decisions of a quorum of the presidents
were anciently, who were <March 28.>
ordained after the order of Melchisedek, and were righteous and holy men.
The decisions of these quorums, or either of them are to be made in all
righteousness; in holiness and lowliness of heart; meek ness and
longsuffering; in faith and virtue and knowledge; Tem perance, patience,
Godliness, brotherly kindness and charity, because the promise is if these
things abound in them, they shall not be unfruitful in the knowledge of
the Lord. And in case that any decision of these quorums, is made in
unrighteousness, it may be brought before a general assembly of the
several quorums which constitute the spiritual authorities of the church,
otherwise there can be no appeal from their decision.
12. The twelve are a travelling, presiding high council, to officiate in
the name of the Lord, under the direction of the presidency of the church,
agreeably to the institution of heaven; to build up the church, and
regulate all the affairs of the same, in all nations: first unto the
gentil[e]s, and secondly unto the
13. The seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of
the Twelve, or the traveling high council, in building up the church and
regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations: first unto the
Gentiles and then to the Jews:— the twelve being sent out, holding the
keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus
Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.
<Standing High Councils.>
14. The standing high Councils, at the Stakes of Zion, form a quorum equal
in authority, in the affairs of the church, in all their decisions, to the
quorum of the Presidency, or to the travelling high council.
<High Council in Zion.>
15. The high Council in Zion, forms a quorum equal in author ity, in the
affairs of the church, in all their decisions, to the councils of the
twelve at the stakes of Zion.
<The Twelve to call on the Seventy>
16. It is the duty of the travelling high council to call upon the
seventy, when they need assistance, to fill the several calls for
preaching and administering the Gospel, in stead of any others.
<Evangelists to be ordained>
17. It is the duty of the twelve in all large branches of the church, to
ordain evangelical ministers, as they shall be designated unto them by
of this Priesthood>
18. The order of this priesthood was confirmed to be handed down from
father to son, and rightly belongs to the literal descendants of the
chosen seed, to whom the promises were made. This order was instituted in
the days of Adam, and came down by lineage in the following manner:
<Adam to Seth.>
19. From Adam to Seth, who was ordained by Adam at the age of 69 years,
and was blessed by him three years previous to his (Adam’s) death, and
received the promise of God by his father, that his posterity should be