Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

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and it is his privilege to be assisted by two  other presidents, appointed after the same  manner that he himself was appointed; and in  case of the absence of one or both of those  who are appointed to assist him, he has power  to preside over the council without an assist ant: and in case that he himself is absent, the  other presidents have power to preside in his  stead, both or either of them.
7 Whenever an high council of the church  of Christ is regularly organized, according to  the foregoing pattern, it shall be the duty of  the twelve councillors to cast lots by num bers, 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 councillors shall  consider whether it is a difficult one or not; if  it is not, two only of the councillors 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 councillors 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 councillors who draw even numbers,  that is, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals [p. 125]
and it is his privilege to be assisted by two other presidents, appointed after the same manner that he himself was appointed; and in case of the absence of one or both of those who are appointed to assist him, he has power to preside over the council without an assistant: and in case that he himself is absent, the other presidents have power to preside in his stead, both or either of them.
7 Whenever an high council of the church of Christ is regularly organized, according to the foregoing pattern, it shall be the duty of the twelve councillors 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 councillors shall consider whether it is a difficult one or not; if it is not, two only of the councillors 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 councillors 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 councillors who draw even numbers, that is, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals [p. 125]
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