Minutes and Discourse, 3–5 October 1840

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Minutes of the of the , held in , Hancock county, Ill. Oct., 3rd 1840.
The conference was opened by prayer by President .
Joseph Smith jr. was then unanimously called to the chair, and , chosen clerk.
A letter from and and one from Elder were then read by the , which gave very satisfactory accounts of their mission.
On motion. Resolved, That a committee be appointed to such as have recommends to this conference for ordination, and that elders
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compose said committee, and report their proceedings before the conference closes.
The president arose and stated that there had been several depredations committed on the citizens of , and thought it expedient that a committee be appointed, to search out the offenders, and bring them to justice.
Whereupon it was resolved, that,
Joseph Smith, ,
, ,
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compose said committee.
On motion. Resolved, that be appointed the general church clerk in the room of , who intends to remove to .
It having been requested by that the conference would appoint an elder to take charge of the church which he and had raised up in .
On motion. Resolved, that Elder , be appointed to preside over the church in .
The president then rose, and stated that it was necessary that something, should be done with regard to , so that it might be built up; and gave it as his opinion, that the brethren from the east might there, and also, that it was necessary that some one should be appointed from this conference to preside over that [p. 185]
On motion. Resolved, that be appointed to preside over the church in , and that he choose his own counc[i]llors.
adjourned for one hour.
One o’clock P. M. Conference met pursuant to adjournment.
An opportunity was given to the brethren who had any remarks to make on suitable locations for .
Elder stated that it was the desire of a number of the brethren residing in to have a stake appointed at Mount Ephraim in that county, and stated the advantages of the place for agricultural purposes &c.
On motion. Resolved, that a stake be appointed at Mount Ephraim in .
There being several applications for the appointment of stakes, it was resolved that a committee be appointed to organize stakes between and , and that
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and
compose said committee.
The president then spoke of the necessity of building a in this place.
Whereupon it was resolved, that the saints build a house for the worship of God, and that , , and , be appointed a to build the same.
On motion. Resolved, that a commencement be made ten days from this date, and that every tenth day be appropriated for the building of said house.
President arose and stated that there were several individuals, who on moving to this place, had not settled with their creditors and had no recommend from the branches of the church were they had resided.
On motion. Resolved that those persons moving to this place, who do not bring a recommend, be disfellowshiped.
, M. D. then spoke at some length, on the oppression, to which the had been subject, and remarked, that it was necessary for the brethren to stand by each other and resist every unlawful attempt at persecution.
Elder then addressed the meeting. Conference adjourned until to morrow morning.
Sunday morning. Conference met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened by prayer by .
The was then called upon to read the report of the presidency, in relation to the city plot. after which the president made some observations on the situation of the debts on the city plot and advised that a committee be appointed to raise funds to liquidate the same.
On motion. Resolved, that and compose said committee.
On motion. Resolved, that a committee be appointed to draught a bill for the incorporating of the town of , and other purposes.
Resolved, that Joseph Smith Jr. Dr. and , compose said committee.
Resolved that Dr. , be appointed delegate to , to urge the passage of said bill through the legislature.
President then rose and gave some general instructions to the church.
Conference adjourned for one hour.
One o’clock, P. M. Conference met pursuant to adjournment and was opened by prayer by Elder .
President Joseph Smith jr. then arose and delivered a discourse on the subject of for the dead. which was listened to with considerable interest, by the vast multitude assembled.
, from the committee, to draught a charter for the city, and for other purposes, reported the outlines of the same.
On motion. Resolved that the same be adopted.
then, made some very appropriate remarks on the duty of the saints in regard to those, who had, under circumstances of affliction, held out the hand of friendship, and that it was their duty to uphold such men and give them their suffrages, and support.
Elder then arose, and gave an account of the printing of another edition of the book of Mormon, and stated, that it was now nearly completed and that arrangements had been made for the printing of the hymn book book of doctrine and covenants, &c. [p. 186]
adjourned to Monday morning.
Monday morning, Oct., 5th. Conference met pursuant to adjournment and was opened by prayer by .
Elder after a few preliminary remarks, read an article on the , composed by president Joseph Smith jr, after which,
delivered an excellent discourse on the same subject at some considerable length.
Conference adjourned for one hour.
During the intermission a large number were .
Two o’clock P. M. Conference met pursuant to adjournment.
Elder addressed the conference on the subject of baptism for the dead and other subjects of interest to the .
The president then made some observations, and pronounced his benediction on the assembly.
Dr. said that many persons had been accused of crime, and been looked upon as guilty, when on investigation it has been ascertained that nothing could be aduced against them,—Whereupon,
On motion; it was resolved that no person be considered guilty of crime, unless proved so by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
next brought before the conference the treatment the saints had experienced in , and wished to know, whether the conference would take any further steps in relation to obtaining redress.
On motion. Resolved that and be appointed a committee to obtain redress for the wrongs sustained in .
The committee on reported that they had ordained thirty nine to the ministry.
On motion. Resolved that this conference be dismissed, and that the next conference be held on the 6th day of April next.
JOSEPH SMITH jr., Pres’t.
, Clerk, [p. 187]