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Minutes, 9 November 1831

Minutes of a special Conference

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held in Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Nov 9 1831
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Joseph Smith jrChristian Whitmer

18 Jan. 1798–27 Nov. 1835. Shoemaker. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Married Anna (Anne) Schott, 22 Feb. 1825, at Seneca Co., New York. Ensign in New York militia, 1825. Constable of Fayette, Seneca Co., 1828–1829. Member...

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Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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This mistake is likely based on the minutes of 8 November 1831, which contain this same list of names, except for Lyman Johnson’s name. McLellin’s name appears to have been stricken as Ebenezer Robinson was copying the minutes into Minute Book 2 in 1838. Up to McLellin, the listed participants of the 9 November conference are the same as those who attended the 8 November conference. Robinson may have mistakenly copied the roster of participants from the 8 November conference, realized his error, crossed out McLellin’s name, and then added the name of Lyman Johnson (who did not attend the 8 November conference) on the same line as Luke Johnson’s name. (Minutes, 8 Nov. 1831.)  


Peter Whitmer Jr.

27 Sept. 1809–22 Sept. 1836. Tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, in Seneca Lake, Seneca Co. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among six...

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Luke Johnson

3 Nov. 1807–8 Dec. 1861. Farmer, teacher, doctor. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Lived at Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, when baptized into LDS church by JS, 10 May 1831. Ordained a priest by Christian Whitmer...

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, Lyman Johnson

24 Oct. 1811–20 Dec. 1859. Merchant, lawyer, hotelier. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Moved to Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, Mar. 1818. Baptized into LDS church by Sidney Rigdon, Feb. 1831. Ordained an elder...

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Brs Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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appointed Moderator & John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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Clerk
Opened. prayer by br Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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Brs Silvester Hulett Sylvester Hulet

1 Mar. 1800–17 Nov. 1885. Born in Lee, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Sylvanus Hulet and Mary. Moved to Nelson Township, Portage Co., Ohio, 1814. Baptized into LDS church, Mar. 1830. Moved to Jackson Co., Missouri, by Nov. 1833. Participated in the ...

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and John Noah2

Possibly John Mathias Noah (1761–1849), but more likely his son John Storey Noah (1799–1857). John Mathias Noah, who was born in Germany, immigrated to the United States as a young man and moved to Nelson, Ohio, circa 1804. John Storey Noah was born in Pennsylvania. No baptismal record exists for either man, making it more difficult to determine which was the church member who petitioned the conference. However, John Storey Noah named two children, born in 1832 and 1834, Joseph and Emma, likely after JS and his wife. John Storey Noah’s sister Margaret was married to Charles Hulet, the brother of John’s fellow-petitioner Sylvester Hulet. John Storey Noah was also about the same age as Sylvester Hulet, further suggesting that he was the John Noah who appeared before the conference. (Johnson, Life History of Charles Hulet, 25, 32–33, 35, 53, 62; Simmonds, “John Noah and the Hulets,” 18; 1850 U.S. Census, Mentor, Lake Co., OH, 278[A]; Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death for Emma A. Williams, no. 16532, Birth and Death Records, MSA; Lake Co., OH, Probate Court, Probate Records, 1846–1860, vol. E, p. 371, microfilm 974,902, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


expressed desires to preach the word if thought proper by this conference Voted that these two brethren be ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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according to the voice of the church in which they live.3

On 16 November, William E. McLellin and Samuel Smith visited Nelson and held a meeting with church members there. McLellin wrote in his journal that “the brethren were much animated and made known their good determinations and resolutions to serve the Lord.” It is possible that McLellin or Smith ordained Hulet and Noah at this time, although it is unknown to what office. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church listed preaching as a responsibility of a priest, while other revelations stated that elders were to proclaim the gospel. (McLellin, Journal, 16 Nov. 1831; Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:38, 46]; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:7–8].)  


Closed. Prayer by Peter Whitmer jr.

27 Sept. 1809–22 Sept. 1836. Tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, in Seneca Lake, Seneca Co. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among six...

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John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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Clerk. [p. 17]
Minutes of a special Conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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held in Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Nov 9 1831
Present
Joseph Smith jrChristian Whitmer

18 Jan. 1798–27 Nov. 1835. Shoemaker. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Married Anna (Anne) Schott, 22 Feb. 1825, at Seneca Co., New York. Ensign in New York militia, 1825. Constable of Fayette, Seneca Co., 1828–1829. Member...

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Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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William E Mclelen [McLellin]

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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This mistake is likely based on the minutes of 8 November 1831, which contain this same list of names, except for Lyman Johnson’s name. McLellin’s name appears to have been stricken as Ebenezer Robinson was copying the minutes into Minute Book 2 in 1838. Up to McLellin, the listed participants of the 9 November conference are the same as those who attended the 8 November conference. Robinson may have mistakenly copied the roster of participants from the 8 November conference, realized his error, crossed out McLellin’s name, and then added the name of Lyman Johnson (who did not attend the 8 November conference) on the same line as Luke Johnson’s name. (Minutes, 8 Nov. 1831.)  


Peter Whitmer [Jr.]

