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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 589
image
wishes to speak, he shall arise, and stand upon his feet. Elder  <April 28.> read the commandment given concerning the choosing  of the Twelve, when it was voted that we each forgive one another,  every wrong that has existed among us, and that from henceforth  <Twelve Equal> each one of the twelve love his brother as himself, in temporal as  well as in spiritual things, always enquiring into each other’s  welfare. Decided that the twelve be ready and start on their  mission from ’s Tavern, on Monday at 2’ oclock  <See 5 R. T.> A. M. May 4th. Elder then closed by prayer. , <clks>

2 May 1835 • Saturday

<May 2.  Grand Council.  Minutes.> “May 2d. A Grand Council was held in , composed  of the following officers of the church, (viz.) Presidents Joseph Smith,  Junr. , , , , and , with their the coun cil of Twelve high priests, The Twelve Apostles,  and council, and council; and some of the  seventy with their presidents, <(viz)> , ,  , , , and , and many elders from different parts. President Joseph  Smith Junr. Presiding. After the conference was opened the twelve  had taken their seats President Joseph Smith Jun. said that it  would be the duty of the Twelve, when in council, to take their  <order of pre siding in Council.> seats together according to age, the oldest to be seated at the  head, and preside in the first council, the next oldest in  the second, and so on until the youngest had presided, and  then begin at the oldest again &c. The Twelve then took their  <The Twelve accor ding to age.> seats according to age as follows, , ,  , , , ,  , , , ,  , and .
<Duty of the  Twelve to go  abroad.> President Smith then stated that the twelve will have no  right to go into Zion or any of its stakes, and there undertake  to regulate the affairs thereof, where there is a standing high  Council; But it is their duty to go abroad and regulate  all matters relative to the different branches of the church.
<A quorum of the  twelve can act  independently> When the twelve are together or a quorum of them in any  church, they will have authority to act independently, and  make decisions, and those decisions will be valid. But where  there is not a quorum, they will have to do business by the  <Standing high  council, not to go  abroad.> voice of the church, No standing high council has authority  to go into the churches abroad, and regulate the matters  thereof, for this belongs to the twelve. No standing high council  will ever be established only in Zion or one of its stakes.
<The twelve decide in  the name of the church.> When the twelve pass a decision it is in the name of the church  therefore it is valid. No official member of the church has  authority to go into any branch thereof and ordain any minister  <Not to appoint  meetings &c. without  consent of Presiding Ed.> for that <the> church unless it is by the voice of that branch. No  elder has authority to go into any branch of the church.  and appoint meetings, or attempt to regulate the affairs of [p. 589]
wishes to speak, he shall arise, and stand upon his feet. Elder April 28. read the commandment given concerning the choosing of the Twelve, when it was voted that we each forgive one another, every wrong that has existed among us, and that from henceforth Twelve Equal each one of the twelve love his brother as himself, in temporal as well as in spiritual things, always enquiring into each other’s welfare. Decided that the twelve be ready and start on their mission from ’s Tavern, on Monday at 2’ oclock See 5 R. T. A. M. May 4th. Elder then closed by prayer. , clks

2 May 1835 • Saturday

May 2. Grand Council. Minutes. “May 2d. A Grand Council was held in , composed of the following officers of the church, (viz.) Presidents Joseph Smith, Junr. , , , , and , with the council of The Twelve Apostles, and council, and council; and some of the seventy with their presidents, (viz) , , , , , and , and many elders from different parts. President Joseph Smith Junr. Presiding. After the conference was opened the twelve had taken their seats President Joseph Smith Jun. said that it would be the duty of the Twelve, when in council, to take their order of presiding in Council. seats together according to age, the oldest to be seated at the head, and preside in the first council, the next oldest in the second, and so on until the youngest had presided, and then begin at the oldest again &c. The Twelve then took their The Twelve according to age. seats according to age as follows, , , , , , , , , , , , and .
Duty of the Twelve to go abroad. President Smith then stated that the twelve will have no right to go into Zion or any of its stakes, and there undertake to regulate the affairs thereof, where there is a standing high Council; But it is their duty to go abroad and regulate all matters relative to the different branches of the church.
A quorum of the twelve can act independently When the twelve are together or a quorum of them in any church, they will have authority to act independently, and make decisions, and those decisions will be valid. But where there is not a quorum, they will have to do business by the Standing high council, not to go abroad. voice of the church, No standing high council has authority to go into the churches abroad, and regulate the matters thereof, for this belongs to the twelve. No standing high council will ever be established only in Zion or one of its stakes.
The twelve decide in the name of the church. When the twelve pass a decision it is in the name of the church therefore it is valid. No official member of the church has authority to go into any branch thereof and ordain any minister Not to appoint meetings &c. without consent of Presiding Ed. for the church unless it is by the voice of that branch. No elder has authority to go into any branch of the church. and appoint meetings, or attempt to regulate the affairs of [p. 589]
Page 589