Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

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larly organized, according to the foregoing pattern, it shall be  the duty of the twelve counsellors to cast lots by numbers, and  thereby ascertain who, of the twelve, shall speak first, com mencing with number 1; and so in succession to number 12.
8 Whenever this council convenes to act upon any case, the  twelve counsellors shall consider whether it is a difficult  one or not; if it is not, two only of the counsellors shall speak  upon it, according to the form above written. But if it is  thought to be difficult, four shall be appointed; and if more  difficult, six: but in no case shall more than six be appointed  to speak. The accused, in all cases, has a right to one half of  the council, to prevent insult or injustice; and the coun sellors appointed to speak before the council, are to present  the case, after the evidence is examined, in its true light, be fore the council; and every man is to speak according to equi ty and justice. Those counsellors who draw even numbers,  that is 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals who are to  stand up in the behalf of the accused, and prevent insult or in justice.
9 In all cases the accuser and the accused shall have a privi lege of speaking for themselves, before the council, after the  evidences are heard, and the counsellors who are appointed to  speak on the case, have finished their remarks. After the ev idences are heard, the counsellors, accuser and accused have  spoken, the president shall give a decision according to the un derstanding which he shall have of the case, and call upon the  twelve counsellors to sanction the same by their vote. But  should the remaining counsellors, who have not spoken, or  any one of them, after hearing the evidences and pleadings im partially, discover an error in the decision of the president,  they can manifest it, and the case shall have a re-hearing; and  if, after a careful re-hearing, any additional light is shown  upon the case, the decision shall be altered accordingly: but  in case no additional light is given, the first decision shall  stand, the majority of the council having power to determine  the same.
10 In cases of difficulty respecting doctrine, or principle, (if  there is not a sufficiency written to make the case clear to the  minds of the council,) the president may inquire and obtain  the mind of the Lord by revelation.
11 The high priests, when abroad, have power to call and  organize a council after the manner of the foregoing, to settle  difficulties when the parties, or either of them, shall request it:  and the said council of high priests shall have power to ap point one of their own number, to preside over such council [p. 97]
larly organized, according to the foregoing pattern, it shall be the duty of the twelve counsellors to cast lots by numbers, and thereby ascertain who, of the twelve, shall speak first, commencing with number 1; and so in succession to number 12.
8 Whenever this council convenes to act upon any case, the twelve counsellors shall consider whether it is a difficult one or not; if it is not, two only of the counsellors shall speak upon it, according to the form above written. But if it is thought to be difficult, four shall be appointed; and if more difficult, six: but in no case shall more than six be appointed to speak. The accused, in all cases, has a right to one half of the council, to prevent insult or injustice; and the counsellors appointed to speak before the council, are to present the case, after the evidence is examined, in its true light, before the council; and every man is to speak according to equity and justice. Those counsellors who draw even numbers, that is 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals who are to stand up in the behalf of the accused, and prevent insult or injustice.
9 In all cases the accuser and the accused shall have a privilege of speaking for themselves, before the council, after the evidences are heard, and the counsellors who are appointed to speak on the case, have finished their remarks. After the evidences are heard, the counsellors, accuser and accused have spoken, the president shall give a decision according to the understanding which he shall have of the case, and call upon the twelve counsellors to sanction the same by their vote. But should the remaining counsellors, who have not spoken, or any one of them, after hearing the evidences and pleadings impartially, discover an error in the decision of the president, they can manifest it, and the case shall have a re-hearing; and if, after a careful re-hearing, any additional light is shown upon the case, the decision shall be altered accordingly: but in case no additional light is given, the first decision shall stand, the majority of the council having power to determine the same.
10 In cases of difficulty respecting doctrine, or principle, (if there is not a sufficiency written to make the case clear to the minds of the council,) the president may inquire and obtain the mind of the Lord by revelation.
11 The high priests, when abroad, have power to call and organize a council after the manner of the foregoing, to settle difficulties when the parties, or either of them, shall request it: and the said council of high priests shall have power to appoint one of their own number, to preside over such council [p. 97]
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