Mormon History 1830-1844

Sylvester Smith (1805–18??)
Early missionary, Kirtland high council, Zion's Camp (accuses Joseph Smith of misconduct), one of Seven Presidents of the Seventy, school of the prophets, 1837 dissenter.
 
 
Born   March 25, 1806 in Tyringham, Berkshire county, Massachusetts  
<i>Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power<i>, D. Michael Quinn &#40;Salt Lake City: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1994&#41;.
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    March 25, 1806 in Becket, Berkshire county, Massachusetts (14 miles northeast of Tyringham)   Ancestry.com
    [1805] in Connecticut  
<i>Papers of Joseph Smith, Volume 2: Journal, 1832&#45;1842</i>, edited by Dean C. Jessee &#40;Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992&#41;.
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Father   Chileab Smith  
<i>Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power<i>, D. Michael Quinn &#40;Salt Lake City: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1994&#41;.
')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Origins, 592; Ancestry.com Mother   Nancy Marshall   <i>Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power<i>, D. Michael Quinn &#40;Salt Lake City: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1994&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Origins, 592; Ancestry.com Prior religion   Methodist Episcopal   <i>Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power<i>, D. Michael Quinn &#40;Salt Lake City: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1994&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Origins, 592. Occupation   Farmer, teacher, carpenter   <i>Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power<i>, D. Michael Quinn &#40;Salt Lake City: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1994&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Origins, 592. Amherst   1830 living in Amherst, Ohio with wife and a daughter under 5.   ¶ 1830 Census: Kirtland, et. al. Baptized   [November 1830–May1831]     Baptizes Joel Johnson June 1, 1831 baptizes Joel Hills Johnson in Amherst.   Joel Hills Johnson autobiography. Typescript. Church Archives and BYU Special Collections.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Joel Johnson autobiography, 4. Kirtland conference   June 3–6, 1831 attends Kirtland conference as an elder.   Minutes of June [3–6], 1831 Amherst conference silences elder   September 29, 1831 attends Amherst conference with Newel K. Whitney, Oliver Cowdery, and Joel Hills Johnson.   Minutes of Sept. 29, 1831 Pledges all

Ordained to High Priesthood
  October 25, 1831 attends general conference in Orange, Ohio; testifies "that it was the will of the Lord to seal his saints," and, like others, covenants "to give all to the Lord." Oliver Cowdery ordains Sylvester to the High Priesthood.   ¶ Minutes of Oct. 25–26 1831 Mission call January 25, 1832 attends a general conference in Amherst, Ohio, where Joseph Smith is ordained president of the High President; Sylvester is paired as missionary with Gideon Carter (destination not specified).   ¶ Presidents of the High Priesthood

¶ D&C 75:34
New York mission April [6], 1833 leaves Kirtland on a mission to New York with Harpen Riggs.   Sylvester Smith (Chenango Point, New York) May 16, 1833, <i>The Evening and the Morning Star</i>')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">EMS 2, no. 14 (July 1833): 108–109. 15 churches between Kirtland and Chenango Point It is about six weeks since I left Kirtland to take a mission to the east; since which time I have visited twelve churches, and passed three others … in the course from Kirtland to Chenango, New York … Some of said churches are composed of nearly one hundred members; and, in nearly all of them, the work is still going on.   Mother of abominations … I find the mother of abominations, has presented the cup to the lips of all people, languages and tongues; and nearly all have been sipping her delusion: and taking the name of the Beast instead of the name of Christ.       I know of no reason why the angels, after the people have been warned a little longer, should not receive the great command: Go reap down the earth.       Brother Harpen Riggs is with me, and though young, he bids fair to be useful. His faith is good. We have travelled about five hundred miles in about six weeks. We held fifteen meetings, and I trust that we shall continue to receive the grace of God to support us even to the end.     High council February 17, 1834 named to the first high council, in Kirtland.   Minutes of Feb. 17, 1834 // D&C 102:3 Zion's Camp   May 11, 1834 preaches to Zion's Camp (Sunday).   ¶ Heber C. Kimball's Accounts of Zion's Camp // , 479. Sylvester's refractory feelings   [May 14, 1834] We passed on to Belle Fontaine, where we discovered refractory feelings in Sylvester Smith, who expressed great dissatisfaction because we [66] were short of bread, although we had used all diligence to procure a supply, and Captain Brigham Young had previously sent two men ahead to provide supplies for his company.   , Addenda 4G // <i>History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter&#45;day Saints</i>, edited by B. H. Roberts, 7 vols. &#40;Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1902&#45;1912, 1932&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">HC 2:65–66. Sylvester argues with some of the men

