Mormon History, Aug 17, 1835

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-- Aug 17, 1835
Oliver Cowdery introduces Book of Doctrine and Covenants. Also, William W. Phelps reads the Article on Marriage which is unanimously accepted to be in the book. (1)

A special conference accepts the DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS which contains unannounced changes and expansions of revelations previously published in THE EVENING AND MORNING STAR and 1833 BOOK OF COMMANDMENTS. This canonized work includes a statement on marriage which prohibits polygamy. (2)

The church unanimously adopts D&C 134 concerning the relationship between church, government, and individuals. Among the assertions the church makes are that governments are instituted by God for the benefit of man; that government should protect the freedom of men to worship as they please; that all men should uphold their government and laws; that churches should not exercise civil powers; and that individuals are justified in defending themselves and their property. (3)

Kirtland, Ohio. Joseph Smith presided at a general assembly of the priesthood and of the Church, where the book Doctrine and Covenants was presented and accepted as scripture. (4)

[Joseph Smith] Kirtland, Ohio. The assembled body of the Church voted unanimously to accept the declaration of belief regarding governments and laws in general now contained in Doctrine & Covenants 134. (4)

[Joseph Smith] A special conference accepts the Doctrine and Covenants which contains unannounced changes and expansions of revelations previously published in The Evening and the Morning Star and 1833 Book of Commandments. This canonized work includes a statement on marriage which prohibits polygamy. (5)

[Joseph Smith] Church conference approved publication of Doctrine and Covenants, Kirtland. (6)

The Doctrine and Covenants, a group of revelation received by Joseph Smith, is accepted as doctrine of the Church. (7)

[Lucy Mack Smith] The general assembly approves the Doctrine and Covenants and also an Article on Marriage while Joseph Jr. is in Michigan. (8)

Oliver Cowdery and Sidney Rigdon presented a revised set of "inspired documents" before a special Conference of the Church, which approved the collection for printing. Section 101, placed almost at the end of the book, gave instructions on purely monogamous marriage. The text stated that the "Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication, and polygamy..." Joseph Smith was out of town when the Conference accepted the collection as being the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church. (9)

[Revelations] Kirtland, Ohio. Doctrine and Covenants 134. The rights and prerogatives of civil governments and religions. Preeminence of conscience, property rights, self-defense. No interference with bond-servants (slaves).
Presented to the general assembly of August 17, 1835 with the Article on Marriage by W. W. Phelps and adopted by unanimous consent to be included in the 1835 D&C. Generally believed to have been written by Oliver Cowdery. Joseph Smith and Frederick G. Williams were in Wisconsin at the time.
1835 Doctrine and Covenants 102/ Minutes of August 17, 1835.
Of Governments and Laws in General. (10)

-- Aug 18, 1835
Minutes of the Kirtland High Council: "Testimony of Elder B. Riggs, as follows, that said Elder [Phineas H.] Young, borrowed a Book of Mormon of Mr. Childs of Madison Co. N. Y. and agreed to return it, but instead of doing so, sold it, also gave another to a poor female as a deed of charity, afterward borrowed it & sold it. For which said council decided that Elder P. H. Young should be suspended from church fellowhip, until he gives satisfaction to this council for this unchristian conduct." Phineas H. Young, Brigham Young's brother; was chosen in 1835 to be an apostle but passed over when William Smith was ordained instead. (2)

-- Aug 19, 1835
Almon Babbitt's defense for breaking the Word of Wisdom: Joseph and others don't observe it. Admonished to live it anyway. (11)

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