Minutes, 28–29 August 1834

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profession as a man of God. Question by .  Did you not think that my character was injured in the  minds of the weaker part of the camp, in consequence of those  reproffs and chastisements which were given me by brother  Joseph? Answer. I did not. further said, in  relation to a certain difficulty which took place relative  to a dog,— that on a certain evening after crossing the  Missisippi River, came up with the remaining  part of the camp, when the dog came out and insulted him. he  knew not whether he touched him or not. The next morning after  hearing considerable complaint and murmuring concerning the  dog. Brother Joseph spake to several brethren present and said,  I will descend to the spirit that is in the camp, to show you  the spirit you are of for I want to drive it from the camp.  “The first man that kills that dog, (or my dog) I will whip  him!” He thought about this time, that came  up, who said “If that dog bites me I will kill him.” If you  do said brother Joseph “I will whip you” If you do said , I shall defend myself the best way that I can!  Brother Joseph then said that he could in the name of the Lord.  He, (brother Joseph) asked the brethren if they were not ashamed  of such a spirit? Said he, I am. He then proceeded to reprove  them for condescending to that spirit,— that they ought to be  above it, that it was the spirit of a dog, and men ought  never to place themselves on a level with beasts. but be  possessed of a more noble disposition. He then said  he had decended to that spirit in order to show the  spirit which was among them. He further said that  this explanation gave general satisfaction, and the most  of them saw that he had only made these remarks for the  purpose of instructing them, and warning them against  such a spirit or disposition. Brethern L. Johnson &   concurred. Brother said he was  not present when these reproofs were given in the mor [p. 67]
profession as a man of God. Question by . Did you not think that my character was injured in the minds of the weaker part of the camp, in consequence of those reproffs and chastisements which were given me by brother Joseph? Answer. I did not. further said, in relation to a certain difficulty which took place relative to a dog,— that on a certain evening after crossing the Missisippi River, came up with the remaining part of the camp, when the dog came out and insulted him. he knew not whether he touched him or not. The next morning after hearing considerable complaint and murmuring concerning the dog. Brother Joseph spake to several brethren present and said, I will descend to the spirit that is in the camp, to show you the spirit you are of for I want to drive it from the camp. “The first man that kills that dog, (or my dog) I will whip him!” He thought about this time, that came up, who said “If that dog bites me I will kill him.” If you do said brother Joseph “I will whip you” If you do said , I shall defend myself the best way that I can! Brother Joseph then said that he could in the name of the Lord. He, (brother Joseph) asked the brethren if they were not ashamed of such a spirit? Said he, I am. He then proceeded to reprove them for condescending to that spirit,— that they ought to be above it, that it was the spirit of a dog, and men ought never to place themselves on a level with beasts. but be possessed of a more noble disposition. He then said he had decended to that spirit in order to show the spirit which was among them. He further said that this explanation gave general satisfaction, and the most of them saw that he had only made these remarks for the purpose of instructing them, and warning them against such a spirit or disposition. Brethern L. Johnson & concurred. Brother said he was not present when these reproofs were given in the mor [p. 67]
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