Notes, 1835, CHL; Backman, Profile, 30; Bradley, Zion’s Camp 1834, 271.)  

    Pratt, Parley P. The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt, One of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Embracing His Life, Ministry and Travels, with Extracts, in Prose and Verse, from His Miscellaneous Writings. Edited by Parley P. Pratt Jr. New York: Russell Brothers, 1874.

    Greene, Evan M. Notes, 1835. CHL. MS 779.

    Backman, Milton V., Jr., comp. A Profile of Latter-day Saints of Kirtland, Ohio, and Members of Zion’s Camp, 1830–1839: Vital Statistics and Sources. 2nd ed. Provo, UT: Department of Church History and Doctrine and Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1983.

    Bradley, James L. Zion’s Camp 1834: Prelude to the Civil War. Logan, UT: By the author, 1990.

  9. 9

    Hazen Aldrich may not have actually been present at this meeting. An abridgment Aldrich made of his missionary journal for 1834 and 1835 states that he did not return to Kirtland from preaching in Illinois and Ohio until 20 February 1835. (Hazen Aldrich, Report, Feb. 1835, Missionary Reports, 1831–1900, CHL.)  

    Missionary Reports, 1831–1900. CHL. MS 6104.

  10. 10

    A later JS history lists this individual as Jesse B. Smith, but Jesse Smith’s middle initial was J, not B, and he died in Missouri from cholera in July 1834. (JS History, vol. B-1, 564; George A. Smith, Autobiography, 42; Bradley, Zion’s Camp 1834, 274.)  

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

    Smith, George A. Autobiography, ca. 1860–1882. George Albert Smith, Papers, 1834–1877. CHL. MS 1322, box 1, fd. 2.

    Bradley, James L. Zion’s Camp 1834: Prelude to the Civil War. Logan, UT: By the author, 1990.

  11. 11

    According to Patten’s journal, he left for Missouri on 28 December 1833, arriving there on 4 March 1834, more than three months ahead of the Camp of Israel. He “taried” in Missouri “untill the Camp of the Lord came from Ohio up to the Land of Zion.” Patten then preached the gospel in several locations, including Tennessee, before arriving in Kirtland sometime before this meeting. (Patten, Journal, 4 Mar. 1834; see also Wilford Woodruff, History of David W. Patten, July 1857, in Patten, Journal.)  

    Patten, David W. Journal, 1832–1834. CHL. MS 603.

  12. 12

    At this point, a copy of the minutes included in a later JS history inserts, “President Joseph Smith Jun. After making many remarks on the Subject of choosing the Twelve, wanted an expression from the brethren if they would be satisfied to have the Spirit of the Lord dictate in the choice of the Elders, to be apostles: Whereupon all the Elders present, expressed their anxious desire to have it so.” (JS History, vol. B-1, addenda, 1nB.)  

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.

  13. 13

    According to Reuben McBride, those participating in the Camp of Israel expedition frequently sang this song “before starting in the morning.” The hymn was apparently one sung in Methodist camp meetings. According to McBride, its words were “Hark listen to the trumpiters / they sound for volenteers / On Zions bright and flowry mound / behold their officers / their garments with their armors bright / with courage bold they Stand / inlisting Soldiers for their king / to march to Zions land / It sets my hart all in a flame / a soldier for to be / I will enlist gird on my arms / and fight for liberty / we want no cowards in our band / who will their Colours fly / we call for valient harted men / who are not a fraid to Die.” (McBride, Reminiscence, 2–3; Johnson, “Camp Meeting Hymnody,” 119.)  

    McBride, Reuben, Sr. Reminiscence, no date. CHL. MS 8197.

    Johnson, Charles A. “Camp Meeting Hymnody.” American Quarterly 4, no. 2 (Summer 1952): 110–126.

  14. 14

    That is, the presidency of the high priesthood, which in February 1835 consisted of JS, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, Hyrum Smith, and Joseph Smith Sr. (Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 Dec. 1834.)  

  15. 15

    See Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18].  

  16. 16

    That is, Johnson, Young, and Kimball each received a separate blessing. According to Heber C. Kimball, these ordinations occurred after those selected as the Twelve were given an opportunity to express their feelings. (Kimball, “Journal and Record,” 22.)  

    Kimball, Heber C. “The Journal and Record of Heber Chase Kimball an Apostle of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” ca. 1842–1858. Heber C. Kimball, Papers, 1837–1866. CHL. MS 627, box 1.

  17. 17

    See Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:24].  

