Minutes, 7–11 April 1841

church, and called upon the saints to  be faithful and obedient in all things,  and likewise forcibly and eloquently ur ged the necessity of being united in all  their movements, and before he sat  down, he wished to know how many  of the Saints who were present felt  disposed to continue to act in concert,  and follow the instructions of the First  Presidency, and called upon those who  did so, to arise on their feet; when im mediately the saints, almost without  exception arose.
The choir sung a hymn, and the  meeting after prayer, adjourned until  to morrow morning.
Thursday morning April 8th: at an  early hour this morning the different  quorums, who had previously been or ganized, came to the ground and took  their seats as follows: the Frst Pres idency, with the presidents of the quo rums on the stand; the High Council,  on the front of the stand; the High  Priesthood on the front to the right of  the stand; the Seventies immediately  behind the high priesthood; the Elders  in the front, to the left; the Lesser  Priesthood on the extreme right.
On motion; Resolved: that this sess ion of Congress continue until Sun day evening.
Pres’t. J. Smith declared the rule  of voting, to be a majority in each quo rum, exhorted them to deliberation,  faith and prayer, and that they should  be strict, and impartial in their exami nations. He then told them that the  presidents of the different quorums  would be presented before them for  their acceptance or rejection.
Bishop [Newel K.] Whitney then presented the  First Presidency to the Lesser Priest hood, who were unanimously accepted.
Pres’t. J[ohn] Hicks presented them to  the elders’ quorum—unanimously ac cepted.
Pres’t. J[oseph] Young presented them to  the seventies—unanimously accepted.—
Pres’t. D. C. Smith presented them  to the High Priesthood.
Councellor Elias Higbee presented  them to the High council—unanimous ly accepted.
The clerk then presented them to the  Presidents of all the quorums, on the  stand—unanimously accepted.
Gen. J. C. Bennett was presented  with the First Presidency as assistant  president, until Pres’t. Rigdon’s health  should be restored. The presidents  and counselors belonging to the several  quorums, were then presented to each  quorum seperately for approval or re jection, when the following persons  were objected to, viz. John A. Hicks,  president of the Elders quorum; Alan son Ripley, Bishop; Elder John E.  Page, one of the twelve; and Noah  Packard of the High Priesthood.—  Newel K. Whitney, Bishop; moved  their cases be laid over until the inter mission, to be tried before the several  quorums.
Pres’t. Joseph Smith presented the  building Committee of the “House  of the Lord,” to the several quorums  collectively, who were unanimously  received.
Pres’t. Smith observed, that it was  necessary that some one should be ap pointed to fill the quorum of the twelve,  in the room of the late Elder David W.  Patten, whereupon, Pres’t. Rigdon nom inated Elder Lyman Wight to that of fice, which was unanimously accepted.  Elder Wight stated, that it was an of fice of great honor and responsibility,  and he felt inadequate to the task, but  inasmuch as it was the wish of the au thorites of the church, that he should  take that office, he would endeavor to  magnify it.
On motion; Resolved: that James  Allred be appointed to the office of  High Counsellor, in the place of C[harles] C.  Rich, who had been chosen as a coun cillor to the presidency of this stake.—  On motion; Resolved: that Leonard So by be appointed to be one of the High  Council in the room of David Dort[,]  deceased.
The choir sung a hymn, and afte[r]  prayer by Pes’t. Rigdon, the meetin[g]  ad[j]ourned for two hours.
Conference met pursuant to adjourn ment. A hymn was sung by th[e]  choir. Pres’t. Rigdon delivered a di[s] course to the conference on the subje[ct]  of “Baptism for the dead” which w[as]  set forth in a manner new and intere[s] ting, and with an eloquence peculiar [to]  the speaker, which was listened to w[ith]  intense interest by the assembly.
Gen. Bennett made some very ap[pro] priate observations in continuation [of]  the subject. [p. 387]
Minutes, Nauvoo, IL, 7–11 Apr. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 15 Apr. 1841, 2:386–388.