27 Sept. 1809–22 Sept. 1836. Tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, in Seneca Lake, Seneca Co. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among six...

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Luke Johnson

3 Nov. 1807–8 Dec. 1861. Farmer, teacher, doctor. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Lived at Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, when baptized into LDS church by JS, 10 May 1831. Ordained a priest by Christian Whitmer...

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, Lyman Johnson

24 Oct. 1811–20 Dec. 1859. Merchant, lawyer, hotelier. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Moved to Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, Mar. 1818. Baptized into LDS church by Sidney Rigdon, Feb. 1831. Ordained an elder...

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Brs Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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appointed Moderator & John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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Clerk
Opened. prayer by br Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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Brs Silvester Hulett [Sylvester Hulet]

1 Mar. 1800–17 Nov. 1885. Born in Lee, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Sylvanus Hulet and Mary. Moved to Nelson Township, Portage Co., Ohio, 1814. Baptized into LDS church, Mar. 1830. Moved to Jackson Co., Missouri, by Nov. 1833. Participated in the ...

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and  John Noah2

Possibly John Mathias Noah (1761–1849), but more likely his son John Storey Noah (1799–1857). John Mathias Noah, who was born in Germany, immigrated to the United States as a young man and moved to Nelson, Ohio, circa 1804. John Storey Noah was born in Pennsylvania. No baptismal record exists for either man, making it more difficult to determine which was the church member who petitioned the conference. However, John Storey Noah named two children, born in 1832 and 1834, Joseph and Emma, likely after JS and his wife. John Storey Noah’s sister Margaret was married to Charles Hulet, the brother of John’s fellow-petitioner Sylvester Hulet. John Storey Noah was also about the same age as Sylvester Hulet, further suggesting that he was the John Noah who appeared before the conference. (Johnson, Life History of Charles Hulet, 25, 32–33, 35, 53, 62; Simmonds, “John Noah and the Hulets,” 18; 1850 U.S. Census, Mentor, Lake Co., OH, 278[A]; Missouri State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death for Emma A. Williams, no. 16532, Birth and Death Records, MSA; Lake Co., OH, Probate Court, Probate Records, 1846–1860, vol. E, p. 371, microfilm 974,902, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


expressed desires to preach the word if thought proper  by this conference Voted that these two brethren be ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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according to  the voice of the church in which they live.3

On 16 November, William E. McLellin and Samuel Smith visited Nelson and held a meeting with church members there. McLellin wrote in his journal that “the brethren were much animated and made known their good determinations and resolutions to serve the Lord.” It is possible that McLellin or Smith ordained Hulet and Noah at this time, although it is unknown to what office. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church listed preaching as a responsibility of a priest, while other revelations stated that elders were to proclaim the gospel. (McLellin, Journal, 16 Nov. 1831; Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:38, 46]; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:7–8].)  


Closed. Prayer by Peter  Whitmer jr.

27 Sept. 1809–22 Sept. 1836. Tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, in Seneca Lake, Seneca Co. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, June 1829. Among six...

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John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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Clerk. [p. 17]
JS and seven other elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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held a conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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in Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, Ohio, on 9 November 1831, at which they considered a formal request made by two members of the church from nearby Nelson

Located about nineteen miles southeast of Kirtland Township and immediately east of Hiram Township. Settled by New Englanders, 1800. Population in 1820 about 400. Population in 1830 about 900. Agricultural region producing grass, wheat, and fruit. John Whitmer...

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, 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.1 Like the other November conferences, this conference was probably held in the John

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs Johnson home in the room where JS was working on his Bible revision.
At this 9 November conference, Sylvester Hulet

1 Mar. 1800–17 Nov. 1885. Born in Lee, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Sylvanus Hulet and Mary. Moved to Nelson Township, Portage Co., Ohio, 1814. Baptized into LDS church, Mar. 1830. Moved to Jackson Co., Missouri, by Nov. 1833. Participated in the ...

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and John Noah, the two men from Nelson

Located about nineteen miles southeast of Kirtland Township and immediately east of Hiram Township. Settled by New Englanders, 1800. Population in 1820 about 400. Population in 1830 about 900. Agricultural region producing grass, wheat, and fruit. John Whitmer...

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, 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 “ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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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.”2

Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:11].  


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 Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, but the proximity of Nelson to Hiram, where JS and other leading elders were residing, may have been a factor.3

Earlier in 1831, John Whitmer and Lyman Wight “built a branch of the Church of Christ” in Nelson, and JS held a conference there on 6 September 1831. (Whitmer, History, 24; Minutes, 6 Sept. 1831.)  


Whether the conference was called solely to discuss Hulet’s and Noah’s situation is also uncertain, but the minutes mention no other business.
John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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, clerk of the conference, recorded the minutes. In 1838, Ebenezer Robinson

25 May 1816–11 Mar. 1891. Printer, editor, publisher. Born at Floyd (near Rome), Oneida Co., New York. Son of Nathan Robinson and Mary Brown. Moved to Utica, Oneida Co., ca. 1831, and learned printing trade at Utica Observer. Moved to Ravenna, Portage Co....

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copied the minutes into Minute Book 2.

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