Revelation, 11 November 1831–B [D&C 107 (partial)]

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<​75​> A Revalation given at Portage Co Nov 11th. 1831
To the in the Land of in addition to the respecting Church business verily I say unto you saith the Lord of hosts there must needs be presiding presiding to preside over them who are of the office of an Elder & also over them who are of the office of a Priest & also over them who are of the office of a Teacher in like manner And also the wherefore from Deacon to Teacher & from Teacher to Priest & from Priest to Elder severally as they are appointed, according to the Church Articles & Covenants then cometh the which is the greatest of all wherefore it must needs be that one be appointed of the high Priest hood to preside over the & he shall be called or in o other high words the Presiding high Priest hood over the high Priesthood of the Church from the same cometh the administring of & blessings upon the Church by the wherefore the office of a is not equal unto it for the office of a Bishop is in administering all things temporal things nevertheless a Bishop must be chosen from the high Priesthood that he may be set apart unto the ministering of temporal things having a knowledge of them by the Spirit of truth & also to be a Judge in Israel to do the business of the Church to sit down in Judgement [p. 122] upon transgressors upon testimony it shall be laid before them according to the by the assistance of his whom he hath chosen or will choose among the of the thus shall he be a judge even a common judge among the inhabitants of until the borders are enlarged & it becomes necessary to have other or judges & inasmuch as there are other Bishops appointed they shall act in the same office & again verily I say unto you the most important business of the church & the most difficult cases of the church inasmuch as there is not sufficient satisfaction upon the decision of the judge it shall be handed over & carried up unto the court of the church before the & the president of the Court of the shall have power to call other even twelve to assist as counsellors & thus the president of the high priesthood & his councellors shall have power to decide upon testimony according to the laws of the church & after this desision it shall be had in remembrance no more before the Lord for this is the highest court of the church of God & a final desision upon controvers[i]es all persons belonging to the church are not exempt from this court of the church & inasmuch as the president of the high priesthood shall transgress he shall be had in remembrance before the common court of the church who shall be assisted by twelve counsellors of the high Priesthood & their desicision upon his head shall be an end of controversy concerning him thus none shall be exempt from the justice of the Laws of God that all things may be done in order & in solemnity before me in according to truth & righteousness Amen A few more words in addition to the Laws of the church And again verily I say unto you the duty of a president over the office of a is to preside over twelve Deacons to set in council with them & to teach them their duty edifying one another as it is given according to the covenants And also the duty of the president over the office of the is to preside over twenty four of the Teachers & to set in council with them teaching them the duties of their office as given in the covenants Also the duty of the president over the priesthood is to preside over forty eight & to set in council with them & to teach them the duties of their office as given in the covenants And again the duty of the president over the office of the Elders is to preside over ninety six Elders & to set in council with them & to <​teach​> them according to the covenants And again the duty of the president of the office of the High Priesthood is to preside over the whole church & to be like unto Moses behold here is wisdom yea to be a a revelator a & a prophet having all the gifts of God which he bestoweth upon the head of the chuch Wherefore now let every man learn his duly duty & to act in the office in which he is appointed in all diligence he that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand & he that learneth not his duty & sheweth himself not approved shall not be counted worthy to stand even so Amen [p. 123]

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  2. 1

    TEXT: John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation after recording it in Revelation Book 1.  

  3. 2

    TEXT: This heading likely did not appear in the original manuscript; John Whitmer likely added it when he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1.  

  4. 3

    These laws probably included the two February 1831 revelations known as the “Laws of the Church of Christ,” as well as the “Articles and Covenants” of the church. A 1 November 1831 revelation also offered “certain items as made known in addition to the Laws & commandments which have been given to the church.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:1–72]; Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:74–93]; Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20]; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:13].)  

  5. 4

    According to the “Articles and Covenants,” “Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon, is to be ordained according to the gifts and calling of God unto them by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is in the one who ordains them.” (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:60].)  

  6. 5

    According to a 1 November revelation, a bishop was to be “an high priest who is worthy & he shall be appointed by a confrenc of high priests.” (Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:15].)  

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  8. 6

    At a June 1831 conference in Ohio, John Corrill and Isaac Morley “were ordained assistants to the Bishop.” (Minutes, ca. 3–4 June 1831.)  

  9. 7

    A 1 November 1831 revelation explained that “there rema[i]neth hereafter in the due time of the Lord other Bishops to be set apart unto the church to minister even according to the first.” (Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:15].)  

  10. 8

    That is, the bishop’s court, since the bishop was the “common judge.”  

  11. 9

    The Articles and Covenants outlined the duties of elders, priests, teachers, and deacons. (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:38–59].)  

  12. 10

    “Priesthood” here seems to refer specifically to those ordained to the office of priest.  

  13. 11

    This is the first time groups of church officers were assigned a numerical capacity. Although it is unclear why each group had a different numerical capacity assigned to it, minutes of some conferences around this time suggest that there were many more elders than lesser officers in the church. (See, for example, Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831.)  

  14. 12

    A September 1830 revelation declared that “no one shall be appointed to Receive commandments & Revelations in this Church excepting my Servent Joseph for he Receiveth them even as Moses.” (Revelation, Sept. 1830–B [D&C 28:2].)  

  15. 13

    See Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–A [D&C 46:29].