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Minutes, 22 December 1836

Minutes of a Conference, held in  the House of the Lord, on the  22d day of December, 1836.
The authorities of the church being  present; viz: the first Presidency, the  High Council of Kirtland, the quorum  of the Twelve, the Presidents of the  Seventies, the President of the Elders  and his counsellors, and many other  official members, such as Priests,  Teachers, Deacons, &c.:—The house  was called to order, and the following  motions were made, seconded, and  carried by the unanimous voice of the  Assembly.
1st. That it has been the case, that  a very improper and unchristian-like  course of conduct, by the Elders of this  church, and the churches abroad, in  sending their poor from among them,  and moving to this place, without the  necessary means of subsistence: where as the church in this place being poor  from the beginning, having had to pay  an extortionary price for their lands,  provisions, &c.; and having a serious  burthen imposed upon them by comers  and goers from most parts of the world,  and in assisting the travelling Elders  and their families, while they them selves have been laboring in the vine yard of the Lord, to preach the gospel;  and also having suffered great loss in  endeavoring to benefit Zion: it has be come a serious matter, which ought  well to be considered by us—
Therefore, after deliberate discus sion upon the subject, it was motioned,  seconded and unanimously carried, that  we have borne our part of this bur then, and that it becomes the duty,  henceforth, of all the churches abroad,  to provide for those who are objects of  charity, that are not able to provide  for themselves; and not send them from  their midst, to burthen the church in  this place, unless they come and pre pare a place for them, and means for  their support.
2nd. That there be a stop put to  churches or families gathering or mo ving to this place, without their first  coming or sending their wise men, to  prepare a place for them, as our houses  are all full, and our lands mostly occu pied, except those houses and lands  that do not belong to the church, which  cannot be obtained without great sacri fice, especially when brethren with  their families, are crowding in upon  us, and are compelled to purchase at  any rate; and consequently are thrown  into the hands of speculators, and ex tortioners, with which the Lord is not  well pleased. Also, that the churches  abroad do according to the revelation  contained in the Book of Command ments, page 238, commencing at sec tion 10, which is as follows:
“Now verily I say unto you, let all  the churches gather together all their  moneys; let these things be done in  their time, be not in haste; and observe  to have all these things prepared before [p. [443]]
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Minutes, Kirtland, OH, 22 Dec. 1836; Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, Jan. 1837, pp. 443–444.

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