Minute Book 1

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8 September 1834 • Monday

, Ohio Sept 8th. 1834
Minutes of a conference of the Elders of the Church  of the Latter-Day Saints, held at  Ohio. September 8th 1834. After prayer by brother  Joseph Smith Junr. he, brother Joseph and , united in anointing with oil and laying  hands upon a sick sister, who said she was  healed, and requested us to pray that her faith  fail not, saying, if she did not doubt, she  should not be afflicted any more.
Brother Joseph then made a few intro ductory remarks upon the subject of false  spirits and other items.
Brother made a few observa tions, and proceeded to present a case  which had previously occasioned some  difficulty in the church. It was that a  certain brother Carpenter had been tried  for a fault before the church, when the  Church gave him a certain time to reflect  whether he would acknowledge or not.  Brother Gordon at the time, spake in tongues  and declared that brother Carpenter should  not have any lenity. He, , wish ed instruction on this point, whether they  had proceeded right or not, as brother Car penter was dissatisfied &c.
Brother Joseph then proceeded to give an  explanation of the gift of tongues: That it was  particularly instituted for the preaching of the  Gospel to other nations and languages, but  it was not given for the government of  the Church. He further said, if brother Gordon  introduced the Gift of tongues as a testimony against [p. 49]

8 September 1834 • Monday

, Ohio Sept 8th. 1834
Minutes of a conference of the Elders of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, held at Ohio. September 8th 1834. After prayer by brother Joseph Smith Junr. he, brother Joseph and , united in anointing with oil and laying hands upon a sick sister, who said she was healed, and requested us to pray that her faith fail not, saying, if she did not doubt, she should not be afflicted any more.
Brother Joseph then made a few introductory remarks upon the subject of false spirits and other items.
Brother made a few observations, and proceeded to present a case which had previously occasioned some difficulty in the church. It was that a certain brother Carpenter had been tried for a fault before the church, when the Church gave him a certain time to reflect whether he would acknowledge or not. Brother Gordon at the time, spake in tongues and declared that brother Carpenter should not have any lenity. He, , wished instruction on this point, whether they had proceeded right or not, as brother Carpenter was dissatisfied &c.
Brother Joseph then proceeded to give an explanation of the gift of tongues: That it was particularly instituted for the preaching of the Gospel to other nations and languages, but it was not given for the government of the Church. He further said, if brother Gordon introduced the Gift of tongues as a testimony against [p. 49]
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