Resolutions, circa 23 August 1834

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minutes of the assembled in August 23d 1834. After the usual form the conference and was opened by prayer, when the following preamble and resolutions were read and ordered to be printed in the evening and the morning star and sent as a circular to the churches abroad.
Whereas a report having come to the knowledge of the church in this place, censuring the conduct of brother Joseph Smith Junr. relative to his Proceedings, during his late Journey to, and from : and whereas said report was calculated to create an unfavorable influence, as regards the moral character and honesty of our brother, it becomes necessary for us to investigate the matter and report the same to our brethren abroad, Therefore, [p. 55]
Resolved, that after hearing from the mouths of some that a suspicion rested upon their minds, relative to the conduct of our brother, as regards his honesty and Godly walk we have investigated his whole proceedings, by calling upon those who accompanied him to, and from , and are happy to have it in our power to say to our brethren abroad, one and all, that we are satisfied with his conduct having learned from the clearest evidence, that he has acted in every respect, worthy his high and responsible station in this , and has prudently and cautiously preserved the good of this society at large, and is still worthy our esteem and fellowship, and that those reports, could have originated in the minds of none, except, such as either from a <​misunderstanding or a​> natural jealousy, are easily led to conceive of evils where none exist.
Resolved, that we say to our brethren, that while we are surrounded by thousands, eager to grasp at a shadow if they have a hope of turning it into a falsehood for the injury of the gospel, we exhort them to be stedfast and immoveable in the truth, resting assured, that while they continue to walk in the holy covenant they have professed to embrace, that nothing can in the end operate against their good; and that while wickedness abounds, as in days of old, the characters of those seeking the greatest good for their fellow men, will be shamefully traduced, and every act of their lives misrepresented, and a false shade thrown over their worthy deeds, calculated to create an evil prejudice in the minds of community, to prevent, if possible the increase of light, the better to effect their own purposes and keep men in error. We say, dear brethren may peace and the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ be multiplied unto you, through the knowledge of the truth forever.
Resolved, that the minutes be signed by the and , and publi[s]hed to the churches in the “Evening and [p. 56] the morning Star.[”]
Clerk Moderator
We, the undersigned, members of the above named , for the satisfaction of our brethren abroad, feel it to be our duty to say to those with whom we have a personal acquaintance, that we were present during the foregoing investigation and cheerfully concur in the spirit of the above minutes, and join in saying that we are perfectly satisfied, that whatever impressions may have gone abroad, or whatever may remain with any in this vicinity relative to the conduct of our brother, Joseph Smith Junr. we are certain, (from evidence) that he conducted himself in all respects as set forth in the resolutions of this conference. We are induced to make these statements, that the innocent may not suffer wrongfully, and that the minds of our brethren and friends may be satisfied that every appearance of evil is, in this place, searched out, and that nothing unbecoming a society of people professing Godliness, suffered to exist among them.
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Vt.) From the Church in )
) Roswell Evans)
Parishville N.Y.) of Waterford Vt.)
) ) )
, Erie Co. Pa.) , N.Y.) N.Y.)
Isaac Story) ) )
N.Y.) N.H.) East Liverpool Ohio)
) Oliver Higley)
Bolton N.Y.) Jamestown)
Jonas Putnam) Almon Shermon)
Bolton N.Y.) Pomfret N.Y.)
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We, the undersigned members of this having accompanied brother J. Smith Junr. to and from certify that the above is a correct statement concerning his character and conduct.
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Footnotes

  1. 1

    The published version of this document inserts “elders of the” here. (“Conference Minutes,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1834, 182.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  2. 2

    The published version of this document inserts “came to order” here. (“Conference Minutes,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1834, 182.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  3. 3

    The minutes of this council state that before Oliver Cowdery read the preamble and resolutions, he made “a short Stat[e]ment of the proceedings of the council on the 11th. which was sanctioned by vote.” (Minutes, 23 Aug. 1834.)  

  4. 4

    For more information about the 11 August 1834 council that investigated Sylvester Smith’s accusations against JS, see Minutes, 11 Aug. 1834.  

  5. 5

    See Minutes, 11 Aug. 1834; and Minutes, 28–29 Aug. 1834.  

  6. 6

    In a 16 August 1834 letter to church leaders in Missouri, JS stated that Smith had given “a false colloring to allmost every transaction from the time that we left Kirtland untill we returned.” JS attributed Sylvester Smith’s actions to the influence of “the advisary,” who had “laid a plan which was more subtle than all others.” (Letter to Lyman Wight et al., 16 Aug. 1834.)  

  7. 7

    The published version of this document inserts “the semblance of” here. (“Conference Minutes,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1834, 182.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  8. 8

    Cahoon was acting as moderator in place of Bishop Newel K. Whitney, who was ill. (Minutes, 23 Aug. 1834.)  

  9. 9

    Ohio” is included in the published version of this document. (“Conference Minutes,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1834, 182.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  10. 10

    TEXT: Young’s name, as well as Jacob Bump’s and Isaac Hill’s names and towns, is written sideways in the right margin. The published version of this document presents these names in a different order: Joseph B. Bosworth (spelled Bozworth), John Smith, Orson Johnson, Roswell Evans, William Burgess, Almon (spelled Alman) Sherman, Jonas Putnam, Ira Ames, Asa Lyman, John Rudd Jr., Isaac Story, Oliver Higley, Jacob Bump, Isaac Hill, and Lorenzo Young. The published version also designates Young as being from East Liverpool, Ohio. It is likely that Ames, Bump, Burgess, Hill, Smith, Story, and Young were all living in Kirtland by August 1834, and others might have been as well; all except Story, Rudd, and Evans were blessed in a 7–8 March 1835 meeting for “working on the House of the Lord.” (“Conference Minutes,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1834, 182; Minutes and Discourses, 7–8 Mar. 1835.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  11. 11

    N.Y.” is included in the published version of this document. (“Conference Minutes,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1834, 182.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  12. 12

    In the published version of this document, this paragraph reads: “We, the undersigned, members of this conference, being personally acquainted with brother J. SMITH Jr. and having accompanied him to Missouri, certify that the foregoing is correct.” (“Conference Minutes,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1834, 182.)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.