Minutes, 13 January 1836

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Jany. 13th 1836
The grand council met this day in the attic story of the , consisting of the following Authoroties, (viz.) Presidents. , , , , , Joseph Smith Junr and . Also the , The of and a part of the high council of
The and his counsellors, also the and one Counsellor and one to be appointed instead of now belonging to the Presidency.
Council opened by prayer of . J. Smith Junr. presiding. was nominated by the as a counsellor to fill the vacancy in his occasioned by the elevation of to the presidency. The move was seconded and carried by a unanimous vote of all [p. 200]
then proceeded to ordain to the and also to be a counsellor, after which all the congregation said amen with a loud voice. After singing a Hymn they adjourned for one hour.
At the expiration of the time met again pursuant to adjournment, and proceeded to fill the vacancies in the . The standing high counsellors were , , , , and
The names of those who had been called to fill other offices were and It was then moved, seconded & voted unanimously that Elder be appointed a high counseller in the place of . Elder was nominated in the room of Elder . This motion was carried unanimously by all the quorums present. It was then moved, seconded, and voted unanimously that be a counsellor in the room of . Moved, seconded and voted that Elder be appointed a high counsellor in the room of . Moved, seconded and carried that be appointed a high counsellor in the room of . Motioned seconded and voted that and proceed to the foregoing persons to the respective offices to which they been appointed.
1st Proceeded to ordain Elder .
We lay our hands on the thy head and ordain thee to this high and conspicuous office and pray that our heavenly Father will give thee great wisdom in counsel and make thee of deep penetration, and fill thy heart with compassion and love that all thy decisions may be just and true [p. 201]
, we thee to be an in the and pray that thou mayest have all the power of thy ministry, we also ordain thee a high counsellor in the at , and we pray that thou mayest have great wisdom and be very useful in the church and through faithfulness thou shalt have all the blessings of heaven and of earth and no man shall take them from thee.
we also ordain thee to be a high priest and pray that thou mayest be a minister in Righteousness and go forth and proclaim the gospel with great power. We also ordain thee to be a high counsellor in the high counsil of and we say, if thou art faithful great blessings shall be given to you.
, We ordain thee to be an high priest and pray that thy crown be made to shine as the stars that thou mayest always bear off the gospel triumphly in in the face of all opposition, We also ordain thee to be a high counsellor at that at , praying that you may have the spirit of these offices to which you are now ordained, and this shall be the case through your faithfulness.
, We ordain thee to be an high priest in the Church of the Latter day Saints, and pray that all the powers of thy mind may be enlisted in building up the kingdom of God, that thou mayest be consecrated to God from this very hour: We also ordain thee to be a high counsellor at the stake of and we say to thee, if thou wilt be faithful, thou shalt have all the blessings pertaining to the offices to which you have been ordained and no power shall take them from thee. amen.
and were appointed counsellors pro tem in the place of Elders [p. 202] and who were absent in the council of .
was appointed Door Keeper in the by unanimous vote of the assembly
Motioned, seconded and voted unanimously that J. Smith Junr , , and , be a committee to draft a code of rules or laws for the regulation of the in times of worship.
Nominated, Seconded and carried unanimously that no whispering shall be allowed in the council nor any loud talking by any one except when called upon, or when he asks the privelege of so doing;
rose up and made some general remarks in relation to the building up of the Kingdom of God, which were very appropriate and timely. He then closed by prayer——
adjourned till Friday the 15th inst at 9 o-clock A.M. to meet in the stone house
, Clerk [p. 203]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    The Whitmers and William W. Phelps constituted the presidency of Missouri, or Zion. Some of the men in these various offices were unable to attend the meeting. Oliver Cowdery was one of those absent leaders; he did not return from Newark, Licking County, Ohio, until the following day. (JS, Journal, 13 Jan. 1836; Cowdery, Diary, 11–14 Jan. 1836.)  

    Cowdery, Oliver. Diary, Jan.–Mar. 1836. CHL. MS 3429. Also available as Leonard J. Arrington, “Oliver Cowdery’s Kirtland, Ohio, ‘Sketch Book,’BYU Studies 12 (Summer 1972): 410–426.

  2. 2

    Edward Partridge, John Corrill, and Isaac Morley.  

  3. 3

    Newel K. Whitney and Reynolds Cahoon.  

  4. 4

    Hyrum Smith was called as “assistant for the Bishop” in Kirtland on 10 February 1832. He was appointed an assistant president in the presidency of the high priesthood—and therefore in the presidency of the church—on 6 December 1834. (Hyrum Smith, Diary and Account Book, 10 Feb. 1832; Cahoon, Diary, 10 Feb. 1832; Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 Dec. 1834; JS, Journal, 16 Jan. 1836.)  

    Smith, Hyrum. Diary and Account Book, Nov. 1831–Feb. 1835. Hyrum Smith, Papers, ca. 1832–1844. BYU.

