The Record of the Twelve, 1835 : The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles' Call and 1835 Mission
BYU Studies Quarterly
Brigham Young University
Ronald Esplin and Sharon Nielsen, members of the editorial team of the Joseph Smith Papers, give historical context of the document: in 1835, twelve men were called as the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Joseph Smith instructed the quorum to keep a record of their meetings and actions; the document presented in this article is that record.
The Record of the Twelve contains minutes of the 1835 meeting in which the Twelve Apostles (Thomas B. Marsh, David W. Patten, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, William E. McLellin, Parley P. Pratt, Luke Johnson, William Smith, Orson Pratt, John F. Boynton, and Lyman E. Johnson) were called. The Twelve were then sent on a mission to conduct conferences with branches of the Church in New York and New England in the summer of 1835. They preached and baptized along the way. This document tells of their trials and faith during their mission.