Minutes, 6 May 1839

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Document Transcript

At a Council <​​> meeting, held in the town of Ill on Monday the 6th of May 1839.
Joseph Smith Jr Presiding.
The following resolutions were unanimously agreed to.
1rst Resolved— That the families of , and be kept here amongst us for the time being.
2nd Resolved— That be hereby appointed to preside over the at , Ill.
3rd Resolved— That go also to and there act in unison with the other of the Church.
4th Resolved— That s gun Smith’s tools shall remain for the general use of the Church untill his return from Europe.
5th Resolved— That the following of the have the sanction of this Council that they accompany the to Europe. viz:
Wm Burton
Samuel Mullinar [Mulliner]
Charles Hubbard
Abra[ha]m, O, Smoot.
also the following [p. [1]] viz: , , William Snow, .
6th Resolved— That it be observed as a general rule that those of the who have not yet preached shall for the future not be sent on foreign missions.
7th Resolved— That be appointed to go to the city of , and preside over the there, and in the regions round about.
Adjourned till tomorrow at. 10 o’clock A. M. [p. [2]]


  1. 1

    Marks relocated from Kirtland, Ohio, to Quincy in early 1839 and was appointed president of the Quincy congregation in February 1839. (Quincy Committee, Minutes, ca. 9 Feb. 1839, Far West Committee, Minutes, CHL.)  

    Far West Committee. Minutes, Jan.–Apr. 1839. CHL. MS 2564.

  2. 2

    During the conference held on 4–5 May, Granger was appointed to return to Kirtland to oversee the House of the Lord and manage church affairs there. (Minutes, 4–5 May 1839.)  

  3. 3

    During fall 1838, Whitney and his family moved from Ohio, intending to settle in Missouri. However, they stopped in Carrollton, Illinois, after learning of the expulsion order that Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs issued 27 October. While Whitney traveled, first to Kirtland and later to Quincy, his family remained in Carrollton. The Whitney family apparently had not moved to Quincy by the time of this meeting. ([Elizabeth Ann Smith Whitney], “A Leaf from an Autobiography,” Woman’s Exponent, 15 Nov. 1878, 91; Letter to Newel K. Whitney, 24 May 1839.)  

    Woman’s Exponent. Salt Lake City. 1872–1914.

  4. 4

    Marks was previously the stake president in Kirtland. In October 1839, Commerce was organized as a stake and Marks was appointed president of the stake. (Minutes, 5–7 Oct. 1839, in Times and Seasons, Dec. 1839, 1:30.)  

  5. 5

    Other bishops included Edward Partridge and Vinson Knight, both of whom relocated from Missouri to Illinois.  

  6. 6

    In the general conference on 4–5 May, the congregation approved plans for the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to embark on a mission to Europe. (Minutes, 4–5 May 1839.)  

  7. 7

    The rough draft of these minutes states, “Resolved that it be observed as a general rule that those of the above named Seventies who have not yet preached shall for the future not be sent on foreign missions, except &c &c some honorable exc[eptions].” Of the Seventies appointed to join the Quorum of the Twelve in Europe, four are not identified in extant documents as having previously served missions: Pitkin, Hubbard, Scott, and Mulliner. It is unclear how or why exceptions were made; Scott and Mulliner were converts from Canada with possible ties to England, which may have led to their assignment. (Historian’s Office, General Church Minutes, 6 May 1839.)  

    Historian’s Office. General Church Minutes, 1839–1877. CHL

  8. 8

    The same day as this meeting, a certificate was produced for Greene that declared he was authorized to preside over church affairs in the region. (See Authorization for John P. Greene, ca. 6 May 1839.)  

  9. 9

    Minutes from the meeting held the next day have not been located.