Mormon History, Sep 4, 1842

-- Sep 4, 1842
William Law: Left Nauvoo for East with Hyrum Smith 4 September 1842 to counter false statements of John C. Bennett and attend October conference of Church in Philadelphia. (1)

-- Sept 4th 1842
[High Council Minutes]
The affidavit of Mary Clift, dated 29th Aug 1842 as also one of Sept 4th 1842 were read
Esther Smith gave evidence that defendant told her it was lawful for people to hold illicit intercourse if they only held their peace & that the time would it was agreeable to the practice of some of the leading men or heads of the Church. It took place the thursday before the Choir was dismissed in the upper part of Town near the Bluff at 9 O'clock in the evening, she was going home _ he offered & went to accompany her and this took place upon the way, she further testified that Mary Clift joined the Choir at Br Joseph Smiths.
Defendant then produced a paper containing questions put to & answers given by Mary Clift this morning after her deposition was taken by alderman Spencer which went, together with aforsaid depositions, to prove his guilt several witnesses were afterwards called upon in his behalf but none gave any evidence that he was inocent
The Councillors then spoke according to order who were four in all Viz (5) David Fulmer (6) G.W. Harris (7) Simeon Carter pro tem for T Grover (8) and A Johnson. Br Averett & Hills then spoke After which Prest Cowles & Rich gave their judgement in which the entire Council concured by vote that is by disfellowshiping Gustavius Hills.
(The two following articles should have been inserted on page 9 see ommision)
A matter indispute between Alexander Stanly & others and Br Pierce, concerning a price of Land, was refered to the council & afterwards handed over to Prest Marks Jas. Allred Alpheus Culter G.W. Harris & A Johnson as arbritrators who were to try the case on Tuesday next to hear & decide the case that day
a bond to be previously entered into by the parties the bond to be executed by all parties on Monday next Said Arbitrators are to appear and decide (2)

[High Council Minutes]
[original minutes in file note some deletions] Council met according to adjournment. Joshua Smith being absent Elias Higbee was appointed in his place.
the case of Gustavius Hills was called. President A. Cowles spoke by way of address to the council upon the subject. (2)

-- Sep 06, 1842
Joseph Smith addresses a second letter containing further instructions regarding the practice of baptism for the dead, now found in Doctrine and Covenants 128: "Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation" (v. 24). (3)

-- Sep 6, 1842
[D and C] Doctrine and Covenants 128: An epistle from Joseph Smith the Prophet to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, containing further directions on baptism for the dead; dated at Nauvoo, Illinois, September 6, 1842. HC 5: 148-153.
1-5, Local and general recorders must certify to the fact of baptisms for the dead; 6-9, Their records are binding and recorded on earth and in heaven; 10-14, The baptismal font is a similitude of the grave; 15-17, Elijah restored power relative to baptism for the dead; 18-21, All of the keys, powers, and authorities of past dispensations have been restored; 22-25, Glad and glorious tidings acclaimed for the living and the dead. (4)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith wrote a letter to the Church containing further instruction concerning baptisms for the dead, which was later canonized as Doctrine & Covenants 128. (5)

-- Sep 8, 1842
Nauvoo, Illinois. In a letter to James Arlington Bennet, Joseph Smith bore his testimony and described his persecutions. (5)

-- Sep 10, 1842
Wilford Woodruff writes: "There was a counsel of the 'TWELVE' held for four days with Elder ORSON PRATT to labour with him to get him to recall his sayings against Joseph & the Twelve but he persisted in his wicked course & would not recall any of his sayings which were unjust & untrue, The Twelve then rejected him as a member of their quorum & he was cut off from the Twelve. Dr. John Cook Bennet was the ruin of Orson Pratt" (6)

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith remained in hiding the entire day and returned home at night. (5)

-- Sept 10th 1842
[High Council Minutes]
Council met according to adjournment.
Ezra Hayes came before the Council and made some confession was forgiven after which he was ordained an Elder.
Lewis Muedze was also ordained an Elder as he desired to return to Germany to preach the gospel.
Councillor Samuel Bent appointed E Higbee to fill his place in the High Council during his absence on a mission
Adjourned for one week at same time & place
Hosea Stout Clerk (2)

1 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
2 - Minutes of the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Nauvoo Illinois: Nauvoo Hancock County Illinois
3 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,'
4 - Doctrine and Covenants
5 - BYU Studies Journal, volume 46, no. 4: A Chronology of the Life of Joseph Smith
6 - On This Day in Mormon History,

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