Minutes, 26 September 1830

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Minutes of the second held by the of this according to adjournment. Sept. 26. 1830.
EldersBr. Joseph Smith jr. appointed leader of the Conference by Vote.
Joseph Smith jr.
Brother Joseph Smith jr. was appointd by the voice of the Conference to receive and write Revelations & for this Church.
The fifth chapter of Isaiah read by Br. Joseph Smith jr. & prayer by the same. Articles & Covenants read by br. and remarks by Brother Joseph Smith jr.
No. of the several members uniting to this Church since the last Conference, thirty-five; making in whole now belonging to this Church sixty-two. Br. a under the hand of brother and prayer by the same. Prayer by all present. Exho[r]tation by all the Elders respectively. Singing and prayer in behalf of Br. & who were previously appointed to go to the .
Conference adjourned to January 1. 1831. to be held at this place. Br. appointed to keep the Church records until the next Conference. Prayer by br. . The foregoing Minutes were taken at the time of this Conference by . [p. 2]


  1. 1

    As with the dating of the first conference in June 1830, the minutes and JS’s history give different dates for this conference. The latter states that the meeting was “appointed for the first day of September [1830].” However, the minutes from the 9 June conference specifically state that the next conference was to be held on “the 26th. September 1830.” (JS History, vol. A-1, 54; Minutes, 9 June 1830.)  

  2. 2

    A revelation directed to Oliver Cowdery prior to the conference dictated that “my servent Joseph shall be appointed to rule the conference by the voice of it.” (Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:10].)  

  3. 3

    Thomas B. Marsh is the only elder listed in the minutes who was not in attendance at the 9 June 1830 conference. (See Minutes, 9 June 1830; and Historical Introduction to Revelation, Sept. 1830–F [D&C 31].)  

  4. 4

    A nearly identical version of this chapter is also found in the Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 89–91 [2 Nephi 15].  

  5. 5

    Perhaps owing to the controversy with Cowdery over Articles and Covenants, the document, which had been previously read aloud and approved by the church at the 9 June 1830 conference, was again read aloud. Although JS commented on Articles and Covenants, those present were not asked to again approve the document. (See Minutes, 9 June 1830; and Historical Introduction to Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28].)  

  6. 6

    This procedure of having all in attendance pray was also employed at the 9 June 1830 conference. (Minutes, 9 June 1830.)  

  7. 7

    Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:8]; Revelation, Sept. 1830–D [D&C 30:5]; see also Covenant of Oliver Cowdery and Others, 17 Oct. 1830.  

  8. 8

    As the minutes indicate, Oliver Cowdery had been called to preach to the Lamanites and would no longer be able to keep the church record. (See Minutes, 9 June 1830.)  

  9. 9

    This last sentence was probably a later addition to the minutes and not part of the original document created by Cowdery.