Minute Book 1

of Bro. Sidney Rigdon was taken into consideration whither he should  remove from Kirtland to New Portage or not; it was decided  that he should not remove. The work of the building of the  House of the Lord in Kirtland was also taken into consideration  it was decided that the brethren in this place should assist in  erecting the house all that is in their power, that the Elders of the  Church may be endowed with power from on high according  to the promise of God, that the work of the father may  roll forth. It was also advised that the brethren in this  place, build a temporary house to meet in for the present,  knowing that a steak [stake] of Zion will not be established in  this place at present, and by building a cheap house in  this place, the brethren can be able to do more towards  building the house in Kirtland.

12 February 1834 • Wednesday

Thursday Evening, February 12. 1834. This evening the  high priests and Elders of the Church in Kirtland at the  house of bro. Joseph Smith Jun. in Council for church business.  The council was organized, and opened by bro. Joseph Smith Jun  in prayer. Bro. Joseph then rose and said: I shall now endeavour to set  forth before this council, the dignity of the office which has been confer red upon me by the ministring of the Angel of God, by his own voice  and by the voice of this church. I have never set before any council  in all the order in which a council ought to be conducted, which,  perhaps, has deprived the councils of some, or many blessings.
He said, that no man was capable of judging a matter in cou ncil without his own heart was pure; and that we frequently, are  so filled with prejudice, or have a beam in our own eye, that  we are not capable of passing right descissions, &c.
But to return to the subject of the order; In ancient days  councils were conducted with such strict propriety, that no one  was allowed to whisper, be weary, leave the room, or get uneasy in  the least, until the voice of the Lord, by revelation, or by the  voice of the council by the spirit was obtained: which has not been [p. 27]
Minute Book 1, [ca. 3 Dec. 1832–30 Nov. 1837]; handwriting of Warren A. Cowdery, Frederick G. Williams, Orson Hyde, Marcellus F. Cowdery, George W. Robinson, Phineas Richards, and Harlow Redfield; 263 pages; CHL. Includes dockets, redactions, copy notes, use marks, and archival stamping and marking.
Medium-size blank book. The paper, which is ruled with thirty-four blue-green horizontal lines (now faded), measures 12 × 7½ inches (30 × 19 cm). The book originally contained 149 leaves, consisting of twelve gatherings of twelve leaves each, two front flyleaves, and three back flyleaves. The text block is sewn all along over recessed cords. The front and back covers of the volume are pasteboard. The book has a tight-back case binding with a brown calfskin quarter-leather binding, the bound volume measuring 12⅜ × 7¾ × 1 inches (31 × 20 × 3 cm). The outside covers are adorned with shell marbled paper, with a red, green, and black body and veins of black. The back pastedown bears the inscriptions “c”, “c/i”, and “pep”—possibly original merchandising notes.
A single leaf—the conjugate of the leaf bearing pages 15 and 16—was removed from the first gathering of the book, but this occurred before the adjacent leaves were inscribed or paginated. Page 1 is the first lined page. Minutes were inscribed in the book on pages 1–219 and 226–265. Pages 220–225 were left blank, except for their page numbers. Following page 265, the remaining twenty-one pages and the three back flyleaves were left blank. At some point, Frederick G. Williams began a table of contents, which was continued by Warren A. Cowdery but never completed; this table of contents is inscribed on all four pages of the two front flyleaves. The minute book was kept with quill pens. The entries and pagination were inscribed in ink that is now brown. Pages 39–55 include entry-dividing lines inscribed in red ink. There is also residue from an adhesive wafer on pages 156 and 157, indicating a sheet of paper was attached there at one time.
At some point, probably in the early 1840s, the front cover of the volume was labeled “Conference | A” in black ink. The “A” is written in a formal style that matches the covers of other early manuscript books in the CHL’s holdings. Copy notes and use marks, in¬scribed in graphite, were made by later scribes who used the minute book when compiling JS’s 1838–1856 history. At some point, probably in Utah, a white paper label was pasted on the spine; the label is now only partially extant, with the remaining inscription illegible. Another white paper label, also only partially extant, was pasted over this. It reads: “Kirtland Coun”. The rest of the label, which would have included approximately two more words, is missing. The pastedown on the inside of the book’s front cover bears an archival identification number inscribed in black ink and a more recent Historian’s Office library sticker. The spine also bears a more recent sticker with an identification number. Ink has bled through on several of the pages. The book has also suffered some wear and staining in the front and back.
The volume is listed in the 1846 Historian’s Office inventory as “Book of Conference A” and referred to as a Kirtland High Council record in subsequent Historian’s Office inventories from the 1850s. In 1988, the Church History Department transferred Minute Book 1 to the First Presidency’s Office. The minute book was transferred to the Church History Library in 2009. Archival records and the markings mentioned above indicate continuous institutional custody.