JS, Memorial to High Council • 18 June 1840
Copy of a Memorial from Joseph Smith Jr to the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints June 18th. 1840.
The memorial of Joseph Smith Jr respectfully represents
That after the Church of Jesus Christ had been inhu manly as well as unconstitutionally expelled from their homes which they had secured to themselves in the State of , they found a resting place in the State of altho very much scattered and at considerable distances from each other
That after the escape of your memorialist from his enemies, he under the direction of the Authorities of the Church, took such steps as has secured to the Church the present locations, viz, the Town plot of and lands in the
That in order to secure said locations your mem orialist had to became responsible for the payment of the Same, and had to use considerable exertion in order to commence a settlement, and a place of gathering for the Saints, knowing that from the genius of the constitution of the Church and for the well being of the Saints, it was necessary so that the constituted Authorities of the Church might assemble together to act or to legislate for the good of the whole Society and that the saints might enjoy those privilidges which they could not by being scat tered so wide apart, induced your memorialist to exert himself to the utmost in order to bring about an object so necessary and so desirable to the Saints at large
That under the then existing circumstances Your memorialist had necessarily to engage in the tempo ralities of the Church, which he has had to attend, to the present time
That your memorialist feels it a duty which he owes to God as well as to the Church to give his attention more particularly to those things connected with the spirit ual welfare of the Saints (which have now become a great people) so that they may be built up in their most holy faith and go on to perfection. [p. 148]