Lorenzo Snow, Jan 27, 1867

-- Jan 27, 1867
Wilford Woodruff "felt a spirit to testify to Phebe [Snow, wife of Lorenzo Snow] that her two Sons Wilford Leslie & Orion would become Prophets & Apostles in their day." (1)

-- May 6, 1867
At a meeting of the quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 7th 1867, certain accusatory statements were rad which had been made to President Brigham Young respecting the teachings of Elder Amasa M. Lyman at Beaver, Beaver County, and at other places, and the four undersigned members of the Quorum, who were going South, were authorized to investigate the charges and to take such action upon them as might become necessary.

Elder Lyman, it was said, had, at a meeting held in Beaver, March 21st, read the 35th Psalm without comment, leaving it to his hearers to make their own application of it, and, in alluding to his recent confession, had told an anecdote about the countryman and the merchant, in which the countryman said that all men would lie if pinched enough; the merchant queried how hard an honest man would have to be pinched to make him tell a lie; to which the countryman made answer: "Why pinch him till he lies." It was further said that the whole drift of his teachings on the occasion referred to was in vindication of his former erroneous teachings respecting the atonement of Jesus; that he was not sorry for anything that he had preached. The only thing that seemed grievous to him was that the was not understood.

While at Beaver, April 29th, and 30th these statements and charges were investigated by us, and were substantially confirmed by the evidence which came before us, and more particularly by Elder Lyman s own explanations and statements in regard to his teachings on that occasion. We further found that there were some in who minds faith in the efficacy of the blood of Jesus was almost extinguished, and the most pernicious ideas were entertained by them respecting His atonement. The development and growth of these errors we were constrained to attribute to the false teachings of Elder Lyman on the subject of the mission of Jesus.

Having fully satisfied ourselves upon these points, we have become convinced that, duty to our God, to the Truth, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the members thereof, to the holy calling which we have received, and to every consideration which can have weight with the Saints of God, demand at our hands, that Elder Amasa M. Lyman be deprived of his priesthood.

Therefore, We, the undersigned members of the Quorum of the Twelve feel to withdraw our fellowship from him, and to cut him off from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.



Having heard a statement of the evidence and the circumstances of this case from the brethren who investigated it, and being familiar also ourselves with the unsound teachings of Elder Lyman we fully approve of and concur in the above action.




1 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on http://amzn.to/originsofpower
2 - Minutes, Quorum of Twelve

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