Minutes, 10 November 1837
- Source Note
On 10 November 1837, officers met in , Missouri, to receive instruction from JS and regarding the acquisition of additional lands, the expansion of the city of Far West, and other church matters. A central topic of the meeting was the of the Saints and the need for establishing additional Latter-day Saint settlements, or new of . Finding locations for those settlements was one of JS’s and Rigdon’s reasons for traveling to Far West.At the beginning of the meeting, read a memorial issued by , Ohio, and his counselors on 18 September, which discussed recent struggles in Kirtland, the gathering of the Saints, and the decision made on 17 September to create additional stakes of Zion. Rigdon then spoke on taking appropriate steps to create more cities and provide remuneration for those who were purchasing lands for church members. Conflicts had arisen in obtaining land for the church in , Missouri, when and made decisions regarding land purchases and building sites without consulting other church leaders. The two also faced criticism for using funds raised for the redemption of Zion to purchase the land in their own names and then keeping the profits rather than providing those funds to bishop . As JS and Rigdon prepared to organize more areas for church members to settle, Rigdon’s instructions were intended to ensure that those involved in purchasing land would be repaid and that the land and the proceeds from land sales would be used for the benefit of the church and community and not for the profit of individual church members.The 10 November meeting also focused on the church ’ proselytizing efforts. introduced to the Saints in the church’s newly published newspaper, the Elders’ Journal, of which JS served as editor. According to its prospectus, the paper was intended to “be a vehicle of communication for all the elders of the church of Latter Day Saints, through which they can communicate to others, all things pertaining to their mission, and calling as servants of the living God.” Later in the meeting, the assembled men were asked to volunteer if they were able to travel and preach, a request similar to one delivered in an elders’ meeting held in on 17 September 1837. The twenty-three men who volunteered at this 10 November meeting may have received instructions akin to those given to the Kirtland elders regarding where they should travel, but did not record any such directions in the meeting minutes.Before leaving to return to , JS and conferred with church leaders in and determined that there was room in the vicinity of Far West in to accommodate the church members planning to settle there. Accordingly, the Far West and the church’s voted that “other Stakes be appointed in the regions round about, therefore a committee was appointed to locate the same; consisting of , , , and .” Members of that committee promptly began surveying land in northwest Missouri for these new stakes of Zion.
To the Saints Scattered Abroad, the Bishop and His Counselors of Kirtland Send Greeting. [Kirtland, OH: 18 Sept. 1837]. CHL.
Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.
Historian’s Office. Histories of the Twelve, 1856–1858, 1861. CHL. CR 100 93.
Elders’ Journal of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Kirtland, OH, Oct.–Nov. 1837; Far West, MO, July–Aug. 1838.