Minutes, 17 September 1837

<Sunday Evening Sept. the 12th 17th 1837>
Minuits of a conference of Elders held  in the house of the Lord this evening  Pres. Joseph Smith Jr presided, the conf erance was op[e]ned by prayer by Pres <S[idney]> Rigdon  after which the conferance was addressed  by from the Chair, on the subject of the gatherin g of the Saints in the last days and  the duties of the of the different quorums  relations thereto, It appeared manifest  to the conference that the places appo inted for the gathering of the saints <were> at  this time crowded to overflowing & that  it was necessary that there be more  Stakes of Zion appointed in order  that the poor might have a place to  gather to, wherefore it was moved  seconded & carried by vote of the whole  that Presidents J Smith Jr & S. Rigdon  be requested by this conference to go  & appoint other Stakes or places of gather ing and that they receive a certificate  of this their appointment signed by  the Clerk of the Church, Elder William  Marks who had been appointed, in the  after part of the day to be the Bishops  Agent was called upon to know if he  would accept the appointment he arose  and said that he would comply with  the request of the Church & the Lord being  his helper he would discharge the duties  thereof to the best of his abilities, After  which the Elders present who were in  a situation to travel were called upon [p. 243]
Minutes, Kirtland, Ohio, 17 Sept. 1837; handwriting of George W. Robinson; in Minute Book 1, pp. 242–245; CHL.