Minutes, 6 November 1837

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  • Historical Introduction

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Mo. Nov. 6. 1837.
A number of members of the met to take into consideration some of the affairs of said Church; consisting of the of the Church here, and President J. Smith jr. & . With , , , [p. 80] & (from .) The of the church here, and some other Elders.
Opened by prayer by
Several topics were discussed, where it was unanimously voted, that it be reccommended to the proprietors of the Corporation of , to petition the Trustees of said corporation, to alter the streets or lessen them so as to make each block contain four acres of ground and each block be divided into four lots.
Voted unanimously, that it is the opinion of this , that there— is sufficient room in this country, for the to continue gathering from abroad.
Voted unanimously, that the building of the in this place be postponed till the Lord shall reveal it to be his will to be commenced.
On motion of the meeting was adjourned until early candlelight.
Council met according to adjournment.
Remarks by , , and , and , , , , , , Joseph Smith jr. , upo[n] the previous disposition of the Town plot and the purchase of land &c. &c.
All difficulties were satisfactorily settled except a matter between J. Smith jr. and , which was refered to themselves with the agreement [p. 81] that their settlement of the affair should be sufficient for the Council.
, Clerk. [p. 82]


  1. 1

    TEXT: Or “when”.  

  2. 2

    This standardization of street widths and block sizes may relate to earlier decisions by the Far West high council to allow for alleys to be made within the different blocks. (See Minute Book 2, 7 Apr. 1837.)  

  3. 3

    A JS revelation dated 26 April 1838 directed that a House of the Lord be built in Far West. The cornerstone for the House of the Lord was laid on 4 July 1838, as the 26 April revelation instructed the Saints. (See Revelation, 26 Apr. 1838, in JS, Journal, 26 Apr. 1838 [D&C 115].)  

  4. 4

    Whitmer and Phelps purchased the land for Far West in their own names and profited by selling the land to arriving Saints and retaining that money rather than turning it over to the bishop for the use and benefit of the church. The sale of land, creation of a town plat, and decision to begin building a House of the Lord in Far West were done independent of Bishop Edward Partridge, the Far West high council, and other church leaders. An investigation into the actions of Phelps and Whitmer was conducted by the Far West high council in April 1837. JS may have learned of these charges when Thomas B. Marsh and David W. Patten visited Kirtland in July 1837. JS, Marsh, or Patten may have again raised their concerns about the matter after they arrived in Far West in fall 1837. On 7 November, Marsh objected to Whitmer and Phelps retaining their positions as counselors to Missouri church president David Whitmer. (See Minute Book 2, 3–7 Apr. 1837; and Minutes, 7 Nov. 1837.)  

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    For more on this unsettled matter, see Historical Introduction to Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 21 Jan. 1838; Oliver Cowdery, Far West, MO, to Warren A. Cowdery, 21 Jan. 1838, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 81; Minute Book 2, 12 Apr. 1838; and Synopsis of Oliver Cowdery Trial, 12 Apr. 1838.  

    Cowdery, Oliver. Letterbook, 1833–1838. Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.