Minutes, 11 November 1831
Minutes, , OH, 11 Nov. 1831. Featured version, titled “Minutes of a special conference held in Hiram, Portage Co. Ohio, November 11, 1831,” copied [between ca. 6 Apr. and 19 June 1838] in Minute Book 2, p. 17; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 2.
During the first two weeks of November 1831, JS and other held several in , Ohio. Although most of these focused on publishing the Book of Commandments, “there were,” as a later JS history explained, “many things which the elders desired to know relative to preaching the gospel to the inhabitants of the earth, and concerning the ” to in ., who traveled to by in the summer of 1831, attended a conference of eight elders held 11 November 1831, a few months after his return from Missouri. Apparently, Cahoon wanted to know whether he should move to Missouri, writing in his journal, “I layed my case respecting my g[o]ing to the Missory before Tha conferance.” This was in accord with instructions in an August 1831 revelation, which named several individuals who were required to stay in Missouri to help establish the but declared that the “residue of the Elders” should keep preaching and gathering the elect until they were directed to move to Missouri. Such direction would come, the revelation continued, from “the Elders of the Church at the conferences.” At this 11 November conference, the elders provided instructions to Cahoon and also conducted business relating to other church members.As clerk of the conference, recorded the minutes. In 1838, copied the minutes into Minute Book 2.
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