Journal, March–September 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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I do hereby prefer the following Charges against  , which consists of nine in number.  1st For persecuting the bretheren, by urging on vex atious lawsuits against the Bretheren and thus  dirstressing the inocent. 2nd For seeking to destroy  the Character of Pres. Joseph Smith Jr by falsly in sinuating that he was guilty of adultery &c.  3rd. By 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 eclesiasticle  authority nor revelation whatever in his tem poral affairs. 5th For selling his lands in Contrary to the revelations. 6th For writing  and sending an insulting letter to Pres. while on the 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 &  turning to the practice of Law. 8th For disgra sing the Church by being Connected in the  Bogus buisness 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 begerly elements  of the world, neglecting his high and holy Call ing Contrary to his profession
April 11th 1838——
The and high Council assembled  at the , in trial of the above Charges  April 12th 1838 After the organization of the Coun cil the above Charges were read. Also a letter from  , as will be found recorded in the Church  record of the city of Book A. The 1st  2nd 3rd 7th 8th & 9th Charges were Sustained [p. 30]
I do hereby prefer the following Charges against , which consists of nine in number. 1st For persecuting the bretheren, by urging on vexatious lawsuits against the Bretheren and thus dirstressing the inocent. 2nd For seeking to destroy the Character of Pres. Joseph Smith Jr by falsly insinuating that he was guilty of adultery &c. 3rd. By 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 eclesiasticle 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 Pres. while on the 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 & turning to the practice of Law. 8th For disgrasing the Church by being Connected in the Bogus buisness 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 begerly elements of the world, neglecting his high and holy Calling Contrary to his profession
April 11th 1838——
The and high Council assembled at the , in trial of the above Charges April 12th 1838 After the organization of the Council the above Charges were read. Also a letter from , as will be found recorded in the Church record of the city of Book A. The 1st 2nd 3rd 7th 8th & 9th Charges were Sustained [p. 30]
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