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By Jedediah S. Rogers

Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith had either millennial and temporal aspirations for the organization he known as the Council of 50, named after the number of males who have been meant to include it. geared up a few months prior to Smith’s demise in June 1844, it continued under Brigham younger as a mystery shadow government until 1851. mins from the earliest conferences are closed to researchers yet modern bills speak of a deliberative physique getting ready for Christ’s imminent reign. It additionally helped to sponsor Smith’s U.S. presidential bid and oversaw the exodus to present-day Utah.

One member downplayed the importance of this secret legislative physique in 1849 as “nothing yet a debating School.” to the contrary, a regular assembly included decisions concerning irrigation, fencing, and adobe housing, after which the gang sang a track written via Parley P. Pratt: “Come ye sons of doubt and beauty; Indian, Moslem, Greek or Jew; … Be to all a chum and brother; Peace on the earth, reliable will to men.” weeks later, the council referred to as for “blood to circulate” to implement its laws.

As the 19th century waned and the LDS Church moved towards the yankee mainstream, ending its emphasis at the impending finish of Days, there was not a necessity for a Church-managed municipal group destined to turn into the millennial global government. The council turned inappropriate yet survives today as a old artifact on hand in fragmented documentary pieces that are offered the following for the 1st time. 

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Opened Italian mission, 1850; became Utah legislator, 1853; president of Box Elder stake (Brigham City), 1856; missionary to Hawaii, 1864; church president, 1898. Died Oct. 10, 1901, in Salt Lake City. Snow, Willard. Born Nov. 16, 1811, in Saint Johnsbury, Vt. Inducted into council on Dec. 6, 1848, in Salt Lake City. Early member of Utah territorial legislature. Buried at sea on Aug. , en route home from Scandinavian mission. Spencer, Daniel, Jr. Born July 20, 1794, in West Stockbridge, Mass. Mayor of Nauvoo from 1843.

Born Mar. 8, 1832, in Willoughby, Ohio. Stake president and territorial legislator for Summit County (Park City). Inducted into council on Apr. 10, 1880, in Salt Lake City, died there Aug. 21, 1915. Coolidge, Joseph W. Born May 31, 1814, in Bangor, Maine. Inducted into council on Apr. 18, 1844, in Nauvoo, became executor of Joseph Smith’s estate. Dropped from council in 1848–50. Died Jan. 15, 1871, in Coonville, Iowa. Cutler, Alpheus. Born Feb. Y. Member of Nauvoo high council and Quorum of Anointed.

Became editor of Deseret News, served in Spanish–American War, became member of Presiding Bishopric. Died Jan. 14, 1931, in Salt Lake City. Carrington, Albert. Born Jan. 8, 1813, in Royalton, Vt. Inducted into council in Apr. 1845 in Nauvoo. Ordained to Quorum of Twelve in July 1870. Died Sept. 19, 1889, in Salt Lake City. Clawson, Hiram B. Born Nov. Y. Became business manager for Brigham Young, superintendent of ZCMI cooperative. Inducted into council on June 27, 1882, in Salt Lake City; died there on Mar.

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