Joseph warns them to be humble and united

Horses founder
  May 17, 1834 camp crosses from Ohio into Indian lands in Indiana. At night, a difficulty arises between Sylvester and some of the brethren. Joseph finds Sylvester "and to some extent in others," rebellious and warns that unless they humble themselves and become united, they will be scourged, "and you will know it before you leave this place." In the morning they find their horses "so badly foundered that we could scarce lead them a few rods to the water."   ¶ Heber's Accounts of Zion's Camp

Italics in original.
Joseph promises horses will be healed if repent

Sylvester's horse dies
 

When brother Joseph learned the fact he exclaimed to the brethren, that for a witness that God overruled and had his eye upon them, that all those who would humble themselves before the Lord, should know that the hand of God was in this misfortune, and their horses should be restored to health immediately, and by twelve o'clock the same day the horses were as nimble as ever, with the exception of one of Sylvester Smith's which soon afterwards died.

    Angry outburst   [June 4, 1834] At this place there was some feelings of hostility manifested again by Sylvester Smith, in consequence of a dog growling at him while he was marching his company up to the camp, he being the last that come over the river.—   ¶ Heber's Accounts of Zion's Camp

<i>Times and Seasons</i>')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">TS 6, no. 20 (Jan. 1, 1846):1076.
Joseph rebukes   [June 5, 1834] Brother Joseph said that he would descend to be spirit that was manifested by some of the brethren, to let them see the folly of their wickedness. He rose up and commenced speaking, by saying, "if any man insults me, or abuses me, I will stand in my own defence at the expense of my life; and if a dog growl at me, I will let him know that I am his master." At this moment Sylvester Smith, who had just returned from where he had turned out his horses to feed, came up, and hearing Brother Joseph make those remarks, said, "if that dog bites me, I'll kill him."— Brother Joseph turned to Sylvester and said, "if you kill that dog, I'll whip you," and then went on to show the brethren how wicked and unchristianlike such conduct appeared before the eyes of truth and justice   ¶ Heber's Accounts of Zion's Camp

¶ Minutes of August 29, 1834

¶ Satan Came Also
Prairie incident after crossing Mississippi   [June 17, 1834] Lyman Wight and Sylvester Smith refuse to follow Hyrum's order to move onto the prairie. Joseph rebukes them:     Enemies on the Missouri

Joseph suggests move on to prairie
  about <at> noon we crossed the Wakendah, it being high, we had to be ferried over, we were informed here that a party of men were gathered together on the Missouri River, with the intention of attacking us that night, the prairie ahead of us was twenty three miles long without any timber or <palatable, healthy,> water, some of the brethren wished to stop near the timber, and were about making arrang[e]ments to pitch their tents, we had but little provisions. I proposed to get some wood and water <to> carry with us, and go on into the Prairie 8 or 10 miles.   , Addenda, 14.

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Minutes of August 29, 1834

Curiously, in this time period Heber refers only to tarrying in the prairie " on account of a rupture which took place in the camp," apparently not referring to these events but to the chastisement, a few days earlier, of Frederick G. Williams and Roger Orton for "not obeying orders." ¶ Heber C. Kimball's Accounts of Zion's Camp
Hyrum: Lord says go to prairie   my brother Hyrum said he knew in the name of the Lord, that it was best to go on to the Prairie, and as he was my Elder Brother I thought best to heed his counsel, though some were murmuring in the camp. we accordingly started.   Lyman doesn't like move

Sylvester tries to prevent
  When Lyman Wight crossed the River, he disapproved of our moving on to the Prairie, upon which Sylvester Smith who had been appointed adjutant of the Camp, placed himself in the road, turned back all that he could by saying, "are you following your General, or some other man," and some twenty staid behind with Lyman Wight.   Joseph camps on prairie

Bad water
  we drove about 8 miles on the Prairie and encamped out of sight of Timber, the sun apparently went down, and next morning rose again in the Grass. our company had filled a couple of empty Powder Kegs with Water, it tasted so bad we could not drink it, and all that the Water that we had was out of a Slough filled with red living animals, and was putrid.     Joseph's rebuke

