<Note D.> Minutes of Council. Feb’y 24, 1834.
The of the , met this day at the house of Joseph Smith Junr, for the purpose of giving an audiance or hearing to and representatives <Delegates> from Zion <the Church in Missourie>, to
represent to us the state of the Church in that place.
Joseph, the , opened the council by prayer. Two of the standing counsellors were absent, namely. , and . was chosen to act in the place of , and to act in the place of . Thus the high council was organized, and six of the counsellors were appointed to speak. Brothers and , messengers from Zion, arose, and laid their business before the council, and delivered their message the
substance of which, was; when, how, and by what means was to be redeemed from her enemies. They said that our brethren who had been driven away from their lands and scattered abroad, had found so much favor in the eyes of the people, that they could obtain food and raiment of them for their labor, insomuch, that they were comfortable.
But the idea of being driven away from the land of Zion, pained their very souls, and they desired of God, by earnest prayer to return with songs of everlasting joy, as said Isaiah, <the Prophet>
They also said, that none of their lands were sold into the hands of our enemies, except a piece owned by brother of thirty Acres, which he sold into the hands of the enemy, and seven acres more which he would have sold to the enemy, if a brother had not come forward and purchased it and paid him his money.
Brother Joseph then arose, and said that he was going to Zion to assist in redeeming it. We then called for the voice of the council to sanction his going, which was given without a dissenting voice. He then called for volunteers to go with him, when some thirty or forty volunteered to go, who were then present at the council. It was a question, whether we should go by water or by land; and after a short investigation it was decided unanimously that we go by land. Joseph
Smith Junr was nominated and seconded to be the of the Armies of Israel, and the leader of those who volunteered to go and assist in the redemtion of Zion, [p. 3 [addenda]]