A Far West meeting of the "whole Church in Zion" votes to remove David Whitmer, John Whitmer, and W. W. Phelps from their positions as "Presidents of the Church" in Missouri. David Whitmer was accused of persisting "in the use of tea, coffee, and tobacco." All three men allegedly encouraged the sale of Jackson County lands, a transgression which Joseph Smith had earlier declared "a denial of our faith, as that is the place where the Zion of God shall stand, according to our faith and belief in the revelations of God."
Joseph Smith's secretary accuses him of "a system of hereditary tyranny." Several church leaders sign a statement that Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidney Rigdon "lie by revelation, swindle by revelation, cheat and defraud by revelation, runaway by revelation