, Feb.’ 24, 1834.
The of the met this day at the house of Joseph Smith Junr. for the purpose of giveing an audience or hearing to and , representatives from Zion, to represent to us the state of the church in that place.
Joseph, the president, opened the council by prayer. Two of the standing counsellors were absent, namely, and . was chosen to act in the place of and to act in the place of . Thus the high council was organiz[e]d and six of the counsellors were appointed to speak. Bro’s. and , messengers from Zion, arose and laid their business before the council and delivered their message. the substance of which, was, an inquiry when, how and by what means was to be redeemed from our enemies. They said that our brethern who had been driven away from their lands and scattered abroad had found so much favour in the eyes of the people that they could obtain food and raiment of them for their labour insomuch that they were comfortable. But the idea of being driven away from the land of Zion pained their very souls and they desired of God, by earnest prayer, to return with songs of everlasting joy as said Isaiah, the Prophet.
They also said that none of their lands were sold into [p. 41]