Voted, that whenever any vacancy shall occur by the death, re moveal from office, for transgression, or removal from the bounds of this goverment of any one of the above named counsellors, it shall be filled by the nomination of the president, or presidents and sanctioned by the voice of a general Conference <> convened for that purpose to act in the name of the Church.
The , who is also the president of the council, is appointed by the voice of the Saviour, and acknowledged in his administration, by the voice of the Church; and it is according to the dignity of his office that he should preside over the of the Church; and it is his privilege to be assisted by two other presidents, appointed after the same manner that he himself was appointed; and in case of the abscence of one or both of those who are appointed to assist him, he has power to preside over the council without an assistant: and in case that he himself is abscent, the other presidents have power to preside in his stead, both or either of them.
Whenever a high council of the Church of Christ, is regularly organized according to the foregoing pattern, it shall be the duty of the twelve counsellors to cast lots by numbers and thereby ascertain who of the twelve shall speak first, commenceing with Number One, and so in succession to number twelve
Whenever this council convenes to act upon any case; in the Church, the twelve counsellors shall consider whether it is a difficult one or not; If it is not, two <only> of the Counsellors shall speak upon it according to the form above written; but if it is thought to be more <a> difficult, <one> four shall be appointed, and if still
more difficult, six: but in no case not over that number shall <shall be more than six be> be appointed to speak. The accused in all cases has a right to one half of the coun cil to prevent insult or injustice; and the counsellors ap pointed to speak before the council, are to present the case after the evidence is examined, in its true light before the Council, and every man is to speak according to equity [p. 33]