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Elders’ Journal, October 1837

them the holy Spirit. As to your third interogative, perhaps, I do not fully understand your meaning. I shall therefore not answer it correctly.
The holy Spirit was a source of enjoyment to the saints, if this is what you mean by enjoying religion I can adduce an abundance of proof to the point.
I read in our letter that the apostles sometimes laid on hands for the gift of the Spirit, but that none others ever did. may I ask for what purpose Ananias laid his hands upon Saul.
-[To be continued.]-
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Elders’ Journal.
JOSEPH SMITH Jr. Editor.
KIRTLAND

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, OHIO. OCTOBER, 1837.
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We are in hopes that our patrons from seeing the Journal, close at the heels of the Messenger and Advocate, will take courage and forward us the ready; for they may be assured that if there is no lack on their part, that the Journal shall at all times be forth coming in its season without delay, and by so doing our readers can get the news before it gets cold.
When our patrons are aware of the fact, that on the old subscription, out of about 1500 subscribers, there is now between 800 and $1000 behind, they will not blame our predecessors for being in the drag—a word to the wise is sufficient.
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Minutes of a Conference of Elders and members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints held in West Township, Columbiana Co. O. Oct 6, 1837.
The conference assembled at an early hour and after immersing two in the waters of baptism repaired to a mart house near the village of Rochester.— The house was called to order by Elder J. Cooper the presiding Elder of the church in this place: thirteen official members being present one high priest, eight elders, three priests & one teacher. elder Samuel James

18 Jan. 1806–after 1880. Farmer, salesman, storekeeper. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of William James and Elizabeth Gallaher. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained a high priest and appointed to high council in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 13 Jan. 1836. Received...

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was called to the chair and L. Barns Lorenzo Barnes chosen Secretary, The conference opened with singing & prayer, elder Cooper represented the church in this place consisting of 36 members, elder A. Stanley represented the church in Suffield Portage co. consisting of 8 members in good standing elder Weatherby from Strongsville Medina co. said there were six members in that place in good standing, J. Roberson a priest from New Portage

Settled by 1815. Population severely diminished by epidemic, possibly typhus, in late 1820s. Mormon missionaries visited and preached at many meetings in town, by 1831. Large branch of LDS church organized, early 1830s. JS attended several church conferences...

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Medina co. said he believed there were twenty members yet in that place in good standing, elder Benjamin Winchester gave a short relatlon of his mission in the eastern countries the past season in co. with Jedediah Grant

21 Feb. 1816–1 Dec. 1856. Farmer. Born in Union, Broome Co., New York. Son of Joshua Grant and Athalia Howard. Lived in Springwater, Ontario Co., New York, 1820. Lived in Naples, Ontario Co., 1830. Baptized into LDS church by John F. Boynton, 21 Mar. 1833...

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from which it appeared that he had traveled in the states of Pa.

Area first settled by Swedish immigrants, 1628. William Penn received grant for territory from King Charles II, 1681, and established British settlement, 1682. Philadelphia was center of government for original thirteen U.S. colonies from time of Revolutionary...

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N. Y.

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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N. J. Delaware and Maryland, and baptised twelve; he came through Beaver city he believed the church in that place numdered 15 in good standing.
Elder S. James

18 Jan. 1806–after 1880. Farmer, salesman, storekeeper. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of William James and Elizabeth Gallaher. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained a high priest and appointed to high council in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 13 Jan. 1836. Received...

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gave quite an interesting account of his labours in company with others in Harrison co. Va. He stated that the church in that region where he left numbered 71 members in good standing and the work of the Lord in a very prosperous condition in Va. L. Barns made remarks concerning his mission from Va. to this place and the prosperity of the cause of righteousness and the meeting closed with prayer.
Our public meeting commenced on Friday in the afternoon, and continued until Sabath evening: our congregations were respectable, solemn and attentive. Monday morning the church (and others who felt disposed) came together to fast and pray and receive instruction, and the Spirit of the Lord came down in power, and seldom have the saints in the last days witnessed a more glorious time. It was a little pentecost indeed: some spake in tongues, and some prophecied, some interpreted, and some cried out as in former times, brethren what shall we do to be saved. Five went forward immediately and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for a remission of sins. The prospect here is good, and we trust the work is but just begun. O may the Lord roll on his kingdom in every land. The church in this place now numbers forty five members, nine having been added at our conference meeting. SAMUEL JAMES

18 Jan. 1806–after 1880. Farmer, salesman, storekeeper. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of William James and Elizabeth Gallaher. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained a high priest and appointed to high council in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 13 Jan. 1836. Received...

