License for John P. Greene, 25 February 1834

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

THIS Certifies, that , has been received into this , organized on the sixth of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred, and thirty; and has been an according to the rules and regulations of said church, and is duly authorized to preach the gospel, and act in all the of the , agreeably to the authority of that office.
From the satisfactory evidence which we have of his good moral character, and his zeal for the cause of righteousness, and diligent desire to persuade men to forsake evil and embrace truth, we confidently recommend him to all candid and upright people, in every country where he may be permitted to travel, in the order of Divine providence, as a worthy member of society; being sent from the bosom of this church to proclaim the glad tidings of salvation to mankind.
We, therefore, in the name, and by the authority of this church, grant unto this, our worthy brother in the Lord, this letter of commendation as a proof of our fellowship and esteem: praying for his success and prosperity in our Redeemer’s cause.
Given in, and by the direction of a of the elders of this church, assembled in , Geauga county, Ohio, this 25the day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred, and thirty four.
Joseph Smith Jr.Moderator.
, Clerk. [p. [1]]


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    Greene was baptized in April 1832. His service as a temporary member of the Kirtland high council on 24 February 1834 indicates that he had been ordained a high priest by the time this license was issued. As a high priest, Greene was authorized by revelation to “officiate in all the lesser offices” of the priesthood—including the office of elder—each of which required its officiators to hold licenses. (Revised Minutes, 18–19 Feb. 1834 [D&C 102:7]; Minutes, 24 Feb. 1834; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A, in Doctrine and Covenants 22:2, 1835 ed. [D&C 68:19]; see also Historical Introduction to License for Frederick G. Williams, 25 Feb. 1834.)  

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    TEXT: “February” is underlined.  

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    TEXT: “Cowdery” is underlined.