Seeking After the Ancient Order : Conferences and Councils in Early Church Governance. 1830-34
Garr, Arnold K.,Whittaker, David J.
A Firm Foundation : Church Organization and Administration
Salt Lake City and Provo
Deseret Book and the Religious Studies Center, BYU
Darowski discusses the role of early Church conferences in establishing administrative government. Reviewing records of council minutes, he finds that Church leadership was a shared, symbiotic collaboration, that "Joseph Smith was not always as prominent a participant" as would be expected, and lastly that the structure of council meetings has remained the same over the years of Church expansion.