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Minutes, 12 February 1834

Thursday Evening, February 12. 1834. This evening the high Priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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and Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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at the house of bro. Joseph Smith Jun. in Council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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for Church business. The Council was organized, and opened by bro. Joseph Smith Junior in prayer. Bro. Joseph then rose and said: I shall now endeavour to set forth before this Council, the dignity of the office which has been conferred upon me by the ministering of the Angel of God, by his own voice and by the voice of this Church.1

JS was ordained and sustained as “President of the High Priesthood” in early 1832. He had previously been upheld by vote, or designated and accepted, as the “first Elder” in the church. In addition to referring to JS as an elder in the church, a revelation dated 6 April 1830—the day the church was organized—also identified him as a seer, translator, prophet, and apostle of Jesus Christ. In a brief history of his ministry written in the summer of 1832, JS referred to his receiving “the holy Priesthood by the ministring of— Aangels to adminster the letter of the Gospel” and the “confirmation and reception of the high Priesthood after the holy order of the son of the living God . . . in the administration and demonstration of the spirit the Kees of the Kingdom of God.” Later records, including a revelation published in 1835, identify John the Baptist; New Testament apostles Peter, James, and John; and other “divers angels, from Michael or Adam, down to the present time” as angels involved in restoring to the earth various “rights,” “keys,” “honors,” and priesthood powers. (Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832; Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:1]; JS History, ca. Summer 1832, 1; Revelation, ca. Aug. 1830, in Doctrine and Covenants 50:2–3, 1835 ed. [D&C 27:8–13]; JS to “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” 7 Sept. 1842 [D&C 128:20–21].)  


I have never set before any council in all the order in which a Council ought to be conducted, which, prehaps, has deprived the Councils of some, or many blessings.2

According to known records, earlier instructions about conducting meetings focused on faith, unity, and the importance of following the guidance of the Holy Ghost. (See, for example, Minutes, 11 Oct. 1831; Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831; and Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–A [D&C 46:2].)  


He said, that no man was capable of judging a matter in council without his own heart was pure; and that we frequently, are so filled with prejudice, or have a beam in our own eye,3

See Matthew 7:3–5.  


that we are not capable of passing right descissions, &c.
But to return to the subject of the order: In ancient days councils were conducted with such strict propriety, that no one was allowed to whisper, be weary, leave the room, or get uneasy in the least, until the voice of the Lord, by revelation, or by the voice of the Council by the spirit was obtained: which has not been [p. 27]
Thursday Evening, February 12. 1834. This evening the  high Priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

View Glossary
and Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

View Glossary
of the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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at the  house of bro. Joseph Smith Jun. in Council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

View Glossary
for Church business.  The Council was opened organized, and opened by bro. Joseph Smith Ju[nior]  in prayer. Bro. Joseph then rose and said: I shall now endeavour to set  forth before this Council, the dignity of the office which has been confer red upon me by the ministering of the Angel of God, by his own voice  and by the voice of this Church.1

JS was ordained and sustained as “President of the High Priesthood” in early 1832. He had previously been upheld by vote, or designated and accepted, as the “first Elder” in the church. In addition to referring to JS as an elder in the church, a revelation dated 6 April 1830—the day the church was organized—also identified him as a seer, translator, prophet, and apostle of Jesus Christ. In a brief history of his ministry written in the summer of 1832, JS referred to his receiving “the holy Priesthood by the ministring of— Aangels to adminster the letter of the Gospel” and the “confirmation and reception of the high Priesthood after the holy order of the son of the living God . . . in the administration and demonstration of the spirit the Kees of the Kingdom of God.” Later records, including a revelation published in 1835, identify John the Baptist; New Testament apostles Peter, James, and John; and other “divers angels, from Michael or Adam, down to the present time” as angels involved in restoring to the earth various “rights,” “keys,” “honors,” and priesthood powers. (Minutes, 26–27 Apr. 1832; Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:1]; JS History, ca. Summer 1832, 1; Revelation, ca. Aug. 1830, in Doctrine and Covenants 50:2–3, 1835 ed. [D&C 27:8–13]; JS to “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” 7 Sept. 1842 [D&C 128:20–21].)  


I have never set before any council  in all the order in which a Council ought to be conducted, which,  prehaps, has deprived the Councils of some, or many blessings.2

According to known records, earlier instructions about conducting meetings focused on faith, unity, and the importance of following the guidance of the Holy Ghost. (See, for example, Minutes, 11 Oct. 1831; Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831; and Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–A [D&C 46:2].)  


He said, that no man was capable of judging a matter in cou ncil without his own heart was pure; and that we frequently, are  so filled with prejudice, or have a beam in our own eye,3

See Matthew 7:3–5.  


that  we are not capable of passing right descissions, &c.
But to return to the subject of the order: In ancient days  councils were conducted with such strict propriety, that no one  was allowed to whisper, be weary, leave the room, or get uneasy in  the least, until the voice of the Lord, by revelation, or by the  voice of the Council by the spirit was obtained: which has not been [p. 27]
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Minutes, Kirtland Township

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Geauga Co., OH, 12 Feb. 1834. Featured version copied [ca. 12 Feb. 1834] in Minute Book 1, pp. 27–29; handwriting of Orson Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 1.

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