the hands of our enemies except a piece owned by bro. of thirty acres which he sold into the hands of the enemy, and seven acres more which he would have sold to the enemy if a brother had not come forward & purchased it and paid him his money. Bro. Joseph then arose and said that he was going to Zion to assist in redeeming it. He then called for the voice of the Council to sanction his going which was given without a dessenting voice. He then called for volunteers to go with him, when some thirty or forty volunteers to go who were then present at the council. It was a question whether we should go by water or by land, and after a short investigation it was decided unanimously that we go by land. Joseph Smith Jun. was nominated and seconded to be the Commander in chief of the Armies of Israel and the leader of those who volun teered to go and assist in the redemption of Zion, and carried by the vote of all present. Council then adjourned by prayer and thanksgiving.
17 March 1834 • Monday
Livingston Co. N. York
March 17, 1834
This day a conference of Elders assembled at the house . Joseph Smith Jun. and , high priests, and , , , Harry Brown, and Henry Shibly, Elders, were present. Bro. J Smith Jun. opened the conference by prayer. He then arose and introduced the object of our meeting, which was to obtain young men and middle aged to go and assist in the redemption of Zion according to the commandment, and for the church to gather up their riches and send them to purchase [p. 42]