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Revelation, 11 November 1831–B [D&C 107 partial]

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<75> A Revalation given at Hiram Portage Co Nov 11th. 1831
To the Church of Christ in the Land of Zion in addition to the Church Laws  respecting Church business verily I say unto you saith the Lord of hosts there  must needs be presiding presiding Elders to preside over them who are of the  office of an Elder & also Priests over them who are of the office of a Priest  & also Teachers over them who are of the office of a Teacher in like manner  And also the deacons wherefore from Deacon to Teacher & from Teacher to Priest  & from Priest to Elder severally as they are appointed, according to the Church  Articles & Covenants then cometh the high Priest hood which is the greatest  of all wherefore it must needs be that one be appointed of the high Priest  hood to preside over the Priest hood & he shall be called President of the  hood high Priest hood of the Church or in o other high words the Presiding  high Priest hood over the high Priesthood of the Church from the same  cometh the administring of ordinances & blessings upon the Church  by the Laying on of the hands wherefore the office of a Bishop is not equal  unto it for the office of a Bishop is in administering all things temporal  things nevertheless a Bishop must be chosen from the high Priesthood that  he may be set apart unto the ministering of temporal things having a  knowledge of them by the Spirit of truth & also to be a Judge in  Israel to do the business of the Church to sit down in Judgement [p. 122]
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As two weeks of conference meetings in November 1831 wound to a close, this revelation communicated to the church in Zion additional instructions regarding the conducting of church business. The revelation announced a milestone in church polity—the various priesthood offices were to be organized into their own respective bodies (later called “quorums”), with one of their number designated as president. The highest office was high priest, and the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the whole church.
John Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “75 A Revelation given at Hiram Portage Co Nov 11th 1831.” Orson Hyde also produced a copy of this document, sometime in August 1834. Frederick G. Williams copied this revelation into Revelation Book 2, probably in August 1834. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants combined this text with an 1835 revelation to create a composite document called“On Priesthood” without indicating date or location.

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