MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE CHURCH IN ZION.
The following are the minutes of the pro ceedings of a of the , assem bled
at the following places, to transact the business of said Church.
1st. At , Feb. 5, 1838; was chosen Moderator, and Clerk.
The Moderator addressed the
throne of grace in prayer, after which he laid before the
assembly the object of the meeting, giving a relation of the recent
organization of the Church here, and in . He also read a certain revelation given in , Sept. 4,
1837; which made
known that and were in transgression, and that if
they repented not, they should be removed out of their places.—
Also, read a certain clause contained in the appeal, published
in the old Star, under the
183rd page, as follows:— “And to sell our lands would amount
to a denial of our faith, as that is the place where of
God shall stand according to our faith and belief in the
revelations of God.”
Elder then took the stand, and
showed to the congregation why the proceeded thus, was,
that the Church might have a voice in the matter; and that he
considered it perfectly legal, ac cording to the instructions of President Joseph Smith jr.
set forth the way in which the of
had been labored with, that a committee of three, of whom he
was one, had labored with them.— He then read a written document
containing a number of accusations against the three
presidents. He spake many
things against them, setting forth in a plain and energetic
manner, the iniquity of and
in using the monies which were loaned for the Church. Also
wrong, in persisting in the use of tea, coffee, and
then arose, and
endeavor ed to rectify some mistakes of minor impor tance made
Also, the Bish op spake against the proceedings of the meet ing,
as being hasty and illegal, for he thought they ought to be had before
the common council; and
said, that he could not lift his hand against the presidency at present;
he then read a letter from President Joseph Smith jr.
A letter was then read by from , who made some com ments
on the same, and also on the letter read by .
was one of the com mittee sent to labor with the Presidency,
then spake, setting forth in a very energetic manner, the
proceedings of the presidency, as being iniquitous.
also, being one of the com mittee, spake against the conduct of the
pres idency and , on their visit to la bor with them.
then spake with much zeal against this presidency, and in fa vor
of brother Joseph Smith jr. and that the wolf alluded to
in his letter, were the dissen ters in .
stated that he considered that all other accusations were of minor
importance compared to their selling their lands in , that they ( and ) had set an example which
all the members were liable to follow; he said that it was a hellish
principle, and that they had flatly denied the faith in so do ing. Elder then
sanctioned what had been done by the council, speaking against
again took the stand, and stated that sufficient had been said to
substan tiate the accusations against them.
in favor of the presidency, stating that he could not raise
his hand against them.
Elder then spake against
the High Council in regard to their proceedings, and labored
hard to show that the meeting was illegal, and that the presidency
ought to be had before a proper tribunal, which he con sidered
to be a and twelve ; he
labored in favor of the presidency, and said that he should not raise
his hands against them at present, although he did not uphold the
presidents in their iniquity.
next arose and spake against the meeting as being hasty. followed brother Carter, in like
obser vations and of like nature. Elder again took the stand in vindidcation
of the cause of the meeting.
then spake against the presi dency, at the same time pleading mercy. said
that he could not vote until they had a hearing in the common council.
said that the meeting was ac cording to the direction of br. Joseph,
he, therefore, considered it legal.
Elder Moses Martin then
took the stand, and with great energy spake in favor of the legality
of the meeting, and against the con duct of the presidency of Zion,
alledging that the present corruptions of the church here, were
owing to the wickedness and misman agement of her leaders.
The Moderator then called the vote in fa vor of the present
presidency. The negative was then called, and the vote against , ,
unanimous, excepting 8 or 10 and [p. 44]