And that the hand of the destroyer was laid
upon him because he had a rebelious spirit. from the beginning, and
the word of the Lord, had been spoken by <my> mouth—
that it should upon him and this
should see it and now that he has been seized by the destroyer comes in
fulfilment of his word. and God required him to bear testimony of it
before the church and warn them to be careful & not do as he had done.
But instead of doing this, he said he would prove the
Mormon, and one thing or another not being sufficiently humble to
deliver just the message that was required, and so he stumbled and could
not get the spirit. and the brethren were not edified, and he did not do
the thing that God required. but erred in choosing words to
commu nicate his thoughts. Such as commanding the prayers of the
church instead of soliciting them: and also of ma king himself an example
, when it, was only the things
which he suffered which were to be as a check upon transgressors. His
rebeling against the advice and counsel of the
was the cause of his fall ing to the
hands of the Destroyer, again as he had done before when he rebelled
against the counsel that was given him by the Authorities of the church.
And that in all this
has not designed to do wickedly, but he erred in judgement and deserves
reproof. And the decision is that he shall acknowledge his errors on the
morrow before the congregation, and say, brethren, I am fully convinced,
that I have erred in spirit in my remarks before you, when I spoke
here a few sabbaths since, & now I ask your forgiveness, and if he do
this in full faith and is truly humble before God. Then God will
bless him abundintly as he hath not been wont to do.
arose and justified the decision of the court and promised to
comply with the same.
Closed by Prayer of