Minute Book 2
(Missouri) High Council and Stake High Council, “The Conference Minutes, and Record Book, of Christ’s Church of Latter Day Saints,” Minute Book 2, 6 Apr. 1838–[ca. June 1838], [ca. Oct. 1842], [ca. June 1844]; handwriting of , , , , and an unidentified scribe; 178 pages, as well as indexing in tabbed pages at beginning of book; CHL. Includes tables, redactions, use marks, and archival marking.The second of two texts inscribed in a ledger book. The paper, which is ruled both horizontally and vertically, measures 12½ × 7¾ inches (32 × 20 cm). The book contains 276 leaves, including the flyleaves in the front and back of the book. The bound book, which features a brown suede cover, measures 13 × 8½ × 1¾ inches (33 × 22 × 4 cm). The spine has a pasted red label with “LEDGER” in gold lettering. Following the four front flyleaves, the first twenty-four pages are tabbed index pages. The next seventy-three pages were used by for various financial accounts he kept prior to his move to , Ohio. Following a blank page, Minute Book 2 fills the next 187 pages, although there are some blank pages within and at the end of this record. The portion of the ledger in which Minute Book 2 is inscribed has its own pagination, all apparently done by . ’s handwriting appears on the title page (the recto of the leaf preceding page 1) and on pages 1–37, 41–42, 44–52, and 55–93. Pages 38–40 are blank. ’s handwriting appears on pages 43 and 52–55. There is also unidentified handwriting in the middle of page 87. The inscription ends with minutes of the , Illinois, stake high council meetings held 1 and 15 June 1844, recorded by on pages 178–185. The minutes were recorded with a quill pen, and all are in brown ink, except for some blue ink on pages 179–181. The remaining 251 pages of the book are blank. There were originally four back flyleaves; only two remain, and they are blank.Minute Book 2 includes several redactions made in graphite, as well as some marking in blue pencil. At some point, the leather cover was decorated with blind tooling, and a paper sticker was pasted on the spine with “CONFERENCE MINUTES AND HIGH COUNCIL RECORDS OF FAR WEST” inscribed in unidentified handwriting. This sticker resembles several other such stickers found on early church record books.The volume may have been included in the exodus inventory as part of “Records of High Council.” It is listed in middle- and late-nineteenth-century inventories of the Historian’s Office in Salt Lake City. The Genealogical Society of Utah made a microfilm copy of the volume in 1954. Church historian Joseph Fielding Smith took the volume with him to the Office of the First Presidency when he became church president in 1970 and kept it in his safe. The book was returned to the Church History Department in 2008. These archival records and archival marking on the book indicate continuous institutional custody.Minute Book 2 includes minutes of the first church conferences held in in 1830 and in in 1831. The bulk of the minutes, however, are from meetings held in in , , and counties during the 1830s. The record also includes minutes of meetings held in Indiana and . JS was present at New York and Ohio meetings and was present at Missouri meetings when he visited there and after moving there in March 1838. This record of minutes concludes in 1839, with the exception of minutes for two high council meetings held in in 1844.The minutes inscribed in Minute Book 2 are copies—most likely copies of copies. The original minutes of these early church conferences, councils, and other meetings were taken by and several other men who acted as clerks. Whitmer, who lived in and was the appointed church historian, may have collected and kept the minutes that he and other clerks had taken down. , who began functioning as the clerk of the Zion (Missouri) high council in on 3 March 1838, was formally appointed to that position on 6 April 1838. Immediately following his appointment, Robinson attempted to procure the records of the church in Far West from Whitmer, but Whitmer refused to relinquish them. In response, JS and wrote a letter on 9 April 1838 demanding that Whitmer surrender his notes for the history he had been appointed to keep for the church. Half a century later, Robinson recounted that although Whitmer ignored this demand to give up his historical notes, a “record” was obtained from Whitmer and brought to Robinson’s house, and Robinson “copied the entire record into another book, assisted a part of the time, by Dr. .” That Robinson copied the record into “another book” seems to imply that Whitmer’s record was also kept in a record book. That Minute Book 2 is dated 6 April 1838 (when Robinson was appointed clerk), begins in Robinson’s handwriting, and includes handwriting from Richards indicates that it is the copy of the early minutes of the church that Robinson made from Whitmer’s record. Robinson titled his copy of the record book “The Conference Minutes, and Record Book, of Christ’s Church of Latter Day Saints.” The minute book has been more commonly known by the shorter and less formal name “Far West Record.” Because of its importance in the 1830s and the frequency with which it is cited in the annotation of The Joseph Smith Papers, it has been designated with the short citation “Minute Book 2.”The minutes of the church’s January 1831 conference, as recorded on page 2 of Minute Book 2, include a reference to a revelation recorded on page 80 of the “Book of Commandments.” This indicates that ’s record was a copy of the original minutes and was likely made sometime between 1833 and 1835 after printing of the Book of Commandments had begun and before the Doctrine and Covenants was published. If Whitmer had begun making his copy of the minutes after the publication of the Doctrine and Covenants, he would have been much more likely to reference that book than the unfinished printing of the Book of Commandments. That made a copy of the minutes, rather than continuing Whitmer’s record, suggests that Whitmer’s record was returned to him. Whitmer left on 19 June 1838. He remained in Missouri and never reestablished ties with the church in . Robinson, therefore, apparently finished copying Whitmer’s record of minutes by 19 June, when Whitmer separated from the body of the Saints. In the lists of conference and council participants found in some of the minutes, some names are followed by parenthetical remarks regarding their excommunication or their disciplinary status. These parenthetical notes were evidently added by Whitmer when he copied the originals and were then copied from Whitmer’s record by Robinson.
