husband at all times,
not as a servant, neither as one who fears a tyrant, or a master,
but as one, who, in meekness, and the love of God, regards the laws and
institutions of Heaven, looks up to her husband for instruction, edification and
comfort. “Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord, whose daughters
ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amaze ment.”—1st
Peter, 3rd 6th.
Agreeable to the proceedings of a general Conference of the authorities of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints, assem bled in the city , April 6th 1838, at the first quarterly conference held in this place. It becomes my duty to give some in formation to the ordained members of this church, with respect to licenses, etc. All licenses whether that of an elder, priest, teacher; or deacon, must be given by the gen eral Recorder, and signed by the first presi dency, and general clerk otherwise they will be considered null and void, or without au thority.
Certificates, however can be given to those who are ordained, where it is inconvenient to obtain licences at the time, which certifi cates, when presented to the general record er, will entitle him to a license. It is also necessary to have all licenses recorded on the general church record. It is further ne cessary for all persons receiving or taking licenses from any individual in consequence of ill behavior; to send such license to the general recorder, in order to have it erased from the docket, or record. If the licenses of any persons are called for officially; in con sequence of their misbehavior, and such per sons refuse to give them up, then it is the duty of such Court or officer, authorized to take such license or licenses to give informa tion accordingly, to the general recorder, that his license may be killed, and he publish ed to the world.
It is the duty of the Clerk of each branch of the church, not yet organized into a stake by the first presidency to send a record of the names of said branch. And also the most interesting part of said history such as miracles etc. to the Clerk of the nearest stake, or to such as they may be attached.
It is the duty of the Clerk and recorder of each stake of Zion, to preserve in order the records under his hands, that, he has the names of the individuals belonging to, or with in his jurisdiction in alphabetical order, so that the general recorder can obtain them with ease. They will also please to observe and keep their record with an index or in such order, that the matter wanted, at any time, can be had with as little trouble as possible.— And further that every Clerk and recorder, notice in his record every interesting inci dent or such as his president, or the presi dents of such stake may think proper, so that the same may be noticed in its proper se quence in the general church history, which will undoubtedly be published from time to time, as the Church progresses. Also let them furnish the general Clerk and recorder every quarterly Conference with a transcript of all their records, or else such stake will not be noticed in the general history.
General Clerk and Recorder.
To the Saints gathering into :—
It is of importance that they should return their names to
the recorders of the different , in order that their names may
be had in the general record.— Many have come and have settled
at a dis tance without returning their names to the recorders
of the stakes, in which they have settled. Thus rendering it very difficult
for the general church record to be kept.
It is expected that all the saints coming up to this land,
or gathering into Zion; will have their names recorded on the records
of the respective stakes, where they may settle.
We further say to the saints gathering, that the rumors which
have gone abroad of the scarcity of provisions in this part of the
coun try, is absolutely false—there is a great abun dance,
and the present appearance for corn, was never surpassed in any part
of the .
Therefore you need not fear, but gather yourselves together
unto this land, for there is, and will be an abundance.
Done by order of the ,
Elders , , of , and are requested to come immediate ly to , to prepare for a great mission.
, August 3rd, 1838. [p. 62]