Journal, March–September 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Minutes • 6 April 1838

Minuits of a Conf. of the authorities of  the Assembled  at their first quarterly in  the City of April 6th 1838 for  the aniversary of the organization of the chur ch, Also to transact Church buisness,
Presidents Joseph Smith Jr &  Presided 2nd & , were appointed Sexton and door  keepers & <Historians>  3 , , & of the   were appointed Presidents Pro. Tem  of the city of <Church of Christ of L.D. Saints in .>, as the former  Pres. had been put out of their office  4th was elected as gener al Church Clerk & Recorder to keep a  record of the whole Church also as Scribe  for the first Presidency
5th was Chosen Clerk  & Recorder for the city <High Council & Church in > also for  the
The remainder of the proceedings will  be seen in the record kept by  Also the as will  be seen by the following abridgement

Editorial Note
In late January and early February 1838, and , senior members of the Quorum of the Twelve, and the high council investigated the actions and attitudes of the Missouri presidency—, , and —and conducted a series of meetings of the general membership of the church in that resulted in the removal of the presidency from office. Marsh indicated that the proceedings were carried out according to instructions from JS. Phelps and John Whitmer were excommunicated on 10 March 1838, just days before the arrival of JS in . A month later, with JS present, , David Whitmer, and apostle were tried and excommunicated in separate proceedings. recorded a summary of those proceedings in this journal.
The extent to which the church and its leaders should be involved in its members’ temporal affairs was a central issue in 1837 and 1838. Dissenters were critical of JS’s decisions and even of his very involvement in nonecclesiastical matters. The financial decisions of and other leaders in , which were not in keeping with JS’s views of how church leaders should operate, were the basis for some of the charges against the Missouri presidency in January and February of 1838, charges that resulted in their removal from office. These decisions were also central in the April excommunication trial of Oliver Cowdery.
faced nine charges relating to financial management and loyalty to JS and the church. The trial proceeded according to official instructions for trying “a president of the high priesthood” before a “common council of the church,” which consisted of a bishop acting as a “common judge” assisted by twelve high priests. In a letter written to the high council, Cowdery underscored his refusal to be “influenced, governed, or controlled, in my temporal interests by any ecclesiastical authority or pretended revelation what ever.” Denouncing JS’s ecclesiastical interventions in his personal financial affairs as a violation of “Constitutional privileges and inherent rights,” Cowdery announced his withdrawal from church membership.

Synopsis of Oliver Cowdery Trial • 12 April 1838

Charge prefered against before  the high Council in Mo.— by Elder  ,
To the and of the , [p. 29]
*The preceding letter to was entered through a mistake occupying a space not belonging to it.

Minutes • 6 April 1838

Minuits of a Conf. of the authorities of the Assembled at their first quarterly in the City of April 6th 1838 for the aniversary of the organization of the church, Also to transact Church buisness,
Presidents Joseph Smith Jr & 2nd & , were appointed Sexton and door keepers & Historians 3 , , & of the were appointed Presidents Pro. Tem of the Church of Christ of L.D. Saints in ., as the former Pres. had been put out of their office 4th was elected as general Church Clerk & Recorder to keep a record of the whole Church also as Scribe for the first Presidency
5th was Chosen Clerk & Recorder for the Church in also for the
The remainder of the proceedings will be seen in the record kept by Also the as will be seen by the following abridgement

Editorial Note
In late January and early February 1838, and , senior members of the Quorum of the Twelve, and the high council investigated the actions and attitudes of the Missouri presidency—, , and —and conducted a series of meetings of the general membership of the church in that resulted in the removal of the presidency from office. Marsh indicated that the proceedings were carried out according to instructions from JS. Phelps and John Whitmer were excommunicated on 10 March 1838, just days before the arrival of JS in . A month later, with JS present, , David Whitmer, and apostle were tried and excommunicated in separate proceedings. recorded a summary of those proceedings in this journal.
The extent to which the church and its leaders should be involved in its members’ temporal affairs was a central issue in 1837 and 1838. Dissenters were critical of JS’s decisions and even of his very involvement in nonecclesiastical matters. The financial decisions of and other leaders in , which were not in keeping with JS’s views of how church leaders should operate, were the basis for some of the charges against the Missouri presidency in January and February of 1838, charges that resulted in their removal from office. These decisions were also central in the April excommunication trial of Oliver Cowdery.
faced nine charges relating to financial management and loyalty to JS and the church. The trial proceeded according to official instructions for trying “a president of the high priesthood” before a “common council of the church,” which consisted of a bishop acting as a “common judge” assisted by twelve high priests. In a letter written to the high council, Cowdery underscored his refusal to be “influenced, governed, or controlled, in my temporal interests by any ecclesiastical authority or pretended revelation what ever.” Denouncing JS’s ecclesiastical interventions in his personal financial affairs as a violation of “Constitutional privileges and inherent rights,” Cowdery announced his withdrawal from church membership.

Synopsis of Oliver Cowdery Trial • 12 April 1838

Charge prefered against before the high Council in Mo.— by Elder ,
To the and of the , [p. 29]
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