Courtesy of the Missouri State Archives.

Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838, Copy [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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presented & introduced to the presidency, each officer receiving a blessing from them— stated that he had procured the Presidency to come there, to show the Society, that what he was doing was according to their direction or will— And while there the presidency approved of s course in the society. however did not explain to the presidency what his teachings had been in the society—
I heard , on one occassion say that the Danites were to consecrate their surplus property, and to come in by tens to do so. and if they lied about it,— he said Peter killed Ananias and Saphira, and that would be an example for us—
When appointed adjutant of the Danite band, as refered to above, I did not think proper to object openly, tho' I determined within myself not to act, & the lists, and other papers brought to me for recording, I threw aside & made no record of—
On the day before the last expedition to I heard Joseph Smith Jr, in a speach say, in refference to stealing, that in a general way he did not approve of it, but that on one occasion, our saviour and his disciples, stole corn in passing through the corn fields for the reason that they could not otherwise procure any thing to eat. He told an anecdote of a Dutchman’s potatoes, and said in substance that a Colonel or Captain was quartered near a dutchman from whom he wished to purchase some potatoes, who refused to sell them, the officer then charged his men not to be caught stealing the Dutchman's potatoes, but next morning he found his potatoes all dug— I think this was in refference to the expedition to , and that they had been compeled to go out there so often, that the people there ought to bear the expense.
Such men as would oppose things undertaken as being unlawful, & such as they feared was a violation of the law. I have heard Smith & in their publick addresses denominate “O dont men” these I understood to be those <​who were​> denominated also dissenters; and in refference to such <​men​> who were hanging [p. [40]]
presented & introduced to the presidency, each officer receiving a blessing from them— stated that he had procured the Presidency to come there, to show the Society, that what he was doing was according to their direction or will— And while there the presidency approved of s course in the society. however did not explain to the presidency what his teachings had been in the society—
I heard , on one occassion say that the Danites were to consecrate their surplus property, and to come in by tens to do so. and if they lied about it,— he said Peter killed Ananias and Saphira, and that would be an example for us—
When appointed adjutant of the Danite band, as refered to above, I did not think proper to object openly, tho' I determined within myself not to act, & the lists, and other papers brought to me for recording, I threw aside & made no record of—
On the day before the last expedition to I heard Joseph Smith Jr, in a speach say, in refference to stealing, that in a general way he did not approve of it, but that on one occasion, our saviour and his disciples, stole corn in passing through the corn fields for the reason that they could not otherwise procure any thing to eat. He told an anecdote of a Dutchman’s potatoes, and said in substance that a Colonel or Captain was quartered near a dutchman from whom he wished to purchase some potatoes, who refused to sell them, the officer then charged his men not to be caught stealing the Dutchman's potatoes, but next morning he found his potatoes all dug— I think this was in refference to the expedition to , and that they had been compeled to go out there so often, that the people there ought to bear the expense.
Such men as would oppose things undertaken as being unlawful, & such as they feared was a violation of the law. I have heard Smith & in their publick addresses denominate “O dont men” these I understood to be those who were denominated also dissenters; and in refference to men who were hanging [p. [40]]
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