Revelation Book 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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remarks. After the evidences are heard, the counsellors, accuser  and the accused, have spoken, the president shall give  a decision according to the understanding which he shall  have of the case, and call upon the twelve counsellors  to sanction the same by their voices: But should the  remaining counsellors who have not spoken, or any one  of them, after hearing the evidences and pleadings  impartially, discover an error in the decision of the  president, they can manifest it and the case shall  have a re-hearing; and if after a careful rehearing  any additional light is thrown upon the case, the decision  shall be altered accordingly: But in case no additional  light is given, the first decision shall stand, the majority  of the council haveing powir to determine the same.
In cases of difficulty respecting doctrine or  principle, (if there is not a sufficiency written to make  the case clear to the minds of the council) the President  may inquire and obtain the mind of the Lord by revelatio[n].  The high priests when abroad have power to call and  organize a council after the manner aforesaid of the foregoing  to settle difficulties when the parties or either of them shall  request it and the said council of high priests shall have  power to appoint one of their own number to preside over  such council for the time being. It shall be the duty of  said council to transmit, immediately, a copy of their pro ceedings with a full statement of the testimony accompanying  their decision to the high council at the seat of the  goverment of the church. Should the parties or either  of them be dissatisfied with the decision of said council  they may appeal to the high council at of the seat of the  general goverment of the church and have a re- hearing which case shall there be conducted accor ding to the former pattern written as though no  such decision had been made.—— [p. 114]
remarks. After the evidences are heard, the counsellors, accuser and the accused, have spoken, the president shall give a decision according to the understanding which he shall have of the case, and call upon the twelve counsellors to sanction the same by their voices: But should the remaining counsellors who have not spoken, or any one of them, after hearing the evidences and pleadings impartially, discover an error in the decision of the president, they can manifest it and the case shall have a re-hearing; and if after a careful rehearing any additional light is thrown upon the case, the decision shall be altered accordingly: But in case no additional light is given, the first decision shall stand, the majority of the council haveing powir to determine the same.
In cases of difficulty respecting doctrine or principle, (if there is not a sufficiency written to make the case clear to the minds of the council) the President may inquire and obtain the mind of the Lord by revelation. The high priests when abroad have power to call and organize a council after the manner of the foregoing to settle difficulties when the parties or either of them shall request it and the said council of high priests shall have power to appoint one of their own number to preside over such council for the time being. It shall be the duty of said council to transmit, immediately, a copy of their proceedings with a full statement of the testimony accompanying their decision to the high council at the seat of the goverment of the church. Should the parties or either of them be dissatisfied with the decision of said council they may appeal to the high council of the seat of the general goverment of the church and have a re-hearing which case shall there be conducted according to the former pattern written as though no such decision had been made.—— [p. 114]
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