Minutes, 16 March 1835
- Source Note
On 16 March 1835, JS presided over a , Ohio, called to discuss “church business.” Among other things, the council considered a charge raised by , one of the members of the high council, against and , workmen on the in Kirtland, for speaking evil against , a counselor in the Kirtland and member of the committee to build the House of the Lord. The council followed established procedures, including replacing counselors who were absent or had a conflict of interest. Six counselors were appointed to speak, signifying that the council considered the case to be difficult. John Smith’s statement to the council indicates that he had attempted unsuccessfully to reconcile the aggrieved parties before he turned to the high council to help settle the matter.A week before this meeting, on 7 and 8 March 1835, both and participated in a two-day meeting of the church convened to bless those assisting in the construction of the in . On 7 March, pronounced a joint blessing upon Cutler, Lyman, and for their support in building the House of the Lord, stating that their consecration, donations, and labor had earned them a “right in the House of the Lord.” They had committed themselves to the construction of the house, and JS promised the three, along with others who had worked on the structure, that they would own and “have the control” of it. Cutler, Lyman, and the other present at the 7–8 March meeting unanimously pledged to continue their labors on the House of the Lord.was appointed to the committee to build the on 4 May 1833. These minutes explain that Cutler in particular had begun to complain about not receiving due recompense for his labors. While the charges against and were brought jointly and both were commanded to admit fault before the church for speaking ill of Cahoon, Cutler was singled out for additional rebuke. The council decision, as voiced by JS, indicates that Cutler had already been confronted concerning the matter and that he subsequently “declared before the Church” that he had not spoken against Cahoon. That declaration was found to be untrue, and Cutler was instructed to publicly acknowledge his former public discontent. Although documents from the period offer no explicit mention of how Cutler and Lyman reacted to the decision, both continued to be involved in the church and its endeavors.served as clerk during the high council meeting and kept the minutes. later copied the minutes into Minute Book 1.
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