Minute Book 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Feb 17. 1834.
This day a <general> council of <24> high Priests assembled at the house  of Joseph Smith Junr. <by revelation> and proceeded to organize the high council  of the Church of Christ, which is <was> to consist of twelve high priests,  and one, or three presidents, as the case may <might> require. This <high> council  is <was> appointed by revelation, for the purpose of settling important  difficulties which may <might> arise in the church, which can <could> not be settled  by the Church, or the bishop’s council to the satisfaction of the  parties
Joseph Smith Junr.
and
were acknowledged pres idents, by the voice of the council; and
and
, high priests, were
chosen to be a standing council for the Church, by the  unanimous voice of the council.
The above named counsellors were then asked whether they accepted  their appointments, and whether they would act in that office  according to the law of Heaven: to which they all answered, that they  accepted their several appointments, and would fill their offices accord ing to the grace of God bestowed upon them.
The numbers composeing the council, who voted in the name, and  for the church in appointing the above named counsellors, were  forty three; As follows: Nine high priests, Seventeen elders, four  priests, and thirteen members.
Voted, that this <the high> council cannot have power to act without  seven of the above named counsellors, or their regularly appointed  successors, are present; these seven shall have power to appoint  other high priests whom they may consider worthy and capable  to act in the place of absent counsellors. [p. 32]
Feb 17. 1834.
This day a general council of 24 high Priests assembled at the house of Joseph Smith Junr. by revelation and proceeded to organize the high council of the Church of Christ, which was to consist of twelve high priests, and one, or three presidents, as the case might require. This high council was appointed by revelation, for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the Church, or the bishop’s council to the satisfaction of the parties
Joseph Smith Junr.
and
were acknowledged presidents, by the voice of the council; and
and
, high priests, were
chosen to be a standing council for the Church, by the unanimous voice of the council.
The above named counsellors were then asked whether they accepted their appointments, and whether they would act in that office according to the law of Heaven: to which they all answered, that they accepted their several appointments, and would fill their offices according to the grace of God bestowed upon them.
The numbers composeing the council, who voted in the name, and for the church in appointing the above named counsellors, were forty three; As follows: Nine high priests, Seventeen elders, four priests, and thirteen members.
Voted, that the high council cannot have power to act without seven of the above named counsellors, or their regularly appointed successors, are present; these seven shall have power to appoint other high priests whom they may consider worthy and capable to act in the place of absent counsellors. [p. 32]
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