Minutes, 8 September 1834

New-Portage, Ohio Sept 8th. 1834
Minutes of a conference of the Elders of the Church  of the Latter-Day Saints, held at New-Portage  Ohio. September 8th 1834, After prayer by brother  Joseph Smith Junr. he, brother Joseph and Oliver  Cowdery, united in anointing with oil and laying  hands upon a sick sister, who said she was  healed, and requested us to pray that her faith  fail not, saying, if she did not doubt, she  should not be afflicted any more.
Brother Joseph then made a few intro ductory remarks upon the subject of false  spirits and other items.
Brother A[mbrose] Palmer made a few observa tions, and proceeded to present a case  which had previously occasioned some  difficulty in the church. It was that a  certain brother Carpenter had been tried  for a fault before the church, when the  Church gave him a certain time to reflect  whether he would acknowledge or not.  Brother Gordon at the time, spake in tongues  and declared that brother Carpenter should  not have any lenity. He, brother Palmer, wish ed instruction on this point, whether they  had proceeded right or not, as brother Car penter was dissatisfied &c.
Brother Joseph then proceeded to give an  explanation of the gift of tongues: that it was  particularly instituted for the preaching of the  Gospel to other nations and languages, but  it was not given for the government of  the Church. He further said, if brother Gordon  introduced the Gift of tongues, as a testimony against [p. 49]
Minutes, Kirtland, OH, 8 Sept. 1834; handwriting of Warren Cowdery; in Minute Book 1, pp. 49–51, 73–74; CHL.