Discourse, 16 August 1841, as Published in Times and Seasons

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Joseph Smith now arriving proceeded to state to the at considerable length, the object of their present meeting, and in addition to what had stated in the morning, said that the time had come when the should be called upon to stand in their place next to the first presidency, and attend to the settling of emegrants and the business of the at the [p. 521] , and assist to bear off the kingdom victorious to the nations; and as they had been faithful and had borne the burden in the heat of the day that it was right that they should have an opportunity of provididing something for themselves and families, and at the same time relieve him so that he might attend to the businesss of translating. [p. 522]


  1. 1

    According to the original minutes of the conference, JS stated that “the twelve should be authorized . . . to assist in the managing the affairs of th[e] kingdom in this place. which he said was the duties of their office &c.” In 1836, within a year of organizing the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, JS had explained “the duty of the twelve; and their authority which is next to the present presidency,” saying that the Twelve Apostles were “not subject to any other than the first presidency.” (Minutes, 16 Aug. 1841; JS, Journal, 16 Jan. 1836; see also Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107].)  

  2. 2

    By mid-July 1841 approximately eight hundred recently converted immigrants from the British Isles had arrived in Hancock County, Illinois. In an effort to accommodate the influx of immigrants, JS had recently begun negotiations to purchase additional land in Warren, Illinois. (Letter from Calvin A. Warren, 31 Aug. 1841.)  

  3. 3

    This apparently referred to the stakes in Nauvoo, Zarahemla, Warren, Nashville, and Ramus. (“Conference Minutes,” Times and Seasons, 1 Sept. 1841, 2:522.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

  4. 4

    See Matthew 20:12.  

  5. 5

    See Revelation, 9 July 1841 [D&C 126].  

  6. 6

    JS was likely referring to his translation of what would be called the Book of Abraham. (See “The Book of Abraham,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:704–706; 15 Mar. 1842, 3:719–722 [Abraham chaps. 1–5].)