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.
Twelve> 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 Jews.
Seventy> 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.
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
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.
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
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 revelation.
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:
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
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