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

  5. 5

    Knight was ordained to the office of elder on 2 January 1836. (Minutes, 2 Jan. 1836.)  

  6. 6

    According to JS’s journal, the council sang “Come let us rejoice in the day of salvation.” William W. Phelps, a member of the Missouri presidency in attendance at this council, authored the text of this hymn. (JS, Journal, 13 Jan. 1836; Hymn 18, Collection of Sacred Hymns, 24–25.)  

  7. 7

    All these men except Orson Johnson were original members of the Kirtland high council. Johnson replaced John S. Carter in August 1834 after Carter died during the Camp of Israel expedition. (Minutes, 17 Feb. 1834; Minutes, 28–29 Aug. 1834.)  

  8. 8

    Cowdery had served on the Kirtland high council since its creation. JS ordained him “assistant President of the High and Holy Priesthood . . . to assist in presiding over the whole chu[r]ch” in December 1834. (Minutes, 17 Feb. 1834; Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 Dec. 1834.)  

  9. 9

    Luke Johnson had served on the Kirtland high council since its creation. He was later ordained as one of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, eleven months before this grand council. (Minutes, 17 Feb. 1834; Minutes, Discourse, and Blessings, 14–15 Feb. 1835.)  

  10. 10

    Hyrum Smith was called to the Kirtland high council on 24 September 1834 to replace Sylvester Smith, who had been removed from the council for making unfounded accusations against JS. (Minutes, 24 Sept. 1834.)  

  11. 11

    Hyde had served on the Kirtland high council since its creation. He was later ordained as one of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, eleven months before this grand council. (Minutes, 17 Feb. 1834; Minutes, Discourse, and Blessings, 14–15 Feb. 1835.)  

  12. 12

    Joseph Smith Sr. had served on the Kirtland high council since its creation. He was then appointed to the church’s presidency, thirteen months before this grand council. (Minutes, 17 Feb. 1834; Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 Dec. 1834.)  

  13. 13

    JS’s journal adds that “many great and glorious blessings were pronounced upon the heads of thes[e] councilors by president S. Rigdon who was spokesman on the occasion.” (JS, Journal, 13 Jan. 1836.)  

  14. 14

    Beman arrived in Kirtland two days earlier from Genesee County, New York, to prepare to attend the upcoming solemn assembly. (JS, Journal, 11 Jan. 1836.)  

  15. 15

    McWithy was ordained an elder on 15 February 1833 and had lived in Kirtland since 1835. JS performed a marriage at McWithy’s house in December 1835. (Minutes, 15 Feb. 1833; Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 20, pp. 299–300, 15 July 1835, microfilm 20,238, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL; JS, Journal, 13 Dec. 1835.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.

  16. 16

    A week earlier, a council at Kirtland permanently replaced five other members of the Missouri high council, four of whom had been called to the Quorum of the Twelve. (Minute Book 2, 6 Jan. 1836; JS, Journal, 13 Jan. 1836.)  

  17. 17

    Carrico moved to Kirtland in August 1835. The day after this meeting, he married Elizabeth Baker in a ceremony performed by JS. (Nauvoo Ninth Ward High Priests Quorum, Minutes, [14]; JS, Journal, 14 Jan. 1836.)  

    Nauvoo Ninth Ward. High Priests Minutes, Nov. 1844–Feb. 1845. CHL. LR 3501 21.

  18. 18

    See Rules and Regulations, 14 Jan. 1836.  

  19. 19

    JS’s journal expands upon this point: “The question was agitate[d] whether whispering, should be allowed in our councils and assemblys a vote was called from the whole assembly and carried in the negative, that no whispering shall be allowed nor any one allowed, (except he is called upon or asks permission,) to speak loud in our councils or assemblies, upon any concideration whatever, and no man shall be interupted while speaking unless he is speaking out of place, and every man, shall be allowed to speak in his turn.” The vote and decision made here were in harmony with a December 1832 revelation that gave instructions for the School of the Prophets and for the “house of God.” The revelation stated: “Lit [let] not all be spokesmen at once, but let one speak at a time, and lit [let] all listen, unto his sayings, that when all have spoken, that all may be edified, of all, and that evry man, may have an equal privelege.” (JS, Journal, 13 Jan. 1836; Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:122]; for more on conduct in church councils, see Minutes, 12 Feb. 1834.)  

  20. 20

    According to JS’s journal, Rigdon “made some verry appropriate remarks touching the enduement.” (JS, Journal, 13 Jan. 1836.)  

  21. 21

    The building referred to here is the House of the Lord in Kirtland, also sometimes called the “stone meeting house,” “chapel,” or “chapel house.” (See Minutes, 15 Jan. 1836; Geauga Co., OH, Deed Records, 1795–1921, vol. 24, p. 353, 10 Apr. 1837, microfilm 20,240, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  

    U.S. and Canada Record Collection. FHL.