Minutes and Discourses, 6–8 April 1844, as Reported by William Clayton
General conference of the church, Minutes, and JS, Discourses, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL, 6–8 Apr. 1844; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of Robert L. Campbell and Jonathan Grimshaw; thirty-eight pages; General Church Minutes, CHL.
9¾ A. M. Prest. J. Smith took his seat on the and requested choir to sing an Hymn.
His lungs having failed he would call upon Er to read 1 Cor 15 ch—
Er said to cont the sub of prest S discours yesterday shall com[mence] by read 18 Cor.— from an old Bible— read—
Prayer by Er — choir sung an Hymn
Prest. J. said mpos. [impossible] to continue the subject as to rais the dead Lungs is gone— time to do things must wait— give it up and leave the time to those who can make you hear— will do it some other time— make a proc[lamation] to the E[lde]rs— wanted you to stay in order I might make this proc. You know the L[or]d has lead the churc[h] from [illegible]: Has another rev[elation] in rel[ation] to Economy in the church Shall not be able as largely as some other time will give 1st prin[ciple]— has ben great discussion in rel to Zion— prophets— make a proc that will cover a broader gd— the whole Americ[a] is then Zion itself— from North to South— that is the Zion where the Mountain of the Ld shd be— when Ers take up b◊ will see it— dec— this morning are calculating soon as finishd— washing & anointing &c— when those last & more impt ordinance can be done— must be in a house— proc— made during time of laying found[ation]— where men may rec[eive] endow[men]t to make K[ings] & P[ries]ts— unto the most H G. [High God] having nothin to do wi[t]h temporal things but K of G. G has provided for a house to be built where we can get a House this the central place & where we can be baptised for dead— it is nec[essary], when we want to save our dead we go through all the ordinances same as for ourself from bap[tism] to ordination & end[owment]t. From henceforth I have recd— inst from Ld that Ers shall build churches where ever they raise branches through the States then build stakes— in the g[rea]t cities &c there shall be stakes— reserved the pro. to the last. All this to be read, that this work shall commence after the washing anontg [anointing] & endwment here [p. ]