John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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who was called President, and whose duty it was to call together those over whom he presided, at stated times, to edify one another and receive instruction from him. The first, or High Presthood, was to stand at the head of and regulate the spiritual concerns of the church. The second, or lesser priesthood, was to administer in the ordinances and attend to <the> temporal concerns of the church. Three of the High preests were chosen and set apart by the church to preside over all the churches of that order in all the world, and were called presidents, and constituted what is called the first presidency. Joseph Smith, Junr, , and , are the persons at present. The church that was to be established in was called Zion the centre of gathering, and those established by revelation in other places are called stakes of Zion, or Stakes; hence the stake at , the stake at , the Stake at , &c. Each stake was to have a presidency consisting of three high priests, chosen and set apart for that purpose, where jurisdiction was confined to the limits of the of the stake over which they took the watch care. There was also to be a high council, consisting of twelve High Priests, established at each stake, also a bishop who stood at the head of the Lesser pristhood, and administered in temporal things. He [p. 40]
who was called President, and whose duty it was to call together those over whom he presided, at stated times, to edify one another and receive instruction from him. The first, or High Presthood, was to stand at the head of and regulate the spiritual concerns of the church. The second, or lesser priesthood, was to administer in the ordinances and attend to the temporal concerns of the church. Three of the High preests were chosen and set apart by the church to preside over all the churches of that order in all the world, and were called presidents, and constituted what is called the first presidency. Joseph Smith, Junr, , and , are the persons at present. The church that was to be established in was called Zion the centre of gathering, and those established by revelation in other places are called stakes of Zion, or Stakes; hence the stake at , the stake at , the Stake at , &c. Each stake was to have a presidency consisting of three high priests, chosen and set apart for that purpose, where jurisdiction was confined to the limits of the stake over which they took the watch care. There was also to be a high council, consisting of twelve High Priests, established at each stake, also a bishop who stood at the head of the Lesser pristhood, and administered in temporal things. He [p. 40]
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