Minutes of the general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held at the City of , Hancock Co. Ill. on the seventh day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty- one.
Conference convened at 10 o’clock A. M. when the names of the pres idents of the several quorums were called, who took their seats on the stand, and their councillors immediate ly in front. The meeting was then called to order, and the choir under the superintendence of B[enjamin] S. Wilber sung a hymn, and the conference was open ed by an address to the throne of grace by Pres’t. .
On motion. Resolved that the re port be printed in the Times and Sea sons.
arose and stated, that in consequence of his weakness from his labors of yesterday, he would call upon Gen. to officiate in his place.
then read the revela tions from “The Book of the Law of the Lord,” which had been received since the last general Conference, in relation to writing a proclamation to the kings of the earth, building a in , the organization of the church &c.
Pres. Jos. Smith rose and made some observations in explanation of the same, and likewise of the necessity which ex isted of building the , that the saiints might have a suitable place for worshiping the Almighty, and also the building of the , that suitable accomodations might be afforded for the strangers who might visit this city.
The choir sung a hymn, and the meeting adjourned for one hour.
Conference met pursuant to adjourn ment and was called to order by Pres. .
The choir sung a hymn, and Pres’t. addressed the throne of grace.
, read the charters gran ted by the Legislature of this state for incorporating the “City of ,” the “Nauvoo Legion,” “The University of the City of Nauvoo,” “The Agricul tural and Manufactoring Association” & for the “ Association.”
On Motion; Resolved; That the charters now read be received by the Church.
Pres’t. arose and gave an exhortation to the assembly.
Gen. , then spoke at some length on the present situation, prospects, and condition of the church, and remarked that the hand of God must indeed be visible, in accomplishing the great blessings and prosperity of the [p. 386]