To the foregoing charges brother Elder Reuben Keeler plead not guilty. The council after hearing the tes timony and patiently investigating the case, found him guilty of the first and last charges, and made their decision as follows, That <brother> Keeler discharge a judgement and cost of about fifteen dollars which he obtained against David Matthews, before John C. Stearns, a justice of the peace at and relinquish the property now under execution and also that he said Keeler, should stay the proceedings on an other Judgement of about three dollars or so, for a short space of time that said Matthews could pay it short of having his property sold on execution. To this decision Brother Keeler refused to comply, and said that he would appeal it to the high council at
To whom we address these minutes
22 November 1835 • Sunday
Council of High Priests and Elders. held in the presence of the members of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints Nov 22d 1835.
President Joseph Smith Junr. & Pre siding appointed Clerk.
The case of presented by J. Smith had been an ordained Elder in the Church and for a time preached the gospel successfully. but after a while sent his license in a letter in a to President Smith requesting to be excused from laboring longer in the vineyard. This evening he came forward before the church and confessed that he had been in temptation and fallen into Error, so much [p. 130]