Note, , Geauga Co., OH, 15 Mar. 1833. Featured version copied [ca. 15 Mar. 1833] in Minute Book 1, p. 11; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 1.
This notation is an unusual entry in Minute Book 1—the church’s major administrative record for , Ohio—for several reasons. inscribed this 15 March 1833 note concerning a JS revelation as a separate entry following the council minutes that bear the same date. Though multiple entries appear under the same date later in Minute Book 1, recording more than one entry for a particular date was rare at this earlier time. Also, Minute Book 1 rarely mentions the reception of revelations. While Revelation Books 1 and 2 were the primary repositories for the texts of revelations, Minute Book 1 mainly contains entries on conference and council proceedings, ordinations, and receipt or removal of ecclesiastical licenses. Minute Book 1 does, however, contain a few brief notations regarding significant events that occurred outside of meetings. Approximately one month earlier, for example, Williams recorded that JS completed his revision of the New Testament. The 15 March notation pertains to the , and Williams may have decided to record it in Minute Book 1 under JS’s direction because a discrete set of minutes or other administrative record was apparently not kept for the United Firm in Kirtland; the revelation was also significant to Williams personally.
Occasional entries in Minute Book 1 provide minutes and details of the firm’s activities. Initial minutes of United Firm meetings in Missouri were recorded in Minute Book 2, but no minutes concerning later activities are extant.