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Minutes, 11 October 1831

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
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Beginning in 1830, soon after the publication of the Book of Mormon, JS and Sidney Rigdon engaged in a revision of the Bible, a project they called a translation and considered divinely inspired. An 11 October 1831 conference met to consider two items related to the project. JS and Rigdon needed financial support to continue the revision, and, apparently as a result of the project, JS had become interested in the “ancient manner” of conducting meetings. Oliver Cowdery suggested that six elders be appointed to instruct the church branches and also to raise funds for JS and Rigdon’s revision efforts.
Ebenezer Robinson copied this text into Minute Book 2 in spring 1838, apparently relying on minutes taken at the time of the conference in October 1831.

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