April 4, 1834.
This evening a of assembled at the house of Bro. Joseph Smith
Junr’s. to re-consider the case of Bro. . Bro. Joseph Smith
presideing: then said, that he had often promised to take up his cross &
magnify his calling, but had failed, and ought to have written to bro. Joseph
ere this time and given him the information that his pecuniary affairs called
his attention at home which prevented his fulfilling the promise he made to
Joseph in going out to proclaim the Gospel, and he sincerely asked pardon
of the Lord and of his brethren, and particularly bro. Joseph.
He also said he was willing to ask the forgiveness of this .
He said, that relative to certain charges, which were, that he had not attended
meetings, and had treated lightly some of the weak &c. That he had
attended meetings, generally, and as for speaking or treating lightly any brother
because of of his weakness, was foreign from his mind and was that which he
had never done, nor could ever find such principles in his bosome. Bro. Joseph
said, he had no hardness, he only wished to consider this as a
chastisement, and that the coun cil were bound to notice his conduct heretofore;
but now, if he,
-[,]- was willing to walk according to
he should have his hand of fellowship. The council then expressed their
satisfaction with ’s confession.
} Clerk of council [p. 48]