Minutes, 11 November 1831

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Minutes of a special 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 in the spring. concerning the duties of the , read by br. .
Voted that it is the mind of the conference that our is not yet commanded to go to in the spring by any thing yet written; Therefore, Voted that our be not sent up to in the coming spring.
Commandment to br. read.
Br. ordained a under the hand of br. .
, Clerk of Conference. [p. 17]


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    Which commandments were read is unclear. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church contained an extensive discussion of the duties of elders,a and several revelations dealt with the duties of specific elders.b Since the reading of the commandments occurred in the context of Cahoon wondering whether he should return to Missouri, “commandments” may refer to those revelations outlining who should go to Missouri and who should not.c Sometime on 11 November, JS also dictated a revelation calling for the appointment of presiding authorities over various offices in the church, including elders.d It is possible that this revelation was dictated at this point in the meeting.  

    (aArticles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:38–45].bSee, for example, Revelation, 29 Oct. 1831 [D&C 66]; and Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68].cRevelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58]; Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63].dRevelation, 11 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 107 (partial)].)
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    Cahoon recorded in his journal that the conference “cons[i]dered that I was not at liber[t]y to go to the land of Zion yet.” (Cahoon, Diary, Nov. 1831.)  

    Cahoon, Reynolds. Diaries, 1831–1832. CHL. MS 1115.

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    At this time, Marsh was apparently still on his way back from a trip to Missouri. It is unclear both why the conference read a commandment to him and which commandment they read. A letter from his wife Elizabeth written in September 1831 states that she expected Marsh in October, but minutes from meetings held in Indiana in late November and early December place him there. Marsh’s own personal history, written over three decades later, explains that he did not return to Kirtland, Ohio, until January 1832. On 13 January 1832, Marsh left Kirtland in company with Cahoon “to visit the Churches to the west.” Given Cahoon’s attendance at the 11 November conference, it is possible that the commandment was one assigning Marsh to accompany Cahoon. (Elizabeth Godkin Marsh, Kirtland Mills, OH, to Lewis Abbott and Ann Abbott, East Sudbury, MA, Sept. [1831], Abbott Family Collection, CHL; Minute Book 2, 29 Nov.–1 Dec. and 6–7 Dec. 1831; “T B Marsh,” [1], Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1858–1880, CHL; Cahoon, Diary, 13 Jan. 1832.)  

    Abbott Family Collection, 1831–2000. CHL. MS 23457.

    Historian’s Office. Histories of the Twelve, 1856–1858, 1861. CHL. CR 100 93.

    Cahoon, Reynolds. Diaries, 1831–1832. CHL. MS 1115.