Minute Book 2

Elders Present Elders Present
Joseph Smith jr.William W. Phelps
Oliver CowderyMartin Harris
Peter Whitmer [Jr.]Fred[e]rick G. Williams
Ziba PetersonNewel Knight
Sidney RigdonJoseph Coe
Edward PartridgeSidney Gilbert
Isaac MorleyEzra Booth (denied the faith)
The conference opened by singing “Glorious things &c.[”] Prayer by br.  Edward Partridge, Exhortation to obedience to the requisition of Heaven by  delivering a charge in the name of the Lord Christ to the Bishop,  Rulers & members of the Church planted in their inheritances in the  land of Zion, by br. Sidney Rigdon.
Confession of br. Ziba Peterson of his transgressions which were  satisfactory to the Church as approved by unanimous vote.
Exhortation by br. Joseph Smith jr. to acts of righteousness and  keeping the commandments of the Lord with promise of blessings.
Thirty-one members present, who. with the Elders partook of the sacrament
Closed by prayer by Oliver Cowdery.

28 August 1831 • Sunday

August 28, 1831. At a Church meeting held in  Kirtland, Ohio, Oliver Cowdery was ordained to the High Priesthood by the voice  of the Church & command of the Lord under the hand of br. Sidney Rigdon

1 September 1831 • Thursday

Min[u]tes of a Conference held in Kirtland Geauga County Ohio,  Sept. 1. 1831.
Elders Present
Joseph Smith jr.Ezra ThayerEmer Harris
Oliver CowderyJoseph Smith [Sr.]William W. Phelps
Sidney GilbertJoseph CoeFrederick G. Williams
Br. Newel K. Whitney was ordained an agent unto the Disciples  in this land under the hand of br. Oliver Cowdery. Upon testimony given  satisfactory to this Conference it was voted that our brethren Edison [Edson]  Fuller & William Carter be silenced from holding the office of Elders in  this Church. By request of br. Lorin Page the Conference received his licence  as a Priest.
Oliver Cowdery, Clerk of Con. [p. 5]
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.