On 13 December 1838, six weeks after JS and other church leaders were taken prisoner during the “Mormon War” in northwest and two weeks after they were incarcerated at , Missouri, , president pro tem of the church in Missouri, assembled the high council. , serving as clerk, recorded the following minutes:Agreeable to appointment—the standing High Councellors met, when it was found that several were absent, who, (some of them,) have had to flee for their lives, therefore it being necessary that those vacancies be filled the meeting was called for that purpose, and, also, to express each others feeling respecting the word of the Lord. . . .After prayer made a few remarks saying he thought it all important to have the Council reorganized, and prepared to do business.He advised the councellors to be wise and judicious in all their movements and not hasty in their transactions; as for his faith it was the same as ever, and he fellowshiped all such as loved the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in act as well as deed word. (Minute Book 2, 13 Dec. 1838)This entry from Minute Book 2, a volume sometimes known as the Far West Record (see JS, Journal, Mar.−Sep., 1838, 13 Apr. 1838), is a reminder of the crisis of leadership and faith endured by JS’s followers in the aftermath of the Mormon War. and others sought to rally the church in the face of daunting challenges while they awaited JS’s return from jail.Minute Book 2, compiled beginning in 1838, contains 178 pages of minutes. They cover church conferences, councils, and other meetings held in , Indiana, , , and beginning in 1830 and ending, with the exception of two entries from 1844, in 1839. The minutes in the volume were copied from earlier notes and, aside from the 1844 transcriptions, were not inscribed into the minute book contemporaneously. Another portion of the bound volume, not presented here, contains seventy-three pages of ’s 1831−1833 business accounts in New York.Minutes copied into Minute Book 2 for meetings predating April 1838 were originally taken by , , and about nineteen other clerks. Whitmer, who was appointed official church historian in 1831 (Minute Book 2, 9 Apr. 1831; JS History, vol. A-1, 111) and assistant church president for in 1834 (Minute Book 2, 7 July 1834), also served as one of the clerks for the Missouri high council from July 1834 until December 1837 (Minute Book 2, 12 July 1834–23 Dec. 1837). Oliver Cowdery served briefly as a “standing Clerk” for the council beginning in December 1837, and then on 6 April 1838, was appointed “Church Clerk & Recorder for the Stake of Zion & Clerk of the high Council” (Minute Book 2, 6–7 Dec. 1837 and 6 Apr. 1838).The title page of Minute Book 2 in ’s handwriting designates the volume as “Conference Minutes, and Record Book, of Christ’s Church of Latter Day Saints. Belonging to the High Council of said Church, or their successors in office, of Caldwell County Missouri; Far West: April 6, 1838.” That page may have been a later insertion, as the date reflects Robinson’s assumption of office as clerk and recorder.Immediately after his appointment, sought out the collection of church records had gathered in his role as church historian. This collection probably included some original minutes. Whitmer apparently refused to turn the records over to Robinson. On 9 April 1838, JS and wrote to Whitmer demanding his notes (JS, Journal, Mar.−Sep., 1838, 9 April 1838). According to Robinson’s later account (Ebenezer Robinson, “Items of Personal History of the Editor,” in The Return (Davis City, Iowa, September 1889, 134), Whitmer then permitted Robinson and to make a copy of a compilation that he had begun four or five years earlier. This assemblage included conference and council minutes from 9 June 1830 through 7 December 1837. Sometime afterward, Robinson and Richards recorded this material in Minute Book 2. Thus, that portion of Minute Book 2 is in effect a copy of a copy of a copy.’s is the predominant hand on pages 1−93 of the volume, covering the entries from 9 June 1830 through 7 December 1837 noted above. ’s handwriting appears on pages 43 and 52−55. Page 87 is in an unidentified hand. Most of the minutes in this portion of the volume are of councils and conferences held in , but minutes are also included for a handful of meetings held in in 1830 and 1831, in 1831 and 1836, and Indiana in 1831.On 1 October 1842, the high council authorized its clerk, , to assist in organizing ’s loose minutes for the high council and to copy them into Minute Book 2. (Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 1 Oct. 1842) These were the minutes Robinson began keeping when he was sustained as clerk for the Far West high council in April 1838. Robinson had not yet transferred his own notes to Minute Book 2 in the aftermath of the Mormon War and his assumption of duties as copublisher of the Times and Seasons with . He had also been extensively involved in the printing and publication of the 1840 edition of the Book of Mormon., apparently with ’s cooperation, inscribed more than eighty pages of minute entries into the volume, covering conferences, councils, and other meetings from 23 December 1837 through 2 January 1839. Subsequently, the high council permitted the record to be lent to , JS’s personal secretary, for use in compiling JS’s history. (Nauvoo High Council Minutes, 14 Sep. 1843) The last entries made in the volume were by for two Nauvoo high council meetings, on 1 and 15 June 1844. These last entries were evidently made contemporaneously, as Cole was dismissed as high council clerk in September 1844.The minutes compiled in Minute Book 2, though for the most part not copied into that record at or near the time of the meetings they record, offer a remarkable view of the unfolding of early church organization and governance. The text captures and illuminates critical aspects of the church’s development including early conferences in , , and Indiana; the settlement of and the establishment of Zion in ; the aftermath of the ; the estrangement of key leaders, including and , , and ; and the outbreak and consequences of the 1838 Mormon War in Missouri. Minute Book 2 and Minute Book 1, which covers significant events in , Ohio, beginning in October 1832, constitute an indispensable resource for the student or scholar of early church history for the period from June 1830 to January 1839.
Latter Day Saints.
Belonging to the High Council of said Church, or their successors in office, of Missouri;
: April 6, 1838.
Minutes of the first Conference held in the Township of , Senaca County, State of New York; By the Elders of the Church, June 9th. 1830, According to the Church Articles and Covenants
|Joseph Smith, junior.||,|
Ezekiel 14th. read by br. Joseph Smith jr. and prayer by the same Articles and Covenants read by Joseph Smith jr. and recieved by unanimous voice of the whole congregation, which consisted of most of the male members of the Church. was then ordained an Elder under the hand of ; & and were ordained Priests.
The following persons were then seated respectively and received their licences, Viz:
|Elders of this Church.||Priests of this Church.|
|Teachers of this Church|
Exhortation by Joseph Smith jr. and , Conference adjourned to the 26th. September 1830, to be held in the same place.
Br. appointed to keep the Church record and Conference minutes until the next conference. Prayer by all the Brethren present and dismissed by Br. . The above minutes were taken at the time of this conference by
Clerk. [p. 1]
Minutes of the second Conference held by the Elders of this Church according to adjournment. Sept. 26. 1830.
|Elders||Br. Joseph Smith jr. appointed leader of the Conference by vote.|
|Joseph Smith jr.|
Brother Joseph Smith jr. was appointed by the voice of the Conference to receive and write Revelations & Commandments for this Church.
The fifth chapter of Isaiah read by Br. Joseph Smith jr. & prayer by the same. Articles & Covenants read by br. and remarks by Brother Joseph Smith jr.
No. of the several members uniting to this Church since the last Conference, thirty-five; making in whole now belonging to this Church sixty-two. Br. ordained a priest under the hand of brother and prayer by the same. Prayer by all present. Exholation by all the Elders respectively. Singing and prayer in behalf of Br. & who were previously appointed to go to the Lamanites.
Conference adjourned to January 1. 1831. to be held at this place. Br. appointed to keep the Church records until the next Conference. Prayer by br. . The foregoing minutes were taken at the time of this Conference by .
Conference convened according to adjournment but there were no minutes taken, save a commandment received, giving directions to the Saints, see Book of Commandments. Page 80. 80 [p. 2]
At a special meeting of the Elders of the Church of Christ held at Geauga Co. Ohio, April 9. 1831. to do Church business &c. agreeable to a commandment received March 7 8 1831. was appointed to keep the Church record & history by the voice of ten Elders. Conference adjourned until the first Saturday in June next.
Minutes of a general Conference held in Ohio June 3. 1831.
|Elders Present.||Elders Present.|
|Joseph Smith jr.||William Carter (denied the faith)|
|(denied the faith)|
|(was cast out)|
|Ebenezer Abbott (denied the faith)|
|John Woodard (Denied the faith)|
|Joseph Brackenberry (Died on a mission to preach)|
|(denied the faith)||William Mitchell|
|(denied the faith)||Priests|
|Jacob Sherman (cut off)|
|Jacob Scott (denied the faith)||Benjamin Bragg (denied the faith)|
|(cut off recd back & reordained a Priest)|
|Major N. Ashley||Isaac Bebee|
Conference opened by br. Joseph Smith jr. in exhortation & prayer, Prayer by br. & exhortation by the same. Exhortation by most of the Elders present.
Brs. & were ordained to the high Priesthood under the hand <of> br. Joseph Smith jr.
Exhortation by brs. &
Brs. , (denied the faith) Jacob Scott, (denied the faith) Joseph Smith jr. & were ordained to the High Priesthood under the hand of br. ; The Bishop, () then blessed those who were ordained in the name of Christ according to commandment br. & were ordained assistants to the Bishop under the hand of .
Exhortation by br. & Joseph Smith jr. Closed by prayer by br. .
June 6th 1831.
Brothers Simonds Rider & were ordained Elders of this Church according to the church covenants under the hand of Joseph Smith jr.
Minutes of a special Conference held in Jackson County Missouri by special commandment of the Lord August 4. 1831. [p. 4]
|Elders Present||Elders Present|
|Joseph Smith jr.|
|(denied the faith)|
The conference opened by singing “Glorious things &c.[”] Prayer by br. , Exhortation to obedience to the requisition of Heaven by delivering a charge in the name of the Lord Christ to the Bishop, Rulers & members of the Church planted in their inheritances in the land of Zion, by br. .
