“At a Special Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, held in the City of — August 16. 1841. Elder was unanimously appointed to preside over the Conference, and Elias Smith and Lorenzo Barnes were appointed Clerks. singing by the Choir, conference opened by prayer by the . The object of the Conference was then presented by the , who stated that President Joseph Smith (who was then absent on account of the death of his child) had called a special conference to transact certain items of business necessary to be done previous to the October Conference, such as to select men of experience to send forth into the vineyard, take measures to assist Emigrants who may arrive at the places of gathering, and prevent impositions being practised upon them by unprincipled speculators, &c, and he hoped that no one could view him and his brethren, as aspiring because they had come forward to take part in the proceedings before them; for he could assure the brethren, that nothing could be further from his wishes and <those> of his Quorum, than to interfere with Church affairs at and her stakes, for he had been in the vineyard so long, he had become attached to foreign missions, and nothing could induce him to retire therefrom, and attend the affairs of the Church at home but a sense of duty, the requirements of heaven or the revelations of God, to which he would always submit, be the consequence what it might; and the brethren of his Quorum responded. Amen. A list of names of the Elders, and cities were read by the , and a few were selected by nomination and designated as follows: voted that Elders go to . A[braham] O. Smoot to Charleston, South Carolina; <, and> B[enjamin] Winchester to Salem, Massachusetts. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — to Baltimore, Maryland; <&> to ¶ on motion of , seconded by Samuel Bent. Resolved that the Quorum of the Twelve select the individuals to go and preach in such places as they may judge expedient, and present the same to the Conference; with a view of expediting the business of the day.
The situation of the poor of City, was then presented — — — — — — — — by Bishops and , and a collection taken for their benefit. After singing, conference adjourned until 2 o’clock P. M. <All of the Twelve present at the Conference, went and visited Prest. Joseph Smith to comfort him in his affliction.>
Conference assembled at 2 P. M. and was addressed by Elders Lorenzo Barnes and , concerning the spread of the gospel and the building up of the Kingdom of God. in these last days. President Joseph Smith now arriving, proceeded to state to the Conference at considerable length, the object of their present meeting, and in addition to what had stated in the morning, said that the time had come when the Twelve should be called upon to stand in their place next to the first Presidency, and attend to the settling of emigrants and the business of the Church at the stakes, and assist to bear off the kingdom victorious to the nations; and as they had been faithful and had borne the burden in the heat of the day, that it was right that they should have an opportunity of providing something for themselves and families, and at the [p. 1221]