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Note, 8 March 1832

and Brother Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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to be my councillers of the ministry of the presidency of the high Pristhood

Both the office of the president of the high priesthood and the body comprising the president and his counselors; the presiding body of the church. In November 1831, a revelation directed the appointment of a president of the high priesthood. The individual...

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and from the 16th. of February up to this date have been at home1

The John and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs Johnson home in Hiram, Ohio, where JS and his family lived from September 1831 to September 1832. ([Emma Smith], List, ca. 1845, in Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845, Miscellany.)  


except a journey to Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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on the 29 Feby and returned home one on the 4th of March. we received a revelation in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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Likely the revelation of 1 March 1832, which provided for the organization of a firm to manage the publishing and mercantile endeavors of the church. (Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78].)  


and one since I returned home3

Likely the revelation of 7 March 1832, which assigned Stephen Burnett to embark on a proselytizing mission with Eden Smith. (Revelation, 7 Mar. 1832 [D&C 80].)  


blessed be the name of the Lord—— [p. 11]
and Broth[er] Sidney [Rigdon]

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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to be my councillers of the ministry  of the presidency of <th[e]> high Pristhood

Both the office of the president of the high priesthood and the body comprising the president and his counselors; the presiding body of the church. In November 1831, a revelation directed the appointment of a president of the high priesthood. The individual...

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and from the 16th.  of February up to this date have been at home1

The John and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs Johnson home in Hiram, Ohio, where JS and his family lived from September 1831 to September 1832. ([Emma Smith], List, ca. 1845, in Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845, Miscellany.)  


 except a journey to Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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on the 29 Feby and  returned home one [on] the 4th of March[.] we received a  revelation in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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Likely the revelation of 1 March 1832, which provided for the organization of a firm to manage the publishing and mercantile endeavors of the church. (Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78].)  


and one since I returned  home3

Likely the revelation of 7 March 1832, which assigned Stephen Burnett to embark on a proselytizing mission with Eden Smith. (Revelation, 7 Mar. 1832 [D&C 80].)  


blessed be the name of the Lord—— [p. 11]
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This note dated 8 March 1832 was recorded in Revelation Book 2 and was composed in the style of a journal entry. It provides a glimpse into JS’s activities between 16 February and 8 March 1832, some eight months before JS began his first journal. In addition to mentioning a brief trip to Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, and the dictation of two revelations, the entry records the selection and ordination

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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of Jesse Gause

Ca. 1784–ca. Sept. 1836. Schoolteacher. Born at East Marlborough, Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Gause (Goss) and Mary Beverly. Joined Society of Friends (Quakers), 1806. Moved to Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, 1808; to Chester Co., 1811; and to Wilmington...

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and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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as “councillers of the ministry of the presidency of th[e] high Pristhood

Both the office of the president of the high priesthood and the body comprising the president and his counselors; the presiding body of the church. In November 1831, a revelation directed the appointment of a president of the high priesthood. The individual...

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.” A November 1831 revelation stipulated that “one be appointed of the high Priest hood

The authority and power held by certain officers in the church. The Book of Mormon referred to the high priesthood as God’s “holy order, which was after the order of his Son,” and indicated that Melchizedek, a biblical figure, was a high priest “after this...

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to preside over the Priest hood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

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& he shall be called President of the high Priest hood of the Church.” That revelation did not provide for the calling of standing counselors to the president, but it did authorize the president to call twelve high priests as temporary counselors when convening a court of the high priesthood.1

Revelation, 11 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 107:65, 78–79].  


A precedent for the appointment of standing counselors may have been the designation of Isaac Morley

11 Mar. 1786–24 June 1865. Farmer, cooper, merchant, postmaster. Born at Montague, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Thomas Morley and Editha (Edith) Marsh. Family affiliated with Presbyterian church. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, before 1812. Married...

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and John Corrill

17 Sept. 1794–26 Sept. 1842. Surveyor, politician, author. Born at Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Married Margaret Lyndiff, ca. 1830. Lived at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, 1830. Baptized into LDS church, 10 Jan. 1831, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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as counselors to Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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in June 1831 and the selection of Hyrum Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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and Reynolds Cahoon

30 Apr. 1790–29 Apr. 1861. Farmer, tanner, builder. Born at Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. Son of William Cahoon Jr. and Mehitable Hodges. Married Thirza Stiles, 11 Dec. 1810. Moved to northeastern Ohio, 1811. Located at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co.,...

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as counselors to Bishop Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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in February 1832.2

Minutes, ca. 3–4 June 1831; Cahoon, Diary, 10 Feb. 1832.  


Whatever the case, JS ordained Gause and Rigdon as standing counselors to the presidency of the high priesthood on 8 March 1832, six weeks after his ordination as president of the high priesthood.3

Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832; “History of Orson Pratt,” 11, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1858–1880, CHL; Cahoon, Diary, Jan. 1832.  


Apparently, the significance of these ordinations warranted making note of them in a book that was intended mainly for recording revelations.4

The book contains no similar entries from JS, who did not begin an actual journal until November 1832. JS may have used the book for the note simply because it was accessible when he wanted to make a permanent record of the event. (See JS, Journal, 27 Nov. 1832.)  


This document, dated 8 March 1832, provides a retrospective account of events that occurred between 16 February and 8 March, the day of the ordinations. The document’s first-person narrative voice indicates that either JS wrote the note himself and Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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copied it into the volume, or JS dictated it to Williams.5

For information on the revelation book containing copies of originals, see Historical Introduction to Revelation Book 2.  


If the note was originally written on loose paper, it may have been composed with the revelation book in mind, because it briefly recounts JS’s activities starting 16 February—the date of the first item recorded in the book. If Williams copied the note into the revelation book from a loose-leaf original, as he did with the revelations that surround it, he apparently did so sometime before JS left for Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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on 1 April 1832.6

The eight documents that follow this note in Revelation Book 2—also likely copied before 1 April—are revelations from December 1831 through March 1832, several of which are out of chronological order. At some point, Williams listed this document in the book’s index as “Ordination of Jesse Gause & his call to be councillor.” It is unclear why Rigdon was not also listed in the index entry. Perhaps when Williams compiled the index, he only looked at the text on p. 10 of the book, which says “Chose this day and ordained brother Jesse Gause”; Rigdon’s name is listed on the next page. (Historical Introduction to Revelation Book 2; Revelation Book 2, Index, [1].)  


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