175 years ago today - Sep 9, 1845 - Tuesday

[Council of Fifty]
With the positive information from the western missionaries and with the temple nearing completion, Young proposed that the council consider sending “a company west next spring” to “somewhere near the Great Salt Lake,” whence church members could “work our way” to California. After several members spoke on the emigration west, the council appointed a committee of five members to make a list of the necessary supplies for each family as well as to gather information on the best route and “all matters touching the expedition....

Er P. P. Pratt then related some matters pertaining to his labors in draughting a constitution for this kingdom, and stated the reasons why he discontinued his labors. He considered that if we made a constitution it would be a man made thing, and he considered that if God gave us laws to govern us and we receive those laws God must also give us a constitution. ...

[Joseph Smith Papers: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846]

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