From this short letter we discover— that failed in out set, to fill their great and important mission, as they know that God has us to build a in which to receive an , previous, to to the , and that Zion could not be redeemed until this takes place: knowing that the committee were to jour ney for the express purpose of soliciting donations, they have failed to hold them up, and set forth this first important thing, and in consequence God has not blessed them as he otherwise would. We remind you of these things, in the name of the Lord, and refer you to the book of covenants, 2nd. Section, 2nd. part, and 12, paragraph, and ask, did we not instruct you to remember first the , secondly the cause of Zion, and then the publishing the word to the Nations? The other is an extract from Elder ’s letter to his wife, as follows: “You say, that it will not be in your power to go to school this summer— I am glad that it is not, since has returned and given, me a description of the man ner in which it is conducted. though we do not wish to cast any reflections.”
This, the council consider[ed] to be a libel upon the face of it: says, “We do not wish to cast any reflections.” When the highest insult and reflections are cast, by it upon the , the , and those who are held in much higher estimation in the sight of God and this church, than themselves. It is necessary to add further the vote of the — We hereby inform and that we withdraw our fel lowship from them until they return and make satisfaction face to face.
We further inform , that as far as we can learn from the churches through which you have traveled, that you have set yourselves up as an inde pendant counsel subject to no authority of the church a kind of out laws. This impression is wrong, and [p. 91]