Minutes, 7 November 1837
Minutes, , Caldwell Co., MO, 7 Nov. 1837. Featured version copied [between ca. 6 Apr. and 19 June 1838] in Minute Book 2, pp. 82–85; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 2.
On 7 November 1837 members in , Missouri, gathered to vote on church leaders and conduct other matters of church business. A similar meeting had been held in , Ohio, on 3 September 1837, during which several men were removed and replaced as church leaders. In his remarks on 7 November, discussed the 3 September reorganization of the church, after which moderator read the minutes of that meeting to the congregation.In a departure from earlier church voting practices, which usually included only men who had been to the , all those in attendance were asked to vote, including women and unordained men. Some members of the assembled congregation objected to several individuals, including , , , and , who held leadership positions within the church. Ultimately, however, only Williams was removed from his position, as a counselor to JS in the ; was unanimously approved to replace him. Despite some objections raised against two members of the , other church leaders were unanimously chosen to retain their current positions, including the members of the who had been objected to in on 3 September.
Minutes, 3 Sept. 1837. Although they had been sustained in Kirtland on 3 September 1837, Oliver Cowdery, Joseph Smith Sr., and John Smith were not presented to the Far West congregation on 7 November for a vote on their positions as assistant presidents or assistant counselors in the church presidency. Nonetheless, the three men appear to have retained their positions at this time. (Minute Book 1, 7 and 30 Nov. 1837; Minute Book 2, 12 Apr. 1838; “Conference Minutes,” Elders’ Journal, Aug. 1838, 61.)