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Minutes, 19 February 1834

upon the heads of the two assistant presidents5 and pronounced a blessing upon them, that they might have wisdom to magnify their office, and power over all the power of the adversary. He also laid his hands

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upon the twelve counsellors6 and commanded a blessing to rest upon them, that they might have wisdom and power to counsel in righteousness upon all subjects that might be laid before them.7

Even though the minutes being approved at this 19 February meeting focused exclusively on the procedure that the high council should follow in hearing appeals on disciplinary cases, the wording here suggests that JS understood that the council’s responsibilities would be more extensive. (See Revised Minutes, 18–19 Feb. 1834 [D&C 102].)  


He also prayed that they might be delivered from those evils to which they were most exposed, and that their lives might be prolonged on the earth.
Joseph Smith Sen.

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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then laid his hands upon the head of his son, Joseph, and said: Joseph, I lay my hands upon thy head, and pronounce the blessings of thy progenitors upon thee, that thou mayest hold the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven until the coming of the Lord, Amen. He, also, laid his hands upon the head of his son Samuel Smith

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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and said. Saml.

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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, I lay my hands upon thy head and pronounce the blessing of thy progenitors upon thee, that thou mayest remain a priest

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. In the Book of Mormon, priests were described as those who baptized, administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church,” and taught “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” A June 1829 revelation directed...

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of the most high God, and like Samuel of old, hear his voice, saying, Samuel, Samuel, Amen.8

See 1 Samuel 3:10.  


John Johnson

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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, also, laid his hands upon the head of his son Luke Johnson

3 Nov. 1807–8 Dec. 1861. Farmer, teacher, doctor. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Lived at Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, when baptized into LDS church by JS, 10 May 1831. Ordained a priest by Christian Whitmer...

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and said, my Father in Heaven, I ask thee to bless this my son according to the blessings of his forefathers, that he may be strengthened in his ministry according to his holy calling, Amen.
The president then gave the assistant presidents a Solem charge to do their duty in righteousness and in the fear of God. He also charged the twelve Counsellors in a similar manner, all in the name of Jesus Christ. We then, all raised our hands to heaven in token of the everlasting Covenant

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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,9

This act of raising hands “in token of the everlasting Covenant” was similar to the action that those who participated in the Kirtland School of the Prophets were instructed to perform when entering the school. (See Revelation, 3 Jan. 1833 [D&C 88:132–135].)  


and the Lord blessed us with his spirit. He then said the Council

A governing body of twelve high priests. The first high council was organized in Kirtland, Ohio, on 17 February 1834 “for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the church, or the bishop...

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was organized according to the ancient order,10

Minutes of earlier meetings during which the high council was initially organized, including a council held on 12 February 1834 and one on 17 February 1834, record JS’s teachings on the ancient order of councils. (Minutes, 12 Feb. 1834; Minutes, 17 Feb. 1834.)  


and also according to the mind of the Lord
The Case of Ezra Thayer

14 Oct. 1791–6 Sept. 1862. Farmer, gardener, builder. Born in New York. Married Elizabeth Frank. Lived at Bloomfield, Ontario Co., New York, 1820. Lived at Farmington, Ontario Co., 1830. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt and confirmed by JS, fall...

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, a high priest

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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, against Curtis Hodges Sen., an elder

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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in 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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, was laid before the council [p. 37]
upon the heads of the two assistant presidents5 and pronounced a  blessing upon them, that they might have wisdom to magnify their  office, and power over all the power of the adversary. He also  laid his hands

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upon the twelve counsellors6 and commanded  a blessing to rest upon them, that they might have wisdom  and power to counsel in righteousness upon all subjects that  might be laid before them.7

Even though the minutes being approved at this 19 February meeting focused exclusively on the procedure that the high council should follow in hearing appeals on disciplinary cases, the wording here suggests that JS understood that the council’s responsibilities would be more extensive. (See Revised Minutes, 18–19 Feb. 1834 [D&C 102].)  


