Evening, February 12. 1834. This evening the
at the house of bro.
Smith Jun. in
Church business. The Council was opened
organized, and opened by bro.
Joseph then rose and said: I shall now endeavour to set forth before
this Council, the dignity of the office which has been confer red upon me
by the ministering of the Angel of God, by his own voice and by the voice
of this Church. I have never set before any council in all
the order in which a Council ought to be conducted, which, prehaps, has
deprived the Councils of some, or many blessings.
He said, that no man was capable of
judging a matter in cou ncil without his own heart was pure; and that we
frequently, are so filled with prejudice, or have a beam in our own
we are not capable of passing right descissions, &c.
But to return to the subject of the order: In ancient days
councils were conducted with such strict propriety, that no one was
allowed to whisper, be weary, leave the room, or get uneasy in the least,
until the voice of the Lord, by revelation, or by the voice of the Council
by the spirit was obtained: which has not been