<August 31> and locating of Emigrants in person, and at present we will appoint no agents for that purpose, out of our own body. Voted that Elder be requested to locate himself for a season at or vicinity, for the purpose of selling Lots on the Town plot of , counselling the brethren, and attending to such other business as may be necessary relating to the Church. -[the foregoing vote was taken, after hearing a favorable report <from> Elders , and of the Quorum, for building the Town called , <they> having— — — — — visit<ed> the location, accompanied, by Mr. . and other proprietors of the Plot]- Resolved unanimously that we deeply feel for our beloved President Joseph Smith, and his ’s family on account of the great losses they have sustained in their properties by the unparalleled persecutions in , as well as the other many persecutions they have sustained since the rise of the Church, which has brought them to their present destitute situation. Therefore voted unanimously, that we for ourselves, and the Church we represent approve of the proceedings of President Smith, so far as he has gone, in making over certain properties to his , Children, and friends for their support, and that he continue to deed and make over certain portions of Church property which now exist or which may be obtained by exchange, as in his wisdom he shall judge expedient, till his own and his ’s household shall have an inheritance secured to them in our midst, agreeably to the vote of the General Conference of the Church held at in October 1839.
Resolved that on account of the peculiar situation of the Church hitherto, it has been expedient and necessary that the Deeds Bonds and Properties of the Church should be, and have been taken and holden by Committees of the Church, and private individuals, but that we now have a Trustee in Trust, viz. President Joseph Smith, appointed according to the Laws of the Land. Therefore voted unanimously, that we advise the “Trustee in Trust” To gather up all deeds bonds and properties belonging to the Church, and which are now held either by Committees, or individuals, and take the same in his own name as Trustee in Trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as soon as such arrangements can be made consistently with his various and multiplied cares and business; and that we individually and collectively, will use all diligence to render him every assistance possible to accomplish this desirable object—
Voted that Elder Lorenzo Barnes proceed on his mission to England without delay. Voted that Elder Harrison Sagers proceed immediately on his mission to Jamaica, West Indies; and Elder Joseph Ball to South America, according to their appointment on the 16th. and that they accompany each other to . It was proposed that Elder go on a Mission to Germany— but the vote being taken it was decided that his Mission be suspended for the present. After much deliberation on the situation of the Church at home and abroad, Temporally and spiritually, and in view of the poverty and distress of many who had been robbed of all by unrelenting mobbers and of others who had sacrificed all they possessed to assist those who had thus been [p. 1224]