Discourse, 2 May 1835, as Reported by William E. McLellin–A

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The president then stated that the Twelve will have no right to go into or any of its and there undertake to regulate the affairs thereof where there is a standing . But it is their duty to go abroad and regulate all matters relative to the different of the Church. When the Twelve are together, or a of them in any Church, they will have authority to act independently and make decisions, and those decisions, and those decissions are valid. But where there is not a quorum they will have to do business by the voice of the Church. No standing high council has authority his to go into the churches abroad and regulate the matters thereof, for this belongs to the Twelve. No High Council will ever be established only in Zion or one of its Stakes. When the twelve pass a decision it is in the name of the church, Therefore, it is valid. No individual has a right to go into any church [p. 187] and any minister for the , unless it is by the Voice of the Church. No has a right to go into any of the church and appoint meetings or regulate the Church without the consent or advic[e] of the presiding Elder of said branch. If the first are all occupied, and there is a call for more laborers it will be the duty of the seven presidents of the first seventy to call and ordain other Seventy and send them forth to labor, in the vineyard until if need be they set a part apart seven times Seventy, even until there shall be one hundred & forty and four thousand. The Seventy are not to attend the of the unless they are called upon or requested to by the Twelve. The twelve and the Seventy have particularly to depend upon their Ministry for their support and that of their families, and they have a right by virtue of their offices to call upon the Church to assist them. [p. 188]


  1. 1

    On 27 February 1835, JS told the Twelve that they were a “traveling high council, who are to preside over all the churches of the Saints among the Gentiles, where there is no presidency established.” The Instruction on Priesthood, which was prepared around the same time, states that the Twelve were “to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same, in all nations: first unto the Gentiles, and secondly unto the Jews.” (Minutes and Discourses, 27 Feb. 1835; Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:33].)  

  2. 2

    See Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:95–96]. The number 144,000 may have been an allusion to Revelation 7:4. (See also Answers to Questions, between ca. 4 and ca. 20 Mar. 1832 [D&C 77:11].)  

  3. 3

    According to the minutes of an October 1831 conference, JS stated at that time that “the Lord held the Church bound to provide for the families of the absent Elders while proclaiming the Gospel.” (Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831; see also Revelation, 25 Jan. 1832–B [D&C 75:24].)