Lyman accepts
  about Eleven oclock Lyman Wight arrived with the company that had remained with him. I called them together and reproved them for tarrying behind, and not obeying my Council, and told Lyman Wight never to do so again, he promised that he would stand by me for ever, and never forsake me again let the — consequence be what it would.     Sylvester's refractory feelings   but Sylvester Smith manifested very refractory feelings.     Leave Missouri   June 30, 1834 leaves Missouri with Heber C. Kimball, Lyman Sherman, Alexander Badlam, Harrison Burgess, Luke Johnson, and Zera Cole, arriving about July 26.   ¶ Heber C. Kimball Signs discharge papers   July 1, 1834 Sylvester and Lyman Wight sign discharge papers for Frederick G. Williams, "council to the commander in Chief of the Army of the Lord's house," quartermaster, and other positions.   ¶ Frederick G. Williams Charges Joseph with criminal conduct   August 11, 1834 accuses Joseph Smith of "criminal conduct" during Zion's Camp. Joseph is exonerated. Sylvester's confession is to be published and the branches notified.   Minutes of August 11, 1834 Council vindicates Joseph   August 23, 1834 council approves article vindicating Joseph Smith's conduct on Zion's Camp, signed by sixteen members, to be published in the Evening and Morning Star and circulated as a broadside.   Minutes of August 23, 1834 Council tries Sylvester   August 28, 1834 Bishop Whitney convenes high council to try Sylvester Smith for his accusations against Joseph Smith. The prophet's conduct in Zion's Camp is upheld and Sylvester Smith is rebuked.   Minutes of August 28, 1834 Sylvester signs confessions under duress   August 29, 1834 concluding testimony—Sylvester is blamed for confrontations with Joseph Smith: insubordination, threatening Joseph's dog, arguing with him, refusing to share bread. Joseph didn't steal a quilt, it was given to him. Sylvester to publish confession. Detailed terms dictated. Sylvester signs statement "for fear of punishment."   Minutes of August 29, 1834 Printed confession   September 1834 difficulties between Sylvester and Joseph arose during Zion's Camp. Sylvester complained to the council, which found Joseph's conduct blameless. Sylvester perfectly satisfied, regrets trouble he caused with his accusations. Testifies the work is true and must endure.   Sylvester Smith's Published Confession Removed from high council September 29, 1834 high council drops Sylvester from the council (Joseph rendering the decision), and replaces him with Hyrum Smith. "… brother Sylvester gave his own assent with thankfulness."   Minutes of September 29, 1834 Calling of the Twelve February 14, 1835 attends meeting of Zion's Camp where the Twelve are called and first ordination blessings are given.   Minutes of February 14, 1835 Seventy   [February 28, 1835 one of] those Seventy who were called and [ordained] to be sent forth [165] ordained and blessed at that time to begin the organization of the first Quorum of the seventies according to the visions and revelations which I have received. The seventies to constitute travelling Quorum. to go into all the earth, whither soever the twelve Apostles should call them.   Kirtland High Council Minutes &#40;December 1832&#45;November 1837&#41;. <I>Selected Collections</i>, 1:19 // <i>New Mormon Studies CD&#45;ROM</i>. Original, Church Archives, MS 3432.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Kirtland council, 164–165

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Blessing   [March 1, 1835] After Sacrament the council continued the ordination and blessing of those priviously called; also John Murdock, Ezra Thayer & S. W. Denton. were ordained & blessed. Benjamin Winchester. Hyrum Smith, and Frederick G. Williams were blessed, and Joseph Young and Sylvester Smith were ordained Presidents of the Seventies. …   Manuscript History of the Church &#40;Sept. 1, 1834&#45;Nov. 2, 1838&#41;, pages 496&#45;849 &#40;book labeled B&#45;1&#41;, written Aug. 30, 1834&#45;Apr. 4, 1845 and Jan. 15, 1846&#45;July 1, 1854. At the time of Joseph&#39;s death &#40;1844&#41;, the history was complete to August 5, 1838. <I>Selected Collections</I> 1:1, Volume 2. Original, Church Archives, CR 100 102, Volume 2.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MH-B, 578.

