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Minutes, 25–26 October 1831

Br Joseph Smith Jr said we have assembled together to do the  business of the Lord and it is through the great mercy of our God that we  are spared to assemble together, many of us have went at the command of  the Lord in defience of every thing evil, and obtained blessings unspeak able in consequence of which, our names are sealed in the Lambs’ Book  of life, for the Lord has spoken it. It is the privilege of every Elder  to speak of the things of God &c, And could we all come together with  one heart and one mind in perfect faith the vail might as well be  rent to day as next week or any other time and if we will but cleanse  ourselves and covenant before God, to serve him, it is our privilege to  have an assurence that God will protect us at all times
Br. John Whitmer said that a certain clause in the Church Covenants  was too much neglected he feared by the brethren, read accordingly.
Br. Frederick G. Williams enquired if it was the business of this  conference to take into consideration the situation of the families of the absent  Elders.
Br. Sidney Rigdon said that he supposed that it was, saying, I bear testimony  that God will have a pure people who will give up all for Christ’s sake and when  this is done they will be sealed up unto eternal life.
Br. Joseph Smith jr. said that the order of the High priesthood is that they  have power given them to seal up the Saints unto eternal life. And said it was  the privilege of every Elder present to be ordained to the Highpriesthood.
Br. Emer Harris said that he was determined to be for God & none else & with  his assistance to do his will
Br. Orson Hyde said that he covenanted to give all to the Lord and be for his glory  and as to all his works his heart responded a hearty. Amen.
Br. Hyrum Smith said that all he had was the Lord’s and he was ready to do  his will continually
Br. Frederick G. Williams said that he renewed again the covenant before  the Lord to give all to him.
Br. Wm. E. Mc.lellin said that he had the greatest reason to rejoice of any present  and that he also would be subject to the will of God even unto death.
Br. Silvester Smith said that he had the testimony that it was the will of the  Lord to seal his Saints, and also covenanted to give all to the Lord.
Br. Reynolds Cahoon said that he could not obtain to express his heart, but said that he gave  all to God. Also reminded the brethren of the constant care of the Savior for them. [p. 11]
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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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