165 years ago today - Sep 6, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]

I attended meeting at the Tabernacle. H C Kimball spoke then President Brigham Young Presented Thomas B Marsh the formor President of the Twelve Apostles to the Congregation to look upon & behold the reck & relic of a man who once was an Apostle & a presidet of Apostles but had apostitized & staid in the world untill he had become old, [a cripel?], palsied, miserable unhappy & worthless so much so that his wife the world & the devil had all Cast him off as of no use to any body. He had now come to the Saints for mercy & help.

Presidet Young made a few remarks Concerning him. Then Thomas B. Marsh then arose & addressed the people for a short time. Warned the people not to Apostitize & look to him as an example of misery & one who had suffered the wrath of God in consequence of Denying the faith. He wished to be forgiven by the [Saints]. Presidet Young put the vote to the Assemble if they would receive him into full fellowship not withstanding all his heinous sins. All voted to a man to recieve him. Then Presidet Young Addressed the people & the meeting closed.

[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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