Confession of br. of his transgressions which were satisfactory to the Church as approved by unanimous vote.
Exhortation by br. Joseph Smith jr. to acts of righteousness and keeping the commandments of the Lord with promise of blessings.
Thirty-one members present, who. with the Elders partook of the sacrament
Closed by prayer by .
August 28, 1831. At a Church meeting held in , Ohio, was ordained to the High Priesthood by the voice of the Church & command of the Lord under the hand of br.
Min[u]tes of a Conference held in Geauga County Ohio, Sept. 1. 1831.
|Joseph Smith jr.|
Br. was ordained an agent unto the Disciples in this land under the hand of br. . Upon testimony given satisfactory to this Conference it was voted that our brethren & William Carter be silenced from holding the office of Elders in this Church. By request of br. Lorin Page the Conference received his licence as a Priest.
, Clerk of Con. [p. 5]
Minutes of a conference held in Nelson Portage County Ohio, Sept. 6. 1831.
Elders present:— Joseph Smith, jr. , , , Sylvester Parker, (denied the faith.)
Upon testimony satisfactory to this conference it was voted that be silenced from preaching as an Elder in this Church.
Ck. of Con.
Minutes of a Conference held in Geauga County Ohio Sept. 12, 1831.
|Joseph Smith jr.|
Upon sufficient or satisfactory testimony to this Conference, it was voted that our brethren George Miller, a Priest in the Church of Shalersville, John Woodard an Elder in the Church of , and Benjamin Bragg a Priest in the Church of Warrensville, be silenced from ministering in their respective offices.
, Clerk of Conference
Minutes of a Conference held in Ohio, October 1. 1831.
Nine Elders present. The duty of the Elders was declared by the Spirit to go forth and warn the inhabitants of the earth of the things known in the Church of Christ in these last days. Br & were ordained to the High Priesthood under the hand of Br. Joseph Smith jr.
. Clerk of Conference.
Minutes of a Conference held in , Jackson County Missouri August 2. 1831.
Opened by singing & prayer by br. . br. made certain remarks from the 3rd. Chapter of Malachi; made remarks upon the second coming of Christ, by br. gave an exhortation, spoke of Zion & the gathering of the saints into her. &c. & read a part of the 102 Psalm. Br. & exhorted to acts of righteousness & sacrifice all for Christ. Br. exhorted to prayer for Joseph Smith jr. and , for the Bishop and himself &c.
A move was then made by br. to have tarry a while after arriving in this land if the Spirit so direct him, which was agreed to by the Elders present. Br was admited to be ordained an Elder by the voice of the conference. Glorious things was then sung. Closing prayer by Br . John Cor
, Clerk of Conference.
Minutes of a conference held in Lorane Co Ohio. Sept 24 1831. Elders Present. & upon testimony satisfactory, it was voted, that Chauney Odle an Elder in this Church, be silenced as a preacher in this Church
, Clerk of Conference
Minutes of a conference held in , Geauga Co. Ohio; Oct. 10. 1831.
Before whom were was presented a difficulty wherein brs. & were implicated, the said being absent it was motioned. Seconded & carried by vote that br. be dispatched as a speedy messenger to apprise him of the matter and bring him before this conference immediately. Prayer by br. , who addressed the Elders in the name of the Lord. [p. 7]
After hearing the relations of all the parties, the conference requested them to withdraw while they should investigate the testimony & pass their decision.
Decision of the conference. The Conference decided, that Br ’s family remain where they are untill Spring. And Br ’ family be provided with a comfortable dwelling by this Church. And that Br see to the management of the farm & to the distribution of its productions as the Lord’s agent according to commandment of the Lord And that Brs and be reproved by this conference, for the unwise course they have taken in this affair & that br be sharply rebuked for the disrespect with which he has treated this conference & that be appointed to reprove them in the presence of this conference according to vote as the spirit shall direct him. Lastly that the agent of the church be instructed by this conference to lay the case of ’ family before the church and see that they are provided with a comfortable dwelling according to the commandment of the Lord. Closed. prayer by
Clerk of Conference
Minutes of a conference held in Portage County Ohio Oct 11. 1831
|Joseph Smith Jr|
Certain points were discussed by br Joseph Smith Jr, who said that the Elders present were to tarry untill the Morrow & hold a meeting so that the members might understand the ancient manner of conducting meetings as they were led by the Holy Ghost Also said that this was not perfectly known by many of the Elders of this Church. Exhortation by br
Br then made a move that this conference take into consideration the propriety of appointing six Elders to visit the several branches of this church setting them in order and also make known the [p. 8] situation of brs Joseph Smith Jr and And accordingly brs and were chosen appointed, the other four remain to be chosen hereafter
It was decided by vote that the general conference meet on the 25 Inst at the dwelling house of br Serenes Burnett in Cuyahoga County brs & were then ordained to their office or appointment and br an Elder under the hands of conference closed in prayer by br Joseph Smith Jr
Minutes of a special conference held in Portage co Ohio Oct 21, 1831
|Joseph Smith Jr|
Prayer by who called in question <the case> of two brs and Peter Devolve who were accused by some of our brethren of offering abuse to br. ’s little child. Br. arose and said that he was at a meeting with the brethren, when br. was present who spoke at considerable length by the Spirit of the Lord as he supposed, and also br. Peter Devolve declared that he was filled with the Spirit of God, but had confessed previous that he did offer abuse to the child, but not to the satisfaction of her parents.
Therefore voted by this conference that it is their undoubted opinion taking into consideration the testimony before them. It is therefore voted that this conference send our beloved brethren Joseph Smith jr. and unto the Church in to lay before them the decision of this Conference, call before them these two brethren cause them to make sufficient acknowledgement of their sins, or be dealt with according to the law of this Church.
Closed in prayer by Joseph Smith jr.
Clerk of Conference. [p. 9]
Minutes of a general Conference held at the dwelling of br. Serenes Burnet[t] in the Town of , Cuyahoga County, Ohio, October 25, 1831.
|Names of those ordained to the High priesthood|
|Joseph Smith jr.||Joseph Brackenbury (Dec’d)|
|Major N. Ashley (cut off.)|
|John Smith (license taken)||Edward Johnson (denied the faith)|
|Elders||Benjamine Carpenter (not felloshiped)|
|(cut off)||Hiram Griffith|
|Silvester Parker (left the Church)||Deacons|
|Serenes Burnett and|
Prayer by br , Glorious things, were then sung Bro arose & said that he wished to make a few observations connected withe the object of our assembling our selves together, When God work’s all may know it, for he always answers the prayers of the Savior for he makes his children one, for he by his Holy Spirit binds their hearts from Earth to Heaven, And in this thing God had taught his children to sing a new song even about Zion which David Spoke of, &c, God always bears testimony by his presence in counsil to his Elders when they assemblethemselves in perfect faith and humble themselves before the Lord and their wills being swallowed up in the will of God [p. 10]
Br Joseph Smith, Jr., said we have assembled together to do the business of the Lord and it is through the great mercy of our God that we are spared to assemble together, many of us have went at the command of the Lord in defience of every thing evil, and obtained blessings unspeakable in consequence of which, our names are sealed in the Lambs’ Book of life, for the Lord has spoken it. It is the privilege of every Elder to speak of the things of God &c, And could we all come together with one heart and one mind in perfect faith the vail might as well be rent to day as next week or any other time and if we will but cleanse ourselves and covenant before God, to serve him, it is our privilege to have an assurence that God will protect us at all times
Br. said that a certain clause in the Church Covenants was too much neglected he feared by the brethren, read accordingly.
Br. enquired if it was the business of this conference to take into consideration the situation of the families of the absent Elders. Br. said that he supposed that it was, saying, I bear testimony that God will have a pure people who will give up all for Christ’s sake and when this is done they will be sealed up unto eternal life.
