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 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 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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