Minute Book 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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follows:
March 27th 1838.
To the High Council,
I, in appealing the case between me and  Elder West, to the High Council, prefer the first charge  contained in the original charges, namely; A spirit of  dissension, in that he declared publickly that he did not  believe in the vote of the General Assembly, last Nov  7th, “not to support stores and shops selling spiritous liquors,  tea, coffee, and tobacco.” And also I shall bring any testimony  I can find to the same effect and connect it with the fore going charge.
And also, the first item of the second charge contai ned in the original, namely; Teaching incorrect doctrine  in that he said the word of Wisdom did not concern our  Spiritual Salvation.
, Complainant”
The case was not considered difficult, therefore, two Councel lors were to speak on the case, viz: , on the part of  the Church, and , on the part of the part of the  defendant.
Some remarks were made by the defendant, in which he  acknowledged a part of the first charge.
, testifies that he heard Nathan West say  that he would not believe the decision of the High Council  if it did not coincide with the Book of Covenants.
Also, he heard Mr West say that he did not covenant to not  uphold stores and shops, which sold liquor, tea, coffee and tobacco,  because he had already made as many covenants as he kept &c  but if any persons had made any such covenants, he would say  to them ‘for God’s sake to keep them.’
William Hulet, testifies that he heard Elder West say  that if he had his mind made up on any <a> certain item of  Revelation and the High Council should decide contrary to  his mind upon that item, he would not believe the decision  except they would bring proof to substantiate it. Also that  he never did hear Elder West say any thing against [p. 134]
follows:
March 27th 1838.
To the High Council,
I, in appealing the case between me and Elder West, to the High Council, prefer the first charge contained in the original charges, namely; A spirit of dissension, in that he declared publickly that he did not believe in the vote of the General Assembly, last Nov 7th, “not to support stores and shops selling spiritous liquors, tea, coffee, and tobacco.” And also I shall bring any testimony I can find to the same effect and connect it with the foregoing charge.
And also, the first item of the second charge contained in the original, namely; Teaching incorrect doctrine in that he said the word of Wisdom did not concern our Spiritual Salvation.
, Complainant”
The case was not considered difficult, therefore, two Councellors were to speak on the case, viz: , on the part of the Church, and , on the part of the part of the defendant.
Some remarks were made by the defendant, in which he acknowledged a part of the first charge.
, testifies that he heard Nathan West say that he would not believe the decision of the High Council if it did not coincide with the Book of Covenants.
Also, he heard Mr West say that he did not covenant to not uphold stores and shops, which sold liquor, tea, coffee and tobacco, because he had already made as many covenants as he kept &c but if any persons had made any such covenants, he would say to them ‘for God’s sake to keep them.’
William Hulet, testifies that he heard Elder West say that if he had his mind made up on a certain item of Revelation and the High Council should decide contrary to his mind upon that item, he would not believe the decision except they would bring proof to substantiate it. Also that he never did hear Elder West say any thing against [p. 134]
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