Br. Joseph Smith jr. said that the order of the High priesthood is that they have power given them to seal up the Saints unto eternal life. And said it was the privilege of every Elder present to be ordained to the High priesthood.
Br. said that he was determined to be for God & none else & with his assistance to do his will
Br. said that he covenanted to give all to the Lord and be for his glory and as to all his works his heart responded a hearty. Amen.
Br. said that all he had was the Lord’s and he was ready to do his will continually
Br. said that he renewed again the covenant before the Lord to give all to him.
Br. said that he had the greatest reason to rejoice of any present and that he also would be subject to the will of God even unto death.
Br. said that he had the testimony that it was the will of the Lord to seal his Saints, and also covenanted to give all to the Lord.
Br. said that he could not obtain to express his heart, but said that he gave all to God. Also reminded the brethren of the constant care of the Savior for them. [p. 11]
Br. said, ever since my beloved brethren, ever since I have had an acquaintance with the writing of God I have [blank] eternity with perfect confidence
Br. said that ever since he had set out to serve the Lord, not to regard the favor of man but the favor of Heaven.
Br. said that he was anxious that all should be saved &c. also read two verses in the book of Revelations, also covenanted to give all for Christ’s sake.
Br. John Smith said that he felt through grace to do the will of the Lord notwithstanding his extreme old age, also felt to covenant to give all to the Lord.
Br. said that he had a long time since covenanted to do the will of God in all things, and also said that it was his desire to be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
Br. said that he felt to declare to this conference that he had consecrated all that was his to the Lord, and also was desirous to do all for the glory of God.
Br. said that he was thankful that he had been spared & preserved to go to the land of Zion according to the commandment of the Lord, for he received it as from his mouth & also thanked the Lord that his feet had trodden upon the consecrated ground which was the inheritance of the saints. Testified that the book of Mormon was true. Mourned because of the falling away since he took his journey to the Land of Zion.
Br. Joseph Brackenberry said that he blessed the name of the Lord that he could bear testimony of the truth of the book of Mormon, and also consecrated all to God before he was baptized, he was also determined to go on to the end of his life
Br. said he gave all his ability to do the work of the Lord.
Br. Major N. Ashley said that it was by the help of the Lord that he had been preserved, yet his greatest fear was for those who were weak in the faith.
Br. said that he rejoiced while he heard those give their testimony who had been up to the land of Zion, said he had many times been directed by the Spirit of God, also felt to do the will of the Lord in all things, &c.
Br. said that he had professed religion for a number of years, also felt to bear testimony of the goodness of God, and to consecrate all to the Lord. [p. 12]
Br. said that he had professed religion for a number of years yet now felt to bear testimony of the goodness of God, & also to consecrate all to the Lord.
Br. said that he had nothing to consecrate to the Lord of the things of the Earth, yet he felt to consecrate himself and family. Was thankful that God had given him a place among his saints, felt willing to labor for their good.
Br. said that he was determined to be for God and none else come life or death, also remembered his covenant that he would consecrate all that he had to the Lord.
Br. said that he thought best that the information of the coming forth of the book of Mormon be related by Joseph himself to the Elders present that all might know for themselves.
Br. Joseph Smith jr. said that it was not intended to tell the world all the particulars of the coming forth of the book of Mormon, & also said that it was not expedient for him to relate these things &c.
Br. laid before the Conference the case of Sister Marsh & family who were somewhat destitute.
Br. said that he was surprised that the case of Sister Marsh should be brought to this Conference, as she and her family were provided for as well as her brethren around her.
Br Joseph Smith Jr said that he intended to do his duty before the Lord and hoped that the brethren would be patient as they had a considerable distance. also said that the promise of God was that the greatest blessings which God had to bestow should be given to those who contributed to the support of his family while translating the fulness of the scriptures; also said until we have perfect love we are liable to fall and when we have a testimony that our names are sealed in the Lamb’s Book of life we have perfect love & then it is impossible for false Christs to decieve us. also said that the Lord held the Church bound to provide for the families of the absent Elders while proclaiming the Gospel: further said that the God had often sealed up the heavens because of covetousness in the Church. Said that the Lord would cut his work short in righteousness and except the church recieve the fulness of the Scriptures that they would yet fall. [p. 13]
Adjournment moved for by the moderator until evening.
The begged the privilege of laying before the Conference in the evening the necessity of sending certain Elders to visit the Churches and obtain means for the support of br. Joseph Smith jr. & those appointed to assist him in writing & copying the fulness of the Scriptures, as was concluded upon in a conference held in , Oct. 11. 1831. Conference adjourned, Prayer by br. .
Clerk of Conference.
Conference commenced according to adjournment— opened by singing, prayer by br. , singing again.
Brs. , & were appointed & ordained, agreeably to a motion of the Clerk, to visit the churches agreeably to the Conference of Oct. 11. 1831.
Br. said it was the privilege of those Elders present to be ordained to the High Priesthood, telling them that if they then should doubt God would withdraw his spirit from them.
The following Elders were then called seated & ordained by the Clerk, Viz: , , Joseph Brockenbury , Major N Ashley, , , , , several brethren were then called by the Clerk who were desirous to preach the gospel.
Br Joseph Smith Jr, was appointed to examine these brethren, presenting themselves for ordination, after prayer said that he had a testimony that each had one tallent and if after being ordained they should hide it God would take it from them; exhorted them to pray continually in meekness. Said that those who had been previously ordained Priests would be ordained Elders, & the others would be ordained Priests; the clerk then by appointment ordained br <an Elder> and brs , Ezekiel Rider, William Scobey, Uziel Stephens, , Albert Jackman, Stephen Strong, Calves Willson, . Eleazer Willis Michael B. Welton Priests.
Conference adjourned until 8 o’clock A.M. on 26th.
Ck. of Co.
Conference convened according to adjournment opened by singing “Go on ye pilgrims,” prayer by br. [p. 14]
Br. then made certain remarks on the privileges of the saints in these last days. Remarks to those who were ordained to the High priesthood last evening saying that the Lord was not well pleased with some of them because of their indifference to be ordained to that office, exhortation to faith and obedience setting forth the power of that office.
Br. said that he received the rebuke in meekness. The same by brs. Joseph Brackenberry, & .
The Clerk said that the directions which himself & his br. had recieved this morning respecting the choice of the twelve, was that they would be ordained & sent forth from the Land of Zion.
Voted that this conference appoint another General conference in Lorain County on the 25th. January 1832.
Voted that brs. & speak this day to the congregation which shall assemble.
Closed, Prayer by br. .
Cuyahoga County Ohio, Oct. 26. 1831.
Minutes of a conference held in , Portage Co Ohio, Nov 1 1831
|Joseph Smith Jr|
Br appointed moderator & Clerk br made a request desiring the mind of the Lord through this conference of Elders to know how many copies of the Book of commandments it was the will of the Lord should be published in the first edition of that work. Voted that there be ten thousand struck copies struck. Adjourned until after noon.
Preface received by inspiration
Conference commenced according to adjournment br appointed Moderater & , Clerk [p. 15]
Br. Joseph Smith jr. said that inasmuch as the Lord had bestowed a great blessing upon us in giving commandments and revelations, asked the conference what testimony they were willing to attach to these commandments which should shortly be sent to the world. A number of the brethren arose and said, that they were willing to testify to the world that they knew that they were of the Lord.
Revelation received relative to the same.
Conference adjourned according adjourned until morning.
Clerk of Con.
Conference convened according to adjournment.
Br. appointed Moderator, & Clerk. Opened, Prayer by br.
