Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 126
image
who are to stand up in the behalf of the ac cused, and prevent insult or injustice.
9 In all cases the accuser and the accused  shall have a privilege of speaking for them selves, before the council, after the evidences  are heard, and the councillors who are ap pointed to speak on the case, have finished  their remarks. After the evidences are heard,  the councillors, accuser and accused have  spoken, the president shall give a decision ac cording to the understanding which he shall  have of the case, and call upon the twelve  councillors to sanction the same by their vote.  But should the remaining councillors, who  have not spoken, or any one of them, after  hearing the evidences and pleading impartial ly, 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 accor dingly: but in case no additional light is giv en, 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 writ ten 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 re [p. 126]
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 councillors who are appointed to speak on the case, have finished their remarks. After the evidences are heard, the councillors, 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 councillors to sanction the same by their vote. But should the remaining councillors, who have not spoken, or any one of them, after hearing the evidences and pleading 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 re [p. 126]
Page 126