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Aug 12, 1844

Journal Entry

August 12, 1844 ~ Monday

12th [FIGURE 18] Monday 10 oclock AM. Council of the Twelve
their being Present B. Young, H C Kimball
P. P. Pratt, O Pratt W. Richards W. Woodruff,
J. Taylor & G. A. Smith

Voted that Amasa Lyman is one of the Apostles

Voted that the estate of Joseph Smith settle its own
depts [debts] and the Church have nothing to do with it

Voted to organize the continant of America into
districts and appoint High Priest to Preside over each

Voted that B. Young H. C. Kimball and W Richards
district the continant of America and appoint
Presidents over the several districts 1 oclok [P]M. Adjourned 1 1/2 hours

3 oclock Met according to adjournment

Moved by H. C. Kimball that Elder W. Woodruff
take a mission to England and Preside over the Church
and Printing esstablishment in England, Ireland,
Scotland & the ajacent Islands and continant carried

Voted that the general superintendance direction
and control of the emigration in England to be at
the disposal of Brigham Young President of the
quorum of the Twelve.

W Richards Clerk B Young President


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Lyman, Amasa Mason
30 Mar 1813 - 4 Feb 1877
288 mentions
Young, Brigham
1 Jun 1801 - 26 Aug 1877
3307 mentions
Apostle, Family
Smith, George Albert
26 Jun 1817 - 1 Sep 1875
1374 mentions
Apostle, Missionary
Kimball, Heber Chase
14 Jun 1801 - 22 Jun 1868
1406 mentions
Taylor, John, b. 1808
1 Nov 1808 - 25 Jul 1887
1852 mentions
Smith, Joseph (Jr.)
23 Dec 1805 - 27 Jun 1844
2236 mentions
Pratt, Orson
19 Sep 1811 - 3 Oct 1881
1037 mentions
Pratt, Parley Parker
12 Apr 1807 - 13 May 1857
526 mentions
Richards, Willard
24 Jun 1804 - 11 Mar 1854
523 mentions


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Epistle to the Saints, 12 August 1844
W. WOODRUFF'S ADDRESS, TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. I deem it to be a duty which I owe to God and his church, to express my feelings and bear my testimony unto you, concerning certain things that are presented to you for your consideration; especially, the claims of elder Sidney Rigdon to the exclusive right to lead and govern the church of Latter-day Saints. I have care- fully examined the trial which elder Rigdon has had before the authorities of the church in Nauvoo, as given in the Times and Seasons, Vol. v. No. 17, and I am satisfied that a righteous decision has been given in his case. I do not make these remarks without my reasons, and I will hereby give those reasons. I will commence by asking where has elder Rigdon been since he made his flaming speech in Far West, which had a tendency to bring persecution upon the whole church, especially the head of it? Has he stood by the side of the prophet and patriarch as a true friend, to assist in carrying them through their trials, tribu- lations, and persecutions; Has he walked up into his place as a man of God, and stood beside the prophet as his counsellor? Has he in any way, been a pillar or support to the church, from that day until this? Has he sustained the cause, and used an influence to spread the work abroad since the persecution in Far West? Has he in any way sustained the priesthood with dignity and honour, for the last five years of his life? Or, has the prophet, in any point of view, leaned upon him as a counsellor, a staff, or support, for the last five years? Or has the prophet Joseph found elder Rigdon in his councils, when he organized the quorum of the Twelve a few months before his death, to prepare them for the endowment? And when they received their endowment, and actually received the keys of the kingdom of God, and oracles of God, keys of revelation, and the pattern of heavenly things; and thus addressing the Twelve, exclaimed, "upon your shoulders the kingdom rests, and you must round up your shoulders and bear it, for I have had to do it until now. But now the responsibility rests upon you. It mattereth not what becomes of me." I say, has this been the case with elder Rigdon, in any wise. No, no, verily no; but the reverse, until he had become like a millstone upon the back of Joseph Smith, the prophet, seer, and revelator. And I hereby bear my testimony, that I heard the said Joseph Smith declare, that elder Rigdon had be- come like a millstone upon his back—a dead weight—and he had carried him long enough, and must throw him off; and in my hearing requested one of the quorum of the Twelve to bring him up before the Church, that he might be dealt with according to the law of the Church, that he might be cut off as a dead branch, and no longer encumber the tree, as there was sufficient testimony against him. But through the pleadings of brother Hyrum Smith and others, he has been spared. Elder Brigham Young has been his friend—spoke in his favour, in consequence of his age and former standing, hoping that he might reform, got the spirit of the work, and magnify his calling. Upon this principle he has been sustained long, until the branch became twice dead, and necessary to be severed from the tree. Elder Rigdon, for the last five years of his life, has mostly been shut up in the post-office; confined himself mostly to his own temporal affairs, manifesting but little interest in the affairs of the church; and when any alarm or report was in circulation unfavourable to the cause, if we could judge at all from the course he
Autobiography Volume 2 circa 1865
Monday August the th Present: Brigham Young Heber C. Kimball Parley P. Pratt Orson Pratt Willard Richards Wilford Woodruff John Taylor and George A Smith Voted: That Amasa Lyman is one of the Twelve Apostles Voted: That the Estate of Joseph Smith settle its own debts and the Church have nothing to do with it Voted: To organize the Continant of America into districts


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Meeting where majority of Church members sustain the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as governing body of the Church.
Wilford accepts call to preside over the European Mission for one year.

Aug 12, 1844