Minute Book 2

26 September 1830 • Sunday

Minutes of the second Conference held by the  Elders of this Church according to adjournment. Sept. 26. 1830.
EldersBr. Joseph Smith jr. appointed  leader of the Conference by  vote.
Joseph Smith jr.
Oliver Cowdery
David Whitmer
John Whitmer
Peter Whitmer [Jr.]
Samuel H. Smith
Thomas B. Marsh.
Brother Joseph Smith jr. was appointed by the voice  of the Conference to receive and write Revelations & Command ments for this Church.
The fifth chapter of Isaiah read by Br. Joseph Smith jr. &  prayer by the same. Articles & Covenants read by br. Oliver Cowdery  and remarks by Brother Joseph Smith jr.
No. of the several members uniting to this Church since the  last Conference, thirty-five; making in whole now belonging to  this Church sixty-two. Br. Newel Knight ordained a priest under  the hand of brother Oliver Cowdery and prayer by the same.  Prayer by all present. Exholation by all the Elders respectively. Singing  and prayer in behalf of Br. Oliver Cowdery & Peter Whitmer jr.  who were previously appointed to go to the Lamanites.
Conference adjourned to January 1. 1831. to be held at this  place. Br. David Whitmer appointed to keep the Church records until  the next Conference. Prayer by br. Oliver Cowdery. The foregoing  minutes were taken at the time of this Conference by Oliver Cowdery.

1 January 1831 • Saturday

Conference convened according to adjournment but there were no  minutes taken, save a commandment received, giving directions to the  Saints, see Book of Commandments. Page 80. 80 [p. 2]
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.