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dissatisfied, decision may be carried up to a council of the
35. Again, verily, I say unto you; The most important busi ness of the
church, and the most difficult cases of the church, inasmuch as there is
not satisfaction upon the decision of the bishop, or judges, it shall be
handed over and carried up, unto the council of the church, before the
presidency of the high priesthood; and the presidency of the council of
the high priesthood, shall have power to call other high priests, even
twelve to assist as counsellors; and thus the presidency of the high
priesthood, and its counsellors Shall have power to decide upon testimony,
according to the laws of the church. And after this decision it shall be
had in remembrance no more before the Lord; for this is the highest
council of the Church of God, and a final decision upon
controver sies, in spiritual matters.
<No person exempt from this council.>
36. There is not any person belonging to the church, who is exempt from
this council of the church.
<Trial of a presi dent of the High
37. And inasmuch as a president of the high priesthood shall shall
transgress, he shall be had in remembrance before the common council of
the church, who shall be assisted by twelve counsellors of the high
priesthood, and their decision upon his head shall be an end of
controversy concerning him. Thus none shall be exempted from the justice
and the laws of God: that all things may be done in order and in
solemnity, before him, according to truth and righteousness.
<Duty of a pre siding Deacon>
38. And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a president over the
office of a deacon, is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in council
with them, and to teach them their duty edifying one another, as it is
given according to the covenants
<President of the Teacher’s— Duty>
39. And also the duty of the president over the office of the teachers, is
to preside of over twenty four of the teachers,
and to sit in council with them,— teaching them the duties of their
office , as given in the covenants.
<President of the priesthood of Aaron his
40. Also the duty of the president over the priesthood of Aaron, is to
preside of over forty eight priests, and sit in
council with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is
given in the covenants. This president is to be a bishop; for this is
one of the duties of this priesthood.
<President of the Elder’s Quorum his
41. Again, the duty of the president over the office of elders is to
preside over ninety six elders, and to sit in council with them, and to
teach them according to the covenants. This presidency is a distinct one
from that of the seventy, and is designed for those who do not travel into
all the world.
<President of the office of the High priesthood.
42. And again, the duty of the president of the office of the high
priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like unto Moses.
Behold, here is wisdom,— yea to be a seer, a revelator, a translator and a
prophet, having all the gifts of God which he bestows upon the head of the