Minutes, 27 February 1835–B

of such things, thinking that prehaps that they would never  benefit us afterwards, wh[i]ch had we now, would decide  almost any point that might be agitated; and now  we cannot bear record to the church nor unto the  world of the great and glorious manifestations that  have been made to us with that degree of power  and authority whi[c]h we otherwise could if we had  those decisions to publish abroad.
Since the twelve are now chosen, I wish  to tell them a course which they may pursue and  be benefitted hereafter in a point of light of which  they, prehaps, are not now aware. At all times when  you assemble in the capacity of a council to transact business  let the oldest of your number preside, and let one or more  be appointed to keep a record of your proceedings and  on the decision of every important item, be it what it may,  let such decision be noted down, and they will ever after  remain upon record as law, covenant and doctrine.  Any Questions thus decided might at the time appear  unimportant, but should they be recorded and one of  you lay hands upon them afterward you might find  them of infinite worth not only to your brethren but a  feast als[o] to your own souls.
Should you assemble from time to time and proceed  to discuss important questions and pass decisions upon them  and omit to record such decisions, by and by, you will  be driven to straits from which you will not be able to  extricate yourselves— not being in a sufficient situation to  bring your faith to bare with sufficient perfection or power  to obtain the desired information. Now in consequence of  a neglect to write these things when God reveals them, not  esteeming them of sufficient worth the spirit may withdraw  and God may be angry, and here is a fountain of  intelligence or knowledge of infinite importance which is  lost. What was the cause of this? The answer is slothfulness [p. 2]
Minutes, Kirtland, OH, 27 Feb. 1835; in “Record of the Transactions of the Twelve,” pp. 1–4, in Patriarchal Blessing Book 2; CHL.