wishes to speak, he shall arise, and stand upon his
feet. Elder <April 28.> read the commandment given concerning the
choosing of the Twelve, when it was voted that we each forgive one
another, every wrong that has existed among us, and that from
henceforth <Twelve Equal> each one of the twelve love his brother as himself, in temporal as
well as in spiritual things, always enquiring into each other’s
welfare. Decided that the twelve be ready and start on their
mission from ’s Tavern, on Monday at
2’ oclock <See 5
R. T.> A. M. May 4th. Elder then closed by prayer.
<May 2. Grand Council. Minutes.> “May 2d. A Grand
Council was held in , composed of the following officers of the church,
(viz.) Presidents Joseph Smith, Junr.
, , , , and , with their the coun cil of
Twelve high priests, The Twelve Apostles,
and council, and council; and some of the
seventy with their presidents, <(viz)> , , , , , and , and many elders from different parts.
President Joseph Smith Junr. Presiding. After the conference was opened the twelve
had taken their seats President Joseph Smith Jun. said that
it would be the duty of the Twelve, when in council, to take their
<order of pre siding in Council.> seats together according to age, the oldest to be seated
at the head, and preside in the first council, the next oldest in
the second, and so on until the youngest had presided, and then
begin at the oldest again &c. The Twelve then took their <The
Twelve accor ding to age.> seats according to age as follows, , , , , , , , , , , , and .
<Duty of the
Twelve to go abroad.> President Smith then stated that the
twelve will have no right to go into Zion or any of its stakes, and
there undertake to regulate the affairs thereof, where there is a
standing high Council; But it is their duty to go abroad and regulate
all matters relative to the different branches of the church.
<A quorum of
the twelve can act independently> When the twelve are together or a quorum of them in any
church, they will have authority to act independently, and make
decisions, and those decisions will be valid. But where there is not a
quorum, they will have to do business by the <Standing high council,
not to go abroad.> voice of the church, No standing high council has
authority to go into the churches abroad, and regulate the matters
thereof, for this belongs to the twelve. No standing high council
will ever be established only in Zion or one of its stakes.
decide in the name of the church.> When the twelve pass a decision it is in the name of the
church therefore it is valid. No official member of the church has
authority to go into any branch thereof and ordain any minister
<Not to appoint meetings &c. without consent of Presiding
Ed.> for that <the> church unless it is
by the voice of that branch. No elder has authority to go into any
branch of the church. and appoint meetings, or attempt to regulate the
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