The accuser and the accused then spoke for themselves, after which, the president arose and laid open the case still more plain and gave his decision; which was, that the charges in the declaration had been fairly sustained by good witnesses, also, that bro. H. ought to have confessed when rebuked by also that if he had the spirit of the Lord at the meetings whene he hollowed, he must have abused it, and grieved it away. all the council agreed with the decision. Bro. Hodges then rose and said, that he then saw his wrong, but never saw it before and appeared to feel thankful that he saw it, he said he had learned more during this trial, than he had since he came into the church, confessed freely his error, and said he would attend to overcoming that evil, the Lord being his helper
The council then adjourned to meet again tomorrow evening 20th Inst.
20 February 1834 • Thursday
, 20 Feb'y. 1834.
High council met this evening accordng to appointment to determine concerning the Elders going out to preach &c. The president opened the council by prayer.—
At a church meeting held in Pennsylvania, Erie Co. and by & , high priests, Some of the members of that church refused to partake of the sacrament because the Elder administering it did not observe the words of wisdom to obey them. argued that they were justified in so doing because the Elder was in transgression. argued that the church was bound to receive the supper under the administration of an elder so long as he retained his office, or licence. Voted that six counsellors should speak upon the subject, or case.
The council then proceeded to try the question, whether disobedience to the word of wisdom was a transgression sufficient to deprive an official member from holding [p. 39]