Minute Book 2

Church, or the feelings of any of his brethren been aggrieved in conse quence of the same he now asks their forgiveness as well as the  forgiveness of the Lord.
The other two are not considered by this Conference just ac cusations; but in relation to the fifth charge which reads; “His having insul ted the Lord’s prophet in particular & assumed authority over him in open  violation of the Laws of God.”
Br. Edward says that in relation to the same although the circumstances  occured previous to said conference, if Br. Joseph has not forgiven him he  hopes he will, as he<is &> has always been sorry.
Resolved that whereas the duty of a disciple of Christ is to promote  peace union, harmony & brotherly love & not at any time imprudently prefer  charges & demand confession & settlement of the same in the absence of a br.  after having had a privilege of doing the same face to face, and more especially  after sitting in Conference in the name of the Lord & communing together  at sacrament. We do therefore after deliberately weighing the subject  before us earnestly entreat our br. Sidney for the good of the cause  in which we labor & for which we suffer persecutions, to candidly  reflect upon the subject of the aforementioned letter and ask himself  whether he was not actuated by his own hasty feelings rather than the Spirit  of Christ when indicting the same.
After having conversed with br. Edward freely upon the subject we can say  with assurance that he is willing to make every confession which br.  Sidney as a disciple of Christ could require & forever bury the matter.
And we do advise that such may be the resolution & thereby the wound  in the Church be healed & they walk together as brothers filling the im portant stations in the Kingdom of God in honor to themselves & the advancement  of our Redeemer’s cause: Amen. Closed. Prayer by br. Isaac Morley
Oliver Cowdery Clerk of Conference.

21 October 1831 • Friday

Minutes of a Conference held at the dwelling house of Newel  Knight October 21. 1831.
Br. Isaac Morley was appointed Moderator & Harvey Whitlock Clerk.
PresentParley P. PrattJohn Murdock
Isaac MorleyHarvey WhitlockSelah J. Griffin
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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.