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Minutes, 27–28 December 1832

A conference of High Priests assembled  in the translating room in Kirtland  Ohio on the 27th. day of Dec. AD 1832——
Present— Joseph Smith [Sr.],2dSidney Rigdon Orson Hyde— Joseph Smith Jr.— Hyram [Hyrum]  SmithSamuel H SmithN K Whitny [Newel K. Whitney]  F[rederick] G, WilliamsEzra Thayer— & John Murdock  commenced by prayer, Then Bro Joseph  arose and said, to receive revelation  and the blessings of heaven it was nec essary to have our minds in on god and  exercise faith and become of one heart  and of one mind therefore he recom mended all present to prey seperately  and vocally to the Lord for to reveel  his will unto us concerning the upbuilding  of Zion, & for the benifit of the sa[i]nts and  for the duty and employment of the Elders Accordingly we all bowed down before the  Lord, after which each one arose and spoke [p. 3]
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On 27–28 December 1832, ten high priests assembled in the upstairs of the Kirtland, Ohio, store owned by Bishop Newel K. Whitney. JS’s practice at the time was to meet in conference with gatherings of high priests to conduct church business. Those in attendance had come together to learn the Lord’s will in regard to their responsibilites and the building up of Zion. As part of the two-day meeting, JS dictated a lengthy revelation later designated as the “Olive Leaf.”
Frederick G. Williams, who had been serving as JS’s scribe since 20 July 1832, kept minutes of these meetings and copied them into Minute Book 1.

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