He also prayed that they might  be delivered from those evils to which they were most exposed,  and that their lives might be prolonged on the earth.
Joseph Smith Sen.

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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then laid his hands upon the head of  his son, Joseph, and said: Joseph, I lay my hands upon thy head,  and pronounc[e] the blessings of thy progenitors upon thee, that  thou mayest hold the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the mysteries of the Kingdom  of heaven until the coming of the Lord, Amen. He, also, laid  his hands upon the head of his son Samuel [Smith]

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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and said. Saml.

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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,  I lay my hands upon thy head and pronounce the blessing of  thy progenitors upon thee, that thou mayest remain a priest

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. In the Book of Mormon, priests were described as those who baptized, administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church,” and taught “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” A June 1829 revelation directed...

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 of the most high God, and like Samuel of old, hear his  voice, saying, Samuel, Samuel, Amen.8

See 1 Samuel 3:10.  


John Johnson

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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, also, laid his hands upon the head  of his son Luke [Johnson]

3 Nov. 1807–8 Dec. 1861. Farmer, teacher, doctor. Born at Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of John Johnson and Alice (Elsa) Jacobs. Lived at Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, when baptized into LDS church by JS, 10 May 1831. Ordained a priest by Christian Whitmer...

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and said, my Father in Heaven, I ask  thee to bless this my son according to the blessings of his  forefathers, that he may be strengthened in his ministry  according to his holy calling, Amen.
The president then gave the assistant presidents a Solem charge  to do their duty in righteousness and in the fear of God. He also  charged the twelve Counsellors in a similar manner, all in the  name of Jesus Christ. We then, all raised our hands to heaven  in token of the everlasting Covenant

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

View Glossary
,9

This act of raising hands “in token of the everlasting Covenant” was similar to the action that those who participated in the Kirtland School of the Prophets were instructed to perform when entering the school. (See Revelation, 3 Jan. 1833 [D&C 88:132–135].)  


and the Lord blessed us  with his spirit. He then said the Council

A governing body of twelve high priests. The first high council was organized in Kirtland, Ohio, on 17 February 1834 “for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the church, or the bishop...

View Glossary
was organized  according to the ancient order,10

Minutes of earlier meetings during which the high council was initially organized, including a council held on 12 February 1834 and one on 17 February 1834, record JS’s teachings on the ancient order of councils. (Minutes, 12 Feb. 1834; Minutes, 17 Feb. 1834.)  


and also according to the mind  of the Lord
The Case of E[zra] Thayer

14 Oct. 1791–6 Sept. 1862. Farmer, gardener, builder. Born in New York. Married Elizabeth Frank. Lived at Bloomfield, Ontario Co., New York, 1820. Lived at Farmington, Ontario Co., 1830. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt and confirmed by JS, fall...

View Full Bio
, a high priest

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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, against Curtis  Hodges Sen., and elder

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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in 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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, was laid before the council [p. 37]
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These minutes of a 19 February 1834 meeting detail the final steps in organizing the “high Council

A governing body of twelve high priests. The first high council was organized in Kirtland, Ohio, on 17 February 1834 “for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the church, or the bishop...

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of the Church of Christ

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”—later known as the 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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high council—and the proceedings of the first case adjudicated by the council. Two days earlier, on 17 February 1834, a council of fifty-eight priesthood

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holders and church members initially organized the new council. Believing the minutes contained some errors, the organizing council charged JS with making “all necessary corrections” to the minutes of the meeting, which delineated the procedures the new council should follow when dealing with church members accused of transgression.1 Included in the minutes presented here is the council’s discussion and acceptance of the corrected 17 February minutes2 as well as JS’s declaration that the high council was “organized according to the ancient order, and also according to the mind of the Lord.” The newly organized high council then heard its first case, which concerned charges against Curtis Hodges Sr. for “loud speaking, and a want of clearness in articulation” at various meetings. Several witnesses supported the charges, though no extant contemporary record identifies the precise circumstances, locations, or dates of Hodges’s offenses.

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