Minutes, 30 January 1836
- Source Note
In continuing the effort to organize the ’s officers and instruct the church membership to prepare for the forthcoming , the church’s , including JS, met on the evening of 30 January 1836 in the upper floor of the in , Ohio. They passed three resolutions at the meeting. The first, instituting a new policy on to priesthood offices, may have been prompted in part by a letter the of the Kirtland wrote to the “Presidents of the church” the day before. This resolution put in place a new requirement: only at a business meeting of the several priesthood quorums could a recommendation for priesthood ordination be approved. The second resolution assigned the elders quorum president, , to compile a list of elders. The final resolution concerned , with whom JS exchanged letters several weeks earlier regarding Whitlock’s separation from the church. JS had written the contrite Whitlock on 16 November 1835 and informed him that he should return to Kirtland and humble himself according to JS’s counsel in order to be “restored unto his former state” as a church member and . Whitlock apparently did come to Kirtland from , and at this 30 January 1836 meeting, the church’s presidency passed a resolution indicating the next steps he should take to “be restored to the church.”
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