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Minutes, 19 September 1835

And that the hand of the destroyer was laid upon  him because he had a rebelious spirit. from the  beginning, and the word of the Lord, had been spoken by <my> mouth—  that it should upon him and this council should see it  and now that he has been seized by the destroyer comes in  fulfilment of his word. and God required him to bear testimony  of it before the church and warn them to be careful & not  do as he had done. But instead of doing this, he said he  would prove the Book of Mormon, and one thing or another  not being sufficiently humble to deliver just the message that  was required, and so he stumbled and could not get the spirit.  and the brethren were not edified, and he did not do the thing  that God required. but erred in choosing words to commu nicate his thoughts. Such as commanding the prayers  of the church instead of soliciting them: and also of ma king himself an example for the Church, when it,  was only the things which he suffered which were to be  as a check upon transgressors. His rebeling against the  advice and counsel of the Presidents was the cause of his fall ing to the hands of the Destroyer, again as he had done  before when he rebelled against the counsel that was given  him by the Authorities of the church. And that in all  this Elder Carter has not designed to do wickedly, but he  erred in judgement and deserves reproof. And the decision  is that he shall acknowledge his errors on the morrow before  the congregation, and say, brethren, I am fully convinced,  that I have erred in spirit in my remarks before  you, when I spoke here a few sabbaths since, &  now I ask your forgiveness, and if he do this in  full faith and is truly humble before God. Then  God will bless him abundintly as he hath not been  wont to do. Eld. C. arose and justified the decision of the court  and promised to comply with the same.
Closed by Prayer of J. Smith Junr,
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Minutes, Kirtland, OH, 19 Sept. 1835; handwriting of Warren Cowdery; in Minute Book 1, pp. 113–118; CHL.

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