Book of Records of Seventies. Elias Smith.

Book of Records of Seventies

[Salt Lake City?]: [Levi Edgar Young]. 65pp. (65 leaves) unbound typescript with three holes at the left side (presumably intended for a three-ring binder). Near fine. A handful of small ink check-marks in the margins. Item #904

This typescript was made by Seventy, Levi Edgar Young in the 1930s, and matches the copy in his papers at the Utah Historical Society. Originally compiled by Elias Smith, this work begins with lists of the first and second seventies chosen (1835 and 1836) which is followed by meeting minutes for the Seventies from December 20th, 1836 to June 1st, 1839. Work closes with "Names of members of the branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nashville, Iowa organized July, 1839 and reorganized February, 1841. Elias Smith is listed as the clerk.

"Resolved 2 that we will have no fellowship whatever with and elder belonging to the quorum of seventies who is guilty of polygamy in any shape and does not in all cases of a like nature conform to the laws of the church as made known in the Doctrine and Covenants & in the Bible." - from the minutes of April 29th, 1837

"The Seventies met again according to appointment and took into consideration the subject of moving in a body to the land of Missouri and adopted several resolutions to that effect, which were agreed to and signed by most members of the quorum present." - from the minutes of March 13th, 1838

"The camp of Seventies and those with them were informed that the new city of Adam-ondi Ahmen in the county of Davies north of Caldwell had been appointed for them and the next of the brethren from the stake of Kirtland who were coming to this land. Accordingly on the 3rd the camp started for the city of Adam-ondi-ahmen where they arrived on the 4th of October, 1838, and a majority of them remained there until the saints were driven from that county in the month of November following after having resided there about one month." - from the minutes of December 28th, 1838.

Excellent content on early Mormon history, that covers some foundational moments of the fledgling faith.

Price: $175.00

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