  18. 18

    See Matthew 24:31; Mark 13:27; Old Testament Revision 1, p. 19 [Moses 7:62]; Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:7]; and Revelation, Oct. 1830–B [D&C 33:6].  

  19. 19

    See Joel 2:31; Malachi 4:5; Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:22]; and Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:39].  

  20. 20

    See Matthew 25:14–30.  

  21. 21

    See Revelation, 25 Jan. 1832–A [D&C 75:5].  

  22. 22

    See Acts 4:30.  

  23. 23

    See Matthew 10:7–8; Mark 16:17–18; and Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:64–72].  

  24. 24

    Kimball said he was surprised at his selection, “as heretofore I had known nothing about it.” (Kimball, “Journal and Record,” 22.)  

    Kimball, Heber C. “The Journal and Record of Heber Chase Kimball an Apostle of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” ca. 1842–1858. Heber C. Kimball, Papers, 1837–1866. CHL. MS 627, box 1.

  25. 25

    See Revelation, 7 Aug. 1831 [D&C 59:1–2].  

  26. 26

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 514 [4 Nephi 1:5]; and Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:9].  

  27. 27

    “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” was written by John Newton, an English evangelical. The hymn discusses the biblical Zion, building on Psalm 87:2–3: “The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.” The hymn was sung at the first conference held in Missouri after a 20 July 1831 revelation designated Independence as the center place of the city of Zion. (Hicks, Mormonism and Music, 11; Davidson, Our Latter-day Hymns, 75–76; Minutes, 4 Aug. 1831; Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:1–3].)  

    Hicks, Michael. Mormonism and Music: A History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989.

    Davidson, Karen Lynn. Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988.

  28. 28

    It is unclear what these certificates were. They may have been discharges that members of the Camp of Israel received before leaving Missouri. They could also have been recommends that the Missouri high council issued to those who were assigned to travel to Kirtland. (Baldwin, Account of Zion’s Camp, 14; Minute Book 2, 6 Aug. 1834.)  

    Baldwin, Nathan Bennett. Account of Zion’s Camp, 1882. Typescript. CHL. MS 499.

  29. 29

    See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:32]; Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:16]; Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:8]; and Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105:11].  

  30. 30

    See 2 Peter 2:20.  

  31. 31

    A March 1832 revelation states that God had given JS “the keys of the Kingdom.” In March 1833, Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, JS’s counselors in the presidency of the high priesthood, were made “equal” to JS “in holding the keys of the Kingdom.” (Revelation, 15 Mar. 1832 [D&C 81:1–2]; Minutes, 18 Mar. 1833.)  

  32. 32

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 434–435 [Helaman 10:6].  

  33. 33

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 510 [3 Nephi 28:4–12].  

  34. 34

    See Isaiah 40:31; and Revelation, 27 Feb. 1833 [D&C 89:18–20].  

  35. 35

    See Matthew 10:1; and Luke 9:1.  

  36. 36

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 222, 223 [Alma 1:12, 16].  

  37. 37

    See Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:88].  

  38. 38

    See Hebrews 12:22–23; Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76:67]; and Old Testament Revision 1, p. 24 [Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 9:23].  

  39. 39

    See Daniel 7:9, 13, 22.  

  40. 40

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 34, 36, 115, 524 [1 Nephi 14:14; 15:14; 2 Nephi 29:5; Mormon 3:21]; and Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:36].  

  41. 41

    See Acts 5:31.  

  42. 42

    See Exodus 19:4.  

  43. 43

    See Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:66].  

  44. 44

    See Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76:106–107]; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 298, 325 [Alma 26:31; 36:25].  

  45. 45

    See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:7–8]; and Revelation, ca. 2 Nov. 1831 [D&C 67:10].  

  46. 46

    Smith copied his blessing into a reminiscence, stating that it came from “the record book of the proceedings of the Church in those days.” Other than the minor differences noted herein and some punctuation changes, Smith’s copy follows the blessing as recorded here. (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 26–27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  47. 47

    William Smith’s later copy eliminates “him.” (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  48. 48

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 37, 68, 512 [1 Nephi 15:20; 2 Nephi 3:24; 3 Nephi 29:1].  

  49. 49

    William Smith’s later copy replaces “the nations” with “many.” (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  50. 50

    William Smith’s later copy uses the singular “gift” here. (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  51. 51

    See Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:17]. William Smith’s later copy does not reproduce this last sentence. (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  52. 52

    The version of these minutes in a later JS history has “Adjourned” following the word “Confirmed.” (JS History, vol. B-1, 568.)  

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.