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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to an adjacent tribe of the remnants of Joseph, and open the door  <May 25.   to open  the door to the house  of Joseph.—> of salvation to that long dejected, and afflicted people. The council  according to his request, laid their hands upon him that he might  have their faith and prayers to fill (with humility and power) that very  important mission. They also laid hands on Elders , and A<mos>  Orton, for the same purpose, as they expected to accompany him. Ck.”
5 June 1835 • Friday
<June 5.  Minutes of Twelve> “On the 5th. of June, nine of the Twelve met in council at Rose or Lyons town, New York; there being so few of the brethren in that region it was  Resolved. that it was not necessary to establish a conference. after council  adjourned, and <after> they had preached several sermons in the vicinity, <elders>  < &  return to .> and <and ,> returned to as witnesses on  a certain case wherein President Joseph Smith Junr was concerned before  the county court, in which he righteously triumphed over his enemies, C”
6–7 June 1835 • Saturday–Sunday
<6.> “The elders and brethren assembled in conference June 6th. at , O.  < Conference> , President. Elder David Matthews, who was suspended at a  previous conference for unchristian conduct, was present. After hearing the  <D. Matthews tried> testimony the Council unanimously agreed that there had been due  contrition of Spirit manifested by him, in his walk and conversation,  since his suspension, and Elder Matthews was restored. Elder Barkdall  <Barkdall vs Keeler  both rebuked> preferred a claim against elder Keeler for services said to be rendered  some eight or nine years since, and to have been awarded by a  former Council. It appeared there had been a decision in favor  of elder Barkdall, but no testimony was produced by either of  the parties, to substantiate a claim or prove a payment. It was  therefore resolved that both the accuser and the accused have man ifested a bad spirit, and deserve the severe rebuke of this Council.  Elder Milo Hays was tried for not obeying the words of wisdom, and covenant  breaking. Both charges were sustained by testimony, and Elder Hays was  excluded from the church. several other cases of discipline were attended  <Sunday 7.> to, and conference adjourned. <at 12 o clock at night.> Sunday morning president  preached, after which four were baptized. The council again organized  <. Ordd.> in the evening, and ordained <an> Elder. The case of Elders  Barkdall and Keeler were was again called up, four counsellors spoke  <Barkdall & Keeler  re-tried.> on the subject, when it was decided that they have one week  and no more to settle their differences with each other, and  make confession to the church, or lose their standing. C<lerk”>
June 1835
The Presidency, Bishop, and High council of Zion having removed  to , or gone forth in the vineyard, I caused it to be published  in the June number of the Messenger and advocate that  <The elders no  authority to med dle with the  spiritual affairs  of Zion.> according to the order of the kingdom begun in the last days,  to prepare men for the rest of the Lord, the elders in Zion, or  in her immediate region, have no authority or right, to med dle with her spiritual affairs, to regulate her concerns, or hold  councils for the expulsion of members, in her unorganized condition  The high council has been expressly organized to administer in  all her spiritual affairs; and the bishop and his council,  <wheat and tares  grow together.> are set over her temporal matters; so that the elders acts are  null and void. Now, the Lord wants the wheat and tares to [p. 593]
to an adjacent tribe of the remnants of Joseph, and open the door May 25. to open the door to the house of Joseph.— of salvation to that long dejected, and afflicted people. The council according to his request, laid their hands upon him that he might have their faith and prayers to fill (with humility and power) that very important mission. They also laid hands on Elders , and Amos Orton, for the same purpose, as they expected to accompany him. Ck.”
5 June 1835 • Friday
June 5. Minutes of Twelve “On the 5th. of June, nine of the Twelve met in council at Rose or Lyonstown, New York; there being so few of the brethren in that region it was Resolved. that it was not necessary to establish a conference. after council adjourned, and after they had preached several sermons in the vicinity, elders & return to . and , returned to as witnesses on a certain case wherein President Joseph Smith Junr was concerned before the county court, in which he righteously triumphed over his enemies, C”
6–7 June 1835 • Saturday–Sunday
6. “The elders and brethren assembled in conference June 6th. at , O. Conference , President. Elder David Matthews, who was suspended at a previous conference for unchristian conduct, was present. After hearing the D. Matthews tried testimony the Council unanimously agreed that there had been due contrition of Spirit manifested by him, in his walk and conversation, since his suspension, and Elder Matthews was restored. Elder Barkdall Barkdall vs Keeler both rebuked preferred a claim against elder Keeler for services said to be rendered some eight or nine years since, and to have been awarded by a former Council. It appeared there had been a decision in favor of elder Barkdall, but no testimony was produced by either of the parties, to substantiate a claim or prove a payment. It was therefore resolved that both the accuser and the accused have manifested a bad spirit, and deserve the severe rebuke of this Council. Elder Milo Hays was tried for not obeying the words of wisdom, and covenant breaking. Both charges were sustained by testimony, and Elder Hays was excluded from the church. several other cases of discipline were attended Sunday 7. to, and conference adjourned. at 12 o clock at night. Sunday morning president preached, after which four were baptized. The council again organized . Ordd. in the evening, and ordained an Elder. The case of Elders Barkdall and Keeler was again called up, four counsellors spoke Barkdall & Keeler re-tried. on the subject, when it was decided that they have one week and no more to settle their differences with each other, and make confession to the church, or lose their standing. Clerk”
June 1835
The Presidency, Bishop, and High council of Zion having removed to , or gone forth in the vineyard, I caused it to be published in the June number of the Messenger and advocate that The elders no authority to meddle with the spiritual affairs of Zion. according to the order of the kingdom begun in the last days, to prepare men for the rest of the Lord, the elders in Zion, or in her immediate region, have no authority or right, to meddle with her spiritual affairs, to regulate her concerns, or hold councils for the expulsion of members, in her unorganized condition The high council has been expressly organized to administer in all her spiritual affairs; and the bishop and his council, wheat and tares grow together. are set over her temporal matters; so that the elders acts are null and void. Now, the Lord wants the wheat and tares to [p. 593]
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