The Joseph Smith Papers project has now made available for the first time the complete minutes of the meetings of the Council of Fifty held in Nauvoo, Illinois. The Council of Fifty was organized by Joseph Smith in March 1844, a few months before he was murdered. Council meetings resumed the following year under the direction of Brigham Young, and continued until shortly before the mass Mormon migration out of Illinois. A 14 March 1844 revelation stated that the name of the council should be “The Kingdom of God and his Laws, with the keys and power thereof, and judgment in the hands of his servants. Ahman Christ.” The members, however, generally referred to it as the “Kingdom of God” or the “Council of the Kingdom,” or more simply as the “Kingdom” or the “Council.” Seniority and voting order in the council were based on age, though Joseph Smith presided over it as the standing chairman. On 11 April 1844, the council voted to receive Joseph Smith as “our Prophet, Priest & King.”
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"In that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left" Isaiah 11:11