History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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might be highly excited, and yet, within, have the Spirit of <​September 19. council. Decisions of the Presidents​> God or of satan; but it came by his own spirit or judgment therefore some things may be of God, others of satan, man, and others from the adversary; and had in his sermon some of the spirit of God, but in his last remarks he had it not, but his own spirit of self justification and Pride, commanding in the name of Jesus, and not by the Spirit of Jesus, or of meekness, and was very wrong in this thing. Also in exalting the committee above the brethren, as if they might not be touched by the brethren. And again when was healed, it came in answer to his earnest prayers before God, but his impressions about being made an example to the church were not an answer to prayer, and might be wrong. [HC 2:279]
<​​> President gave his decision that did err with his lips in speaking; And also erred in understanding the presidents who labored with him for it, and misinterpreted their admonitions, which led him into what has followed, and finally has brought him before this council.
<​​> Presedent said that according to the testimony it is plain that has lacked in humility. and also in confidence in his brethren, and erred as expressed by .
<​Joseph Smith.​> President Joseph Smith then arose and said that the decision of his mind was. that brother erred in judgment, in not understanding what the brethren desired of him, when they labored with him; and he erred in Spirit when he taught in the church, the things testified of here: And that the hand of the destroyer was laid upon him because he had a rebellious spirit from the beginning, and the word of the Lord had has been spoken by my mouth, that it should come upon him, and this council should see it, and now that he has been seized by the destroyer comes in fulfillment of his (the Lord’s) word, and God required him to bear testimony of it before the church, and warn them to be careful and not do as he had done. But instead of doing this he said he would prove the Book of Mormon, and one thing or another, not being sufficiently humble to deliver just the message that was required, and so he stumbled and could not get the spirit, and the brethren were not edified, and he did not do the thing that God required, but erred in choosing words to communicate his thoughts; such as commanding the prayers of the church instead of Soliciting them; and also of making himself an example for the church, when it was only the things which he suffered, which were to be as a check upon transgressors. His rebelling against the advice and council of the presidents was the cause of his falling into the hands of the destroyer again, as he had done before, when he rebelled against the council that was given him by the authorities [p. 618]
might be highly excited, and yet, within, have the Spirit of September 19. council. Decisions of the Presidents God or of satan; but it came by his own spirit or judgment therefore some things may be of God, others of , man, and others from the adversary; and had in his sermon some of the spirit of God, but in his last remarks he had it not, but his own spirit of self justification and Pride, commanding in the name of Jesus, and not by the Spirit of Jesus, or of meekness, and was very wrong in this thing. Also in exalting the committee above the brethren, as if they might not be touched by the brethren. And again when was healed, it came in answer to his earnest prayers before God, but his impressions about being made an example to the church were not an answer to prayer, and might be wrong. [HC 2:279]
President gave his decision that did err with his lips in speaking; And also erred in understanding the presidents who labored with him for it, and misinterpreted their admonitions, which led him into what has followed, and finally has brought him before this council.
Presedent said that according to the testimony it is plain that has lacked in humility. and also in confidence in his brethren, and erred as expressed by .
Joseph Smith. President Joseph Smith then arose and said that the decision of his mind was. that brother erred in judgment, in not understanding what the brethren desired of him, when they labored with him; and he erred in Spirit when he taught in the church, the things testified of here: And that the hand of the destroyer was laid upon him because he had a rebellious spirit from the beginning, and the word of the Lord has been spoken by my mouth, that it should come upon him, and this council should see it, and now that he has been seized by the destroyer comes in fulfillment of his (the Lord’s) word, and God required him to bear testimony of it before the church, and warn them to be careful and not do as he had done. But instead of doing this he said he would prove the Book of Mormon, and one thing or another, not being sufficiently humble to deliver just the message that was required, and so he stumbled and could not get the spirit, and the brethren were not edified, and he did not do the thing that God required, but erred in choosing words to communicate his thoughts; such as commanding the prayers of the church instead of Soliciting them; and also of making himself an example for the church, when it was only the things which he suffered, which were to be as a check upon transgressors. His rebelling against the advice and council of the presidents was the cause of his falling into the hands of the destroyer again, as he had done before, when he rebelled against the council that was given him by the authorities [p. 618]
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