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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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ask God in the name of Jesus that we may obtain eight  <September 25.> hundred or one thousand emigrants. I spent the 25th at home.

26 September 1835 • Saturday

<26.  The Twelve  Return. Council  of the Presidency.  Minutes, of Council> This morning the Twelve returned from their mission to the east,  and on the same day
“the council of the presidency of the church  consisting of Joseph Smith Jnr, , , , , , and ,  met to consider the case of the twelve who had previously been  reproved, in consequence of certain letters and reports coming  <1st charge. ’s  Letter.> to the ears of the council. First, the items contained [in] ’s  letter, in connexion with certain other reports, derogatory to the  character and teaching of the twelve were considered, and from  the testimony of several Witnesses (the twelve) it was proven  before the council that said complaints originated in the  minds of persons who were darkened in consequence of covet ousness or some other cause, rather than the Spirit of truth.  <2d Charge. s  Letter.> Second: an item contained in Elder ’s letter to his  wife, expressing dissatisfaction with s School,  Elder was also designated with him, () or blamed  in the matter, in which they were found to be in the fault, which  they frankly confessed, and were forgiven,”
and all things sat isfactorily settled.

27 September 1835 • Sunday

<Sunday 27.> Sunday, the 27th. I attended meeting. Elders , , and Preached, and broke  bread. The Lord poured out his spirit and my soul was edified.

28 September 1835 • Monday

<28.  High Council,  charge against  .> “The High Council met for the trial of , on a char[g]e  preferred by the Twelve, “for advancing heretical doctrines, which  were derogatory to the character of the church.” Elder ,  testified, that when was conversing with a brother concerning  <Testimony> the Two witnesses mentioned by the prophets, he said he might be one  of them, and he might be one himself. That he intended to prophecy  the night that an advertisement was put up by an enemy, saying  that the Mormon Prophet and others were to be sold at auction,  in public. That he would not be surprised if the man that put up  the advertisement should die at the time of sale.  corroborated the foregoing, and said that was very erronious  in his tenets of faith. concured. said that   frequently told of women falling in love with him; and observed  frequently, when passing pe[o]ple, that they felt his spirit: also  that he was so indolent his presence was oppressive. Elder L.  Johnson testified, that, on a former trial before the twelve for error  in doctrine, such as, that he might be one of the two witnesses,”  and that he ought not <to> travel and preach, on account of the women  so often falling in love with him; that He was not humble, when  reproved but justified himself, and preferred a charge against  the council for harsh treatment. Elder saw that  after taking a stand against the council, finanlly <said> it was all right,  they had dealt with him in righteousness. Elders and  corroborated the above, that he yielded after being overcome. also that [p. 620]
ask God in the name of Jesus that we may obtain eight September 25. hundred or one thousand emigrants. I spent the 25th at home.

26 September 1835 • Saturday

26. The Twelve Return. Council of the Presidency. Minutes, of Council This morning the Twelve returned from their mission to the east, and on the same day
“the council of the presidency of the church consisting of Joseph Smith Jnr, , , , , , and , met to consider the case of the twelve who had previously been reproved, in consequence of certain letters and reports coming 1st charge. ’s Letter. to the ears of the council. First, the items contained [in] ’s letter, in connexion with certain other reports, derogatory to the character and teaching of the twelve were considered, and from the testimony of several Witnesses (the twelve) it was proven before the council that said complaints originated in the minds of persons who were darkened in consequence of covetousness or some other cause, rather than the Spirit of truth. 2d Charge. s Letter. Second: an item contained in Elder ’s letter to his wife, expressing dissatisfaction with s School, Elder was also designated with him, () or blamed in the matter, in which they were found to be in the fault, which they frankly confessed, and were forgiven,”
and all things satisfactorily settled.

27 September 1835 • Sunday

Sunday 27. Sunday, the 27th. I attended meeting. Elders , , and Preached, and broke bread. The Lord poured out his spirit and my soul was edified.

28 September 1835 • Monday

28. High Council, charge against . “The High Council met for the trial of , on a charge preferred by the Twelve, “for advancing heretical doctrines, which were derogatory to the character of the church.” Elder , testified, that when was conversing with a brother concerning Testimony the Two witnesses mentioned by the prophets, he said he might be one of them, and he might be one himself. That he intended to prophecy the night that an advertisement was put up by an enemy, saying that the Mormon Prophet and others were to be sold at auction, in public. That he would not be surprised if the man that put up the advertisement should die at the time of sale. corroborated the foregoing, and said that was very erronious in his tenets of faith. concured. said that frequently told of women falling in love with him; and observed frequently, when passing people, that they felt his spirit: also that he was so indolent his presence was oppressive. Elder L. Johnson testified, that, on a former trial before the twelve for error in doctrine, such as, that he might be one of the two witnesses,” and that he ought not to travel and preach, on account of the women so often falling in love with him; He was not humble, when reproved but justified himself, and preferred a charge against the council for harsh treatment. Elder saw that after taking a stand against the council, finanlly said it was all right, they had dealt with him in righteousness. Elders and corroborated the above, that he yielded after being overcome. also that [p. 620]
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