Minutes, 9 June 1830

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Minutes of the first held in the Township of , Senaca County, State of New York; by the of the , June 9th. 1830, according to the Church Articles and Covenants
Elders Present:
Joseph Smith, junior.,
Ezekiel 14th. read by br. Joseph Smith jr. and prayer by the same Articles and Covenants read by Joseph Smith jr. and recieved by unanimous voice of the whole congregation, which consisted of most of the male members of the Church. was then ordained an Elder under the hand of ; and were ordained .
The following persons were then seated respectflly respectively & received their , Viz:
Elders of this Church.Priests of this Church.
of this Church
and .
Exhortation by Joseph Smith jr. and , Conference adjourned to the 26th. September 1830, to be held in the same place.
Br. appointed to keep the Church record and Conference Minutes until the next conference. Prayer by all the Brethren present and dismissed by Br. . The above Minutes were taken at the time of this conference by
Clerk. [p. 1]


  1. 1

    The Peter Whitmer Sr. home, where the conference was held, was also the site where the church had been officially organized two months earlier. (See Historical Introduction to Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21].)  

  2. 2

    JS’s history dates the conference to “the first day of June 1830.” Because the minutes featured here are a later copy dating from 1838, it is possible that a transcription error in the minutes accounts for the discrepancy; more likely, the reconstruction in the history is misdated. (JS History, vol. A-1, 41.)  

  3. 3

    TEXT: “junior.” possibly inserted later.  

  4. 4

    This practice of obtaining “common consent” was mandated by revelation one month later. (Revelation, July 1830–B [D&C 26:2].)  

  5. 5

    Of those listed as having received their ministerial licenses at this conference, only the licenses of John Whitmer, Joseph Smith Sr., and Christian Whitmer are extant. (See License for John Whitmer, License for Joseph Smith Sr., and License for Christian Whitmer, 9 June 1830.)  

  6. 6

    Oliver Cowdery also served as the clerk for the conference held 26 September 1830. (Minutes, 26 Sept. 1830.)  

  7. 7

    This procedure of all conference attendees praying continued at the conference held in September 1830, but it is not clear whether at these conferences they prayed sequentially, were led in a vocal prayer in unison, or prayed in silence individually. An account of several earlier meetings of believers in April 1830, in which each of the brethren was apparently encouraged to individually “pray vocally during meeting,” suggests that this statement in the minutes likely referred to the practice of having each man pray aloud sequentially before dismissal of the conference. (Minutes, 26 Sept. 1830; JS History, vol. A-1, 40.)