145 years ago today - Apr 17, 1878

[John Taylor]
EXCOMMUNICATIONS. When it has been found necessary for the well-being of the Church of Christ to withdraw fellowship from any of its members, on account of their misdoings or apostacy, and such members have ben duly tried by the Bishop and his counselors and the case decided upon, and no appeal taken, then such action should be made public by announcement at a meeting of the Saints in the ward in which the offending parties reside. This public announcement will in the great majority of cases satisfy the demands of justice and the law of the Lord, and it is only in extraordinary cases where the public weal makes it necessary, that there is any need of publishing such excommunications in the DESERET NEWS or other newspaper.... JOHN TAYLOR, President of the Council of the Apostles.

[1878-April 17-DN 27:168 (April 17, 1878), in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

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