Minutes, 10 August 1835

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At a regular meeting of the at , convined on the 10th day of August 1835 to hear complaint of President Joseph Smith Junr against Elder , Presidents & ,
Prayer by
The following were appointed to speak
It was proven that had failed to do his duty in correcting his children, and instructing them in the way of truth & righteousness, and after the several pleas decision was given accordingly. confessed the correctness of the the decision, and promised to make public acknowledgement before the church.
Closed by prayer of the church
Clerk [p. 96]


  1. 1

    Rigdon, Cowdery, and Phelps were apparently acting as the presidents of the council, even though Phelps also participated as one of the counselors.  

  2. 2

    Only four of those listed as members of the council—Martin Harris, Orson Johnson, Joseph Smith Sr., and John Smith—were standing members of the Kirtland high council. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer were presidents of the Missouri high council, and Levi Jackman and Newel Knight were members of the Missouri high council. Elias Higbee had previously substituted on the Missouri high council, as had Daniel Stanton. Oliver Granger had acted as one of Bishop Newel K. Whitney’s counselors at a 2 May 1835 council, and John Gould had been serving as the presiding elder of the Westfield, New York, branch. (Revised Minutes, 18–19 Feb. 1834 [D&C 102:3]; Minutes, 28–29 Aug. 1834; Minutes, 3 July 1834; Minute Book 2, 21 Aug. and 5 Nov. 1834; Minutes and Discourse, 2 May 1835; Record of the Twelve, 4–9 May 1835.)  

  3. 3

    A February 1831 revelation stated that church members who “offend[ed] openly” should “be rebuked openly.” (Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:91].)