Minute Book 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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And that the hand of the destroyer was laid upon him because he had a rebelious spirit. from the beginning, and the word of the Lord, had been spoken by <my> mouth— that it should upon him and this council should see it and now that he has been seized by the destroyer comes in fulfilment of his word. and God required him to bear testimony of it before the church and warn them to be careful & not do as he had done. But instead of doing this. he said he would prove the Book of Mormon, and one thing or another not being sufficiently humble to deliver just the message that was required, and so he stumbled and could not get the spirit. and the brethren were not edified, and he did not do the thing that God required. but erred in choosing words to communicate his thoughts. Such as commanding the prayers of the church instead of soliciting them: and also of making himself an example for the Church, when it was only the thing which he suffered which were to be as a check upon transgressors. His rebeling against the advice and counsel of the Presidents was the cause of his falling to the hands of the Destroyer, again as he had done before when he rebelled against the counsel that was given him by the Authorities of the church. And that in all this has not designed to do wickedly, but he erred in judgement and deserves reproof. And the decision is that he shall acknowledge his errors on the morrow before the congregation, and say, brethren, I am fully convinced, that I have erred in spirit in my remarks before you, when I spoke here a few sabbaths since & now I ask your forgiveness, and if he do this in full faith and is truly humble before God. Then God will bless him abundintly as he hath not been wont to do. arose and justified the decision of the court and promised to comply with the same.
Closed by Prayer of J. Smith Jinr,
Clk. [p. 118]
And that the hand of the destroyer was laid upon him because he had a rebelious spirit. from the beginning, and the word of the Lord, had been spoken by my mouth— that it should upon him and this council should see it and now that he has been seized by the destroyer comes in fulfilment of his word. and God required him to bear testimony of it before the church and warn them to be careful & not do as he had done. But instead of doing this. he said he would prove the Book of Mormon, and one thing or another not being sufficiently humble to deliver just the message that was required, and so he stumbled and could not get the spirit. and the brethren were not edified, and he did not do the thing that God required. but erred in choosing words to communicate his thoughts. Such as commanding the prayers of the church instead of soliciting them: and also of making himself an example for the Church, when it was only the thing which he suffered which were to be as a check upon transgressors. His rebeling against the advice and counsel of the Presidents was the cause of his falling to the hands of the Destroyer, again as he had done before when he rebelled against the counsel that was given him by the Authorities of the church. And that in all this has not designed to do wickedly, but he erred in judgement and deserves reproof. And the decision is that he shall acknowledge his errors on the morrow before the congregation, and say, brethren, I am fully convinced, that I have erred in spirit in my remarks before you, when I spoke here a few sabbaths since & now I ask your forgiveness, and if he do this in full faith and is truly humble before God. Then God will bless him abundintly as he hath not been wont to do. arose and justified the decision of the court and promised to comply with the same.
Closed by Prayer of J. Smith Jinr,
Clk. [p. 118]
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