Minutes, , Geauga Co., OH, 26 Dec. 1833. Featured version copied [ca. 26 Dec. 1833] in Minute Book 1, pp. 25–26; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 1.
On Thursday, 26 December 1833, several disciplinary councils were held in , Ohio. In the course of these meetings, Alonzo Rider, James Blanchard, and Nelson Acre were excommunicated from the by a council of . 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 and “Bro. Story,” likely . These men were accused of making negative comments about . 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 . 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; and in April 1834, while awaiting the verdict of his litigation against in , Ohio, JS stayed at Rider’s house.
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.)
This day at evening, a was called to take into consideration the case of Bro. an of the , who had brought said many hard things against , the of the church— he said that was not fit for a Bishop and that he treated the Brethren, who came into the , with disrespect that he was overbearing and fain would walk on the necks of the Bretheren &c—— [p. 25]