OF THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS.
Vol. I. No. 2.]- , OHIO, NOVEMBER, 1837. -[Whole No. 2.
The following minutes should have been published
in the Sept. No.
with the ’s Appeal or Memmorial, but through a press of business it
has been overlooked and not handed to us until now, however, we
feel in hopes that it will serve to call the attention of our readers
(those that have the last No. of the Messen ger) to the second candid perusal of the Appeal.—Ed.
Minutes of a conference, of the author ities of the church of Latter Day Saints assembled in the house of the Lord in , Sept. 17th, 1837.
President Joseph Smith jr. presided; conference opened by prayer after which Bishop arose and said the time had arrived when it became necessary for him to travel and necessarily must have an agent to act in his abscence, agreeably to the Pro visions made in the revelations &c.— Elder was nominated and elected by the unanimous voice of the conference, to act and serve the church in this office. After taking in to consideration the affairs of the Lat ter Day Saints in general, having op portunities of becoming acquainted with the affairs of the Saints through out the continent, and also the peculiar condition of this our city; it is deemed by this conference, (which is constitu ted of all the authorities and even mem bers of the church,) of great impor tance to the prosperity of the cause of truth in general, that the Bishop and his Counselors send abroad their mem orial, to all the Saints throughout the land, as well as to all well-wishers to the cause of Zion, That their appeal may go forth in the name and by the authority of the church, to all Saints scattered abroad. Some remarks were made by President , relative to the duties of the Bishop, his coun selors and agent, Showing the great necessity of their immediate exertion in steping forward in the dignity of their office &c. Conference closed af ter receiving a benediction from Presi dint.
J. SMITH Jr. Pres’t.
Fox Islands, Vinalhaven Me.
Nov. 20th 1837.
The 11th No. of the Messenger and Advocate con taining the Prospectus for the Elders Journal has providentially fallen into my hands. It is cheering to my feel ings to learn that such a paper is to be presented before the world. I believe it will become a powerful engine in re moving a flood of prejudice from the minds of thousands of this generation, and encourage the Saints to persevere in the glorious cause in which they are engaged even if their path should at times be intersected with trials, afflic tions, and persecutions. And while we peruse the account of the Elders of Is rael, whom God hath called, commis sioned and sent forth to establish light and truth in the earth and to prune his vineyard for the last time: we rejoice at their success. And as we learn of their prosperity in the ministry, while faithfully proclaiming the word of God we feel encouraged to go and do like wise.
My object in addressing you at this time, is to forward you a list of the names of some of our friends from the several Islands of the sea, who wish you to send them your valuable paper, viz: The Elders Journal of the church of Latter Day Saints, and knowing there are thousands of Saints who feel interested in the progress of the work of the Lord in these last days, and be lieving it to be interesting to them to learn that the Lord is raising up a peo ple upon the Islands of the Sea, who are engaged in the same cause with their brethren and sisters, that are scat tared abroad through the land. I will endeavor to give a brief account of its prospect in this part of the moral vine yard. Elder Jonathan H. Hale and addressed a letter to Elder Jo seph Smith jr. and the church in , under date Sept. 18th. We then gave an account of our visit to the Islands, the reception we met with a mong the people, and the commence ment of the work of the Lord. On the 13th of Oct. following we held a meeting on North Fox Island Vinal [p. ]