Letter to Crooked Creek, Illinois, Branch, circa 7 or 8 July 1840

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, July 14th, 1840.
To the of the Crooked Creek , Greeting:
Having taken into consideration the subject of the propriety of establishing a at Crooked Creek, as requested in the resolutions of said branch, dated July 7th, 1840, signed by and Clerk.
We have to say that we approve of the proceedings of the branch, and that their resolutions are in accordance with our views and feelings, and the sentiments adduced at the last April .
Therefore this may certify that the members of the , residing at the Crooked creek branch, are authorized to establish a stake agreeable to their request; and that they select such a location as they may think best adapted for that purpose.
In order to carry into effect this object, it will be necessary to appoint a to transact business for said stake, which appointment will be left to the decision of said branch.
The will some one of them attend as soon as convenient to organize the stake, and give such instructions to the saints as may be wisdom.
JOSEPH SMITH, jun.
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Footnotes

  1. 1

    This written resolution is not extant, but it likely reiterated what was recorded in the minutes of the 2 July 1840 meeting of male members of the Crooked Creek branch. (Macedonia Branch, Record, 2 July 1840, 7.)  

    Macedonia Branch, Record / “A Record of the Chur[c]h of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Macedonia (Also Called Ramus),” 1839–1850. CHL. LR 11808 21.

  2. 2

    During a 6–8 April 1840 general conference of the church held in Nauvoo, JS stated that although church leaders were working to build up the church in Nauvoo, “it was the priviledge of the saints to occupy the lands in Iowa, or wherever the spirit might lead them.” (Minutes and Discourse, 6–8 Apr. 1840.)  

  3. 3

    On 15 July 1840, a committee reported that they had identified an ideal tract of land for the establishment of the stake and recommended a place for the location of the public square. (Macedonia Branch, Record, 15 July 1840, 9.)  

    Macedonia Branch, Record / “A Record of the Chur[c]h of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Macedonia (Also Called Ramus),” 1839–1850. CHL. LR 11808 21.

  4. 4

    Wightman was appointed as bishop of the Crooked Creek stake on 9 July 1840, with E. B. Gaylord and William G. Perkins as his counselors. These men “were ordaind to their respective Offices” on 15 July 1840. (Macedonia Branch, Record, 9 and 15 July 1840, 8.)  

    Macedonia Branch, Record / “A Record of the Chur[c]h of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Macedonia (Also Called Ramus),” 1839–1850. CHL. LR 11808 21.

  5. 5

    Joel H. Johnson was appointed as president of the Crooked Creek stake on 9 July 1840, with Joseph Holbrook and Ebenezer Page as his counselors. They were ordained at the 15 July 1840 meeting in which Hyrum Smith gave “instructions relative to the Duties of the several Officers of the Stake.” (Macedonia Branch, Record, 9 and 15 July 1840, 8.)  

    Macedonia Branch, Record / “A Record of the Chur[c]h of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Macedonia (Also Called Ramus),” 1839–1850. CHL. LR 11808 21.