Minute Book 1

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then observed that he thought the  case sufficiently brought before the council and  would say no more.
And , proceeded to give his decis ion as follows. That brother Green should, (if he were  aggrieved with President Smith) have gone and told  him of his difficulty and not have said any thing  about it to his neighbor. And again, that Mr. Al dridge as has been shown, has been guilty of neg lecting his prayers before God. & therefore: has not had the  spirit of God, to preserve him from the temptation of  Satan, & has fallen into evil, and actually did <do> wrong  in raising objections to the price of the book; presented  last sabbath, and was under the influence of an evil  spirit. Brother Green fellowships the evil spirit in Br.  Aldridge and says he is justifiable in what he has  done & therefore it is evident that an evil spirit is  reigning in the heart <breast> of brother Green. And it is also  <as> evident that President Joseph Smith Junr. was justified in  rebuking that evil spirit & it was not only justifiable  in President Smith, to rebuke that evil Spirit but also  his duty as President and first high Priest in the church  of Christ appointed of God to lead the same into all right eousness; The decision then of the Presidency of the  High council is in short that brother Green be & is  now excluded from this church, and shall be a member  no more until he come in by the ordinance of  baptism, as appointed by the Gospel. to be done in  the church. This was agreed to by all the counsellors  except , whether Mr. Green should not  have the privilege of confessing his faults and still be  retained in the Church. He, therefore, thought it was the  privilege of brother Green, to have a reorganization of  the council and a rehearing. This was about to be [p. 112]
then observed that he thought the case sufficiently brought before the council and would say no more.
And , proceeded to give his decision as follows. That brother Green should, (if he were aggrieved with President Smith) have gone and told him of his difficulty and not have said any thing about it to his neighbor. And again, that Mr. Aldridge as has been shown, has been guilty of neglecting his prayers before God. & therefore: has not had the spirit of God, to preserve him from the temptation of Satan, & has fallen into evil, and actually did do wrong in raising objections to the price of the book; presented last sabbath, and was under the influence of an evil spirit. Brother Green fellowships the evil spirit in Br. Aldridge and says he is justifiable in what he has done & therefore it is evident that an evil spirit is reigning in the breast of brother Green. And it is also as evident that President Joseph Smith Junr. was justified in rebuking that evil spirit & it was not only justifiable in President Smith, to rebuke that evil Spirit but also his duty as President and first high Priest in the church of Christ appointed of God to lead the same into all righteousness; The decision then of the Presidency of the High council is in short that brother Green be & is now excluded from this church, and shall be a member no more until he come in by the ordinance of baptism, as appointed by the Gospel. to be done in the church. This was agreed to by all the counsellors except , whether Mr. Green should not have the privilege of confessing his faults and still be retained in the Church. He, therefore, thought it was the privilege of brother Green, to have a reorganization of the council and a rehearing. This was about to be [p. 112]
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