Minutes, 22 November 1835

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of and , held in the presence of the members of the Nov 22d 1835.
President Joseph Smith Junr. & Presiding
appointed Clerk.
The case of presented by J. Smith had been an ordained Elder in the Church and for a time preached the gospel successfully. but after a while sent his in a letter in a to President Smith requesting to be excused from laboring longer in the vineyard. This evening he came forward before the church and confessed that he had been in temptation and fallen into Error, so much [p. 130] so as to go and join the Methodists, yet says he was not in faith with their doctrine. He now says he desires to return to the fellowship of the church and asks forgiveness of the brethren and a restoration of his license. President Smith arose & spoke at considerable length on the impropriety of turning away from the truth and going after a people so destitute, of the spirit of righteousness as the Methodists. also labored quite lengthy to show the folly of fellowshiping any doctrine or spirit aside from that of Christ. After which arose & said he felt firm in determination of doing the will of God in all things, or as far as in him lies, is sorry for his faults and by the grace of God will forsake them in future. then called for the vote of the Church & received it in favor of restoring him to fellowship, and the office of Elder also, and that the clerk give him a License.
This certifies that the above named received his License agreeably to the decision of the conference on the 22d of Nov. 1835
, Clerk [p. 131]


  1. 1

    This letter, not located, was sent between early April 1835—when Squires was present and active in the Freedom, New York, conference—and this 22 November 1835 council meeting.  

  2. 2

    JS’s thoughts on Methodism fluctuated. As a youth, his history stated, he was “somewhat partial to the Methodist sect.” However, by the mid-1830s, his attitude toward Methodism became more negative. According to William E. McLellin, JS gave a sermon in 1834 in which he “exposed the Methodist Dicipline in its black deformity.” (JS History, 1834–1836, 59; JS History, vol. A-1, 2; McLellin, Journal, 5 Dec. 1834; see also JS, Journal, 30 Oct. and 15 Nov. 1835.)  

    McLellin, William E. Journal, 18 July–20 Nov. 1831. William E. McLellin, Papers, 1831–1836, 1877–1878. CHL. MS 13538, box 1, fd. 1. Also available as Jan Shipps and John W. Welch, eds., The Journals of William E. McLellin, 1831–1836 (Provo, UT: BYU Studies; Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).

  3. 3

    An addition to the church’s governing Articles and Covenants, as published in the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, instructed that “the elders are to receive their licences from other elders by vote of the church to which they belong, or from the conferences.” The action taken at this meeting, calling for the church to vote on restoring Squires’s elder’s license, appears to be in adherence to that administrative policy. (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830, in Doctrine and Covenants 2:14, 1835 ed. [D&C 20:63].)