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Minutes, 26 December 1833

This day at evening, a Bishops Court

Official church proceedings convened to handle disputes or allegations of misconduct. The officers of the court were a bishop, his assistants or counselors, and additional high priests or elders assembled on an ad hoc basis. Until high councils were established...

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was called to take into consideration the case of Bro. Ezekiel Rider

1 Mar. 1787–8 Oct. 1843. Manufacturer, joiner. Born in Poultney, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of Mary. Moved to Sudbury, Rutland Co., by 16 Sept. 1798. Married Sarah (Sally) Hitchcock, 16 Feb. 1809, in Sharon, Schoharie Co., New York. Moved to Sharon, by Aug...

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an Elder

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, who had said many hard things against Bro Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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, the Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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of the church— he said that Bro. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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was not fit for a Bishop and that he treated the Brethren, who came into the Store

In Apr. 1826, Whitney purchased quarter-acre lot on northeast corner of Chardon and Chillicothe roads and built two-story, 1500-square-foot, white store. Mercantile store also functioned as Kirtland Mills post office. Whitney met JS at store, 4 Feb. 1831....

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, with disrespect that he was overbearing and fain would walk on the necks of the Bretheren &c—— [p. 25]
This day at evening, a Bishops Court

Official church proceedings convened to handle disputes or allegations of misconduct. The officers of the court were a bishop, his assistants or counselors, and additional high priests or elders assembled on an ad hoc basis. Until high councils were established...

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was called to  take into consideration the case of Bro. Ezekiel Rider

1 Mar. 1787–8 Oct. 1843. Manufacturer, joiner. Born in Poultney, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of Mary. Moved to Sudbury, Rutland Co., by 16 Sept. 1798. Married Sarah (Sally) Hitchcock, 16 Feb. 1809, in Sharon, Schoharie Co., New York. Moved to Sharon, by Aug...

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 an Elder

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, who had brought said many  hard things against Bro [Newel K.] Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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, the Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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of the church—  he said that Bro. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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was not fit for a Bishop and that  he treated the Brethren, who came into the Store

In Apr. 1826, Whitney purchased quarter-acre lot on northeast corner of Chardon and Chillicothe roads and built two-story, 1500-square-foot, white store. Mercantile store also functioned as Kirtland Mills post office. Whitney met JS at store, 4 Feb. 1831....

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, with disrespect  that he was overbearing and fain would walk on the necks  of the Bretheren &c—— [p. 25]
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On Thursday, 26 December 1833, several disciplinary councils were held in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio. In the course of these meetings, Alonzo Rider, James Blanchard, and Nelson Acre were excommunicated from the Church of Christ

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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by a council of elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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. Though JS may have attended these meetings, Minute Book 1 does not record his presence, and therefore the minutes of these meetings are not presented in this volume as JS documents. The minutes featured here describe the proceedings of another meeting that convened later in the evening of 26 December and that JS attended. The council meeting considered the cases of Ezekiel Rider

1 Mar. 1787–8 Oct. 1843. Manufacturer, joiner. Born in Poultney, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of Mary. Moved to Sudbury, Rutland Co., by 16 Sept. 1798. Married Sarah (Sally) Hitchcock, 16 Feb. 1809, in Sharon, Schoharie Co., New York. Moved to Sharon, by Aug...

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and “Bro. Story,” likely Isaac Storey

2 Sept. 1797–11 Mar. 1862. Farmer. Born in New Hampshire. Married Lucy Ann Perry, 18 Feb 1829. Resided at Genesee, Warsaw Co., New York, by 1830-1834. Baptized into LDS church, by 26 Dec. 1833. Chastised by JS and Sidney Rigdon at bishop’s court, 26 Dec. ...

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. These men were accused of making negative comments about Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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. Although those who were accused earlier in the day were tried in absentia and letters were sent to inform the accused of the council’s decision, both Storey and Rider were present for what these minutes describe as a bishop’s court

Official church proceedings convened to handle disputes or allegations of misconduct. The officers of the court were a bishop, his assistants or counselors, and additional high priests or elders assembled on an ad hoc basis. Until high councils were established...

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. Newel K. Whitney, as the bishop, was also apparently present for the court. The conflict was resolved amicably at this meeting, and a few months later, both Rider and Storey seem to have been on good terms with church leaders, including JS. By February 1834, Storey was testifying against Curtis Hodges in a trial at which Hodges was charged with speaking too loudly;1

Minutes, 19 Feb. 1834. In August 1834, Storey participated in a similar disciplinary council at which Sylvester Smith was cited for allegedly making accusations against JS in relation to the Camp of Israel expedition. Among other things, Sylvester had apparently accused “brother Joseph publicly on the Saturday previous, of prophsying lies in the name of the Lord.” The council debated whether Sylvester Smith should be required to publish a public confession in the newspaper, and Storey sided with those who thought a published apology was necessary. (Minute Book 1, 11 Aug. 1834.)  


and in April 1834, while awaiting the verdict of his litigation against Doctor Philastus Hurlbut

3 Feb. 1809–16 June 1883. Clergyman, farmer. Born at Chittenden Co., Vermont. “Doctor” was his given name. Preacher for Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamestown, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, 1832/1833, at Jamestown. Ordained an elder...

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in Chardon

Located eight miles south of Lake Erie and immediately east of Kirtland Township. Settled by 1812. Included village of Chardon. Population of township in 1820 about 430; in 1830 about 880; and in 1840 about 1,100. Two of JS’s sisters resided in township. ...

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, Ohio, JS stayed at Rider’s house.2

JS, Journal, 1 Apr. 1834.  


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