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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<10> We believe that all religious societies have a right to deal with their  <August 17.  General assembly.  Government &  Laws in general.> members for disorderly conduct according to the rules and regulations of  such societies, provided that such dealing be for fellowship and  good standing; but we do not beleive that any religious  society has authority to try men on the right of property or life,  to take from them this world’s goods, or put them in jeopardy, either  life or limb, neither to inflict any physecal punishment upon them :— they can only excommunicate them from their society, and  withdraw from their fellowship.
We beleive that men should appeal to the civil law for redress  of all wrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted,  or the right of property or character infringed, where such law  exists as will protect the same; but we beleeive that all men  are justified in defending themselves, their friends and property,  and the government from the unlawful assaults and encroach ments of all persons, in times of exigencies, where immediate appeal  cannot be made to the laws, and relief afforded.
We believe it just to preach the gospel to the nations of the  earth, and warn the righteous to save themselves from the cor ruption of the world; but we do not believe it right to interfere  with bond-servants neither preach the gospel to, nor baptize  them, contrary to the will and wish of their masters, nor to med dle with, or influence them in the least to cause them to be  dissatisfied with their situation in life, thereby jeopardizing  the lives of men: such interference we believe to be unlawful  and unjust, and dangerous to the peace of every government  allowing human beings to be held in servitude.
A hymn was then Sung. President returned thanks  after which the assembly was blessed by the presidency,  with uplifted hands, and dismissed
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18 August 1835 • Tuesday
<18.  Minutes of  High council. > “August 18th. Elder Z preferred a charge <to the high council> against Elder , (who was then on his mission) for unchristian like conduct.  Elder testified that “ borrowed a book of Mormon,  <Charge against > of Mr Childs, of Madison county, New York, and agreed to return  it, but instead of doing so Sold it, also gave another to a poor  female, as a deed of charity, and afterwards borrowed and sold  it,” for which, the council decided that should be  suspended from fellowship until he gives satisfaction to this  council for unchristian conduct.”
, clerk.
19 August 1835 • Wednesday
<19.  council of the Presidency> “on the 19th. a charge was preferred before a council of the presidency  against Elder . “for not keeping the word of wisdom;  for stating that the Book of Mormon was not essential to our  <, tried.> salvation; and that we have no articles of faith except the Bible.  Elder J. B. Smith testified that had assumed the prerogative  of dictating him in his preaching, also for not keeping the word of wisdom. [p. 605]
10 We believe that all religious societies have a right to deal with their August 17. General assembly. Government & Laws in general. members for disorderly conduct according to the rules and regulations of such societies, provided that such dealing be for fellowship and good standing; but we do not beleive that any religious society has authority to try men on the right of property or life, to take from them this world’s goods, or put them in jeopardy, either life or limb, neither to inflict any physecal punishment upon them:— they can only excommunicate them from their society, and withdraw from their fellowship.
We beleive that men should appeal to the civil law for redress of all wrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted, or the right of property or character infringed, where such law exists as will protect the same; but we beleeive that all men are justified in defending themselves, their friends and property, and the government from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons, in times of exigencies, where immediate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and relief afforded.
We believe it just to preach the gospel to the nations of the earth, and warn the righteous to save themselves from the corruption of the world; but we do not believe it right to interfere with bond-servants neither preach the gospel to, nor baptize them, contrary to the will and wish of their masters, nor to meddle with, or influence them in the least to cause them to be dissatisfied with their situation in life, thereby jeopardizing the lives of men: such interference we believe to be unlawful and unjust, and dangerous to the peace of every government allowing human beings to be held in servitude.
A hymn was then Sung. President returned thanks after which the assembly was blessed by the presidency, with uplifted hands, and dismissed
)Clerks. ) Presidents
) )
)
18 August 1835 • Tuesday
18. Minutes of High council. Charge against
19 August 1835 • Wednesday
19. council of the Presidency “on the 19th. a charge was preferred before a council of the presidency against Elder . “for not keeping the word of wisdom; for stating that the Book of Mormon was not essential to our , tried. salvation; and that we have no articles of faith except the Bible. Elder J. B. Smith testified that had assumed the prerogative of dictating him in his preaching, also for not keeping the word of wisdom. [p. 605]
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