History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of the Holy Ghost— and to take the lead in all meetings.
9 The are to conduct the meetings as they are led by the Holy Ghost,  according to the and revelations of God.
10 The duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and , and  administer the , 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, , and — 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 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 each member <the church> meet  together often, and also see that all the members do their duty— and he is to take  the lead of all 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 ; they are however to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite  all to come to Christ.
12 Every Elder, priest, teacher, or deacon, is to be according to the gifts  and calling of God unto him: and he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy  Ghost which is in the one that ordains him.
13 The several elders composing this Church of Christ are to meet in   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 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 of the same, without the vote of that church; but the presiding elders,  travelling , high counsellors, , and elders, may have the privilege  of ordaining, where there is no branch of the Church, that a vote may be called.
17 Every of the , (or presiding elder) bishop, high coun sellor, and high priest, is to be ordained by the direction of a or  general conference, 18 The duties <duty> of the members after they are received by [p. 32]
of the Holy Ghost— and to take the lead in all meetings.
9 The are to conduct the meetings as they are led by the Holy Ghost, according to the and revelations of God.
10 The duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and , and administer the , 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, , and — 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 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 ; they are however to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come to Christ.
12 Every Elder, priest, teacher, or deacon, is to be according to the gifts and calling of God unto him: and he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost which is in the one that ordains him.
13 The several elders composing this Church of Christ are to meet in 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 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 of the same, without the vote of that church; but the presiding elders, travelling , high counsellors, , and elders, may have the privilege of ordaining, where there is no branch of the Church, that a vote may be called.
17 Every of the , (or presiding elder) bishop, high counsellor, and high priest, is to be ordained by the direction of a or general conference, 18 The duty of the members after they are received by [p. 32]
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