Letter from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 28 March 1836

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March 28th 1836
This afternoon the met in and had a time of general confession.
On reviewing our past course we are satisfied and feel to confess also that we have not realized the importance of our calling to that degree that we ought; we have been light minded and vain and in many things done wrong, wrong. For all these things we have asked the forgiveness of our Heavenly Father, and wherein we have grieved or wounded the feelings of the we ask their forgiveness.
The time has come when we are about to seperate, and when we shall meet again, God only knows, We therefore feel to ask of him whom we have acknowledged to be our Prophet and that he enquire of God for us and obtain a written revelation, (if consistent) that we may look upon it when we are seperated. that our hearts may be comforted. Our worthiness has not inspired us to make this request but our unworthiness.
We have unitedly asked God, our Heavenly Father to grant unto us through his Seer, a revelation of his mind and will concerning our duty the coming season even a great revelation that will enlarge our hearts, comfort us in adversity and brighten our hopes amidst the powers of Darkness.
) Clerks
To President J. Smith Junr.)
Ohio) [p. 198]


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    During the solemn assembly, convened in the House of the Lord two days later, JS told those assembled, “The time that we were required to tarry in Kirtland to be endued would be fulfilled in a few days, and then the Elders would go forth and each must stand for himself, that it was not necessary for them to be sent out two by two as in former times. . . . The 12 are at liberty to go wheresoever they will.” The Twelve began to separate several weeks later. Thomas B. Marsh and David W. Patten returned to Missouri, while other members of the quorum, including Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, William E. McLellin, and Parley P. Pratt, left Kirtland to preach. (Minutes, 30 Mar. 1836; Esplin, “Emergence of Brigham Young,” 203–204.)  

    Esplin, Ronald K. “The Emergence of Brigham Young and the Twelve to Mormon Leadership, 1830–1841.” PhD diss., Brigham Young University, 1981. Also available as The Emergence of Brigham Young and the Twelve to Mormon Leadership, 1830–1841, Dissertations in Latter-day Saint History (Provo, UT: Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History; BYU Studies, 2006).

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    It is unclear whether a written revelation resulted from this request.  

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    The members of the Twelve had been selected in a church conference held in Kirtland on 14 February 1835. Two weeks later, William E. McLellin and Orson Hyde were nominated and appointed to act as clerks for the Twelve. (Record of the Twelve, 14 and 27 Feb. 1835.)