Minutes, 13–14 January 1833

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January 13— 1833,
This day a of assembled by request of Bro , Present , J Smith Jr & , , & John Reed
arose and stated his object in calling the meeting & opened by prayer,
The first Itim that came before the conference for their consideration, was on the subject of the Revelation given 22 & 23d Sept 1832 relative to the saints in — It was resolved that Bro & be a committe to write an Epistle to them <​on that subject​> and also on the subject of Letters wr[it]ten by Bros & in the name of the conference This conference sanctioned a letter writen to of on the 11 inst. by Bro Joseph Smith J It was also resolved that the should see to the conducting of the meetings on the sabbath days when present, & the in his abscence
Resolved also that prayer be offered up by all the members of the conference that the epistle written [p. 5] might have the desired effect, also that Bros & have the prayers of the for the holy spirit to direct them in writing the said Epistle to the brethren in No further business the conference adjourned till Tomorrow evening, closed by prayer—
[January] 14 meet agreeable to adjournment and after opening the meeting by Prayer the conference unanimously sanctioned the Epistle which was writen agreeable to the afforesaid resolution as presented by Bro & . There being no farther business the conferenc[e] closed by Prayer—
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  1. 1

    Why Rigdon, and not JS, convened and conducted the conference is unclear. Rigdon may have taken charge to deflect accusations made by John Corrill, which Hyde and Hyrum Smith referenced in their letter, that JS was guilty of “seeking after Monarchal power and authority.” Rigdon also had a specific interest in the conflicts with the Missouri leadership, given his earlier disputes with Bishop Edward Partridge that had supposedly been resolved in spring 1832. (Letter to Edward Partridge and Others, 14 Jan. 1833; see also Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832.)  

  2. 2

    See Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84].  

  3. 3

    Letter to William W. Phelps, 11 Jan. 1833.  

  4. 4

    JS was ordained president of the high priesthood at a 25 January 1832 conference in Amherst, Ohio. (Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832.)  

  5. 5

    TEXT: Or “epistles”.  

  6. 6

    Coltrin noted in his journal that the conference met on 14 January solely “fore the purpose of Sending a letter up to Zion.” (Coltrin, Diary and Notebook, 13–14 Jan. 1833.)  

    Coltrin, Zebedee. Diary and Notebook, 1832–1833. Zebedee Coltrin, Diaries, 1832–1834. CHL. MS 1443, fd. 2.