Revelation Book 2

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ministration by the voice of the church; and it is  according to the dignity of his office that he should preside  over the high council of the church; and it is his privil ege to be assisted by two other presidents appointed after  the same manner that he himself was appointed; and in  case of the abscence of one or both of those who are  appointed to assist him, he has power to preside over the  council without an assistant, and in case that he himself  is absent, the other presidints have power to preside in his  stead, both or either of them.
Whenever a high council of the church of Christ is regu larly organized according to the foregoing pattern, it shall  be the duty of the twelve counsellors to cast lots by numbers  and thereby ascertain who of the twelve shall speak first;  commenceing with No. 1. and so in succession to No. 12.—
Whenever this council convenes to act upon any case, the  twelve counsellors shall consider whether it is a difficult  one or not; if it is not, two only of the counsellors shall  speak upon it according to the form above written: But if  it is thought to be difficult, four shall be appointed, and  if more difficult, six: But in no case, shall more than  six be appointed to speak. The accused in all cases has  a right to one half of the council to prevent insult or  injustice; and the counsellors appointed to speak before  the council, are to present the case after the evidence is  examined, in its true light, before the council, and every man  is to speak according to equity and justice. Those counsellors  who draw even numbers, that is, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 are  the individuals who are to stand up in the behalf of the  accused and prevent insult or injustice. In all cases  the accuser and the accused shall have a privilege of  speaking for themselves before the council after the evi dences are heard and the counsellors who are appo inted to speak on the case, have finished their [p. 113]
ministration by the voice of the church; and it is according to the dignity of his office that he should preside over the high council of the church; and it is his privilege to be assisted by two other presidents appointed after the same manner that he himself was appointed; and in case of the abscence of one or both of those who are appointed to assist him, he has power to preside over the council without an assistant, and in case that he himself is absent, the other presidints have power to preside in his stead, both or either of them.
Whenever a high council of the church of Christ is regularly organized according to the foregoing pattern, it shall be the duty of the twelve counsellors to cast lots by numbers and thereby ascertain who of the twelve shall speak first; commenceing with No. 1. and so in succession to No. 12.—
Whenever this council convenes to act upon any case, the twelve counsellors shall consider whether it is a difficult one or not; if it is not, two only of the counsellors shall speak upon it according to the form above written: But if it is thought to be difficult, four shall be appointed, and if more difficult, six: But in no case, shall more than six be appointed to speak. The accused in all cases has a right to one half of the council to prevent insult or injustice; and the counsellors appointed to speak before the council, are to present the case after the evidence is examined, in its true light, before the council, and every man is to speak according to equity and justice. Those counsellors who draw even numbers, that is, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 are the individuals who are to stand up in the behalf of the accused and prevent insult or injustice. In all cases the accuser and the accused shall have a privilege of speaking for themselves before the council after the evidences are heard and the counsellors who are appointed to speak on the case, have finished their [p. 113]
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