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Minute Book 2

situation of brs Joseph Smith Jr and Sidney Rigdon And accordingly  brs David Whitmer and Reynolds Cahoon were chosen appointed, the other  four remain to be chosen hereafter
It was decided by vote that the general conference meet on the 25 Inst  at the dwelling house of br Serenes Burnett in orange Cuyahoga County  brs David & Reynolds were then ordained to their office or appointment  and br Stephen Burnett an Elder under the hands of John Whitmer  conference closed in prayer by br Joseph Smith Jr

21 October 1831 • Friday

Minutes of a special conference held in Hiram Portage co Ohio  Oct 21, 1831
Elders present
Joseph Smith JrSidney Rigdon
Oliver CowderyFrederick G Williams
John WhitmerLuke Johnson
Peter Whitmer [Jr.]Stephen Burnett
Prayer by Sidney Rigdon who called in question <the case> of two brs William Cahoon  and Peter Devolve who were accused by some of our brethren of offering abuse  to br. Newel K. Whitney’s little child. Br. Frederick G. Williams arose and said that  he was at a meeting with the Kirtland brethren, when br. William Cahoon was  present who spoke at considerable length by the Spirit of the Lord as he supposed,  and also br. Peter Devolve declared that he was filled with the Spirit of God,  but had confessed previous that he did offer abuse to the child, but not to the  satisfaction of her parents.
Therefore voted by this conference that it is their undoubted opinion taking  into consideration the testimony before them. It is therefore voted that this conference  send our beloved brethren Joseph Smith jr. and Sidney Rigdon unto the Church in  Kirtland to lay before them the decision of this Conference, call before them these two  brethren cause them to make sufficient acknowledgement of their sins, or be dealt with  according to the law of this Church.
Closed in prayer by Joseph Smith jr.
Oliver Cowdery Clerk of Conference. [p. 9]
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Zion (Missouri) High Council and Nauvoo Stake High Council, “The Conference Minutes, and Record Book, of Christ’s Church of Latter Day Saints,” Minute Book 2, 6 Apr. 1838–[ca. June 1838], [ca. Oct. 1842], [ca. June 1844]; handwriting of Ebenezer Robinson, Hosea Stout, Levi Richards, Joseph M. Cole, and an unidentified scribe; 178 pages, as well as indexing in tabbed pages at beginning of book; CHL. Includes tables, redactions, use marks, and archival marking.
The second of two texts inscribed in a ledger book. The paper, which is ruled both horizontally and vertically, measures 12½ × 7¾ inches (32 × 20 cm). The book contains 276 leaves, including the flyleaves in the front and back of the book. The bound book, which features a brown suede leather cov-er, measures 13 × 8½ × 1¾ inches (33 × 22 × 4 cm). The spine has a pasted red label with “LEDGER” in gold lettering. Following the four front flyleaves, the first twenty-four pages are tabbed index pages. The next seventy-three pages were used by Warren Parrish for various financial accounts he kept prior to his move to Kirtland, Ohio. Following a blank page, Minute Book 2 fills the next 187 pages, although there are some blank pages within and at the end of this record. The portion of the ledger in which Minute Book 2 is inscribed has its own pagination, all apparently done by Hosea Stout. Ebenezer Robinson’s handwriting appears on the title page (the recto of the leaf preceding page 1) and on pages 1–37, 41–42, 44–52, and 55–93. Pages 38–40 are blank. Levi Richards’s handwriting appears on pages 43 and 52–55. There is also unidentified handwriting in the middle of page 87. The inscription ends with minutes of the Nauvoo, Illinois, stake high council meetings held 1 and 15 June 1844, recorded by Joseph M. Cole on pages 178–185. The minutes were recorded with a quill pen, and all are in brown ink, except for some blue ink on pages 179–181. The remaining 251 pages of the book are blank. There were originally four back flyleaves; only two remain, and they are blank.
Minute Book 2 includes several redactions made in graphite, as well as some marking in blue pencil. The leather cover was decorated with blind tooling at some point, and a paper sticker was pasted on the spine with “CONFERENCE MINUTES AND HIGH COUNCIL RECORDS OF FAR WEST” inscribed in unidentified handwriting. This sticker resembles several other such stickers found on early church record books.
The volume may have been included in the Nauvoo exodus inventory as part of “Records of High Council.” It is listed in middle- and late-nineteenth-century inventories of the Historian’s Office in Salt Lake City. The Historian’s Office apparently made a microfilm copy of the volume in 1954. Church historian Joseph Fielding Smith took the volume with him to the Office of the First Presidency when he became church president in 1970 and kept it in his safe. The book was returned to the Church History Department in 2008. These archival records and archival marking on the book indicate continuous institutional custody.

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