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.
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. presented them to the seventies—unanimously accepted.—
Pres’t. presented them to the High Priesthood.
Councellor presented them to the High council—unanimous ly accepted.
The then presented them to the Presidents of all the quorums, on the stand—unanimously accepted.
Gen. was presented with the First Presidency as assistant president, until ’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; , Bishop; Elder , one of the twelve; and of the High Priesthood.— , 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 “,” 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 , whereupon, nom inated Elder to that of fice, which was unanimously accepted. 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 , who had been chosen as a coun cillor to the presidency of this stake.— On motion; Resolved: that be appointed to be one of the High Council in the room of [,] deceased.
The choir sung a hymn, and afte[r] prayer by , the meetin[g] ad[j]ourned for two hours.
Conference met pursuant to adjourn ment. A hymn was sung by th[e] choir. 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.
made some very ap[pro] priate observations in continuation [of] the subject. [p. 387]