Minutes, 23 June 1834

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  • Historical Introduction

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June 23.
A of met according to revelation in order to choose some of the first to receive their .— being appointed by the voice of the Spirit through Br. Joseph Smith jr. of the .
Proceeded First:
— Is called & chosen, and is to go to to receive his endowment with power from on high— And also, stand in his office as 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 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 , 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]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    The 22 June 1834 revelation explained, “There has been a day of calling. but the time has come for a day of choosing.” (Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105:35].)  

  2. 2

    A July 1831 revelation directed Partridge, who had been appointed bishop in February 1831, and Sidney Gilbert, agent to the church, to purchase lands in Missouri so that Partridge could provide inheritances, or land, to the Saints gathering there. Partridge purchased over two thousand acres of land in Jackson County before the Saints’ expulsion. (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:6–7]; Edward Partridge, Petition for Redress, 15 May 1839, Edward Partridge, Papers, CHL.)  

    Partridge, Edward. Petition for redress. 15 May 1839, Edward Partridge, Papers, 1818–1839. CHL. MS 892.

  3. 3

    Phelps, who had been in charge of the printing office in Independence, Missouri, before its destruction in July 1833, traveled to Kirtland in May 1835 to assist editing the Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate and to work on the publication of the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. He did not return to Missouri until 1836. (Whitmer, History, 70–71; Crawley, Descriptive Bibliography, 1:47.)  

    Crawley, Peter. A Descriptive Bibliography of the Mormon Church. 3 vols. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1997–2012.

  4. 4

    JS was told in a February 1834 revelation to gather the strength of the Lord’s house, “my young men, & the middle aged,” to redeem Zion. The 22 June 1834 revelation reiterated that JS and the elders still needed to recruit the strength of the Lord’s house when they had time to do so. (Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103:22]; Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105:27].)  

  5. 5

    A March 1831 revelation instructed John Whitmer to “Keep the Church Record & History continually.” An April 1831 conference of elders appointed Whitmer to the position of church historian. (Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–B [D&C 47:3]; Minute Book 2, 9 Apr. 1831.)  

  6. 6

    On 11 September 1833, a council appointed Whitmer to “wa[t]ch over” the “No. 3” branch in Missouri, located in the Whitmer settlement. This later became known as the Timber branch. Whitmer was appointed first president of the Missouri high council on 3 July 1834. (Minute Book 2, 11 Sept. 1833; Romig, “David Whitmer,” 31; Minutes, 3 July 1834; Berrett, Sacred Places, 4:99.)  

    Romig, Ronald E. “David Whitmer: Faithful Dissenter, Witness Apart.” In Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History, edited by Roger D. Launius and Linda atcher, 23–44. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

    Berrett, LaMar C., ed. Sacred Places: A Comprehensive Guide to Early LDS Historical Sites. 6 vols. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999–2007.

  7. 7

    On 29 June 1834, Gilbert, who was designated in June 1831 as an agent to the church and who had kept the church’s storehouse in Independence, died at his home in Rush Creek, Missouri, in the cholera epidemic that claimed thirteen members of the Camp of Israel. Phebe Murdock, who was the six-year-old daughter of John and Julia Clapp Murdock and who was living with Gilbert’s family, also died of the disease. It is unclear whether Williams made the notation about Gilbert’s death or whether Ebenezer Robinson or someone else added it when making copies of the minutes. Kimball’s version of the minutes does not include the phrase “and we are left to lament his loss.” (Revelation, 8 June 1831 [D&C 53:4]; Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:6–8]; “Extracts from H. C. Kimball’s Journal,” Times and Seasons, 15 Feb. 1845, 6:805; Parkin, “Zion’s Camp Cholera Victims Monument Dedication,” 4–5.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

    Parkin, Max H. “Zion’s Camp Cholera Victims Monument Dedication.” Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation Newsletter 15 (Fall 1997): 4–5.

  8. 8

    In 1830 and 1831, Peter Whitmer Jr. accompanied Oliver Cowdery, Ziba Peterson, Parley P. Pratt, and Frederick G. Williams on their assignment to preach to American Indian tribes located beyond Missouri’s western border. He returned to Ohio with JS in August 1831. Then in 1832, he moved to Missouri, where he lived with family members in Kaw Township. (Revelation, Sept. 1830–D [D&C 30:5–8]; Revelation, Oct. 1830–A [D&C 32:1–3]; Covenant of Oliver Cowdery et al., 17 Oct. 1830; Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. VII,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 24 Nov. 1831, [1]; JS History, vol. A-1, 142, 209; Minute Book 2, 24 Aug. 1832.)  

    Ohio Star. Ravenna. 1830–1854.

  9. 9

    On 11 September 1833, Marsh was appointed to preside over the “No. 5” branch in the Blue River settlement in Jackson County, Missouri. On 3 July 1834, he was appointed a counselor in the Missouri high council. (Minute Book 2, 11 Sept. 1833; Berrett, Sacred Places, 4:115; Minutes, 3 July 1834.)  

    Berrett, LaMar C., ed. Sacred Places: A Comprehensive Guide to Early LDS Historical Sites. 6 vols. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999–2007.

  10. 10

    On 11 September 1833, Wight was appointed to oversee the “No. 7” branch, also known as the Prairie branch, in Jackson County, Missouri. On 3 July 1834, he was appointed as a counselor in the Missouri high council. (Minute Book 2, 11 Sept. 1833; Berrett, Sacred Places, 4:116; Minutes, 3 July 1834.)  

    Berrett, LaMar C., ed. Sacred Places: A Comprehensive Guide to Early LDS Historical Sites. 6 vols. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999–2007.