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Minutes, 5 December 1832

A councel

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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Although the term conference is used most often in minutes to refer to gatherings such as these, council is also sometimes used. In the minutes of a meeting held in Missouri in April 1832, for example, conference and council are used interchangeably. (See Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832.)  


of high Priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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held in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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— December 5, AD 1832,2

The council convened in the evening. (JS, Journal, 5 Dec. 1832.)  


at the request of brother Solomon Humphry Humphrey Jr.

23 Sept. 1775–Sept. 1834. Born in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Solomon Humphrey and Lucy Case. Moved to Burlington, Hartford Co., ca. 1785. Married Ursula Andrews, at Hartford Co. Moved to Irasburg, Orleans Co., Vermont, by 1800; to Glover,...

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who desired to know the will of the Lord respecting him, the councel opened by prayer br Joseph Smith Jr. and appointed bro Frederick G Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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Clerk, after hearing a statement from bro Humphry

23 Sept. 1775–Sept. 1834. Born in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Solomon Humphrey and Lucy Case. Moved to Burlington, Hartford Co., ca. 1785. Married Ursula Andrews, at Hartford Co. Moved to Irasburg, Orleans Co., Vermont, by 1800; to Glover,...

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of his situation, It was ordered in councel that br Humphrey

23 Sept. 1775–Sept. 1834. Born in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Solomon Humphrey and Lucy Case. Moved to Burlington, Hartford Co., ca. 1785. Married Ursula Andrews, at Hartford Co. Moved to Irasburg, Orleans Co., Vermont, by 1800; to Glover,...

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should devote himself entirely to the work of the ministry commencing in Parkman

Located about fifteen miles southeast of Kirtland Township. Population in 1830 about 700. Population in 1840 about 1,200. Missionaries appointed to preach in township, 5 Dec. 1832. John P. Greene directed to move to Parkman and take charge of branch of LDS...

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and taking Br Noah Packard

7 May 1796–17 Feb. 1860. Farmer, surveyor, miner. Born at Plainfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Noah Packard and Molly Hamblin. Moved to Parkman, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1817. Married Sophia Bundy, 29 June 1820, at Parkman. Baptized into LDS church by...

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JS ordained Packard a priest at a conference of elders held on 3 December 1832, which Humphrey attended. (Minutes, 3 Dec. 1832; JS, Journal, 3 Dec. 1832.)  


of Parkman

Located about fifteen miles southeast of Kirtland Township. Population in 1830 about 700. Population in 1840 about 1,200. Missionaries appointed to preach in township, 5 Dec. 1832. John P. Greene directed to move to Parkman and take charge of branch of LDS...

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Packard had resided in Parkman, Ohio, since 1817. (Packard, “Life and Travels,” 1, 3.)  


as his companion in travel and labouring in such places and regions as the lord may direct by his spirit
There being no further business the councel closed by prayer——
F,G, Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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Clk of Con.
Joseph Smith Jr— Prsd [p. 1]
A councel

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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1

Although the term conference is used most often in minutes to refer to gatherings such as these, council is also sometimes used. In the minutes of a meeting held in Missouri in April 1832, for example, conference and council are used interchangeably. (See Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832.)  


of high Priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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held in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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 December 5, AD 1832,2

The council convened in the evening. (JS, Journal, 5 Dec. 1832.)  


at the request of brother Solomon  Humphry [Humphrey Jr.]

23 Sept. 1775–Sept. 1834. Born in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Solomon Humphrey and Lucy Case. Moved to Burlington, Hartford Co., ca. 1785. Married Ursula Andrews, at Hartford Co. Moved to Irasburg, Orleans Co., Vermont, by 1800; to Glover,...

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who desired to know the will of the Lord respe[c]t ing him, the councel opened by prayer br Joseph  Smith Jr. and appointed bro F[rederick] G Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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Clerk, after  hearing a statement from bro Humphry

23 Sept. 1775–Sept. 1834. Born in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Solomon Humphrey and Lucy Case. Moved to Burlington, Hartford Co., ca. 1785. Married Ursula Andrews, at Hartford Co. Moved to Irasburg, Orleans Co., Vermont, by 1800; to Glover,...

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of his  situation, It was ordered in councel that br Humph[re]y

23 Sept. 1775–Sept. 1834. Born in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Solomon Humphrey and Lucy Case. Moved to Burlington, Hartford Co., ca. 1785. Married Ursula Andrews, at Hartford Co. Moved to Irasburg, Orleans Co., Vermont, by 1800; to Glover,...

