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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

11 September 1833 • Wednesday

on the 11th. of September the following members, re siding in Kirtland, viz F[rederick] G. Williams, Sidney Rigdon, N[ewel] K.  Whitney, with myself; met and Oliver Cowdery, delegate  to represent the residue of the members in Independence,  Missouri, met in council to consider the expediency of  establishing a printing press in Kirtland; where it was  resolved by unanemously, that a press be established, and  conducted under the firm of F. G. Williams and Co.
Resolved that the above firm, publish a paper, as  soon as arrangements can be made, entitled the  Latter Day Saints Messenger and Advocate.”
Resolved, also, that the Star formerly published  in Jackson County, Missouri, by the firm of W. W. Phelps  and Co.— be <re>printed in this place by the firm of F G.  Williams &, Co:— to be conducted by Oliver Cowdery, one  of the members of the firm, until it is transferred to  its former location.
The same day. Bishop [Edward] Partridge was acknowledged  by the Council in Zion, to be the head of the church, of  Zion, at that time; &, by virtue of his office, was acknowledged  the moderator or president of the council, or Conferences.
Ten High Priests were appointed to watch over the  ten Branches of the church in Zion.
A hymn, concerning the travels, toils, troubles and  tribulations of the Nephites, was sung in tongues by elder  W[illiam] W. Phelps; interpreted by Elder Lyman Wight.

26 September 1833 • Thursday

September 26th. The Council again assembled, in Zion,  and ordained Jesse Hitchcock, Elias Higbee, and Isaac  Higbee, High Priests.

28 September 1833 • Saturday

Brother John Tanner sent his two sons to Kirtland  to learn the will of the Lord, whether he should remove  to Zion or Kirtland, and it was decided by the unanim ous voice of the council on the 28th September, that it  was the will of the Lord, for all, who were able and  willing, to build up and strengthen the stake in  Kirtland; and brother Tanner was counselled accordingly.
About this time Elders [Orson] Hyde and [John] Gould arrived  at Zion, and the church having made the necessary  preparations, Elders W. W. Phelps and Orson Hyde were [p. 345]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, William W. Phelps, and Willard Richards; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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