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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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11–12 April 1838 • Wednesday–Thursday
<April 11 Charges against .> “On the 11th. of April Elder preferred the following charges against . To the High Council at .
“To the and council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I prefer the following charges against , 1st For persecuting the brethren, by urging on vexatious lawsuits against the<m> brethren, and thus distressing the innocent. 2d for seeking to destroy the character of President Joseph Smith Jun by falsely insinuating that he was guilty of Adultery, &c, 3d. For treating the church with contempt by not attending meeting. 4th For virtually denying the faith by declaring that he would not be governed by any ecclesiastical authority, nor revelation whatever in his temporal affairs. 5th for selling his lands in contrary to the revelations. 6th For writing and sending an insulting letter to President , while on the High Council attending to the duties of his office as president of the council, and by insulting the High Council with the contents of said letter. 7th For leaving his calling in which God had appointed him, by Revelation, for the sake of filthy lucre, and turning to the practice of Law. 8th For disgracing the church by being connected in the Bogus business, as common report says. 9th For dishonestly retaining notes after they had been paid; and finally for leaving or forsaking the cause of God, and returning to the beggarly elements of the world, and neglecting his high and holy calling according to his profession.”
<Thursday. 12 on trial, cut off.> “The and High council assembled at the Bishop’s [HC 3:16] office. April 12, 1838. After the organization of the council, the above charges, of the 11, inst. were read. Also a letter from . as will be found recorded in the church Record of the city of . Book A. The 1st; 2d. 3d. 7th, 8th, and 9th charges were sustained. The 4th and 5th charges were rejected. and the 6th was withdrawn. Consequently, He, () was considered no longer a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also, voted by the High Council that [HC 3:17] be no longer a committee to select locations for the gathering of the Saints.
13 April 1838 • Friday
<Friday 13. cut off.> “April 13. The following charges were preferred against before the High Council of at , in council assembled. 1st for not observing the words of Wisdom. 2d for unchristian-like conduct in neglecting to attend meet[HC 3:18]ings, in uniting with and possessing the same Spirit of the dissenters. 3d. In writing letters to the dissenters in , unfavorable to the cause, and to the character of Joseph Smith Jun 4th In neglecting the duties of his calling, and separating himself from the church, while he has a name among us. 5th for signging [signing] himself president of the church of Christ, after he had been cut off from the Presidency, in an insulting letter to the High Council.”
“After reading the above charges, together with a letter sent to the president of said council, (a copy of which may be found recorded in Record Book A.) The council considered the above charges sustained and consequently considered him () no longer a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [HC 3:19] The same day three charges were preferred against , which were read together with a letter from him, in answer to the one recorded in Record Book A. The charges were sustained, and he was cut off from the Church. [p. 789]
11–12 April 1838 • Wednesday–Thursday
April 11 Charges against . “On the 11th. of April Elder preferred the following charges against . To the High Council at .
“To the and council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I prefer the following charges against , 1st For persecuting the brethren, by urging on vexatious lawsuits against them , and thus distressing the innocent. 2d for seeking to destroy the character of President Joseph Smith Jun by falsely insinuating that he was guilty of Adultery, &c, 3d. For treating the church with contempt by not attending meeting. 4th For virtually denying the faith by declaring that he would not be governed by any ecclesiastical authority, nor revelation whatever in his temporal affairs. 5th for selling his lands in contrary to the revelations. 6th For writing and sending an insulting letter to President , while on the High Council attending to the duties of his office as president of the council, and by insulting the High Council with the contents of said letter. 7th For leaving his calling in which God had appointed him, by Revelation, for the sake of filthy lucre, and turning to the practice of Law. 8th For disgracing the church by being connected in the Bogus business, as common report says. 9th For dishonestly retaining notes after they had been paid; and finally for leaving or forsaking the cause of God, and returning to the beggarly elements of the world, and neglecting his high and holy calling according to his profession.”
Thursday. 12 on trial, cut off. “The and High council assembled at the Bishop’s [HC 3:16] office. April 12, 1838. After the organization of the council, the above charges, of the 11, inst. were read. Also a letter from . as will be found recorded in the church Record of the city of . Book A. The 1st; 2d. 3d. 7th, 8th, and 9th charges were sustained. The 4th and 5th charges were rejected. and the 6th was withdrawn. Consequently, He, () was considered no longer a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also, voted by the High Council that [HC 3:17] be no longer a committee to select locations for the gathering of the Saints.
13 April 1838 • Friday
Friday 13. cut off. “April 13. The following charges were preferred against before the High Council at , in council assembled. 1st for not observing the words of Wisdom. 2d for unchristian-like conduct in neglecting to attend meet[HC 3:18]ings, in uniting with and possessing the same Spirit of the dissenters. 3d. In writing letters to the dissenters in , unfavorable to the cause, and to the character of Joseph Smith Jun 4th In neglecting the duties of his calling, and separating himself from the church, while he has a name among us. 5th for signging signing himself president of the church of Christ, after he had been cut off from the Presidency, in an insulting letter to the High Council.”
“After reading the above charges, together with a letter sent to the president of said council, (a copy of which may be found recorded in Record Book A.) The council considered the above charges sustained and consequently considered him () no longer a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [HC 3:19] The same day three charges were preferred against , which were read together with a letter from him, in answer to the one recorded in Record Book A. The charges were sustained, and he was cut off from the Church. [p. 789]
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