<January 21> in the and , and spent the evening in the with Elders and — interpreted dreams &c
The Presidents of the different Quorums met with the High Council at ’s Office, to receive instructions according to the appointment of the Council on the 18th.. President stated the reasons why the Quorum of Seventies had granted Licences, that he applied to President Joseph Smith for permission on the solicitations of the quorums; that their reasons for so doing were because Licences could not be obtained from the Church , President testified to the same, and the Council was satisfied with the Testimony. and were addressed by President on the Word of Wisdom
22 January 1842 • Saturday
<22> Saturday 22 I was very busy in appraising Tithing property, and in the evening revised the rules of the City Council, attended Council and spoke on their adoption, and was elected Vice Mayor pro tem of the City of .
23 January 1842 • Sunday
<23> Sunday 23 Spent the day mostly at <the> , and on the presentation of charges by Elder , silenced Elder Daniel Wood of for preaching that the Church ought to unsheath the sword. and Elder A. Litz for preaching that the authorities of the Church were done away &c and cited him to appear before the High Council of for Trial.
24 January 1842 • Monday
<24> Monday 24 Reckoned with and in the Counting room and examined the Lots on which they are about to build a <steam> grain & saw Mill
25 January 1842 • Tuesday
<25> Tuesday 25 Signed deeds for lots, to the Laws, transacted a variety of business in the and . in the evening debated with and others to shew that the Indians have greater cause to complain of the treatment of the Whites, than the Negroes, or sons of Cain.
28 January 1842 • Friday
<* 28th.> The High Council heard and accepted the report of their Committee of the 18th. instant, as follows,
“The High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ, to the Saints of , Greeting: Dear Brethren— As watchmen upon the Walls of , we feel it to be our duty to stir up your minds, by way of remembrance, of things which we conceive to be of the utmost importance to the Saints. While we rejoice at the health and prosperity of the Saints, and the good feeling which seems to prevail among us generally, and the willingness to aid in the building of the “,” we are grieved at the conduct of some, who seem to have forgotten the purpose for which they had gathered. Instead of promoting union, appeared to be engaged in sowing strifes and animosities among their brethren, spreading evil reports; brother going to law with brother, for trivial causes, which we consider a great evil, and altogether unjustifiable, except in extreme cases, and then not before the world.— We feel to advise taking the word of God for our guide, and exhort you not to forget you have come up as Saviors upon Mount Zion, consequently to seek each other’s good,— to become one: inasmuch as the Lord has said, “except ye become one, ye are none of mine.” Let us always remember the admonitions of the Apostle:—
“Dare any of you having a matter go to law before the unjust and not before the saints? Do ye not know the Saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matter? Know ye not, that we shall judge Angels? How much more things that pertain to this life? If then, ye have judgment of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the Church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren. But brother goeth to law with brother and that before unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? Why do ye [p. 1271]