Minutes, , Geauga Co., OH, 19 Sept. 1835. Featured version copied [not before 25 Feb. 1836] in Minute Book 1, pp. 113–118; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 1.
On 19 September 1835, JS levied charges against before the , Ohio, . In the months previous, Carter and had made a fund-raising trip to the eastern to solicit donations for the construction of the . They, along with , were members of the committee responsible for overseeing the construction of the house, and securing funds was a primary responsibility. During that trip, some trouble arose in at least one branch regarding donations. Although the April edition of the Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate had publicized Carter and Smith’s trip and its purpose, the , New York, was unprepared to provide funds upon Carter’s arrival. In a letter to his brother Oliver, , the branch’s presiding , explained that the congregation was unwilling or unable to contribute because, aside from the April notice in the Messenger and Advocate, neither “the , the , nor any others, clothed with authority” had given significant instruction on the subject of fund raising for the House of the Lord. Cowdery wrote that the unheeded requests for funds resulted in great embarrassment for Carter. The Twelve Apostles, who had met with the Freedom branch prior to Carter’s arrival, later filed countercomplaints against Cowdery for his statements, explaining that they had fulfilled their responsibility of informing the branch of the need for donations.
Upon his return to , ’s frustration with the trip and the lack of donations apparently led him to give a sermon in late August or early September, wherein he chastised church members for not supporting the committee to build the . Some found fault with the sermon. Presidents , , and corrected him in private, but Carter proved defiant and made further remarks which were considered even more egregious. The Kirtland high council thus met on 19 September to consider JS’s charges against Carter for his remarks. The primary concerns were his alleged proclamations that the committee to build the House of the Lord was above counsel, that any who failed to support the committee would be cursed by God, and that Saints who failed to pray for the committee would be held accountable for any of its subsequent failures. Besides concerns about the content of his remarks, his authoritative tone of censure was also deemed inappropriate. After various testimonies from Carter and members of the high council, JS ruled that Carter had erred in judgment and should confess before the church the following day. Carter agreed to that decision.
As clerk of the high council, took the minutes of the meeting. Sometime in 1836, copied the minutes into Minute Book 1.
The committee to build the House of the Lord was established in May 1833 and was later “appointed to take the oversight of the building of the House of the Lord.” In addition to collecting funds for temple construction, by summer 1835, the committee was also operating a store to supply clothing and other goods to the workers building the House of the Lord. (Minutes, 4 May 1833; Minutes, 6 June 1833; “Cahoon, Carter & Co.,” Northern Times [Kirtland, OH], 9 Oct. 1835, .)
Minutes, 26 Sept. 1835; JS, Journal, 16 Jan. 1836. In response to the Twelve’s complaints, Cowdery offered a public apology, stating that the apostles had indeed delivered the message concerning donations. (Cowdery, Diary, 5 Mar. 1836; “Notice,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Feb. 1836, 2:263.)
Object of the council stated by President J. Smith Jur as follows: Some weeks since preached on the sabbath in the , and some of the brethren found fault with his teachings, and this council was called by him (J. S. Junr) to decide this matter and to see who was in fault. Prayer by the and the council organized according to order, and 6 appointed to speak, [p. 113]