The minutes of the Council of Fifty record keen insights offered by Brigham Young into the ministry of Joseph Smith. Read more at


A few months after Joseph Smith’s death in June 1844, the Council of Fifty was reorganized, and council members accepted Brigham Young as Joseph’s successor. Watch the first video below to see what the council accomplished under his direction.


After receiving positive reports of the Great Salt Lake area from members of the Church of Jesus Christ living in present-day South Dakota, Brigham Young and other church leaders reconvened and Young announced his intention to settle “somewhere near the Great Salt Lake.”