female as a deed of charity, afterward borrowed it & sold it; For which said council decided that Elder should be suspended from church fellowship, until he gives satisfaction to this council for this unchristian conduct.
19 August 1835 • Wednesday
August 19th 1835
High Council of the presidency in session in , Charge preferred against Elder by Elder Charles [C.] Rich as follows. First for not keeping the word of Wisdom Second. for stating that the book of Mormon was not essential to our Salvation. 3d. That we have no articles of faith except the Bible.
Elder J. B. Smith’s testimony called for. That said assumed the prerogative of dictating him in his preaching, also for not keeping the word of wisdom. Elder Rich made some remarks.
was called upon to speak for himself. he said he had taken the liberty to break the word of wisdom from the example of President Joseph Smith junr & others, but acknowledged that it was wrong. that he had taught the Book of Mormon & commandments as he had thought to be wisdom, and for the good of the cause of Christ. that he had not intended to dictate Elder J. Smith but only to advise with him. The council reproved him and gave him this good instruction, as follows, To observe the word of wisdom & commandments in all things, that we may be heirs to all the blessings, that God has promised, also that it is not advisable for any Elder to take wife with him on a mission to preach.