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  Sylvester Smith   Kirtland High Council Minutes &#40;December 1832&#45;November 1837&#41;. <I>Selected Collections</i>, 1:19 // <i>New Mormon Studies CD&#45;ROM</i>. Original, Church Archives, MS 3432.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Kirtland council, 179–180. A president of the Seventy We seal your Ministry upon your ministry [sic] upon your head, and also ordain you to be one of the 70 and a President among the 70. Your mind shall become pure and chaste, and the importance of your calling shall lie near your heart from this hour. You shall preside with dignity and with honor forever. You shall have great affliction and persecution because of your office. Your enemies shall seek your life with great diligence, but if you dedicate [180] your all to God, you shall be preserved if you keep his covenant and turn away from none of it. You shall have great power and wisdom & do great good before the Lord. You shall travel from land to land and from Kingdom to Kingdom, and you shall stand before and preach to Kings, and have power over great men, and poor men & show forth signs and wonders to whom signs and wonders will be profitable, and in a good old age you shall return with rejoicing and bring many sheaves with you. Then shall you rest and your last days shall be your best days. Amen.   As with most of these ordination blessings, the names of those performing the ordinance are not mentioned. First seven presidents of first Seventy May 2, 1835 mentioned as one of "the seven presidents of the first Seventy" who are "to hold themselves "in readiness to go at the call of the Twelve, when the Lord opens the way."   ¶ Minutes of May 2, 1835     November 1835 presidents of the Seventy who were previously ordained as high priests are asked to return to that quorum. Sylvester is one. The others are Hazen Aldrich, Leonard Rich, Zebedee Coltrin, and Lyman Sherman. Joseph "thought that this was the best way to settle the difficulty and remove all feelings, without deciding the question as to which was the greatest."     Serves as clerk for high council   November 22, 1835 serves as clerk for high council meeting.   Minutes of Nov. 22, 1835, also Minutes of Sept. 16, 1835, Minutes of August 17, 1835 Meeting of the Seventy [December 27, 1835] At a meeting of the seventy Elders … we were informed of the spread which the mighty work of God has taken by their means the past season. … many have been convinced, and 175 baptized into the Kingdom of Jesus … [254] …   <i>Latter Day Saints&#39; Messenger and Advocate<i>')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MA 2, no. 4 (Jan. 1836): 253, 254. Sylvester's rhetoric May the Lord speed them on their mighty errand, that the work may be done and well done, the righteous gathered, sanctified, and made meet for their Father's kingdom; and be looking forth unto the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. When the kingdoms of this world will be shaken, the man of sin destroyed, everlasting righteousness brought in, the knowledge and glory of God cover the earth; Saints be exalted and rejoice; earth purified by fire which shall burn like an oven; wickedness consumed; satan bound; Christ reign; and all the redeemed, out of every nation, with him forever and ever: and all the fulness of celestial glory be enjoyed by the Saints in the presence of God and the Lamb: Even so: Amen. Come Lord Jesus.     Released from high council   January 13, 1836 Noah Packard replaces Sylvester on the Kirtland high council because he "had been ordained to the presidency of the seventy."   Manuscript History of the Church &#40;Sept. 1, 1834&#45;Nov. 2, 1838&#41;, pages 496&#45;849 &#40;book labeled B&#45;1&#41;, written Aug. 30, 1834&#45;Apr. 4, 1845 and Jan. 15, 1846&#45;July 1, 1854. At the time of Joseph&#39;s death &#40;1844&#41;, the history was complete to August 5, 1838. <I>Selected Collections</I> 1:1, Volume 2. Original, Church Archives, CR 100 102, Volume 2.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MH-B, 609. Horsemen and chariots   January 22, 1836 at an evening meeting of the presidency of the church anoints and ordains Thomas B. Marsh to anoint and bless the Twelve. The Twelve then anoint and bless the presidency of the Seventy. "The heavens were opened unto Elder Sylvester Smith, and he leaping up exclaimed, 'The horsemen of Israel and the chariots thereof.'" After the anointings and blessings, "the gift of tongues fell upon us in mighty power. Angels mingled their voices with ours, while their presence was in our midst, and unceasing praises swelled our bosoms for the space of half an hour."   Manuscript History of the Church &#40;Sept. 1, 1834&#45;Nov. 2, 1838&#41;, pages 496&#45;849 &#40;book labeled B&#45;1&#41;, written Aug. 30, 1834&#45;Apr. 4, 1845 and Jan. 15, 1846&#45;July 1, 1854. At the time of Joseph&#39;s death &#40;1844&#41;, the history was complete to August 5, 1838. <I>Selected Collections</I> 1:1, Volume 2. Original, Church Archives, CR 100 102, Volume 2.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MH-B, 621.