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Chair.
Lorenzo Barns Clerk.
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Conference.
A conference of elders and members of the church of Latter Day Saints, was held in Bath, Steuben county, New York on the tenth of July last, Elder [p. 15]
them the holy Spirit. As to your third  interogative, perhaps, I do not fully  understand your meaning. I shall there fore not answer it correctly.
The holy Spirit was a source of en joyment to the saints, if this is what  you mean by enjoying religion I can  adduce an abundance of proof to the  point.
I read in our letter that the apos tles sometimes laid on hands for the  gift of the Spirit, but that none others  ever did. may I ask for what pur pose Ananias laid his hands upon Saul.
-[To be continued.]-
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Elders’ Journal.
JOSEPH SMITH Jr. Editor.
KIRTLAND

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, OHIO. OCTOBER, 1837.
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We are in hopes that our patrons  from seeing the Journal, close at the  heels of the Messenger and Advocate,  will take courage and forward us the  ready; for they may be assured that if  there is no lack on their part, that the  Journal shall at all times be forth com ing in its season without delay, and by  so doing our readers can get the news  before it gets cold.
When our patrons are aware of the  fact, that on the old subscription, out of  about 1500 subscribers, there is now  between 800 and $1000 behind, they  will not blame our predecessors for  being in the drag—a word to the wise  is sufficient.
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Minutes of a Conference of Elders  and members of the Church of the Lat ter Day Saints held in West Town ship, Columbiana Co. O. Oct 6, 1837.
The conference assembled at an ear ly hour and after immersing two in the  waters of baptism repaired to a mart  house near the village of Rochester.—  The house was called to order by Elder  J. Cooper the presiding Elder of the  church in this place: thirteen official  members being present one high priest,  eight elders, three priests & one teach er. elder S[amuel] James

18 Jan. 1806–after 1880. Farmer, salesman, storekeeper. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of William James and Elizabeth Gallaher. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained a high priest and appointed to high council in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 13 Jan. 1836. Received...

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was called to the  chair and L. Barns [Lorenzo Barnes] chosen Secretary,  The conference opened with singing &  prayer, elder Cooper represented the  church in this place consisting of 36  members, elder A. Stanley represented  the church in Suffield Portage co. con sisting of 8 members in good standing  elder Weatherby from Strongsville  Medina co. said there were six mem bers in that place in good standing, J.  Roberson a priest from New Portage

Settled by 1815. Population severely diminished by epidemic, possibly typhus, in late 1820s. Mormon missionaries visited and preached at many meetings in town, by 1831. Large branch of LDS church organized, early 1830s. JS attended several church conferences...

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 Medina co. said he believed there were  twenty members yet in that place in  good standing, elder B[enjamin] Winchester  gave a short relatlon of his mission in  the eastern countries the past season in  co. with J[edediah] Grant

21 Feb. 1816–1 Dec. 1856. Farmer. Born in Union, Broome Co., New York. Son of Joshua Grant and Athalia Howard. Lived in Springwater, Ontario Co., New York, 1820. Lived in Naples, Ontario Co., 1830. Baptized into LDS church by John F. Boynton, 21 Mar. 1833...

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from which it appear ed that he had traveled in the states of  Pa.

Area first settled by Swedish immigrants, 1628. William Penn received grant for territory from King Charles II, 1681, and established British settlement, 1682. Philadelphia was center of government for original thirteen U.S. colonies from time of Revolutionary...

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N. Y.

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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N. J. Delaware and  Maryland, and baptised twelve; he  came through Beaver city he believed  the church in that place numdered 15  in good standing.
Elder S. James

18 Jan. 1806–after 1880. Farmer, salesman, storekeeper. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of William James and Elizabeth Gallaher. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained a high priest and appointed to high council in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 13 Jan. 1836. Received...

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gave quite an inter esting account of his labours in compa ny with others in Harrison co. Va.  He stated that the church in that region  where he left numbered 71 members in  good standing and the work of the  Lord in a very prosperous condition in  Va. L. Barns made remarks concern ing his mission from Va. to this place  and the prosperity of the cause of right eousness and the meeting closed with  prayer.
Our public meeting commenced on  Friday in the afternoon, and continued  until Sabath evening: our congrega tions were respectable, solemn and at tentive. Monday morning the church  (and others who felt disposed) came  together to fast and pray and receive  instruction, and the Spirit of the Lord  came down in power, and seldom have  the saints in the last days witnessed a  more glorious time. It was a little  pentecost indeed: some spake in ton gues, and some prophecied, some in terpreted, and some cried out as in  former times, brethren what shall we  do to be saved. Five went forward  immediately and were baptized in the  name of Jesus Christ for a remission  of sins. The prospect here is good,  and we trust the work is but just begun.  O may the Lord roll on his kingdom in  every land. The church in this place  now numbers forty five members, nine  having been added at our conference  meeting. SAMUEL JAMES

18 Jan. 1806–after 1880. Farmer, salesman, storekeeper. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of William James and Elizabeth Gallaher. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained a high priest and appointed to high council in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 13 Jan. 1836. Received...

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Chair.
Lorenzo Barns Clerk.
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Conference.
A conference of elders and members  of the church of Latter Day Saints, was  held in Bath, Steuben county, New  York on the tenth of July last, Elder [p. 15]
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