Br was then ordained to the High priesthood under the hand of br
The Revelation of last evening read by the moderator the brethren then arose in turn and bore witness to the truth of the Book of Commandments. After which br. Joseph Smith jr. arose & expressed his feelings & gratitude concerning the commandment & Preface recieved yesterday. Conference closed. prayer by br. .
Minutes of a special Conference held in , Portage Co. Ohio, Nov. 8. 1831.
|Joseph Smith jr.|
Br. Joseph Smith jr. appointed moderator & Clerk. opened, prayer by br. Joseph Smith jr.
Remarks by br. on the errors or mistakes which are in commandments and revelations, made either by the scribe translation in consequence of the slow way of the scribe at the time of receiving or by the scribes themselves & Resolved by this conference that Br Joseph Smith Jr correct those errors or mistakes which he m[a]y discover by the holy Spirit while receiving the revelations wing reviewing the revelations & commandments & also the fulness of the scriptures. Resolved by this conference that br shall all the writings which go forth to the world which go through the Printing press (except the revelations and commandments) by the Spirit of the Lord and this according to the commandment given in [p. 16] July 20, 1831. Closed in prayer by br
Minutes of a special Conference held in Nov 9 1831
|Joseph Smith jr|
Brs appointed Moderator & Clerk
Opened. prayer by br Brs Silvester Hulett and John Noah expressed desire to preach the word if thought proper by this conference Voted that these two brethren be ordained according to the voice of the church in which they live. Closed. Prayer by
Minutes of a special conference held in , Portage Co. Ohio November 11, 1831.
|Joseph Smith jr.|
Opened. Prayer by br , who then said that the question which he wanted settled was whether it was the will of the Lord that he should go to Zion in the spring. Commandments concerning the duties of the Elders, read by br. .
Voted that it is the mind of the conference that our is not yet commanded to go to Zion in the spring by any thing yet written: Therefore, Voted that our be not sent up to Zion in the coming spring.
Commandment to br. read.
Br. ordained a priest under the hand of br. .
Clerk of Conference [p. 17]
Minutes of a special conference held in Portage County Ohio, November 12. 1831.
|Joseph Smith jr.|
Br. was appointed Moderator & Clerk. Prayer by the .
Br. Joseph Smith jr. said one item he wished acted upon was that our brs. & & the sacred writings which they have entrusted to them to carry to Zion be dedicated to the Lord by the prayer of faith. Secondly, has labored with me from the beginning in writing &c. has labored with me from the begining, & brs. & also for a considerable time, & as these sacred writings are now going to the Church for their benefit, that we may have claim on the church for recompence, if this conference think these things worth prizing to be had on record to show hereafter I feel that it will be according to the mind of the Spirit for by it these things were put into my hart which I know to be the Spirit of truth &c.
Voted that Joseph Smith jr. be appointed to dedicate & consecrate these brethren & the sacred writings & all they have entrusted to their care, to the Lord: done accordingly.
After deliberate consideration in consequence of the book of Revelation now to be printed being the foundation of the Church & the salvation of the world & the Keyes of the mysteries of the Kingdom, & the riches of Eternity to the church Voted that they be prized by this Conference to be worth to the Church the riches of the whole Earth. Speaking temporally.
Voted that in consequence of the dilligence of our brethren Joseph Smith jr. & in bringing to light by the grace of God these sacred things, be appointed to manage them according to the Laws of the Church & the commandments of the Lord.
And also that in consequence of the families of . & in administering to their wants in temporal things, & also the labors of & [p. 18]
Voted by this conference that the above named brethren be remembered to the in Zion as being worthy of inheritances among the people of the Lord according to the laws of said Church.
Closed. prayer by br. .
Minutes of a conference, held in Winchester Randolph Co [Indiana] Nov 29 1831
|Oliver Walker (license taken)|
|(license taken in 1832. & 1833.)|
Conference opened in prayer by br. .
And also the business or duties of conference explained &c.
Br. then arose & stated the reason why he called this conference is to have some difficulty settled existing between the Elders residing in this place &c.
Br. arose and stated that the origin of the difficulty had arisen between him and the Church in consequence of himself and br. Isaac reading certain passages in the Acts, & also in the book of Mormon for they thought that they found therein recorded, that the disciples had ought or was privileged to live in common stock.
Adjourned until to-morrow 9. O’clock A.M. Prayer by br. .
Conference convened according to appointment. Opened in prayer by . Observations made by all the Elders present & they unanimously agreed that all this difficulty has arisen in consequence of misrepresentations of a writing which was represented to have been written by br. & a letter written by br. & to br in consequence of misrepresentations thereof all these difficulties have arisen.
Br. then arose & made a proposition that br. be restored to his former standing providing he make a statement to the branch that he had done & said things that were wrong for which he was sorry in all humility.
Resolved that this conference be adjourned until the church be notified and assemble & this subject laid before them. [p. 19]
Conference adjourned until to-morrow P.M. early candle lighting
Prayer by br.
Conference convened according to adjournment. Opened. prayer by . Minutes read by , observations by by way of exhortation to the Church.
All the brethren forgave br. , and he the brethren and thus this difficulty is settled.
Br. was ordained to the High priesthood and br. again ordained an Elder under the hand of . Conference closed in prayer by br. .
Minutes of a conference held in Indiana, December 6. 1831.
|(these two lost both licenses an[d] taken at present.)|
Br. appointed Moderator & Clerk. Prayer by br. .
Br then arose and addressed the Elders, showing them the necessity of having their hearts drawn out in prayer to God & also realize that they are in the immediate presence of God & also explained the order of the High priesthood, &c, The Church then proceeded to settle some difficulty that existed between them in the presence of the conference
Firstly the case of Sister George Burkett & Sister Eunice Statement, of both parties Sister Burkett manifested a spirit of humility and contrition Sister Eunice a Spirit of hardness and self-justification
Resolved that brs & Isaac Fallace, go and visit Sister Eunice as soon as possible
Secondly the case of br & br Eunice made the same acknowledgement that his wife did the afore mentioned Elders also laboured with br Eunice
then arose & chastised in the name of the conference for his previous neglect of duty, &c, [p. 20]
Thirdly. The case <of> br James More was then called in question misconduct in his family. the letter which he had previously writen to the Church was then read in the conference. Some further remarks were then made by br Lee stating that br More was guilty of bad conduct since the letter was written James More acknowledged that he was guilty of whipping his wife. After that he was questioned by br Whether he thought that he was worthy to retain his License in the Church as a Teacher he answered in the negative & desired that this conference would receive his License which was done accordingly.
Fourthly. the case of brs George Heartly & Oliver Walker called in. Conference adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 PM Prayer by br
Conference Convened according to adjournment opened by singing “Go on ye pilgrims, &c.” & prayer by br. . Brother then read the 15. Psalm & 24. &c. & 33 chapter & 13. verse of Isaiah’s Prophesy. Brs. George Heartley & Oliver Walker then withdrew to settle the difficulty between themselves but could not agree Therefore descided that two should be appointed by the Moderator. Brs. & to go. Conference suspended. After some conversation with the parties they agreed to abide the descision of & who concluded that Oliver Walker pay George Heartley which was his just Due. After which it was laid before the Conference but it was with much cavilling on the part of Walker to stand or hold fast to his agreement,. Finally Walker did agree, & truly humbled himself & they came together as brothers and disciples & all matters were settled & buried.
Conference Closed by singing “My loving fellow travellers,” & prayer by br.
Clerk of Con. Dec. 7. 1831.
Minutes of a general Conference held in the land of Zion ( Jackson County Missouri,) at the dwelling house of . January 23.1832.
Joshua Fairchilds (License taken) (Priest) (Teacher) Isaac Bebee [Beebe] [p. 21]
Br appointed moderator & Clerk Prayer by br . Various Commandments read.
