Authorization for Oliver Granger, 13 May 1839
- Source Note
During a general of the church on 4–5 May 1839, the in , Illinois, resolved to send to , Ohio, to oversee the and church affairs in the region. On 6 May, JS and his counselors in the prepared an authorization for Granger to carry with him to Kirtland. While transacting “various business” with Granger a week later in , the First Presidency wrote a second authorization, featured here.The 13 May authorization is longer than the 6 May authorization and is addressed to members of the church. The authorization expresses the First Presidency’s confidence in Granger’s integrity and ability to resolve the business concerns of the church. The authorization also expands the duties mentioned in the 6 May authorization, instructing him to oversee a broad set of church affairs in . These duties included acting as an for the church and collecting funds from church members. The authorization cites a revelation JS dictated in July 1838 concerning ’s responsibilities and uses language from the revelation to appoint him as a church agent and bless him for his integrity and work on the church’s behalf.The authorization was copied into JS Letterbook 2 by between 29 May and 30 October 1839. The original is apparently not extant, but its format was likely similar to that of the 6 May authorization and another authorization written for Granger on 1 November 1839, both of which were inscribed on loose leaves.left for sometime after 29 May 1839, when he acted as an agent in purchasing land in from . Granger continued to travel between Kirtland and , managing JS’s and the church’s affairs in and the eastern , until his death in 1841.