Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846; Volume 1, 10 March 1844–1 March 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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18 April 1844 • Thursday

Editorial Note
On 18 April 1844 the council met in the morning from 9:00 to noon and in the afternoon from 2:00 to 5:30. In the morning session, two men were accepted as members of the council, and JS added to the council the name of , who was in , after which JS declared that the council of fifty men (not counting the clerk and the recorder) was full. A draft of a part of the proposed constitution was read, after which the council granted the committee more time to complete and refine the draft. In the afternoon session, council members discussed the draft of the constitution and related doctrinal and political principles. ’s query as to whether there was a difference between the church and the kingdom sparked lengthy discussion. JS then explained that the two were distinct, as the church was not designed to “govern men in civil matters” and the kingdom was “not designed to effect our salvation hereafter.” recorded in his journal, “During the day much precious instructions were given, and it seems like heaven began on earth and the power of God is with us.”

Thursday April 18th. 1844 9 o clock A.M. Council met pursuant to adjournment. Prest. J. Smith in the chair
The chairman introduced E[lde]r and to the council and requested to explain to them the nature of this organization upon which arose & stated at some length the nature of the council proving its importance and glory by many passages of scripture. He called upon them to say if they would willingly comply with the rules of the council.
They signified their full assent
Whereupon on motion they were received as members by unanimous vote and [p. [142]]
18 April 1844 • Thursday

Editorial Note
On 18 April 1844 the council met in the morning from 9:00 to noon and in the afternoon from 2:00 to 5:30. In the morning session, two men were accepted as members of the council, and JS added to the council the name of , who was in , after which JS declared that the council of fifty men (not counting the clerk and the recorder) was full. A draft of a part of the proposed constitution was read, after which the council granted the committee more time to complete and refine the draft. In the afternoon session, council members discussed the draft of the constitution and related doctrinal and political principles. ’s query as to whether there was a difference between the church and the kingdom sparked lengthy discussion. JS then explained that the two were distinct, as the church was not designed to “govern men in civil matters” and the kingdom was “not designed to effect our salvation hereafter.” recorded in his journal, “During the day much precious instructions were given, and it seems like heaven began on earth and the power of God is with us.”

Thursday April 18th. 1844 9 o clock A.M. Council met pursuant to adjournment. Prest. J. Smith in the chair
The chairman introduced Elder and to the council and requested to explain to them the nature of this organization upon which arose & stated at some length the nature of the council proving its importance and glory by many passages of scripture. He called upon them to say if they would willingly comply with the rules of the council.
They signified their full assent
Whereupon on motion they were received as members by unanimous vote and [p. [142]]
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