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 should devote himself entirely to the work of the  ministry commencing in Parkman

Located about fifteen miles southeast of Kirtland Township. Population in 1830 about 700. Population in 1840 about 1,200. Missionaries appointed to preach in township, 5 Dec. 1832. John P. Greene directed to move to Parkman and take charge of branch of LDS...

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and taking  Br Noah Packard

7 May 1796–17 Feb. 1860. Farmer, surveyor, miner. Born at Plainfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Noah Packard and Molly Hamblin. Moved to Parkman, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1817. Married Sophia Bundy, 29 June 1820, at Parkman. Baptized into LDS church by...

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JS ordained Packard a priest at a conference of elders held on 3 December 1832, which Humphrey attended. (Minutes, 3 Dec. 1832; JS, Journal, 3 Dec. 1832.)  


of Parkman

Located about fifteen miles southeast of Kirtland Township. Population in 1830 about 700. Population in 1840 about 1,200. Missionaries appointed to preach in township, 5 Dec. 1832. John P. Greene directed to move to Parkman and take charge of branch of LDS...

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4

Packard had resided in Parkman, Ohio, since 1817. (Packard, “Life and Travels,” 1, 3.)  


as his companion  in travel and labouring in such places and  regions as the lord may direct by his spirit
There being no further business the councel  closed by prayer——
F,G, Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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Clk of Con.
Joseph Smith Jr— Prsd [p. 1]
This document and a note recorded 9 December 1832 pertain to a council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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of high priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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that met on 5 December 1832 at the request of Solomon Humphrey Jr.

23 Sept. 1775–Sept. 1834. Born in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Solomon Humphrey and Lucy Case. Moved to Burlington, Hartford Co., ca. 1785. Married Ursula Andrews, at Hartford Co. Moved to Irasburg, Orleans Co., Vermont, by 1800; to Glover,...

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, a member of the church who migrated from New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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to Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, in 1831.1

Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845, bk. 11, [2]; bk. 12, [5]. According to the 1830 United States Census, Humphrey was living in Stockholm, New York, in 1830. (1830 U.S. Census, Stockholm, St. Lawrence Co., NY, 41.)  


Humphrey had recently completed a mission to the eastern United States

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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with Joseph Wakefield

7 July 1792–18 Jan. 1835. Born in Dublin, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Thomas Wakefield and Elizabeth Hardy. Married first Eunice Sawyer, 13 Dec. 1812. Moved to Watertown, Jefferson Co., New York, by 1820. Baptized into LDS church and ordained an elder...

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Humphrey and Wakefield were called on this mission in a 6 June 1831 revelation and served into fall 1832. (Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:35]; see also Whitney, History of Utah, 4:35.)  


On 3 December, JS wrote in his journal that Humphrey visited him that day, bearing “news from Brother Lyman Johnson

24 Oct. 1811–20 Dec. 1859. Merchant, lawyer, hotelier. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Moved to Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, Mar. 1818. Baptized into LDS church by Sidney Rigdon, Feb. 1831. Ordained an elder...

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and Orson Pratt

19 Sept. 1811–3 Oct. 1881. Farmer, writer, teacher, merchant, surveyor, editor, publisher. Born at Hartford, Washington Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Moved to New Lebanon, Columbia Co., New York, 1814; to Canaan, Columbia Co., fall...

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,” who were also proselytizing in the East.3

JS, Journal, 3 Dec. 1832.  


Two days later, JS explained that the 5 December council convened “to advise with” Humphrey, apparently about what Humphrey should do next in the church.4

JS, Journal, 5 Dec. 1832.  


JS presided over the council, which directed Humphrey to preach with Noah Packard

7 May 1796–17 Feb. 1860. Farmer, surveyor, miner. Born at Plainfield, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Noah Packard and Molly Hamblin. Moved to Parkman, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1817. Married Sophia Bundy, 29 June 1820, at Parkman. Baptized into LDS church by...

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in Parkman

Located about fifteen miles southeast of Kirtland Township. Population in 1830 about 700. Population in 1840 about 1,200. Missionaries appointed to preach in township, 5 Dec. 1832. John P. Greene directed to move to Parkman and take charge of branch of LDS...

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, Ohio, and wherever else they were inspired to go.5

In autobiographical writings, Packard mentioned that he and a companion (presumably Humphrey) “started on our mission” on 3 January 1833, traveling to Chatham, Ohio, to visit Packard’s brother. (Packard, “Life and Travels,” 3.)  


Although the minutes state that Humphrey’s situation was the only business considered, at least one other item was addressed, as detailed in a later note.6

As indicated by another entry in the minute book, the council also ordained Horace Kingsbury an elder. (Note, ca. 9 Dec. 1832.)  


As clerk of the council, Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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took minutes of the proceedings and later entered them into Minute Book 1.

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