Charges against Missouri Conference Preferred to Joseph Smith, circa March 1832

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We the undersigned having received and examined the  minutes of the last general held in the land of   on the January 28–9–30th— 1832 and from mature  reflection and examination, and by comparing them with the  revelations which we have received from our heavenly <father> to regu late his in these last days, do find that they are  illegal, and the proceedings of said confrence not according to  the laws and regulations which we have received by revelation  from our common redeemer and as such we do not consider  them as binding on his church, neither do we feel ourselves  authorized to acknowledge them as being <of> God nor yet according [ to] the mind of the holy spirit. We therefore prefer the following  charges against that conference to the our beloved brother Joseph who has been  unto this office by a conference held in Lorain  county ohio on the 25 of January 1832
First we charge this conference with insulting the  in our beloved , by saying [2 words illegible] in  their minutes “appointed brother moderator”  when he has been previously appointed moderator of the conferences  in by commandment, and also modrator by virtue of  his office as Bishop of the church in so doing assuming an  authority as a conference to which they had no right for when  God appoints authorities in his church let no conference take it  upon them to reappoint these authorities for in so doing  the[y] claim a right which is not granted to them
First we charge deem if [it] of primary importance  that every order & regulation in the church of  Christ, established in wisdom, for its government  should be preserved inviolate, & as the proceeding[s]  of this conference reported in its minutes relative  to the appointment of a moderator are illegal  at as that office, by revelation was confered upon  an individual, namely our beloved , of the Church. We therefore charge  the conference <in this act of appointment> with assuming a power with which  it has not been invested.
Secondly), In said minutes we find find the name <of> associated with breatheren and  in writing a letter to the agent in in on business [p. [1]]
We the undersigned having received and examined the minutes of the last general held in the land of on January 28–9–30th— 1832 and from mature reflection and examination, and by comparing them with the revelations which we have received from our heavenly father to regulate his in these last days, do find that they are illegal, and the proceedings of said confrence not according to the laws and regulations which we have received by revelation from our common redeemer and as such we do not consider them as binding on his church, neither do we feel ourselves authorized to acknowledge them as being of God nor yet according [to] the mind of the holy spirit. We therefore prefer the following charges against that conference to the our beloved brother Joseph who has been unto this office by a conference held in Lorain county ohio on the 25 of January 1832
First we deem if [it] of primary importance that every order & regulation in the church of Christ, established in wisdom, for its government should be preserved inviolate, & as the proceedings of this conference reported in its minutes relative to the appointment of a moderator are illegal as that office, by revelation was confered upon an individual, namely our beloved , of the Church. We therefore charge the conference in this act of appointment with assuming a power with which it has not been invested.
Secondly), In said minutes we find the name of associated with breatheren and in writing a letter to the agent in on business [p. [1]]
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