Answer. If it is, there is a great defect in the book, or else it would
have said so.
Question 20th. What are the fundamental principles of your religion.
Answer. The fundamental principles of our religion is the testimony of the
apostles and prophets concerning Jesus Christ, “that he died, was
buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended up into heaven;” and
all other things are only appendages to these, which pertain to our
in connection with these, we believe in the gift of the Holy Ghost, the
power of faith, the enjoyment of the spiritual gifts according to the
will of God, the restoration of the house of Israel, and the final triumph
MINUTES OF THE
PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE CHURCH IN ZION.
are the minutes of the pro ceedings of a general assembly of the Church
of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints, assem bled at the following
places, to transact the business of said Church.
, Feb. 5, 1838;
was chosen Moderator, and
addressed the throne of grace in prayer, after which he laid before
the assembly the object of the meeting, giving a relation of the
recent organization of the Church here, and in
He also read a certain revelation given in
Sept. 4, 1837; which made known
were in transgression,
and that if they repented not, they should be removed out of their
places.— Also, read a certain clause contained in the appeal,
published in the old Star, under the 183rd page, as follows:—“And to sell
our lands would amount to a denial of our faith, as that is the place
where the Zion of God shall stand according to our faith and belief in
the revelations of God.”
then took the stand, and showed to the congregation why the
High Council proceeded thus, was, that the Church might have a voice
in the matter; and that he considered it perfectly legal, ac cording
to the instructions of President
then set forth the way in which the Presidency of
had been labored with, that a committee of three, of whom
he was one, had labored with them.— He then read a written document
containing a number of accusations against the three presidents. He
spake many things against them, setting forth in a plain and energetic
manner, the iniquity of
, in using the moneys which were loaned for
the Church. Also
’s wrong, in persisting in the use of tea, coffee, and
then arose, and endeavor ed to rectify some mistakes of minor
impor tance made by . Also, the Bish op spake against the
proceedings of the meet ing, as being hasty and illegal, for he thought
they ought to be had before the common council; and said, that he
could not lift his hand against the presidency at present; he then
read a letter from President
A letter was
then read by
, who made some com ments on the
same, and also on the letter read by
who was one of the com mittee sent to labor with the Presidency, then
spake, setting forth in a very energetic manner, the proceedings of the
presidency, as being iniquitous.
also, being one of the com mittee,
spake against the conduct of the pres idency and
, on their visit to la bor with them.
, then spake with much zeal
against this presidency, and in fa vor of brother
Smith jr. and that the wolf alluded to in his letter, were the
dissen ters in
next stated that he considered that all other accusations were
of minor importance compared to their selling their lands in
that they (
and ) had set an example which all the members
were liable to follow; he said that it was a hellish principle, and
that they had flatly denied the faith in so do ing. Elder
then sanctioned what had been done by the council, speaking
against the presidency.
again took the stand, and stated
that sufficient had been said to substan tiate the accusations against
plead in favor of the presidency, stating that he could not
raise his hand against them.
then spake against the High Council in regard to their
proceedings, and labored hard to show that the meeting was illegal,
and that the presidency ought to be had before a proper tribunal, which he
con sidered to be a bishop and twelve high priests; he labored in
favor of the presidency, and said that he should not raise his hands
against them at present, although he did not uphold the presidents in
, next arose and spake against the meeting as being hasty.
followed , in like obser vations and of like
nature. again took the stand in
of the meeting.
then spake against the presi dency, at the same time pleading mercy.
said that he could not vote until
they had a hearing in the common council.
said that the meeting was ac cording
to the direction of br.
therefore, considered it legal.
Martin then took the stand, and with great energy spake in favor of
the legality of the meeting, and against the con duct of the
presidency of Zion, alledging that the present corruptions of the church
here, were owing to the wickedness and misman agement of her
Moderator then called the vote in fa vor of the present presidency. The
negative was then called, and the vote against
was unanimous, excepting
8 or 10 and