Minutes, 9 November 1831
- Source Note
JS and seven other held a in , Ohio, on 9 November 1831, at which they considered a formal request made by two members of the church from nearby , Ohio. This was one of several special conferences held between 1 and 12 November 1831 in Hiram, though the others focused more on the plan to publish JS’s revelations. Like the other November conferences, this conference was probably held in the and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs Johnson home in the room where JS was working on his Bible revision.At this 9 November conference, and John Noah, the two men from , requested permission to preach. According to the revelation known as the “Laws of the Church of Christ,” no man could preach the gospel unless he was first “ by some one that hath authority & it is known to the church that he hath authority & have been regularly ordained by the leaders of the church.” Accordingly, the conference voted that Hulet and Noah be ordained. Since a branch of the church existed in Nelson, it is unclear why the two men made their request at a conference in , but the proximity of Nelson to Hiram, where JS and other leading elders were residing, may have been a factor. Whether the conference was called solely to discuss Hulet’s and Noah’s situation is also uncertain, but the minutes mention no other business., clerk of the conference, recorded the minutes. In 1838, copied the minutes into Minute Book 2.
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