good advice. Bro Rich was called in question for transgressing the word of wisdom and for selling the revelations at an extortionary price while he was gone East with father Lions which thing Bro. Rich confessed before the council and the council forgave him upon his promising to do better and reform his life.—
Council then concluded by prayer by Bro.
17 February 1834 • Monday • First of two entries
This day, Feb. 17 1834, a conference of High Priests assembled in at the House of bro. Joseph Smith Jun. They proceeded to organize the Presidents church council, consisting of twelve high priests, and this according to the law of God. The names of those who were chosen as counsellors were Joseph Smith Junr. and President, , , , , , John S Carter, , , , , and , coun sellors. Bro. Joseph opened the council by solem prayer. He then arose and called upon the high priests, Elders, priests, teachers and deacons that were present twelve who had not been nominated as counsellors to pass their vote whether they were satisfied with the appointments or nomination of the twelve to compose the church council. It was the unanimous voice of all present that those who had been nominated, as above, should compose a standing council in . It was also voted that when any one <or more> of the standing counsellors were absent, their vacancy should be filled by any high priests whom the majority of the council should nominate or choose,
Providing that no council Shall be held unless seven of the above named counsellors are present, or their successors. The above named counsellors all manifested a willingness to act according to their appointments, the Lord being their helper. Bro acted in the place of . There were nine high priests present and acted in the appointment of the above named counsellors, also seventeen Elders, and four priests with thirteen private members. Bro Joseph then said he would show the order of councils in ancient days (See 27 & 28 pages) as shown to [p. 29]