Though this issue was the beginning of JS’s editorship of the Times and Seasons, he did not actually begin direct supervision of the newspaper until the following issue. See Historical Introduction to Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842; and “To Subscribers” in the 1 Mar. 1842 issue.
lin addressed the assembly upon the first principles of the gospel. Elder Zechariah Hardy then arose, and continued the subject; urging upon the congregation, the necessity of obeying the gospel while time and opportunity was granted: others also, followed, and bore testimony to the truth, and the work of the Last Days.
Conference then adjourned for one hour. At one o’clock P. M., conference met pursuant to adjournment and came to order, when the 21st chapter of St. Luke was read, and prayer offered by elder A. Dixon and after the singing of a hymn by the choir, conference was addressed by elder Dixon, from the 27th verse of the above named chapter. The discourse was interesting and instructive. Further remarks were made by elder O. Brown—singing by the choir—after which prayer by the president.
Conference then adjourned till evening at early candle-lighting.
Evening conference met pursuant to adjournment, and was called to order by the president.
Meeting was opened with prayer by . An hymn was then sung by the choir, after which the congregation was addressed upon the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, and the glorious designs of the Almighty in the same; by ,—was followed in his remarks by others,—singing by the choir, and concluding prayer by elder A. Dixon.
Conference then adjourned until tomorrow at 10 A. M.
Sunday 10 o’clock A. M., conference met pursuant to adjournment, was called to order, when the services of the day commenced by singing from the choir; and prayer by elder A. Dixon who afterwards proceeded, and addressed the conference, from Acts, iii: 19, 20, 21. The discourse was truly edifying. Additional remarks were made by others.
The branch of the church of Jesus Christ, on the Fox islands, was then represented by elder Otis Shaw, consisting of 109 members, includicg 5 elders, 1 priest, 2 teachers, and 1 deacon.
The branch of the church on the Main land, was then represented by elder Levi Gray, consisting of 79 members including 6 elders, 2 priests, and 3 teachers, with intell[i]gence also, of the expulsion of two members since the September conference; viz: Totham S. Clark and David Robbins.
Conference then adjourned for one hour.
Afternoon, conference met pursuant to adjournment—meeting opened by singing as usual, and the reading of the latter part of the 8th chapter of Acts and prayer, by president Shaw; after which most of the elders present (the full number being nine) made some appropriate remarks, and bore testimony to the truth of the Latter-Day Work.
A vote of thanks was then rendered to the Universalist society for their kindness in granting the use of the house of worship in this place, and to the citizens generally; (more especially to the above mentioned society) for the kind and hospitable treatment received by us at their hands.
After singing, the Lord’s supper was commemorated, and conference adjourned, to meet on the 6th day of April 1842 on the South Fox Island.
OTIS SHAW, President.
THE HIGH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST, TO THE SAINTS OF , GREETING:—
Dear Brethren,—As watchmen upon the walls of Zion, we feel it our duty to stir up your minds, by way of remembrance, of things which we conceive to be of the utmost importance to the saints. While we rejoice at the health and prosperity of the saints, and the good feeling which seems to prevail among us generally, and the willingness to aid in the building of the “,” we are grieved at the conduct of some, who seem to have forgotten the purpose for which they have gathered. Instead of promoting union, appear to be engaged in sowing strifes and animosities among their brethren, spreading evil reports; brother going to law with brother, for trivial causes, which we consider a great evil, and altogether unjustifiable, except in extreme cases, and then not before the world.—We feel to advise taking the word of God for our guide, and exhort you not to forget you have come up as Saviors upon Mount Zion, consequently to seek each other’s good,—to become one: inasmuch as the Lord has said, “except ye become one ye are none of mine.” Let us always remember the admonitions of the Apostle:—“Dare any of you having a [p. 699]