175 years ago today - Dec 21, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]
Br H. C. Kimball Addressed the Council & said that He had been to the mountains & got an endowment & felt it in his bones & wanted to talk a little. He said the day had come when iniquity Could not be harboured in the church. And men because they belong to my family or Br Brigham Youngs family [through the law of adoption] will not be screened in wickedness. I would even turn over to the law of God sons out of my own loins if they done wrong. Will I suffer iniquity to go unpunished in others more than in my own sons? I tell you nay. Br Andrews has been adopted into my family. But let the law of God have its demand upon him if it takes his head off for A man had better enter into life maimed than into Hell with all his members....

[Brigham Young] said A man by seeking that which did not belong to him would loose that which He seemeth to have As in this case Br Andrews by unlawfully marrying this woman is now left without any wife. There is no Elder in this Church [who has] any right to marry A woman to a man who has A living wife.

Many men act like fools as soon as they get an idea that women should obey their husbands & be passive in their hands. They will go to the woods & get a bundle of sticks & commence whiping their wives to make them obey them. In the first place A Husband should be a righteous man A man of God & ruled his houshold in righteousness & govern his wife with kindness & love & not with A rod, club, or his fist. His conduct to his wife should be such that she will love him with all of her heart. And he should pray to God that his wife & children which are jewels given him might be saved & not taken from him that not any thing need be lost which the father hath given him.

He said that many men through their conduct would have [wives] taken from them that which they had & given to another. He said that when A man had A jewel given to him he ought to prize it & treasure it up & take good care of it & in process of time other jewels might be given him of the Lord. But He should not undertake to steal them for He could not keep them. ...

it was moved & carried that Milo Andrews be cut off from the Church for Adultery. It was Also moved And carried that the woman be cut off from the Church for Adultery. ...

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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