Original: horseman

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Acting scribe   [January 25, 1836] Appointed Elder Sylvester Smith acting scribe for the time being, or till Elder Parrish shall recover his health [February 8].   Manuscript History of the Church &#40;Sept. 1, 1834&#45;Nov. 2, 1838&#41;, pages 496&#45;849 &#40;book labeled B&#45;1&#41;, written Aug. 30, 1834&#45;Apr. 4, 1845 and Jan. 15, 1846&#45;July 1, 1854. At the time of Joseph&#39;s death &#40;1844&#41;, the history was complete to August 5, 1838. <I>Selected Collections</I> 1:1, Volume 2. Original, Church Archives, CR 100 102, Volume 2.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MH-B, 620. Pillar of fire   January 28, 1836 in the House of the Lord, after the Twelve anoint the seven presidents of the Seventy, Sylvester sees, "a pillar of fire rest down and abide upon the heads of the quorum, as we stood in the midst of the twelve."   Manuscript History of the Church &#40;Sept. 1, 1834&#45;Nov. 2, 1838&#41;, pages 496&#45;849 &#40;book labeled B&#45;1&#41;, written Aug. 30, 1834&#45;Apr. 4, 1845 and Jan. 15, 1846&#45;July 1, 1854. At the time of Joseph&#39;s death &#40;1844&#41;, the history was complete to August 5, 1838. <I>Selected Collections</I> 1:1, Volume 2. Original, Church Archives, CR 100 102, Volume 2.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MH-B, 621. Hebrew   February 3, 1836 Studies [Hebrew] with Joseph and Oliver.   <i>History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter&#45;day Saints</i>, edited by B. H. Roberts, 7 vols. &#40;Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1902&#45;1912, 1932&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">HC 2:390.     February 19, 1836 selected by Professor Seixas for Hebrew lessons this afternoon and an hour earlier than usual in the morning. Others are Joseph Smith "and scribe" (William Parrish), Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, W. W. Phelps, Edward Partridge, William E. McLellin (h), Orson Hyde, and Orson Pratt.   Manuscript History of the Church &#40;Sept. 1, 1834&#45;Nov. 2, 1838&#41;, pages 496&#45;849 &#40;book labeled B&#45;1&#41;, written Aug. 30, 1834&#45;Apr. 4, 1845 and Jan. 15, 1846&#45;July 1, 1854. At the time of Joseph&#39;s death &#40;1844&#41;, the history was complete to August 5, 1838. <I>Selected Collections</I> 1:1, Volume 2. Original, Church Archives, CR 100 102, Volume 2.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MH-B, 627.     February 24, 1836 attends meeting of "the quorums, at the school room in the Temple, to take into consideration the propriety or impropriety of ordaining a large number of individuals who wish to be ordained to official stations in the church." Seven are accepted and nineteen rejected. Sylvester is appointed with Orson Hyde and Oliver Cowdery to draft license rules and regulations.   Manuscript History of the Church &#40;Sept. 1, 1834&#45;Nov. 2, 1838&#41;, pages 496&#45;849 &#40;book labeled B&#45;1&#41;, written Aug. 30, 1834&#45;Apr. 4, 1845 and Jan. 15, 1846&#45;July 1, 1854. At the time of Joseph&#39;s death &#40;1844&#41;, the history was complete to August 5, 1838. <I>Selected Collections</I> 1:1, Volume 2. Original, Church Archives, CR 100 102, Volume 2.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MH-B, 629.     March 11, 1836 Hebrew class is divided into three. Sylvester, Orson Pratt, and Edward Partridge meet at Luke Johnson's. The other classes meet in the printing office and on the flats.   Manuscript History of the Church &#40;Sept. 1, 1834&#45;Nov. 2, 1838&#41;, pages 496&#45;849 &#40;book labeled B&#45;1&#41;, written Aug. 30, 1834&#45;Apr. 4, 1845 and Jan. 15, 1846&#45;July 1, 1854. At the time of Joseph&#39;s death &#40;1844&#41;, the history was complete to August 5, 1838. <I>Selected Collections</I> 1:1, Volume 2. Original, Church Archives, CR 100 102, Volume 2.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MH-B, 632–633. Dissenter   1837 numbered among the dissenters.   ¶ Doings and Sayings (George A. Smith, Jan. 10, 1858) Calls Mormonism "the height of idiotism." … I recollect in the upper room of the Temple in Kirtland, Ohio, when we were assembled there, a very noted man, by the name of Sylvester Smith, bore testimony of what he had seen of the Prophet of God, of angels, &c. He said he wanted to bear testimony, and continued to say, "I have spoken by what you call the Holy Ghost; the eyes of my understanding have been touched, and I have seen convoy after convoy of angels; I have laid hands on the lame, and they have leaped like an hart; I have spoken with tongues and had the interpretation thereof; I have seen the sick healed time after time;—but let me tell you, everything I have seen and everything you have seen is the height of idiotism." This was Sylvester Smith, after he apostatized.   Jedediah M. Grant, Jun. 8, 1854, JD 6:254. Excitable, physical exertions … you will find those, who, on that occasion and similar occasions, received great and powerful manifestations, and when the spirit came on them it seemed to distort the countenance, and caused them to make tremendous efforts in some instances. Sylvester Smith bore testimony of seeing the hosts of heaven and the horsemen. In his exertion and excitement it seemed as though he would jump through the ceiling.   ¶ Satan Came Also  
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