Minutes, 9 June 1830
Minutes, , Seneca Co., NY, 9 June 1830. Featured version, titled “Minutes of the first Conference held in the Township of Fayette, Senaca County, State of New York; by the Elders of the Church, June 9th. 1830, according to the Church Articles and Covenants,” copied [between ca. 6 Apr. and 19 June 1838] in Minute Book 2, p. 1; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 2.
recorded these minutes of the first of the church, held on 9 June 1830 at ’s home in , New York. The members assembled in compliance with “Articles and Covenants,” a document that called for conferences to be held “to do church business, whatsoever is necessary.” Even though the minutes list only a dozen men by name, they affirm that “most of the male members of the Church” attended. A later account reported that about thirty church members attended, along with many who “were either believers or anxious to learn.” Of the men named in the minutes, only JS and were not among the witnesses who testified of seeing the in the summer of 1829.During the conference, three men were ordained officers of the and they, along with several previously ordained men, received licenses identifying their church office. The conference also formally endorsed Articles and Covenants as an official statement of church belief and practice. While the minutes provide a record of only official business conducted, JS’s later history reported that the proceedings also included singing, the partaking of the “emblems of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,” the of several who had been recently , spiritual manifestations including prophecy and visions, and “much exhortation and instruction.”
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|Elders of this Church.||Priests of this Church.|
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