Friday Evening, December 5, 1834. According to the direction of the Holy Spirit, Pr[e]s ident Smith, , and , assembled for the purpose of <first> High Counsellor to the office of assistant President of the in the .
It is necessary, for the special benefit of the reader, that he be instructed <into, or> con cerning the power and authority of the above named .
First. The office of the President is to preside over the whole Chu[r]ch; to be considered as at the head; to receive revelations for the Church; to be a , and Revelator <and Prophet—> having all the gifts of God:— having taking <Moses> for an ensample. Which is
Second. the office and station of the above President Smith, ac cording to the calling of God, and the ordination which he has received.
Second. The office of Assistant President is to assist in presiding over the whole chu[r]ch, and to officiate in the abscence of the President, accor ding to their <his> rank and appointment, viz: , first; Second, and Third, as they <were> are sev erally called. The office of this Priesthood is also to act as Spokesman—taking Aaron for an ensample.
The virtue of this the <above> Priesthood is to hold the of the kingdom of heaven, or the Church militant.
The reader may further understand, that Presidents <the> reason why President <High Counsellor> was not previously ordained <to the Presidency,> was, in consequence of his necessary attendance in Zion, to assist in conducting the printing business; but that this promise was made by the angel while in company with President Smith, at the time they recievd the office of the . And further: The circumstances and situation of the Church requiring, Presidents and were previously or dained, to assist the President Smith.
After this short explination, we now proceed to give an account of the acts, promises, and blessings of this memorable Evening:
First. After assembling, we received a rebuke for our former low, uncultivated, and disrespectful manner of communication, and saluta tion, with, and unto each other, by the voice of the Spirit, saying unto us: Verily, condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch, and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things, in your ensamples before the Chuch, and before the world, in all your manners, habits and customs, and salutations one toward another—rendering unto every man the respect due the office, and calling, and priesthood, whereunto I the Lord have appoin ted and ordained you. Amen. [p. 17]