Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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9 The elders are to conduct the meetings as they are led by  the Holy Ghost, according to the commandments and revela tions of God.
10 The priest’s duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort,  and baptize, and administer the sacrament, and visit the house  of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in se cret, and attend to all family duties: and he may also ordain  other priests, teachers, and deacons—and he is to take the  lead of meetings when there is no elder present, but when  there is an elder present he is only to preach, teach, expound,  exhort, and baptize, and visit the house of each member, ex horting them to pray vocally and in secret, and attend to all  family duties. In all these duties the priest is to assist the el der if occasion requires.
11 The teacher’s duty is to watch over the church always,  and be with, and strengthen them, and see that there is no in iquity in the church, neither hardness with each other; neith er lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking; and see that the  church meet together often, and also see that all the members  do their duty—and he is to take the lead of meetings in the  absence of the elder or priest—and is to be assisted always,  in all his duties in the church, by the deacons, if occasion re quires: but neither teachers nor deacons have authority to  baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands; they are  however to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all  to come unto Christ.
12 Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon, is to be ordained  according to the gifts and callings of God unto him: and he is  to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost which is in the  one who ordains him.
13 The several elders composing this church of Christ are to  meet in conference once in three months, or from time to time,  as said conferences shall direct or appoint: and said conferen ces are to do whatever church business is necessary to be done  at the time.
14 The elders are to receive their licences from other elders  by vote of the church to which they belong, or from the con ferences.
15 Each priest, teacher, or deacon, who is ordained by a  priest, may take a certificate from him at the time, which cer tificate when presented to an elder, shall entitle him to a li cense, which shall authorize him to perform the duties of his  calling—or he may receive it from a conference.
16 No person is to be ordained to any office in this church,  where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, with out the vote of that church; but the presiding elders, travel [p. 80]
9 The elders are to conduct the meetings as they are led by the Holy Ghost, according to the commandments and revelations of God.
10 The priest’s duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament, and visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret, and attend to all family duties: and he may also ordain other priests, teachers, and deacons—and he is to take the lead of meetings when there is no elder present, but when there is an elder present he is only to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and visit the house of each member, exhorting them to pray vocally and in secret, and attend to all family duties. In all these duties the priest is to assist the elder if occasion requires.
11 The teacher’s duty is to watch over the church always, and be with, and strengthen them, and see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other; neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking; and see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members do their duty—and he is to take the lead of meetings in the absence of the elder or priest—and is to be assisted always, in all his duties in the church, by the deacons, if occasion requires: but neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands; they are however to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.
12 Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon, is to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God unto him: and he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost which is in the one who ordains him.
13 The several elders composing this church of Christ are to meet in conference once in three months, or from time to time, as said conferences shall direct or appoint: and said conferences are to do whatever church business is necessary to be done at the time.
14 The elders are to receive their licences from other elders by vote of the church to which they belong, or from the conferences.
15 Each priest, teacher, or deacon, who is ordained by a priest, may take a certificate from him at the time, which certificate when presented to an elder, shall entitle him to a license, which shall authorize him to perform the duties of his calling—or he may receive it from a conference.
16 No person is to be ordained to any office in this church, where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of that church; but the presiding elders, travel [p. 80]
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