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, con sisting 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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