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Instruction on Priesthood, circa April 1835 [D&C 107]

counsellors of the high priesthood; and their decision upon his  head shall be an end of controversy concerning him. Thus,  none shall be exempted from the justice and the laws of God;  that all things may be done in order and in solemnity, before  him, according to truth and righteousness.
38 And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a presi dent over the office of a deacon, is to preside over twelve dea cons, to sit in council with them, and to teach them their du ty—edifying one another, as it is given according to the cov enants.
39 And also the duty of the president over the office of the  teachers, is to preside over twenty four of the teachers, and to  sit in council with them—teaching them the duties of their  office, as given in the covenants.
40 Also the duty of the president over the priesthood of Aa ron, is to preside over forty eight priests, and sit in council with  them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is given in the  covenants. This president is to be a bishop; for this is one  of the duties of this priesthood.
41 Again, the duty of the president over the office of elders  is to preside over ninety six elders, and to sit in council with  them, and to teach them according to the covenants. This  presidency is a distinct one from that of the seventy, and is  designed for those who do not travel into all the world.
42 And again, the duty of the president of the office of the  high priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be  like unto Moses. Behold, here is wisdom—yea, to be a seer,  a revelator, a translator and a prophet—having all the gifts of  God which he bestows upon the head of the church.
43 And it is according to the vision, showing the order of the  seventy, that they should have seven presidents to preside  over them, chosen out of the number of the seventy, and the  seventh president of these presidents is to preside over the six;  and these seven presidents are to choose other seventy besides  the first seventy, to whom they belong, and are to preside over  them; and also other seventy until seven times seventy, if the  labor in the vineyard of necessity requires it. And these sev enty are to be travelling ministers unto the Gentiles, first,  and also unto the Jews, whereas other offices of the church  who belong not unto the twelve neither to the seventy, are  not under the responsibility to travel among all nations, but  are to travel as their circumstances shall allow, notwithstand ing they may hold as high and responsible offices in the church.
44 Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act  in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence. He  that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he [p. 88]
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Instruction on Priesthood, Kirtland, OH, ca. Apr. 1835; in Doctrine and Covenants, 1835 ed., pp. 82–89.

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