History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<March 28  when dissatisfied,  decision may be  carried up to a  council of the  Church.> 35. Again, verily, I say unto you; The most important busi ness 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, and its counsellors Shall have power to  decide upon testimony, according to the laws of the church.  And after this decision it shall be had in remembrance  no more before the Lord; for this is the highest council of  the Church of God, and a final decision upon controver sies, in spiritual matters.
<No person exempt  from this council.> 36. There is not any person belonging to the church, who is exempt  from this council of the church.
<Trial of a presi dent of the High Priest hood.> 37. And inasmuch as a president of the high priesthood shall  shall transgress, he shall be had in remembrance before the  common council of the church, who shall be assisted by  twelve counsellors of the high priesthood, and their decision upon  his head shall be an end of controversy concerning him. Thus  none shall be exempted from the justice and the laws of God:  that all things may be done in order and in solemnity,  before him, according to truth and righteousness.
<Duty of a pre siding Deacon> 38. And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a president  over the office of a deacon, is to preside over twelve deacons,  to sit in council with them, and to teach them their duty  edifying one another, as it is given according to the covenants
<President of the  Teacher’s— Duty> 39. And also the duty of the president over the office of the  teachers, is to preside of over twenty four of the teachers, and to  sit in council with them,— teaching them the duties of their office , as given in the covenants.
<President of the  priesthood of Aaron  his duty.> 40. Also the duty of the president over the priesthood of Aaron,  is to preside of over forty eight priests, and sit in council  with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is  given in the covenants. This president is to be a bishop;  for this is one of the duties of this priesthood.
<President of the  Elder’s Quorum  his duty.> 41. Again, the duty of the president over the office of elders is  to preside over ninety six elders, and to sit in council  with them, and to teach them according to the covenants.  This presidency is a distinct one from that of the seventy,  and is designed for those who do not travel into all the  world.
<President of the  office of the High  priesthood. Duty.> 42. And again, the duty of the president of the office of the  high priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and  to be like unto Moses. Behold, here is wisdom,— yea to be  a seer, a revelator, a translator and a prophet, having all the  gifts of God which he bestows upon the head of the church. [p. 587]
March 28 when dissatisfied, decision may be carried up to a council of the Church. 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, and its counsellors Shall have power to decide upon testimony, according to the laws of the church. And after this decision it shall be had in remembrance no more before the Lord; for this is the highest council of the Church of God, and a final decision upon controversies, in spiritual matters.
No person exempt from this council. 36. There is not any person belonging to the church, who is exempt from this council of the church.
Trial of a president of the High Priesthood. 37. And inasmuch as a president of the high priesthood shall shall transgress, he shall be had in remembrance before the common council of the church, who shall be assisted by twelve counsellors of the high priesthood, and their decision upon his head shall be an end of controversy concerning him. Thus none shall be exempted from the justice and the laws of God: that all things may be done in order and in solemnity, before him, according to truth and righteousness.
Duty of a presiding Deacon 38. And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a president over the office of a deacon, is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in council with them, and to teach them their duty edifying one another, as it is given according to the covenants
President of the Teacher’s— Duty 39. And also the duty of the president over the office of the teachers, is to preside over twenty four of the teachers, and to sit in council with them,— teaching them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants.
President of the priesthood of Aaron his duty. 40. Also the duty of the president over the priesthood of Aaron, is to preside over forty eight priests, and sit in council with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is given in the covenants. This president is to be a bishop; for this is one of the duties of this priesthood.
President of the Elder’s Quorum his duty. 41. Again, the duty of the president over the office of elders is to preside over ninety six elders, and to sit in council with them, and to teach them according to the covenants. This presidency is a distinct one from that of the seventy, and is designed for those who do not travel into all the world.
President of the office of the High priesthood. Duty. 42. And again, the duty of the president of the office of the high priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like unto Moses. Behold, here is wisdom,— yea to be a seer, a revelator, a translator and a prophet, having all the gifts of God which he bestows upon the head of the church. [p. 587]
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