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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and their gratification for the glorious prospects in view. Their feelings corresponded with the rest on the subject touched upon in the letters. A vote was then taken and they were unanimously admitted members of the council.
For the benifit of these brethren the other members were requested to state the proceedings of the previous meetings which was done.
14 March 1844 • Thursday

Editorial Note
On 14 March 1844 the council met in the upper floor of JS’s from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. ’s retrospective account lacks the detail that contemporary notes could have supplied, nor could he rely on the uninformative entry in his own diary. This brief account in the minutes focused on only one event: receiving by revelation the name of the Kingdom of God. In December 1846 William Clayton described for new members of the council the reception of this revelation. He reported that, following “the main subject of discussion” during the council meeting, JS himself wrote the revelation “on a scrip.”
JS’s journal for this day additionally notes that council member was “sent out on a Mission.” Woodworth’s assignment included traveling to the and negotiating with President regarding the possibilities of a Mormon settlement. According to a later recollection, council member was also sent to the to “bring down ” and to “be back by the time Woodworth might return from Texas.” Miller stated that he and Woodworth left for these assignments on the same day, likely shortly after this council meeting. Miller returned to with Wight on 1 May 1844; Woodworth arrived on 2 May 1844 and reported on his mission in a council meeting the following day.

Thursday March 14th. 1844 This day the council was together all day again, and the same subjects continued in discussion: as previously. The name of the council was discussed and the Lord was pleased to give the following Revelation; “Verily thus saith the [p. [30]]
and their gratification for the glorious prospects in view. Their feelings corresponded with the rest on the subject touched upon in the letters. A vote was then taken and they were unanimously admitted members of the council.
For the benifit of these brethren the other members were requested to state the proceedings of the previous meetings which was done.
14 March 1844 • Thursday

Editorial Note
On 14 March 1844 the council met in the upper floor of JS’s from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. ’s retrospective account lacks the detail that contemporary notes could have supplied, nor could he rely on the uninformative entry in his own diary. This brief account in the minutes focused on only one event: receiving by revelation the name of the Kingdom of God. In December 1846 William Clayton described for new members of the council the reception of this revelation. He reported that, following “the main subject of discussion” during the council meeting, JS himself wrote the revelation “on a scrip.”
JS’s journal for this day additionally notes that council member was “sent out on a Mission.” Woodworth’s assignment included traveling to the and negotiating with President regarding the possibilities of a Mormon settlement. According to a later recollection, council member was also sent to the to “bring down ” and to “be back by the time Woodworth might return from Texas.” Miller stated that he and Woodworth left for these assignments on the same day, likely shortly after this council meeting. Miller returned to with Wight on 1 May 1844; Woodworth arrived on 2 May 1844 and reported on his mission in a council meeting the following day.

Thursday March 14th. 1844 This day the council was together all day again, and the same subjects continued in discussion: as previously. The name of the council was discussed and the Lord was pleased to give the following Revelation; “Verily thus saith the [p. [30]]
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