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Minutes, circa 1 June 1833

Kirtland, 18th March 1833
Kirtland 3 June 1833——
A Conferen[c]e of high Priests convened in  Kirtland at the Translating room  Bro Sidney [Rigdon] opened the conference by  prayer first case before the confernce  was that of Doctor [Philastus] Hurlbut who was accused  of unchristian conduct with the female  sex while on a mission to the east it was  decided that his commission be taken from  him and that he be no longer a member  of the Church of the Church of Christ
The next case before the conference was to asser tain what should be the dimention or size of the  house that is to be built for a hou[se] of worship and  the school of the prophet and received a revelation  on th[e] size of the house the word of the lord was  that it shall be fifty five feet wide and sixty  five feet long— in the inner court and the  conferen[c]e appointed Bro Joseph Smith Jr Sidny  Rigdon and Frederick [G.] Williams to obtain a  draft or construction of the inner court  of the house
<F. G. Williams Clk P T.> [p. 12]
The initial case brought before this “Conference of high priests” in Kirtland, Ohio, was that of Doctor Philastus Hurlbut, Doctor being his given name. Hurlbut, a church member since late 1832 or early 1833, had been ordained an elder by Sidney Rigdon on 18 March 1833 and then called on a mission to the eastern United States. Orson Hyde later reported that he traveled with Hurlbut during part of the mission and then preferred charges against him for an attempted seduction. Sidney Rigdon also reported Hurlbut had directed “obscene language” to a young female church member. The second item of business at the conference concerned the dimensions for the Kirtland house of the Lord that church members had been commanded to construct.
Frederick G. Williams recorded these minutes and subsequently copied them into Minute Book 1. Williams had served as JS’s scribe until he was ordained a president of the high priesthood in March 1833. Though he continued to clerk for various meetings, he began endorsing them with his name and the notation “Clk P. T.,” that is, clerk, pro tempore.

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