JS, License, , Caldwell Co., MO, for , 19 Jan. 1839; printed form with additions in handwriting of ; notation by ; two pages; Ella M. Bennett Collection, CHL. Includes docket.
Single leaf measuring 3 × 8 inches (8 × 20 cm). The right edge of the recto has the square cut of manufactured paper. The top, bottom, and left edges have been unevenly cut. The license was folded for filing, and “G. Snows | License” was docketed on the verso, possibly by . The license remained in the possession of Snow’s descendants until 1986, when it was donated to the Historical Department of the LDS church.
Acquisition Sheet and Instrument of Gift, 20 Dec. 1986, in Case File for Ella M. Bennett Collection, CHL.
Bennett, Ella M. Collection, 1834–1910. CHL.
In January 1839, received a new ’s attesting to his office and his good standing in the . Snow was appointed as an elder in winter 1834, and in 1836 he was as a . Although Snow already possessed an elder’s license, church members passed a resolution at an April 1838 conference in , Missouri, specifying that priesthood officers should obtain new licenses, signed by a member of the and the general church recorder. All licenses previously issued would be considered invalid following the conference.
Circumstances did not permit to obtain a new license until early 1839. He was in , Ohio, at the time of the April 1838 conference and did not arrive in until fall. By that time, the conflict with anti-Mormon vigilantes had disrupted the First Presidency’s ability to issue new licenses. Although JS and his counselors in the First Presidency were incarcerated during the winter in , Missouri, general church recorder resumed producing routine documents such as priesthood licenses in late December 1838. On 19 January 1839, Robinson completed and issued the following license to Snow in . Likely in Robinson’s capacity as the First Presidency’s scribe, he signed JS’s name on his behalf.
Following Snow’s arrival in Missouri with the Kirtland Camp in October 1838, he temporarily settled in Adam-ondi-Ahman before the state militia forced him and other Saints to relocate to Caldwell County in late November 1838. (Kirtland Camp, Journal, 13 Mar. and 2 Oct. 1838; Robert Wilson, Adam-ondi-Ahman, MO, to John B. Clark, 14 Nov. 1838, copy; Robert Wilson, Keytesville, MO, to John B. Clark, 25 Nov. 1838, copy, Mormon War Papers, MSA; Gardner Snow, Autobiographical Sketch, 1874, in Patriarchal Blessings, 124:3.)
Kirtland Camp. Journal, Mar.–Oct. 1838. CHL. MS 4952.
This certifies that has been received into the , organized on the sixth of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty, and has been an , according to the rules and regulations of said church; and is duly authorised to preach the gospel, agreeably to the authority of that office.
Given by the direction of a general of the authorities of said church, assembled in the City of , Missouri, the sixth of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight.