Authorization for Oliver Granger, 6 May 1839

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Document Transcript

This is to Certify that at a General held at , Adam’s County, Illinois, by the , on Saturday the 4th May 1839.
Joseph Smith Jr presiding
It was Resolved, That be appointed to go <​to​> and take the Charge and oversight of the and preside over the general affairs of the Church in that place.
It was also Resolved— That the advice of this conference to the Brethren living in the Eastern , is, to for them to move to and the vicinity thereof, and again settle that place as a of , provided that they may feel so inclined in preference to their moving further Westward.
Joseph Smith Jr} Chairman
}, Clerk
Given at Illinois 6th May 1839. [p. [1]]
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Footnotes

  1. 1

    Minutes of the conference specify that the meeting was held at the “Presbyterian Camp Ground,” two miles north of Quincy. (Minutes, 4–5 May 1839; Woodruff, Journal, 4 May 1839.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  2. 2

    The conference continued on Sunday, 5 May 1839. (See Minutes, 4–5 May 1839.)  

  3. 3

    The wording of this sentence is almost the same as that of the fourth resolution recorded in the minutes for the general conference session on 4 May 1839. (See Minutes, 4–5 May 1839.)  

  4. 4

    The wording of this sentence is almost the same as that of the fifth resolution recorded in the minutes for the general conference session on 4 May 1839. In the minutes, the phrase “provided that they may feel so inclined, in preference to their moving further west” was inserted at a later time by Mulholland, who inscribed both the minutes and this certificate. It may be that this idea originated during the creation of this certificate and was then copied into the 4 May 1839 minutes. The concept of maintaining or rebuilding Kirtland as a stake of the church, rather than calling all the Saints to gather to one location, was not new. The location where the main body of the church would settle became uncertain during the Missouri troubles and the Saints’ flight to Illinois, perhaps contributing to church leaders’ continued interest in Kirtland. (Minutes, 4–5 May 1839; Letter to Heber C. Kimball and Brigham Young, 16 Jan. 1839.)