Discourse, 16 August 1841, as Published in Times and Seasons
JS, Discourse, [, Hancock Co., IL], 16 Aug. 1841. Featured version published in “Conference Minutes,” Times and Seasons, 1 Sept. 1841, vol. 2, no. 21, 521–522. For more complete source information, see the source note for Letter to Isaac Galland, 22 Mar. 1839.
In a held in , Illinois, on 16 August 1841, JS delivered a discourse explaining the new role to be taken by the now that they had returned from their extended mission to . JS arrived at the conference in the afternoon and spoke to the congregation, declaring that the Quorum of the Twelve should assume their position “next to the .” JS also stated that the Twelve would take on responsibility for settling immigrants and for other “business of the at the ” to relieve the church president from that burden.
JS’s remarks were partially captured in minutes of the conference taken by . Those minutes were later published in the Times and Seasons. In comparison to the original minutes, however, the newspaper’s account is more expansive and detailed, suggesting that additional sources were used to produce the text. Because this published version is the most complete contemporaneous account of JS’s 16 August discourse, it is the version featured here. As with other JS discourse texts, this version preserves only a fraction of what JS said on this occasion.
, and assist to bear off the kingdom victorious to the nations; and as they had been faithful and had borne the burden in the heat of the day that it was right that they should have an opportunity of provididing something for themselves and families, and at the same time relieve him so that he might attend to the businesss of translating. [p. 522]
JS was likely referring to his translation of what would be called the Book of Abraham. (See “The Book of Abraham,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:704–706; 15 Mar. 1842, 3:719–722 [Abraham chaps. 1–5].)