should not be afflicted any more.
President Joseph Smith
8.> then gave made remarks upon the subject of false spirits.
<Conference Minutes at O.> “Elder presented a case which had
previous ly occasioned some difficulty in the church: which was that
brother Carpenter had been tried for a fault before
the church, and the church gave him a certain time to reflect whether he
would acknowledge or not. Brother Gordon, at the time
spoke in tongues and declared that brother Carpenter
should not have any lenity. wished instruction on
this point, whether they had proceeded right or not, as brother
Carpenter was dissatisfied. &c.
<Joseph explained Gift of
Smith then gave 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 brother Carpenter,
it was contrary to the rules and regulations of the church, because, in
all our decisions, we must judge from actual testimony. Elder
Gordon said the testimony was had, and the decision given
before the gift of tongues was manifested.
President Smith advised that we speak in our
own language, in all such matters, and then the adversary cannot lead our
<’s complaint vs. .>
“ stated that when he was presiding in a con ference, several of
the brethren spake out of order, and Elder
refused to submit to order according to his request: and he
wished instruction on this point, whether he, or some one else should
preside over this branch of the church; and also whether such conduct
could be approbated in Conferences. Elder
Brother Gordon mad[e]
some remarks on the same subject.
President Smith said, relative to the first
question, that brother gordon’s tongues in the end,
did operate as testimony, as, by his remarks in tongues, the former
decision was set aside, and his taken; That it was his decision that
brother Gor don’s manifestation was incorrect, and
from a suspi cious heart. He approved the first decision but discarded
the second. Brother Joseph Keeler acknowledged that
in the former decision he had acted hastily himself in urging
brother Carpenter to make acknowledgement, without
having time to reflect, and asked forgiveness wherein he had erred.
Brother Gordon said he discovered that he was in an
error and was satisfied with this council, and was willing to ask
forgiveness of the brethren and of the Lord.
<Decision, on Question.
Decision was then given on the second question that Elder was out of his place in opposing
Palmer, when he presided in the council. The two decisions were