License for Stephen Abbott, circa 6 April 1841

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This certifies that Stephen Abbott 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, agreably 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. <​one​>
Clerk. Joseph Smith President. [p. [1]]
City of April 7 <​6​>, 1841
I hereby certify that the within was this day recorded in Book A of License record on page 77
Recorder [p. [2]]


  1. 1

    The church was organized on 6 April 1830 as the “Church of Christ.” The church officially changed its name in 1834 to the “Church of the Latter Day Saints.” In 1838 a revelation changed the church’s official name to “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:1]; Minutes, 3 May 1834; Revelation, 26 Apr. 1838 [D&C 115:4].)  

  2. 2

    The cited “rules and regulations” may have included the “articles and covenants of the Church of Christ,” which contained the founding principles for governing the priesthood. The articles and covenants were presented to members at the first conference of the church, held 9 June 1830 at Fayette, Seneca County, New York—though these articles did not address the office of high priest specifically. (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20].)  

  3. 3

    See Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:10, 12, 17]; Revelation, ca. June 1835 [D&C 68:19]; and Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:101].  

  4. 4

    TEXT: The insertion represented here is a handwritten correction to the printed form rather than a filled-in blank.  

  5. 5

    This notation on the license’s verso was made in accordance with the first article of the regulations on licensing approved on 3 March 1836. That article required the recording clerk “to endorse a certificate under his own hand and signature on the back of said licences, specifying the time when & place where such license was recorded.” In the church’s official license record book, Robert B. Thompson wrote the following: “This certifies that Stephen Abbott has been received and ordained a High Priest.” (Minutes, 3 Mar. 1836; General Church Recorder, License Record Book, 77.)