Minutes, 2 May 1835–A

Kirtland May 2d— 1835
According to appointment the Presidency, the Twelve  a part of the Seventy, and some other Elders of the church  met in conference this morning in order to consult the  affairs of the church. &c. Conference was opened by Elder  Brigham Young by prayer. President J. Smith Junr  presiding. After conference was opened and the Twelve  took their seats. he stated that it would be the duty of the  twelve to appoint the oldest one of their number  to preside in their councils, beginning at the oldest  and so on until the youngest has presided and then begin ning at the oldest again. &c. The Twelve took their seats  regularly according to their ages as follows. T[homas] B. Marsh  David W. Patten. Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball  Orson Hyde, Wm. E. McLel[l]in Parley P. Pratt J[ohn] F. Boynton  Luke Johnson William Smith Orson Pratt John  F. Boynton & Lyman Johnson. The president then  stated that the Twelve will have no right to go into Zion  or any of its stakes and there undertake to regulate  the affairs thereof where there is a standing High  Council. But it is their duty to go abroad and regulate  all matters relative to the different branches of the  Church. When the Twelve are together, or a quorum  of them in any Church, they will have authority to  act independently and make decisions, and those decis ions, and those decissions are valid. But where there is  not a quorum they will have to do business by the  voice of the Church. No standing high council  has authority his to go into the churches abroad and  regulate the matters thereof, for this belongs to the  Twelve. No High Council will ever be established only  in Zion or one of its Stakes. When the twelve pass a  decision it is in the name of the church, Therefore,  it is valid. No individual has a right to go into any church [p. 187]
Minutes, Kirtland, OH, 2 May 1835; handwriting of Warren Cowdery; in Minute Book 1, pp. 187–192; CHL.