Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

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assistance of his counsellors, whom he has  chosen, or will choose among the elders of the  church. This is the duty of a bishop who is  not a literal descendant of Aaron, but has been  ordained to the high priesthood after the order  of Melchisedek.
33 Thus shall he be a judge, even a common  judge among the inhabitants of Zion, or in a  stake of Zion, or in any branch of the church  where he shall be set apart unto this ministry,  until the borders of Zion are enlarged, and it  becomes necessary to have other bishops, or  judges in Zion, or elsewhere: and inasmuch  as there are other bishops appointed they shall  act in the same office.
34 But a literal descendant of Aaron has a  legal right to the presidency of this priesthood,  to the keys of this ministry, to act in the office  of bishop independently, without counsellors,  except in a case where a president of the high  priesthood, after the order of Melchisedek, is  tried; to sit as a judge in Israel. And the  decision of either of these councils, agreeably  to the commandment which says:
35 Again, verily, I say unto you: The most  important business of the church, and the most  difficult cases of the church, inasmuch as there  is not satisfaction upon the decision of the  bishop, or judges, it shall be handed over and  carried up unto the council of the church, be fore the presidency of the high priesthood; and  the presidency of the council of the high  priesthood shall have power to call other high  priests, even twelve, to assist as counsellors;  and thus the presidency of the high priesthood, [p. 108]
assistance of his counsellors, whom he has chosen, or will choose among the elders of the church. This is the duty of a bishop who is not a literal descendant of Aaron, but has been ordained to the high priesthood after the order of Melchisedek.
33 Thus shall he be a judge, even a common judge among the inhabitants of Zion, or in a stake of Zion, or in any branch of the church where he shall be set apart unto this ministry, until the borders of Zion are enlarged, and it becomes necessary to have other bishops, or judges in Zion, or elsewhere: and inasmuch as there are other bishops appointed they shall act in the same office.
34 But a literal descendant of Aaron has a legal right to the presidency of this priesthood, to the keys of this ministry, to act in the office of bishop independently, without counsellors, except in a case where a president of the high priesthood, after the order of Melchisedek, is tried; to sit as a judge in Israel. And the decision of either of these councils, agreeably to the commandment which says:
35 Again, verily, I say unto you: The most important business of the church, and the most difficult cases of the church, inasmuch as there is not satisfaction upon the decision of the bishop, or judges, it shall be handed over and carried up unto the council of the church, before the presidency of the high priesthood; and the presidency of the council of the high priesthood shall have power to call other high priests, even twelve, to assist as counsellors; and thus the presidency of the high priesthood, [p. 108]
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