Minutes, 2 May 1833

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  • Historical Introduction

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May 2d 1833
A p[r]esiding held in Madina [Medina] County Ohio presided after examination into the standing of Baldwin Welton —— Hays and it was decided that their was illegal and that the churches should not receive them as Elders nor as peist [priest] recorded in the above date by the decision of the whole
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Footnotes

  1. 1

    Micah Baldwin Welton appears to also have been known as Baldwin Welton. Welton was ordained a priest at a conference in Orange, Ohio, on 26 October 1831. According to Reynolds Cahoon, Welton and Eden Smith were ordained as elders on 19 November 1831. No extant records suggest, however, that Eden Smith’s ordination to the office of elder was ever considered invalid. In December 1831 and January 1832, Welton joined Eden Smith on a regional proselytizing mission in Chippewa, in nearby Wayne County, Ohio, and in Wadsworth, Medina County. At a conference in Amherst, Ohio, on 25 January 1832, JS dictated a revelation that appointed Welton to preach with Eden Smith; it is unclear, however, if Welton journeyed alone or if the two men went together. When Welton became an elder again is unknown, but he was listed as an elder in the minutes of an 1835 conference held at New Portage, Ohio. (Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831; Cahoon, Diary, 19 Nov. 1831; Eden Smith, Journal, 10 Dec. 1831 and 14 Jan. 1832; Revelation, 25 Jan. 1832–B [D&C 75:36]; Minute Book 1, 6–7 June 1835.)  

    Cahoon, Reynolds. Diaries, 1831–1832. CHL. MS 1115.

    Smith, Eden. Journal, Sept. 1831–Aug. 1832. CHL. MS 1940.

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    According to the 8 January 1832 entry in Eden Smith’s journal, Aaron Smith was a priest residing in Medina County, where he and Eden “fel in Company” together during Eden’s missionary travels. Later that year the two went to nearby Green Township, where they preached and baptized at least one person into the Church of Christ. It is unclear when or by whom Aaron’s ordination as an elder, the one declared “illegal” here, was performed. According to Zebedee Coltrin’s journal, however, Aaron was later reordained to the office of elder at a conference in Medina County on 3 February 1834. (Eden Smith, Journal, 8 Jan. 1832; 20 May 1832; 3 June 1832; Coltrin, Diary and Notebook, 3 Feb. 1834.)  

    Smith, Eden. Journal, Sept. 1831–Aug. 1832. CHL. MS 1940.

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

  3. 3

    Possibly Milo Hays. When Hays became an elder again is unknown, but he was listed as an elder in the minutes of an 1835 conference held at New Portage, Ohio. (Minute Book 1, 6–7 June 1835.)  

  4. 4

    The word illegal here seems to mean invalid, but it could also refer to an action contrary to the church’s rules and regulations. This is the only place where the word appears in Minute Book 1.  

  5. 5

    If these men held licenses for their respective offices, the licenses would have been simultaneously revoked. For more on licenses, see Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:62–64].  

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    Signatures of JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams.  

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    Final “s” possibly in handwriting of Frederick G. Williams.  

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    Insertion in handwriting of Frederick G. Williams.