Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
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their calling: and they form a quorum equal  in authority to that of the twelve especial wit nesses or apostles, just named. And every  decision made by either of these quorums,  must be by the unanimous voice of the same;  that is, every member in each quorum must be  agreed to its decisions in order to make their  decisions of the same power or validity one  with the other. -[A majority may form a quo rum when circumstances render it impossible  to be otherwise.]- Unless this is the case,  their decisions are not entitled to the same  blessings which the decisions of a quorum of  three presidents were anciently, who were  ordained after the order of Melchisedek, and  were righteous and holy men. The decisions  of these quorums, or either of them are to be  made in all righteousness; in holiness and low liness of heart; meekness and long suffering;  and in faith and virture and knowledge; tem perance, patience, godliness, brotherly kind ness and charity, because the promise is, if  these things abound in them, they shall not be  unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord. And  in case that any decision, of these quorums, is  made in unrighteousness, it may be brought  before a general assembly of the several quo rums which constitute the spiritual authorities  of the church, otherwise there can be no ap peal from their decision.
12 The twelve are a travelling, presiding  high council, to officiate in the name of the  Lord, under the direction of the presidency  of the church, agreeably to the institution of  heaven; to build up the church, and regulate [p. 103]
their calling: and they form a quorum equal in authority to that of the twelve especial witnesses or apostles, just named. And every decision made by either of these quorums, must be by the unanimous voice of the same; that is, every member in each quorum must be agreed to its decisions in order to make their decisions of the same power or validity one with the other. -[A majority may form a quorum when circumstances render it impossible to be otherwise.]- Unless this is the case, their decisions are not entitled to the same blessings which the decisions of a quorum of three presidents were anciently, who were ordained after the order of Melchisedek, and were righteous and holy men. The decisions of these quorums, or either of them are to be made in all righteousness; in holiness and lowliness of heart; meekness and long suffering; and in faith and virture and knowledge; temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity, because the promise is, if these things abound in them, they shall not be unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord. And in case that any decision, of these quorums, is made in unrighteousness, it may be brought before a general assembly of the several quorums which constitute the spiritual authorities of the church, otherwise there can be no appeal from their decision.
12 The twelve are a travelling, presiding high council, to officiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the presidency of the church, agreeably to the institution of heaven; to build up the church, and regulate [p. 103]
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