Minutes, 27–28 December 1832

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A of assembled in the translating room in Ohio on the 27th. day of Dec. AD 1832——
Present— ,2d— Joseph Smith Jr.— — & commenced by prayer, Then Bro Joseph arose and said, to receive revelation and the blessings of heaven it was necessary to have our minds in on god and exercise faith and become of one heart and of one mind therefore he recommended all present to prey seperately and vocally to the Lord for to reveel his will unto us concerning the upbuilding of , & for the benifit of the sa[i]nts and for the duty and employment of the Accordingly we all bowed down before the Lord, after which each one arose and spoke [p. 3] in his turn his feelings, and determination to keep the of God, And then proceded to receive a revelation concerning the subject of our above stated 9 oclock PM. the revelation not being finished the adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 oclock AM—.
28th. meet according [to?] adjournment and commenced by Prayer then proceded to receive the residue of the <​above​> revelation and it being finished and there being no further business before the conference closed the meeting by prayer in harmony with the brethren and gratitude to our heavenly Father for the great manifestation of his holy spirit during the setting of the conferenc[e]
Clk of Con [p. 4]


  1. 1

    See Acts 4:32; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 61 [2 Nephi 1:21]. JS’s lengthy revision to the book of Genesis—published in the August 1832 The Evening and the Morning Star as the “Prophecy of Enoch”—stated that “the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and of one mind.” (“Extract from the Prophecy of Enoch,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1832, [2].)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  2. 2

    At a general conference of elders held in October 1831, participants similarly reiterated their desire to keep the covenants they had made. (See Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831.)  

  3. 3

    Reflecting on the revelation, Samuel Smith recorded that “the word of the Lord was given throug[h] Joseph.” (Samuel Smith, Diary, 10 Dec. 1832; see also Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:1–126].)  

    Smith, Samuel. Diary, Feb. 1832–May 1833. CHL. MS 4213.