History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

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5–10 February 1838 • Monday–Saturday

<February 5  General Assembly  .—  The Presidency on  trial> Minutes of the proceedings of the Committee of the whole Church in Zion, in General as sembly, at the following places. To wit; At Feb 5th. 1838. , Mod erator: clerk. After Prayer the stated the object of the meeting.  Giving a relation of the recent organization of the church here, and in  He also read a certain Revelation given in Sept. 3, 1837, which made known  that and were in transgression, and if they re pented not, they should be removed out of their places; Also read a certain clause  contained in the Appeal, published in the old Star. under the 183d Page, as follows:
“And to sell our lands would amount to a denial of our faith, as that is the  place where the Zion of God shall stand, according to our faith and belief,  in the Revelations of God.”
Elder then took the stand  and showed to the congregation why the High council proceeded thus, was, that  the church might have a voice in the matter; and that he considered it per fectly legal, according to the instructions of Prest Joseph Smith Junr..
Elder then set forth the way in which the Presidency of  had been labored with, that a committee of three, of whom he was one, had la bored with them. He then read a written document containing a number  of accusations against the three presidents. He spake many things against  them, setting forth in a plain and energetic manner, the iniquity of   and , in using the moneys which were loaned to the  church. Also ’s wrong in persisting in the use of tea  coffee and tobacco.
then arose, and endeavored  to rectify some mistakes of minor importance made by . Also the   spake against the proceedings of the meeting as being hasty and illegal, for  he thought they ought to be had before the common council: and said that he  could not lift his hand against the Presidency at present; he then read a letter  from President Joseph Smith Junr..
A Letter was then read by  from , who made some comments on the same, and also on  the letter read by .
Elder who was one of the  committee sent to labor with the Presidency, spoke, setting forth in a very  energetic manner, the proceedings of the presidency, as being iniquitous.
, also, being one of the committee, spake against the conduct of  the presidency and , on their visit to labor with them.
Elder then spoke with much Zeal against this presidency, and  in favor of Joseph Smith Jun. and that the wolf alluded to in his letter, were  the dissenters in .
Elder stated that he con sidered all other accusations of minor importance compared to their sel ling their lands in , that they ( and ) had set  an example which all the saints were liable to follow; he said that it was  a hellish principle, and that they had flatly denied the faith in so doing.
Elder sanctioned what had been done by the council, speaking against the  presidency.
stated that sufficient had been said to substantiate  the accusations against them.
Elder plead in favor of the  presidency, stating that he could not raise his hand against them.
Elder then spake against the proceedings of the High council, and  labored hard to shew that the proceedings of the meeting, were was illegal and that  the presidency ought to be had before a proper tribunal, which he considered  to be a Bishop and Twelve High Priests; he labored in favor of the presidency [p. 781]

5–10 February 1838 • Monday–Saturday

February 5 General Assembly .— The Presidency on trial Minutes of the proceedings of the Committee of the whole Church in Zion, in General assembly, at the following places. To wit; At Feb 5th. 1838. , Moderator: clerk. After Prayer the stated the object of the meeting. Giving a relation of the recent organization of the church here, and in He also read a certain Revelation given in Sept. 3, 1837, which made known that and were in transgression, and if they repented not, they should be removed out of their places; Also read a certain clause contained in the Appeal, published in the old Star. under the 183d Page, as follows:
“And to sell our lands would amount to a denial of our faith, as that is the place where the Zion of God shall stand, according to our faith and belief, in the Revelations of God.”
Elder then took the stand and showed to the congregation why the High council proceeded thus, was, that the church might have a voice in the matter; and that he considered it perfectly legal, according to the instructions of Prest Joseph Smith Junr..
Elder then set forth the way in which the Presidency of had been labored with, that a committee of three, of whom he was one, had labored with them. He then read a written document containing a number of accusations against the three presidents. He spake many things against them, setting forth in a plain and energetic manner, the iniquity of and , in using the moneys which were loaned to the church. Also ’s wrong in persisting in the use of tea coffee and tobacco.
then arose, and endeavored to rectify some mistakes of minor importance made by . Also the spake against the proceedings of the meeting as being hasty and illegal, for he thought they ought to be had before the common council: and said that he could not lift his hand against the Presidency at present; he then read a letter from President Joseph Smith Junr..
A Letter was then read by from , who made some comments on the same, and also on the letter read by .
Elder who was one of the committee sent to labor with the Presidency, spoke, setting forth in a very energetic manner, the proceedings of the presidency, as being iniquitous.
, also, being one of the committee, spake against the conduct of the presidency and , on their visit to labor with them.
Elder then spoke with much Zeal against this presidency, and in favor of Joseph Smith Jun. and that the wolf alluded to in his letter, were the dissenters in .
Elder stated that he considered all other accusations of minor importance compared to their selling their lands in , that they ( and ) had set an example which all the saints were liable to follow; he said that it was a hellish principle, and that they had flatly denied the faith in so doing.
Elder sanctioned what had been done by the council, speaking against the presidency.
stated that sufficient had been said to substantiate the accusations against them.
Elder plead in favor of the presidency, stating that he could not raise his hand against them.
Elder then spake against the proceedings of the High council, and labored hard to shew that the meeting, was illegal and that the presidency ought to be had before a proper tribunal, which he considered to be a Bishop and Twelve High Priests; he labored in favor of the presidency [p. 781]
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