Minutes, 26 December 1833
- Source Note
On Thursday, 26 December 1833, several disciplinary councils were held in , Ohio. In the course of these meetings, Alonzo Rider, James Blanchard, and Nelson Acre were excommunicated from the by a council of . Though JS may have attended these meetings, Minute Book 1 does not record his presence, and therefore the minutes of these meetings are not presented in this volume as JS documents. The minutes featured here describe the proceedings of another meeting that convened later in the evening of 26 December and that JS attended. The council meeting considered the cases of and “Bro. Story,” likely . These men were accused of making negative comments about . Although those who were accused earlier in the day were tried in absentia and letters were sent to inform the accused of the council’s decision, both Storey and Rider were present for what these minutes describe as a . Newel K. Whitney, as the bishop, was also apparently present for the court. The conflict was resolved amicably at this meeting, and a few months later, both Rider and Storey seem to have been on good terms with church leaders, including JS. By February 1834, Storey was testifying against Curtis Hodges in a trial at which Hodges was charged with speaking too loudly; and in April 1834, while awaiting the verdict of his litigation against in , Ohio, JS stayed at Rider’s house.