Minutes, 26–27 April 1832
- Source Note
On 26–27 April 1832, JS held a council of and in , Jackson County, Missouri. This was in accordance with a 1 March 1832 revelation that instructed JS, , and to travel from to and “sit in councel with the saints who are in .” The revelation also directed the three men to “organize . . . by an everlasting covinent which cannot be broken” the “Literary and Merchantile establishments of my church.” JS and Whitney, accompanied by and , left for Missouri on 1 April 1832, meeting up with Rigdon the following day. The group arrived in Independence on 24 April. On 26 April, the council of high priests and elders convened, transacting several items of business. The high priests present also acknowledged JS as .The council then resolved a long-standing difficulty between and . In September 1831, Rigdon charged Partridge with insulting JS and disrespecting his position as prophet. On 10 March 1832, before the arrival of the visitors, a considered Rigdon’s charges, after which Partridge stated his willingness “to make every confession which br. Sidney as a disciple of Christ could require & forever bury the matter.” The April conference marked the first opportunity for the two to reconcile their differences face to face. After the two made amends, JS dictated a revelation that discussed the concept of forgiveness and instructed the council to organize the church’s publishing and mercantile endeavors through the establishment of a governing firm. On 27 April, the council took steps towards the creation of this firm (which would become known as the ) and assigned and to prepare a bond that presumably all in the firm would sign.By taking these actions, the council solidified church administration in and fostered greater unity between the church in and the church in , Ohio. In acknowledging JS as president of the high priesthood on 26 April, for example, extended to JS “the right hand of fellowship” on behalf of the Missouri church. This action was particularly significant given ’s earlier charges that Partridge “assumed authority” over JS “in open violation of the Laws of God.” JS’s acceptance of “the right hand of fellowship” from Partridge may have confirmed to those present his continuing regard for Partridge as the leader of the Saints in Missouri. In a similar way, the formation of the governing firm promoted unity between Independence and Kirtland leaders by joining them together in an enterprise that would benefit the church in both areas. As a later JS history declared, the business conducted by the 26–27 April council furthered JS’s efforts “to so organize the church, that the brethren might eventually be independent of every incumbrance beneath the celestial Kingdom, by bonds and covenants of mutual friendship, and mutual love.”As clerk, kept minutes of the 26–27 April council. In 1838, entered the minutes into Minute Book 2.
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