Minutes, 9 February 1834

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This 9th. day Feby 1834. a of the , , , and of the in , Medina Co. Ohio, was called together at Bro Keeler’s. Bro. Joseph opened the Conference by prayer. Bro. A Palmer was requested to arise and relate the proceedings of a former Conference, that we might have all the circumstances and situation of the Church before us. Brother Palmer referred us to Bro Bozworth for the information we desired. The case [p. 26] of Bro. was taken into consideration whether he should remove from to or not; it was decided that he should not remove. The work of the building of the in was also taken into Consid[e]ration it was decided that the brethren in this place should assist in Erecting the all that is in their power, that the of the Church may be endowed with power from on high according to the promise of God, that the work of the father may roll forth. It was also advised that the brethren in this place, build a temporary house to meet in for the present, knowing that a of will not be established in this place at present, and by building a cheap house in this place, the brethren can be able to do more towards building the in .
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  1. 1

    Probably Joseph Keeler, who evidently held a leadership position in the New Portage branch by September 1834. (Minute Book 1, 8 Sept. 1834.)  

  2. 2

    Probably Ambrose Palmer. (Minute Book 1, 21 Apr. 1834.)  

  3. 3

    No details about the “former Conference” referenced here are known.  

  4. 4

    It is unclear who was contemplating having Rigdon move to New Portage, Medina County, or why. One church member living in Medina County singled out Rigdon as the missionary “who opened the scriptures to our understanding in that clear light in which we had never before understood them.” Rigdon had also successfully presided over a council held in nearby Norton, Ohio, that settled a local controversy. JS’s later history explicitly linked the decision to keep Rigdon in Kirtland with the recital of “the proceedings of a former Conference” mentioned in the minutes here. The history states, “It had been suggested that Elder Rigdon might remove from Kirtland to New Portage, but after listening to the proceedings of a previous conference, in Portage, . . . it was decided that Elder Rigdon should not remove.” (Ambrose Palmer, 28 Jan. 1835, Letter to the Editor, LDS Messenger and Advocate, Jan. 1835, 1:62; Minutes, 2 May 1833; JS History, vol. A-1, 424.)  

    Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.

  5. 5

    The effort to enlist the help of church members to build the House of the Lord in Kirtland began on 4 May 1833, when a conference of high priests appointed Hyrum Smith, Jared Carter, and Reynolds Cahoon as a committee to oversee the collection of funds for constructing the building. One month later, on 1 June 1833, the committee issued a circular to branches of the church advising them how to collect funds from its members. (Minutes, 4 May 1833; Hyrum Smith et al., Kirtland, OH, to “the Churches of Christ,” 1 June 1833, in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 36–38.)  

  6. 6

    A revelation dated 2 January 1831 directed members of the Church of Christ living in New York to move to Ohio, where they would be “endowed with power from on high” preparatory to engaging in “a great work . . . among all Nations.” A later revelation associated this endowment of power with the House of the Lord in Kirtland. (Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:32–33]; Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:8]; see also Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:16].)