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Minutes, 25–26 October 1831

Minutes of a general Conference held at the dwelling  of br. Serenes Burnet[t] in the Town of Orange, Cuyahoga  County, Ohio, October 25, 1831.
Names of those ordained to the Highpriesthood
Joseph Smith jr.Joseph Brackenbury (Died.)
Oliver CowderyWilliam E. Mc.lellin
John WhitmerMajor N. Ashley (cut off.)
Hyrum SmithStephen Burnett
Sidney RigdonEdmund Durfee
Samuel H. SmithJoel Johnson
Simeon Carter Levi Jackman
Reynolds CahoonEmer Harris
Martin Harris Frederick G. Williams
Joseph Smith sen.Priests
Wheeler BaldwinLyman Johnson
John Smith (license taken) Edward Johnson (denied the faith)
Elders Benjamine Carpenter (not felloshiped
David WhitmerRuggles Eames
Peter Whitmer [Jr.]Teachers
Silvester [Sylvester] SmithWilliam, Smith
Luke JohnsonUziel Stephens
Burr Riggs (cut off) Hiram Griffith
Silvester Parker, (left the church)Deacons
Orson HydeTitus Billings
Daniel Stanton Serenes Burnett and John Burk
Prayer by br Simeon Carter, Glorious things, were then sung Br Sidney  Rigdon arose & said that he wished to make a few observations connected  with the object of our assembling our selves together, When God works  all may know it, for he always answers the prayers of the Savior for  he makes his children one, for he by his Holy Spirit binds their  hearts from Earth to Heaven; And in this thing God had taught  his children to sing a new song even about Zion which David  Spoke of, &c, God always bears testimony by his presence in counsil  to his Elders when they assemble themselves in perfect faith and humble  themselves before the Lord and their wills being swallowed up in the  will of God [p. 10]
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Thirty-nine ministers of the Church of Christ assembled on 25 October 1831 at the home of Serenus Burnett, in Orange, Ohio, for what was called a “general conference.” The conference focused on the recently introduced office of high priest and the need for greater unity. Those present affirmed a willingness to consecrate their lives and possessions to the Lord’s work.
The conference also addressed the need to raise funds to support JS and his family while he was involved in the “translation” (revision) of the Bible. In the same spirit of sharing resources, JS encouraged those present to help the families of elders who were away serving missions.
These minutes appear in Minute Book 2, as copied into that record by Ebenezer Robinson in spring 1838. Appointed church clerk and recorder 6 April 1838, Robinson apparently copied this text from minutes taken at the time of the conference in October 1831.

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