Appendix 2: Council of Fifty, Minutes, 27 February 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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— has no confidence in
proposes that some man be sent with Br Smith as a Messenger of Salvation
— does say that the Church will be scattered— & gathered again in the Wilderness? no!
d[itt]o. he consider himself that he is independent of us as a body— Smith cant tell— & gave his feelings “we have <​been​> kept in the dark” many wanted to come & fetch their families— he opposed it I have not heard of any communicatn. with
after I ret[urne]d. from I asked what he had been doing— he refused to let me know— I referred him to his chastisement he would only speak in parables—
M. Smith “is willing to be governed by this council”—
also asked — & he sd. this mission was given him before J[oseph Smith’s] death & that the 12 had nothing to do with it—
we had a mission to the Lamanites— Br. J. gave us a frank relation of the work, and he said “dont stop” till this is accomplished”—
the in buying the lands were to give the Indians 40 miles square— but the agent wrote 40 square miles—
Jos. wanted we “visit the Lamanites— I commit to the keys of the Kingdom to the Lamanites— he committed them to me— we visited & preached to them they believed it, we have heard a many times from them—
sd. 6 or 8. went over the boundaries of the to preach— Jos. went to prayer— he then commenced a revelation that was to marry among the Laminites— & that I was to preach that day— &c &c it was a long revelation— we have a living Constitution— there is enough for every day— if we die let us all die together, & there will be a jolly lot of spirits dancing into the next world— it wont be to hell, for there is no fiddles there— [p. 5]
— has no confidence in
proposes that some man be sent with Br Smith as a Messenger of Salvation
— does say that the Church will be scattered— & gathered again in the Wilderness? no!
ditto. he consider himself that he is independent of us as a body— Smith cant tell— & gave his feelings “we have been kept in the dark” many wanted to come & fetch their families— he opposed it I have not heard of any communicatn. with
after I returned. from I asked what he had been doing— he refused to let me know— I referred him to his chastisement he would only speak in parables—
M. Smith “is willing to be governed by this council”—
also asked — & he sd. this mission was given him before Joseph Smith’s death & that the 12 had nothing to do with it—
we had a mission to the Lamanites— Br. J. gave us a frank relation of the work, and he said “dont stop” till this is accomplished”—
the in buying the lands were to give the Indians 40 miles square— but the agent wrote 40 square miles—
Jos. wanted we “visit the Lamanites— I commit to the keys of the Kingdom to the Lamanites— he committed them to me— we visited & preached to them they believed it, we have heard a many times from them—
sd. 6 or 8. went over the boundaries of the to preach— Jos. went to prayer— he then commenced a revelation that was to marry among the Laminites— & that I was to preach that day— &c &c it was a long revelation— we have a living Constitution— there is enough for every day— if we die let us all die together, & there will be a jolly lot of spirits dancing into the next world— it wont be to hell, for there is no fiddles there— [p. 5]
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