Resolutions offered by br to take into consideration the circumstances of two brethren present. Isaac & George Bebee [Beebe] who desired to preach the Gospel Commandment read by the Clerk ceartain remarks made by him also & br The duty of the Priests Teachers & Deacons read by br from the Articles & covenants Remarks by br , stating that the offices of Priests, Teachers, & Deacons, to be as importent as any in the Church
Resolved therefore that there be no person ordained in the Land of Zion to the office of Elder Priest Teacher or Deacon without the united voice of the Churches in which such individual resides Closed.
Clerk of Conference.
Minutes of a special Conference in Zion March 10. 1832.
Br. Moderator & Clerk.
Resolved. That this Conference write to our br. . Wrote as follows. First as to the charges prefered against our br. in a letter addressed to brs. & dated , Nov. 14. 1831. We learn by conversing with and those personally conversant with the circumstances that the said charges are partially correct
But as the most of them transpired previous to a Conference held on this land at which our brs. & were present face to face when confessions were made by several brethren & by in particular to our joy and thanksgiving to our God we can truly say his spirit was there also, we cannot consider them justifiable.
Secondly, As three of the charges are prefered after said Conference one of themse is respecting the handing over money to brs. Joseph & for their expense to , to which says he had no disposition to defraud or deceive his brethren in that case & if any damage has accrued to the [p. 22] Church, or the feelings of any of his brethren been aggrieved in consequence of the same he now asks their forgiveness as well as the forgiveness of the Lord.
The other two are not considered by this Conference just accusations; but in relation to the fifth charge which reads; “His having insulted the Lord’s prophet in particular & assumed authority over him in open violation of the Laws of God.”
says that in relation to the same although the circumstances occured previous to said conference, if Br. Joseph has not forgiven him he hopes he will, as he<is &> has always been sorry.
Resolved that whereas the duty of a disciple of Christ is to promote peace union, harmony & brotherly love & not at any time imprudently prefer charges & demand confession & settlement of the same in the absence of a br. after having had a privilege of doing the same face to face, and more especially after sitting in Conference in the name of the Lord & communing together at sacrament. We do therefore after deliberately weighing the subject before us earnestly entreat our for the good of the cause in which we labor & for which we suffer persecutions, to candidly reflect upon the subject of the aforementioned letter and ask himself whether he was not actuated by his own hasty feelings rather than the Spirit of Christ when indicting the same.
After having conversed with freely upon the subject we can say with assurance that he is willing to make every confession which as a disciple of Christ could require & forever bury the matter.
And we do advise that such may be the resolution & thereby the wound in the Church be healed & they walk together as brothers filling the important stations in the Kingdom of God in honor to themselves & the advancement of our Redeemer’s cause: Amen. Closed. Prayer by br.
Clerk of Conference.
Minutes of a Conference held at the dwelling house of October 21. 1831.
Br. was appointed Moderator & Clerk.
The object of the meeting as explained by was to search out & examine into the nature of grievances as set forth by Sister Emily Coburn & Elizabeth Gilbert respecting the teaching & Spirit which had actuated br. for a length of time past.
The testimony was all had on both sides & said a considerable after which it was agreed that the Elders should descide upon the Spirit which was actuated by this evening.
And after having two votes or lots written for each Elder & the Elders not consulting each other upon the subject the vote was taken or lot cast whether good or bad & on looking over the votes or lots they all agreed & came out bad; brs. & not voting being excused. then spoke until interrupted by the . the Elders immediately one after another that had not voted or cast lots raised their voices against the spirit manifested by .
After which they reproved the two sisters for some things they thought they were out of the way and afterwards at the request of to know what he should do or what was to be done with him it was thought advisable that he should not officiate as an Elder until he should could see with the other Elders & be able to discover that he had a bad spirit.
Clerk of Con.
April 26. 1832.
Met in council
|High priests Present|
|Joseph Smith jr.|
|Joshua Fairchilds (license taken at (present)|
First: Joseph Smith jr. acknowledged by the High priests in the land of Zion to be President of the High Priesthood, according to commandment and ordination in , at the Conference held in January 25, 1832 [p. 24] And the right hand of fellowship given him by the Bishop in the land of Zion in the name of the church
Br. was ordained a High priest under the hand of br. Joseph Smith jr.
Br. then stated the items embraced in a Revelation received in & the reason why we were commanded to come to this land & sit in council with the High priests here, for the particulars of which read the commandment.
Conference adjourned for one hour.
Prayer by br.
All differences settled & the hearts of all run together in love
A Revelation received through him whom the Church has appointed respecting organization.
Council adjourned until to-morrow 9 o’clock A.M.
Council Convened, Opened by singing “He dies the friend of sinners dies &c.” & prayer by br.
Resolved, that the name of the Firm mentioned in the commandments yesterday be Gilbert, Whitney & Company in Zion. And Newel K. Whitney & Company in Geauga Co. Ohio.
Resolved that brs. & draft the bond for the above named Firm. As there was not any business of importance before the Council; Brethren Joseph & gave desertations on the Gospel, its appendages &c. Council closed in prayer by br. Joseph Smith jr.
April 27. 1832.
Minutes of a Council of the litterary Firm, Zion April 30. 1832.
|Joseph Smith jr. President.|
|, one of the President’s Councellors.|
Ordered by the council that three thousand copies of the book of Commandments be printed the first Edition. [p. 25]
Secondly: Ordered by the Council that the printing of an Alminack for Zion this season be left at the option of brs. & —
Thirdly: Ordered by the Council that all Revelations be limited to the parties concerned until printed.
Fourthly: Ordered by the Council that brs. , & be appointed to review the Book of Commandments & select for printing such as shall be deemed by them proper as dictated by the spirit & make all necessary verbal corrections
Fifthly Ordered by the Council that the Hymns selected by be corrected by br. . Closed
Prayer by br.
Minutes of a meeting of the United Firm. [1 May 1832]
Joseph Smith jr. President of Conference & also of High priesthood
, Clerk of Conference. and printer to the Church.
Agent in Zion
Counsellor of President.
, Lords Clerk.
. printer to the Church
Counsellor to the President (denied the faith)
Resolved that & be appointed agents to act in the name of this Firm.
Resolved that whenever any special official business occur it shall be the duty of the United Firm by their branches at Missiouri & Ohio to regulate the same by special agency.
Resolved That the Firm loan fifteen thousand dollars for five years or longer at six per cent anually or semianually as the agreement can be made, & that N. K. Whitney & co. be appointed to negotiate the same.
Closed. Prayer by br. .
Clerk of Conference. [p. 26]
Minutes of a Conference held in Zion May 26. 1832 at the house of br. .
|High priests Present.|
To take into consideration a certain transgression of our committed in the fall of 1830 in the Township of Cuyahoga County State of Ohio.
Which after some discussion he having frankly confessed the same to the satisfaction of all present; it was Resolved that these proceedings be recorded for the benefit & satisfaction of the Church of Christ.
The reason why the above case was not taken into consideration by proper authority in the Church previous this day, is that some of the Elders supposed that the affair had been adjusted last year when made his confession to the individuals injured & received their forgiveness.
Minutes of a Conference held at the office of the Evening & Morning Star on Tuesday 29th day of May 1832 for the purpose of dedicating to the Lord in conformity to certain Revelations given concerning the Printing Establishment
The conference was opened by prayer by , Several appropriate commandments read by br. , after which some explanatory remarks were made by brs. & others in relation to rules & regulations of the office & the important duties devolving upon those whom the Lord [p. 27] has designated to spread his truths & revelations in these last days to the inhabitants of the earth.
