Mormon History, Aug 11, 1834

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-- Aug 11, 1834
Kirtland high council hears Sylvester Smith accuse Joseph Smith of "criminal conduct" during Zion's Camp. Joseph is exonerated. A notice from the high council and Sylvester's confession to be published in the Evening and Morning Star. (1)

Kirtland, Ohio. Elder Sylvester Smith accused Joseph Smith of criminal conduct during his journey to and from Missouri, but later confessed that his accusation was false and asked Joseph Smith for forgiveness. (2)

-- Aug 13, 1834
[Lucy Mack Smith] Samuel Harrison Smith marries Mary Bailey. (3)

-- Aug 16, 1834
Joseph writes Lyman Wight that September 11, 1836 "is the appointed time for the redemption of Zion." Joseph to Lyman Wight, et. al. PWJS, 347-350. (1)

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith wrote instructions to the high council of the Church in Missouri and urged them to sign a petition to Governor Daniel Dunklin of Missouri requesting his protection. (2)

[Joseph Smith] Joseph writes Lyman Wight that September 11, 1836 "is the appointed time for the redemption of Zion." Joseph to Lyman Wight and others, August 16, 1834 in JS personal, 2nd ed., 347-350; HC 2:144146. 1834
" I, the Lord, will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may save some." D&C 64:21 (4)

-- Aug 21, 1834
Frederick G. Williams returns from Cleveland and reports cholera epidemic. "After much consultation" Joseph, Oliver Cowdery, and Frederick agree that Frederick should return and administer to the sick . (1)

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith sent Dr. Frederick G. Williams to Cleveland, Ohio, to administer to those who were sick with cholera. (2)

-- Aug 23, 1834
Council approves article for the Evening and Morning Star endorsing Joseph's behavior on Zion's Camp. Sylvester Smith guilty is "disqualified" to act in his office until "a trial before the bishop assisted by twelve high priests can be had." (1)

Sylvester Smith rescinds his confession, but tried, and again agrees to sign a confession. (5)

Kirtland, Ohio. The Kirtland High Council read and adopted resolutions concerning Joseph Smiths conduct toward Sylvester Smith, saying that Joseph Smith was worthy of [their] esteem and fellowship. (2)

-- Aug 27, 1834
Bishop Whitney notifies Sylvester that Sidney has lodged a complaint that he has "been guilty of violating the laws of the Church" and the high council will convene the next day to consider the accusation (1)

-- Aug 28, 1834
Kirtland, Ohio. During a special council assembled for the trial of Sylvester Smith, Joseph Smith was cleared of Sylvester Smiths false accusations from the Zions Camp march. (2)

1 - Kenny, Scott, "Mormon History 1830-1844,"
2 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
3 - Anderson, Lavina Fielding, Editor, Lucy's Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith's Family Memoir, 2001, Signature Books
4 - Kenny, Scott, Zion's Camp Chronology (1834),
5 - Tidd, N. R., "Mormon Chronology,"

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