Appendix 2: Council of Fifty, Minutes, 27 February 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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sho[ul]d. present the knife to my throat—
M[oses] Smith I talked with upon the Expeditn. he sd. this is the same thing that will swallow up the expedition—
sd: wants to be a big man & take the lead of this Church—
talked with me bef: [before] this Council of 50. & others who are with him think they can drive this thing thro’— those who are not for us are against us—
— we gave it up for a bad job— I believe if he had been in Jail— all the Gent[ile]s wod. have glanced past him—
I recollect going with to see he wod. not say any thing— we co[ul]d. not ring out the least sense from him—he had seen the Indians— it wod. be a great undertaking— it was a kind of a grunt— his end, his accomplishment, his wishes were all in himself— he was the only man, & he was but just big enough to do it himself— we cod. not then get a single thing out of him— I discovered he was lying all the time— he represented his mission as greater than Br. Joseph, & the 12, & all put together— he was always sick of the Gentiles—
<​​> Intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence, & therefore his intelligence is of the wilderness) wanted to go to in the same way— the principles taught are “we are the standard, the criterion” & [“] must come to us to get Salvation” it is designed by the devil— we know what God designs to do, & the course that individuals will have to go— I bel[ieve] they may be controlled, if it can be got <​to​> them— but as to the leaders, it has happened to them accordg. to their desires— I have no confidence in at all— from any thing that he can say, until he has pursued a course that satisfies me that he is right— this he would send us to destruction in order to gratify his little, nasty, narrow mind— any man can do good when the Sun shines, but he is good when he is in oppression, disappointed on the right & left & betrayed on every hand & still upholds his actions, he is the good man for me— [p. [4]]
should. present the knife to my throat—
Moses Smith I talked with upon the Expeditn.— he sd. this is the same thing that will swallow up the expedition—
sd: wants to be a big man & take the lead of this Church—
talked with me bef: [before] this Council of 50. & others who are with him think they can drive this thing thro’— those who are not for us are against us—
— we gave it up for a bad job— I believe if he had been in Jail— all the Gentiles wod. have glanced past him—
I recollect going with to see he wod. not say any thing— we could. not ring out the least sense from him—he had seen the Indians— it wod. be a great undertaking— it was a kind of a grunt— his end, his accomplishment, his wishes were all in himself— he was the only man, & he was but just big enough to do it himself— we cod. not then get a single thing out of him— I discovered he was lying all the time— he represented his mission as greater than Br. Joseph, & the 12, & all put together— he was always sick of the Gentiles—
Intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence, & therefore his intelligence is of the wilderness) wanted to go to in the same way— the principles taught are “we are the standard, the criterion” & “ must come to us to get Salvation” it is designed by the devil— we know what God designs to do, & the course that individuals will have to go— I believe they may be controlled, if it can be got to them— but as to the leaders, it has happened to them accordg. to their desires— I have no confidence in at all— from any thing that he can say, until he has pursued a course that satisfies me that he is right— he would send us to destruction in order to gratify his little, nasty, narrow mind— any man can do good when the Sun shines, but he is good when he is in oppression, disappointed on the right & left & betrayed on every hand & still upholds his actions, he is the good man for me— [p. [4]]
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