hood, unless he is a literal descendant of Aaron; for unless he is a literal descendant of Aaron he cannot hold the keys of that . Nevertheless, a , that is after the , may be set apart unto the minis tering of temporal things, having a knowledge of them by the Spirit of truth, and also to be a judge in Israel, to do the busi ness of the to sit in judgment upon transgressors, upon testimony, as it shall be laid before him, according to the laws, by the assistance of his counsellors, whom he has chosen, or will chose among the elders of the church. This is the duty of a who is not a literal descendant of Aaron, but has been to the high priesthood after the order of Melchizedek.
33 Thus shall he be a judge, even a common judge among the inhabitants of , or in a of Zion, or in any branch of the church where he shall be set apart unto this ministry, un til the borders of Zion are enlarged, and it becomes necessary to have other bishops, or judges in Zion, or elsewhere: and in asmuch as there are other bishops appointed they shall act in the same office.
34 But a literal descendant of Aaron has a legal right to the of this priesthood, to the of this ministry, to act in the office of bishop independently, without counsellors, except in a case where , after the order of Melchizedek, is tried; to sit as a judge in Israel.— And the decision of either of these , agreeably to the commandment which says;
35 Again, verily, I say unto you: The most important busi ness of the church, and the most difficult cases of the church, inasmuch as there is not satisfaction upon the decision of the bishop, or judges, it shall be handed over and carried up unto the council of the church, before the presidency of the high priesthood; and the presidency of the council of the high priesthood shall have power to call other high priests, even twelve, to assist as counsellors; and thus the presidency of the high priesthood, and its counsellors shall have power to decide upon testimony according to the laws of the church. And after this decision it shall be had in remembrance no more before the Lord; for this is the highest council of the church of God, and a final decision upon controversies, in spiritual matters.
36 There is not any person belonging to the church, who is exempt from this council of the church.
37 And inasmuch as a president of the high priesthood shall transgress, he shall be had in remembrance before the common council of the church, who shall be assisted by twelve [p. 87]