JS, License, for , , Hancock Co., IL, 18 Dec. 1841; printed form with manuscript additions in the handwriting of ; two pages; JS Materials, CCLA. Includes notations.
Single leaf measuring 3⅜ × 7½ inches (9 × 19 cm). The document was folded once horizontally and once vertically. On an unknown date, the license came into the custody of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ).
On 18 December 1841 JS’s clerk filled out a preaching for and signed it on behalf of JS. The license certified that Haws was a member of the , that he had been a high priest, and that he was authorized to preach the gospel. JS authorized hundreds of such licenses every year after church leaders adopted an April 1838 resolution requiring every license to be signed by at least one member of the . Haws’s license is featured here as an example of this type of document issued during this period.
was ordained a high priest on 3 October 1841. Haws’s license may have been issued in December because he was relocating to the church’s lumbering and milling operations in . The license was later recorded in a record book of licenses.
This certifies that —— has been recieved into the , organized on the sixth of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty, and has been a — according to the rules and regulations of said church; and is duly authorised to preach the gospel, agreeably to the authority of that office.
Given by the direction of a general of the authorities of said church, assembled in Ill, on the sixth of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty.