Mormon History 1830-1844

Beliefs & Practices

Minutes of April 5–6, 1837  
Presidents W. W. Phelps and John Whitmer meet with the high council, bishop and counselors, and apostles Thomas B. Marsh and David W. Patten. The presidents propose a private meeting with the high council but the idea is rejected. Thomas B. Marsh threatens to call a common council, but the presidents acquiesce. David W. Patten characterizes their conduct as "iniquitous & fradulent in the extreme."
Date   April 5–6, 1837  

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Location   Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri  
Description   The Council convened agreeable to adjournment …    
Presidents   "… the aforementioned Presidents" (presumably W. W. Phelps and John Whitmer)    
[Clerk]   [Not named]    
Present   Presidents W. W. Phelps and John Whitmer
Bishop Edward Partridge and counselors
Apostles Thomas B. Marsh (h) and David W. Patten (h)
Far West high council
  counselors: Isaac Morley and John Corrill
Open   Prayer  
Phelps and Whitmer: meet privately   Before the official business can begin, William and John propose the bishop and his counselors, and the two apostles, leave. They insist on a private meeting with the high council.  
Opposed   All oppose the proposal. The bishop and apostles insist they have a right to remain.  
Phelps: dissolve the council

Marsh counters
  W. W. Phelps then says he will dissolve the council. Apostle Thomas B. Marsh declares if the council is dissolved he will prefer a charge against the two presidents "before the Bishop & 12 High Priests."   A bishop and twelve members of the High Priesthood constitute a common council. D&C 107:82
Council proceeds   The two presidents then agree to let all present remain, and the investigation begins.  
Rebuke   The council is not satisfied with the pair's answers to the nine items. The council and others "strongly rebuke the late improper proceedings of the Presidents."    
Patten indignant: iniquity, fraud   [David W. Patten:] spoke against them with apparent indignation: stating that these proceedings had been had been iniquitous & fradulent in the extreme, in unrighteously appropriating Church funds to their own emolument which had been plainly proven.  
April 6   April 6th was occupied in like discussions.  

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