Agreeable to a resolution of the high coun cil, assembled at , on Saturday the 3rd of March 1838, the general authorities of the church met, to hold the first quarterly conference of the Church of Latter Day Saints Zion, at on the 7th of April 1838. Presidents J. Smith jr, , , , and took the stand; after which the several quorums, the high council, the high priests, the seven ties the elders, the , the priests, the teachers, and deacons, were organized by their Presidents.
President J. Smith jr. made some remarks, also gave some instruction respecting the or der of the day. The conference was then o pened by singing, “O God our hope in ages past” and prayer by President .— Also a hymn was sung “how firm a founda tion”. After which, President J. Smith, Jr. arose and addressed the congregation at con siderable length, on some important items.— continued the subject for a length of time, after which, on motion, the meeting adjourned for the space of twenty minutes.
Pursuant to adjournment the conference convened, and opened by prayer by who also made a few remarks respect ing the twelve apostles. He spake of , , , , , and , as being men of God, whom he could reccom mend with cheerful confidence. He spake somewhat doubtful of from something which he had heard respecting his faith in the work. He also spake of , , , and as being men whom he could not reccommend to the con ference.
President , then represented the high council. The report was favorable. He stated that the seats of , , and was vacant in consequence of their having moved away so far that they could not attend the council.
then nominated to fill the seat of who was received unanimously.
He then nominafed , to fill the seat of , who was received unanimously.
Also , to fill that of , who was received unanimously— The presidency then ordained him to the of fice of high priest.
On motion the Conference adjourned to the 8th at 9 o’clock A M.
Sunday April the 8th;——Pursuant to ad journment the Conference convened, and o pened by singing and prayer by President .
President Joseph Smith Jr. made a few re marks respecting the Bank—Who was followed by , who gave a short history of his travels to and .
President Charles [C.] Rich, who is the presi dent of the high priests in Zion; represented his quorum; he read the names of those who belonged to his quorum, the principal part of which were in good standing.
The seventies were represented, by presi dents , and .
The quorum of Elders were represented by president Harvey Green—Their number was 124, in good standing.
President Joseph Smith Jr, next made a few remarks on the word of wisdom, giving the reason of its coming forth, saying it should be observed. On motion, the Confer ence adjourned for one hour.
The Conference convened, agreeable to ad journment, and opened by singing and pray er, after which , represented the lesser priesthood, and his council. — He gave an account of the incomes and out goes of Church property which had passed through his hands.
It was then motioned and seconded, and carried that the first presidency be appointed to sign the licences of the official members of the church—After which on motion, the Conference adjourned until the first Friday in July next
JOSEPH SMITH, Jr.
, Clerk. [p. 47]