165 years ago today - Aug 22, 1847

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 22d Sunday I went to the warm springs & bathed in the morning. Met in conference with the Twelve & saints at 1 oclok & resolved universally to Call this place City of the great salt Lake of the great Bason North America. Named the stream runing through the City City Creek. The Utah outlet western Jordon & two creeks Coming out of the mountains great Canion Creek & little Canion Creek & one large stream Mill Creek. Voted to fence in the city or portions of it for farming purposes for the coming year. Voted to appoint A President, & High Council, & all other necessary officers in this stake of Zion. The Twelve write an epistle to leave with the saints in the City of the great Salt lake. Adjourned untill the 6th of October AD 1848.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]


  1. Why did WW say "adjourned until the 6th of October 1848" and not Oct.1847? Why over a year later?

  2. The next two conferences (Late December 1847 and April 1848 were held at Winter Quarters. The next conference began on October 6, 1848 in Salt Lake.


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