After which the proceeded Solmnly to dedicate the building for Printing & all materials appertaining thereto unto the Lord
This meeting concluded in prayer by br
Clerk of Meeting
Zion July. 3. 1832
Minutes of a special council held at the dwelling house of (Bishop) conference opened in prayer by
|Major N Ashley|
Resolved that the mode and manner of regulating the Church of Christ Take effect from this time, according to a Revelation received in Portage County Ohio Nov 11, 1831
Adjourned for one hour, Prayer by Elder
Convened, Prayer by the
A letter from from Indiana, was exhibited & discussed & advised that he come to this land & also agreed by the conference that an Epistle be written to the church scattered abroad
Clerk of conference [p. 28]
Minutes of a special conference held in Zion July 13, 1832 at the house of in for the purpose of dividing the Church on the land of Zion, into branches for the better convenience of holding meetings & organizing the Church &c.
|Isaac Bebee [Beebe]|
Prayer by br. Stephen Chase.
Br. appointed Clerk.
After considerable consultation upon the subject it was voted that the branches in Each Township be numbered as they are set off.
Voted that for the time being the Disciples in now living & that shall hearafter settle upon Sections No. 25. 26. 27. 28. 33. 34. 35. & 36. be considered in the branch No. first: those on section No. 29. 30. 31. & 32. And those on the 24 first No. sections in Second Townships in branch No. 3. & also those in Blue Township be considered a branch.
Closed in prayer by br. Johnathan Sumner.
Clerk of Con.
Minutes of a conference held in August 24. 1832.
|Major N. Ashley|
proposed the following questions
1st. Can a man in the Church of Christ walk by faith without law?
2.nd. Was the law given to bring men to faith?
3rd Was the law added because of transgression?
4th. Was the law given because it was asked for?
Clerk of Conference.
Met in Council September 15. 1832 to choose an Elder to be a President over the Elders in Zion
Opened in prayer by br . Then proceeded chose & Elected br. to be our President
appointed Clerk pro tem.
Resolved that the Elders meet the first Saturday of December next for the first general Conference according to the Commandments and Covenants. were present then at this meeting
At a special conference of Elders held at the Big Blue on Friday the 26th 27th Sept. opened. prayer by & proceeded to organize by ordaining the chosen at the last conference.
Read the laws & Commandments & adjourned until the 2nd Monday in November next to meet at ’s at the Blue. Closed prayer by .
Clerk. [p. 30]
Concil met according to adjournment Oct 25 1832 endeavoring to obtain wisdom, on ceartain points, relative, to the Welfare of the Church of Christ Present
Opened: Prayer by
Minutes of a Conference held, October 2. 1832.
|Major N. Ashley|
Conference opened. in prayer
Prayer by br
montioned that br. ’s case should be taken in consideration, after some conversation & examination br. motioned that he be reordained and [an] Elder by seconded by . Voted that he should be reordained to the office of an Elder by br. .
Motioned by br that this Conference be Closed, seconded by M N. Ashley and was dissmissed in prayer by
Clerk. [p. 31]
Council of High Priests met in , October 5. 1832. for the purpose of counselling upon certain points relative to Zion.
|Major N. Ashley|
Br. President & Clerk pro. tem.
Opened in prayer by
Moved by that a revelation given 11th November be read. Query. What is the duty of the High Priests.
Are the High priests in the land of Zion required to meet as Elders in the three month Conference according to the Articles & Covenants to do Church business.
Is the council of Elders where the President of the Elders resides to teach them their duty the same as the three month Conference mentioned in the Coventants.
Moved by br. that certain Elders present should express their minds concerning ordinations to the High Priesthood, brs. & desired the office & were ordained under the hand of br.
A Council of High Priests assembled at ’s December 3. 1832
Opened, Prayer by
Resolved that the High priests meet alone except when Elders, Priests Teachers or members shall have business at Conference & this according to Revelation.
Resolved that Brs & be appointed to go forth and set in order the different Branches of the Church of Christ in the land of Zion & see that there are High Priests or Elders set apart to see that meetings are held & the officers & members do their duties according to Revelations & Commandments
Resolved that the following persons Viz & be a committee to examine into the qualifications of High Priests Elders & Priests as shall be reported to them by brs or stationed high Priests or Elders over the various branches of the Church of Christ in Zion, as to the propriety of their going forth a broad into the world to preach the gospel of peace. Closed. prayer by
Zion December 15 1832 Convened in council , , , , , & to take into consideration the case of Thomas Mils who was going about preaching much.
By due examination we found that he taught contrary doctrine to the revelations & prophesied things contrary to scripture. We therefore received his license & silenced him & advised him, if he would still persist in his foolish doctrine to withdraw from the Church & save us the trouble of excommunicating him from the same, which he did
Zion February 26 1833 A special council of High Priests met to transact such business as by them shall seam proper
First. The laid before the council the effect of the proceedings of the Solemn assemblies as held throughout Zion attended by brs. & .
Resolved that a committee be appointed to write an epistle to our brethren in : Voted that & be the committee to write the epistle.
Conference adjourned until six o’clock in the evening, in the meantime the epistle to be written. prayer by .
Convened according to adjournment, the epistle accepted by the conference. We then all kneeled before the Lord & asked him to effect a perfect harmony between us & our brethren in which was the desire of our hearts.
Conference adjourned until four weeks from to-morrow
Prayer by br.
. March 26. 1833. A Council of High priests met according to adjournment 21 in number resident in Zion at this time. Opened in Prayer by Br. .
The order that was taught at the Solemn Assemblies was accepted after much discussion.
Resolved that the Churches meet according to the appointments of the several high priests stationed over their respective branches.
Closed in prayer by .
Zion, August 21. 1833.
Met in Council.
First: Br. laid before the council the case of Br. the President of the Elders who desired the office of the High priesthood, he also stated it himself by request of & others, also said he had a testimony of the Lord that it was his will &c.
Ordained under the hand of & set in council with us. Much consultation concerning the gift of tongues &c. And a rebuke of the Lord for reasoning in our own wisdom. &c.
Conference adjourned until Wednesday next at 9. O’clock A.M. Prayer by the .
, Clerk .
Zion August 28. 1833.
Convened according to adjournment.
Moderator. Opened in prayer by the same. Resolved that no High priest Elder or Priest shall ordain any priest Elder or High priest in the land of Zion without the consent of a conference of High priests. [p. 35]
Adjourned until the 11 of Sept, next, at ’s house. Prayer by the
Zion September 11. 1833.
Met in Council according to adjournment
The Bishop was acknowledged to be at the head of the Church of Zion at present, consequently will be our Moderator in councils or conferences by virtue of his office
Proceeded to business as follows
First Appointed High Priests to wach over the several Churches Branches as follows
Adjourned half an hour fore noon
Commenced again according to adjournment [p. 36]
A Hymn sung by Br in tongues and interpreted by Ideas &c. concerning the travelling of the Nephites their toils troubles & tribulations &c.
Prayer by the
Some points of the law discussed & also concerning tytheing &c Adjourned until two weeks from to day or September 25, 1833
Prayer by the
September 26, 1833
Met according to adjournment
Opened in prayer by the Bishop
Proceeded to business Agreed that & be ordained to the High Priesthood Adjourned ¾ of an hour Sung a hymn
Opened in prayer by (the Bishop) for the evening. Proceeded to business
Br. Tanner desired to be ordained. But the Conference declined at present to give him their voices.
presented the situation of the Church desiring to know whether they had better move to this place this fall or not no definite answer given by this conference at present.
This day four weeks the conference meets again.
Clerk of Conference
Recorder. [p. 37]
[3 pages blank] [p. 38]
A council of High Priests met according to revelation in order to choose some of the first Elders to receive their endowments.— being appointed by the voice of the Spirit through Br. Joseph Smith jr. President of the Church of Christ.
