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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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according to the circumstances in which you are placed. If will receive our advice & continue so to do it shall yet be well with him but if not we say in the name of the Lord that it shall be ill with him & all that follow him.
Prest.
, Clerk.
1 March 1845 • Saturday

Editorial Note
The council met on 1 March 1845 in the second-floor “Library Room” at the in two sessions, the first beginning at 10:00 a.m. After an hour adjournment, the council convened again at 2:30 p.m. noted that the meetings “lasted all day.” The council approved the addition of seven men selected by Young to take the place of council members who had been rejected in the 4 February meeting. An additional three men were also “selected to make up the number of 50 but they were absent & sick.” Young also proposed that three visitors be made temporary members, acting in the place of members who were absent. , one of the temporary members, was an American Indian of the Oneida tribe; according to , he was “the first Lamanite who has been admitted a member of any quorum of this church.” Both the new members and the temporary members accepted the requirements of council membership.
The new members then voted to sustain as the “standing chairman and successor of Joseph Smith henceforth and forever.” In addition, they agreed to receive him as “prophet, priest, and king to this kingdom forever,” as the council had received JS on 11 April 1844. At this point moved that, since some members were not present “when the council voted to sustain president Joseph Smith as standing chairman and all else,” a vote be taken as to whether Young should be sustained in the same capacity JS had been. Council members unanimously voted to sustain Young, completing the reorganization of the council begun on 4 February 1845.
In instructing the new members, spoke of the council as a “living constitution” to enact laws for the kingdom of God. He and other council members discussed two primary, and interrelated, objectives of the council: uniting American Indians and finding a place where the Latter-day Saints “can dwell in peace and lift up the standard of liberty.” The recent repeal of the city charter by the legislature added to the urgency of finding a new home and, combined with continued opposition in Nauvoo and the surrounding areas, contributed to a feeling of siege in Nauvoo; council members referred to a recent vigilante action that had driven a dissenter from the city.
The objective of this council meeting, wrote in his journal, “was to decide whether we shall send out a company of men with to fill Josephs measures originally adapted in the council by going West to seek out a location and a home where the saints can dwell in peace and health, and where they can erect the ensign & standard of liberty for the nations, and live by the laws of God without being oppressed and mobbed under a tyrannical government without protection from the laws.” Council members agreed to appoint Dana and eight other men on this mission—a measure that had first been discussed at a prayer meeting of some of the apostles and other church leaders on 14 February. Clayton recorded that the company was “expected to start immediately” after the church conference in early April “and proceed from tribe to tribe, to unite the Lamanites and find a home for the saints.” He commented, “The council adjourned in the midst of the best kind of feelings.”

Saturday March 1st. 1845 Council met in the and organized at 10 o clock A.M. Prest. in the chair. Also members present , , , , , , , [,] , , , , , , , , , , , [p. [372]]
according to the circumstances in which you are placed. If will receive our advice & continue so to do it shall yet be well with him but if not we say in the name of the Lord that it shall be ill with him & all that follow him.
Prest.
, Clerk.
1 March 1845 • Saturday

Editorial Note
The council met on 1 March 1845 in the second-floor “Library Room” at the in two sessions, the first beginning at 10:00 a.m. After an hour adjournment, the council convened again at 2:30 p.m. noted that the meetings “lasted all day.” The council approved the addition of seven men selected by Young to take the place of council members who had been rejected in the 4 February meeting. An additional three men were also “selected to make up the number of 50 but they were absent & sick.” Young also proposed that three visitors be made temporary members, acting in the place of members who were absent. , one of the temporary members, was an American Indian of the Oneida tribe; according to , he was “the first Lamanite who has been admitted a member of any quorum of this church.” Both the new members and the temporary members accepted the requirements of council membership.
The new members then voted to sustain as the “standing chairman and successor of Joseph Smith henceforth and forever.” In addition, they agreed to receive him as “prophet, priest, and king to this kingdom forever,” as the council had received JS on 11 April 1844. At this point moved that, since some members were not present “when the council voted to sustain president Joseph Smith as standing chairman and all else,” a vote be taken as to whether Young should be sustained in the same capacity JS had been. Council members unanimously voted to sustain Young, completing the reorganization of the council begun on 4 February 1845.
In instructing the new members, spoke of the council as a “living constitution” to enact laws for the kingdom of God. He and other council members discussed two primary, and interrelated, objectives of the council: uniting American Indians and finding a place where the Latter-day Saints “can dwell in peace and lift up the standard of liberty.” The recent repeal of the city charter by the legislature added to the urgency of finding a new home and, combined with continued opposition in Nauvoo and the surrounding areas, contributed to a feeling of siege in Nauvoo; council members referred to a recent vigilante action that had driven a dissenter from the city.
The objective of this council meeting, wrote in his journal, “was to decide whether we shall send out a company of men with to fill Josephs measures originally adapted in the council by going West to seek out a location and a home where the saints can dwell in peace and health, and where they can erect the ensign & standard of liberty for the nations, and live by the laws of God without being oppressed and mobbed under a tyrannical government without protection from the laws.” Council members agreed to appoint Dana and eight other men on this mission—a measure that had first been discussed at a prayer meeting of some of the apostles and other church leaders on 14 February. Clayton recorded that the company was “expected to start immediately” after the church conference in early April “and proceed from tribe to tribe, to unite the Lamanites and find a home for the saints.” He commented, “The council adjourned in the midst of the best kind of feelings.”

Saturday March 1st. 1845 Council met in the and organized at 10 o clock A.M. Prest. in the chair. Also members present , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , [p. [372]]
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