Revelation, 20 March 1841

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City of March [blank] 1841
Brother William Allred, of the at , and also Brother of the Stake at Freedom, desire Joseph Smith to enquire of the Lord, his will concerning them.
City of March 20th. 1841
Let my servants William Allred, and have an for the selling of stock for the , and assist my servants , , and in building said , and let my servants William Allred and take stock in the , that the poor of my people may have employment, and that accomodations may be made for the strangers who shall come to visit this place, and for this purpose let them devote all their properties saith the Lord. [p. 15]


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    During the October 1839 general church conference in Nauvoo, William Draper informed JS about the growth of church membership in Pike County, Illinois. JS encouraged Draper to continue his preaching efforts there, indicating that when the membership reached one hundred, JS would authorize the creation of a stake. In the following weeks, JS sent Hyrum Smith and George Miller to organize a stake in Pleasent Vale, Illinois, appointing Draper as president and William Allred as bishop. (Draper, Autobiography, 20–22.)  

    Draper, William. Autobiography, 1881. CHL. MS 819.

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    In an October 1840 general conference meeting, Miller requested the creation of a stake in Adams County, Illinois, where he resided. According to the minutes of that conference, “An opportunity was given to the brethren who had any remarks to make suitable locations for stakes. Elder H. Miller stated that it was the desire of a number of the brethren residing in Adams county 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 Adams county.” On 27 October 1840, Miller was appointed president of the newly created Freedom stake, near Payson in Adams County. (Minutes and Discourse, 3–5 Oct. 1840; JS History, vol. C-1 Addenda Book, 1.)  

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    A revelation dictated by JS two months earlier appointed Wight, Haws, Miller, and Snider to a “quorum” in charge of building the Nauvoo House and instructed them to “form a constitution whereby they may receive stock, for the building of that house.” (Revelation, 19 Jan. 1841 [D&C 124:62–63].)  

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    Many of those living in and coming to Nauvoo were poor, including hundreds of people immigrating to the city from England. (Vinson Knight, “Proclamation,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1841, 2:341; see also Letter to Quorum of the Twelve, 15 Dec. 1840; and Historical Introduction to Letter to Vilate Murray Kimball, 2 Mar. 1841.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

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    A January 1841 revelation called for the Nauvoo House to be built for the “boarding of strangers.” (Revelation, 19 Jan. 1841 [D&C 124:23, 56].)