— Is called & chosen, and is to go to to receive his endowment with power from on high— And also, stand in his office as Bishop to purchase lands in the land of .
— Is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment with power from on high & help carry on the printing establishment in till Zion is reedeamed
is called & chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment with power from on high in and assist in gathering up the strength of the Lords house and preach the Gospel
The same as
is called and chosen And it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment with power in with power from on high—— And to continue in his office
Is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive an endowment from on high in — And to stand in the office that is appointed unto him.
— Is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment from on high in — and to assist in the gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and to proclaim the everlasting gospel until Zion is [p. 41] redeemed— But he said he could not do it— And truly he departed his life a few days after this was given.— And we are left to lament his loss.
is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment, in with power from on high and assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and proclaim the Gospel.
is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in with power from on high, and to assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house, and proclaim the everlasting Gospel.
is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to recieive his endowment in with power from on high and to assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house, and to preach the Gospel.
is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in with power from on high, and his office made known hereafter.
is called and chosen, and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in with power from on high— And return to Zion and have his office appointed unto him hereafter.
. is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to to receive his endowment in with power from on high and assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and proclaim the gospel.
is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to recieve his endowment in with power from on high and to assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house, and preach the the gospel.
is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment in with power from on high and proclaim the everlasting Gospel and assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house.
Clerk. [p. 42]
July 3. 1834.
The High Priests of Zion assembled for the purpose of organizing a general Council of High Priests, agreeable to the revelation for the purpose of settling important business that might come before them which could not be settled by the and his council.
Proceeded to make choice of the President. It was agreed that should be first President and to be assisted by and ,— and the following High Priests as Councellors,
After which the meeting adjourned to meet on monday the 8th inst.
July 7th 1834.
Agreeable to adjournment the council of High Priests assembled at the house of — and opened the meeting by singing,— age after age has rowled away, &c. and prayer by Joseph Smith jun., Present fifteen High Priests,— eight Elders, four Priests, eight teachers, three Deacons,— together with A number of Members
After which br. Joseph Smith jun proceeded to give the Council such instruction (relative to their high calling) as would enable them to proceed and minister in their office— agreeable to the pattern given heretofore;— also read to them the [p. 43] Revelation speaking on the subject— He also informed them if he should now be taken away that he had accomplished the great work which the Lord had laid before him, and that which he had desired of the Lord, and that he now had done his duty in organizing the High Council, through which Council the will of the Lord might be known on all importent occasions in the building up of Zion, and establishing truth in the earth.
A vote was then taken whether the brethren that were appointed on the 3rd of July should stand according to appoinment. The vote was clear in their behalf.
Br. Joseph Smith jr. then proceeded and ordained the three Presidents. as President and & assistants and their twelve Counsellors.
The twelve counsellors then proceeded to cast lots to know who should speak first, and the order in which they should speak which is as follows:
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After which came forward and blessed three of his sons in the name of the Lord Viz: , & . And also blessed his son in the name of the Lord.
After the council of High Priests were organized the Bishop, came forward and stated to the Council that a greater responsibility devolved upon him than before as he had not the privilege of counselling with any of the high council save one of the Presidents and his own Counsellors, and desired to have the prayers of all the Church that he might be able to act in his station in righteousness.
After which br. Joseph Smith jr. laid the case of before the council to have their descision whether he should take his family to and when it shall be wisdom for him to go. As it has been deemed necessary for him to go and assist in the printing establishment. [p. 44]
Nominated voted and carried that four of the Counsellors <shall> speak on the subject, two on each side. Viz: & on the side of the plaintif, and & in behalf of the Church.
After they had said on this subject all they had to say, the descided that it is the duty of Br. to go to to assist in the printing business and that his family remain in this region of country and that he have an honorable discharge of his station in this place for a season (as soon as he can accomplish his business in this place) signed by the & .
Proposed by br. that br. the President of the Church in Zion should go to as being one of the three witnesses and assist in promoting the cause of Christ.
The case was argued by br. & in behalf of the Plantiff, and & for the church. And after their pleadings it was descided that br. go to the East and assist in the great work of the gathering and be his own Judge, as to leaving his family or taking them with him. And also that and go to the East. all the above named brethren to prepare and go as soon as convenient
After all this was done the afore mentioned High Priests, Elders, Priests Teachers, Deacons. & Members covenanted with uplifted hands to heaven that they would uphold Br as President, head and leader in Zion (in the absence of br. Joseph Smith jr.) and & as assistants Presidents and Counsellors also covenanted to uphold him and one another at the throne of grace.
Council closed. Prayer by President.
Clerk. [p. 45]
July 12. 1834.
Council convened according to appointment. Opened in prayer by br. .
Voted & carried that fill ’s place pro tem.
Remarks by the respecting the responsibility of the Counsellors in their high and holy callings. &c.
Constitution read by and also the minutes of the proceedings of our last council.
The then arose and addressed the counsellors— saying that it was necessary to take into consideration the situation of the scattered Saints of Zion— stating that it was necessary to do something and this in wisdom and appoint some one or ones to labor with the scattered disciples in this region.
First: Shall we appoint two four or six to visit our scattered and afflicted brethren in this region, of country and lay before them their duty &c. or shall we appoint more or how many shall we appoint. And also shall fill his mission appointed him by the seer, and shall he have any assistance in his temporal business to ascertain the strength of the Lord’s house. &c.
Resolved that six speak over upon this case. viz:
After these six had spoken on the case; it was deemed necessary that four should be appointed to go and visit the scattered brethren and teach them in the ways of truth and holyness &c. And also that one be appointed to go with and assist him in his business.
Recommend that & be appointed for to see to these things, and that assist in his mission.
Voted and carried that the above named six attend to their several Missions as above mentioned
After which the cases of [p. 46] & Samuel Brown. Who desire to promulgate the everlasting Gospel.
Voted that two speak upon the above cases, Viz: & .
Descided by the that none of the above named brethren go to preach at present except , and this because of his over much wearying the Lord and if he can get a faithful br. to go with him he will be blessed if he is faithful. And also is at liberty to go to the east after he has attended to his Mission in company with
The above descision sanctioned by the counsellors.
proposes to the councilors to take into consideration the propriety of holding meetings among our brethren breaking bread &c while we are in captivity desiring that they would consider these things
Voted that four speak on this occasion Viz, , & , After these four had discussed the matter the Decided that it was not our privilege at present to hold publick meetings, but the four Viz , & should go and set the disciples in order according as the Lord shall direct and he will bless their labours. This decision sanctioned by the councellors.
After which gave a few leading principles respecting the conducting these councils, by saying that it was necessary that all these things be conducted with the strictest order and attention by all as well the standers by as the council &c.
Closed in prayer by President
Clerk. [p. 47]
July 31. 1834.
Council met according to appointment.
Opened in prayer by President.
Resolved that be appointed in ’s place Pro Tem. and that
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Constitution read by ;
After which the report of & was read and laid on the table. And also ’s and s which were appointed them in the Council previous to this and was received.
After which the arose and addressed the Counsellors. saying that I hope it is the duty of us to transact all business in order. Saying that I hope when there shall be any case brought forward all should be patient and attentive to what is passing for I know that it is your duty to do so in all cases, and avoid confusion & contention, which is offensive in the sight of the Lord. And also addressed himself to the Elders: saying that it is not pleasing unto the Lord for any man to go forth to preach the gospel of peace unless he is qualified to set forth its principles in plainness to the understanding of those whom he endeavors to instruct: and also the rules and regulations of the Church of Latter Day Saints— For just as a man is and as he teaches and acts so will his followers be let them be ever so full of notions & whims.
And also spake to the congregation as well as to counsellors, that it was not the will of the Lord that our brethren should vote at this approaching Election. Bro spake on the same subject &