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 earlier than Smith’s dying 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 tune written by way of Parley P. Pratt: “Come ye sons of doubt and beauty; Indian, Moslem, Greek or Jew; … Be to all a pal and brother; Peace in the world, strong will to men.” weeks later, the council referred to as for “blood to circulation” to implement its laws.
As the 19th century waned and the LDS Church moved towards the yank mainstream, ending its emphasis at the approaching finish of Days, there was now not a necessity for a Church-managed municipal group destined to turn into the millennial international government. The council turned inappropriate yet survives today as a old artifact to be had in fragmented documentary pieces that are offered the following for the 1st time.