Minute Book 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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then proceeded to give a decision, That if brother will acknowledge the following items of complaint before this council & publish the same in print, that he can remain yet a member of this church, otherwise he is expelled from the same, viz:— First, he is to acknowledge that he had wickedly and maliciously accused our brother J. Smith Jr. with prophesying lies in the name of the Lord, once on the line between and Indiana, and at another time after crossing the Mississippi River, and at another time after leaving the church in , at Florida— That he is to acknowledge that in making these charges against brother J.S. Junr. he has himself, willfully and maliciously lied. That he has maliciously told falsehoods, in saying that brother J. Smith Junr. has abused him with insulting and abusive language and also injuring his character and standing before the brethren, while journeying to , That he further cast out insinuations concerning brother J.S. Junr’s character which was also an evil malicious design to injure brother Joseph’s standing in the church.— That he further acknowledge that he has abused the former councils which have set upon this case, and wickedly and maliciously insulted their just and righteous decisions.— That he has further tantalized this present council, in seeking to excuse himself contrary to the counselling of the counsellors After acknowledging that it was organized by the direction of revelation. And further, that he has wilfully and maliciously lied, by saying that brother J. Smith Junr. had prohibited the liberty of speech on their journey to . That he also acknowledge that he has wickedly and maliciously lied, by charging brother J.S. Junr. of being possessed of a heart as corrupt as hell. [p. 71]
then proceeded to give a decision, That if brother will acknowledge the following items of complaint before this council & publish the same in print, that he can remain yet a member of this church, otherwise he is expelled from the same, viz:— First, he is to acknowledge that he had wickedly and maliciously accused our brother J. Smith Jr. with prophesying lies in the name of the Lord, once on the line between and Indiana, and at another time after crossing the Mississippi River, and at another time after leaving the church in , at Florida— That he is to acknowledge that in making these charges against brother J.S. Junr. he has himself, willfully and maliciously lied. That he has maliciously told falsehoods, in saying that brother J. Smith Junr. has abused him with insulting and abusive language and also injuring his character and standing before the brethren, while journeying to , That he further cast out insinuations concerning brother J.S. Junr’s character which was also an evil malicious design to injure brother Joseph’s standing in the church.— That he further acknowledge that he has abused the former councils which have set upon this case, and wickedly and maliciously insulted their just and righteous decisions.— That he has further tantalized this present council, in seeking to excuse himself contrary to the counselling of the counsellors After acknowledging that it was organized by the direction of revelation. And further, that he has wilfully and maliciously lied, by saying that brother J. Smith Junr. had prohibited the liberty of speech on their journey to . That he also acknowledge that he has wickedly and maliciously lied, by charging brother J.S. Junr. of being possessed of a heart as corrupt as hell. [p. 71]
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