Mormon History 1830-1844

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Minutes of November 15, 1836
John Whitmer and William W. Phelps appoint a building committee for a House of the Lord in Far West.
High council and the presidents   The high council of Zion was organized on July 3, 1834 with a president, two assistant presidents, and twelve counselors. But there was not a clear understanding of the authority of the presidents. The council understood the three presidents were presidents of the council, but the presidents understood their authority went beyond the council, as W. W. Phelps wrote in a letter to "Mother and Sisters" on July 20, 1835:   ¶ Minutes of April 3, 1837

W. W. Phelps: presidents regulate   The three Presidents of Zion act for her good whether in Zion, Kirtland, or England and have a right to spirit in regulating the affairs of her stakes. Therefore, when any one attempts to meddle with her affairs, they will be held to an account before God.   Letter excerpts in .
Council: no   The high council will challenge the right of the presidents to appoint a committee without consulting the council.   Minutes of July 3, 1834
Date   November 15, 1836  

<i>Far West Record: Minutes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter&#45;day Saints, 1830&#45;1844</i>, edited by Donald Q. Cannon and Lyndon W. Cook &#40;Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1983&#41;.
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Location   The "city at Shoal Creek"  
Description   … a meeting of the presidents … being duly organized …    
Presidents   John Whitmer and W. W. Phelps   President David Whitmer is in Kirtland.
Clerk   John Corrill  
Construction committee  

At a meeting of the presidents, in the City at Shoal Creek: being duly organized proceeded to do business. Selected and appointed Jacob Whitmer, Elisha H. Groves, and George M. Hinkle for a building committee to assist the Presidency to build the house of the Lord in said City.


Meeting closed as usual.

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