History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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after which he expressed his feelings on the occasion  in a very feeling and pathetic manner; even with  all the sympathy of a father whose feelings were deeply  wounded on account of the difficulty that was existing  in his family: and while he was speaking the spirit of  God rested down upon them in mighty power and  their hearts melted down in contrition and humility  before the Lord. made an humble confession  and asked his brother Joseph’s forgivness for having ab used him; and wherein Joseph had been out of the way  he asked his forgiveness, and indeed the spirit of confession,  and forgiving, was mutual among us all, and we entered  into a covenant with eachother, before the Lord, & the Holy  Angels, and the brethren present, to strive from hence  forward, to build eachother up in righteousness in all  things, and not listen to evil reports concerning each other; but like brethren of the same household, go to each other with our grievances in the spirit of meekness and  be reconciled, and strive to promote our own happi ness, and the happiness of our s family, & the  happiness of our own families, and in short the  happiness, and well being of all. His , and  , was then called in to partake of our joys to  whom we related the covenant we had entered  into, and while gratitude swelled our bosoms, tears  flowed from our eyes.— Joseph was then requested  to close our interview, which he did by prayer,  and truly it was a time of rejoicing, and <a> jubillee  to his s family.

2 January 1836 • Saturday

Saturday Jany 2ond. A council had been called to set  in judgment, on a complaint prefered against Eldr.  , by Eldr. . At 9. oclock this  morning agreeably to previous arangments, Pres.  Smith attended this council. The council organ ized and proceeded to business: but before entering  on the trial, his brother arose and humbly  confessed the charges prefered against him,  and the forgiveness of the council, and the whole con gregation. A vote was then called to know whether  his confession was sattisfactory, and whether the [p. 168]
after which he expressed his feelings on the occasion in a very feeling and pathetic manner; even with all the sympathy of a father whose feelings were deeply wounded on account of the difficulty that was existing in his family: and while he was speaking the spirit of God rested down upon them in mighty power and their hearts melted down in contrition and humility before the Lord. made an humble confession and asked his brother Joseph’s forgivness for having abused him; and wherein Joseph had been out of the way he asked his forgiveness, and indeed the spirit of confession, and forgiving, was mutual among us all, and we entered into a covenant with eachother, before the Lord, & the Holy Angels, and the brethren present, to strive from hence forward, to build eachother up in righteousness in all things, and not listen to evil reports concerning eachother; but like brethren of the same household, go to eachother with our grievances in the spirit of meekness and be reconciled, and strive to promote our own happiness, and the happiness of our s family, & the happiness of our own families, and in short the happiness, and well being of all. His , and , was then called in to partake of our joys to whom we related the covenant we had entered into, and while gratitude swelled our bosoms, tears flowed from our eyes.— Joseph was then requested to close our interview, which he did by prayer, and truly it was a time of rejoicing, and a jubillee to his s family.

2 January 1836 • Saturday

Saturday Jany 2ond. A council had been called to set in judgment, on a complaint prefered against Eldr. , by Eldr. . At 9. oclock this morning agreeably to previous arangments, Pres. Smith attended this council. The council organized and proceeded to business: but before entering on the trial, his brother arose and humbly confessed the charges prefered against him, and the forgiveness of the council, and the whole congregation. A vote was then called to know whether his confession was sattisfactory, and whether the [p. 168]
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