Feb 17. 1834.
This day a <general> of <24> assembled at the house of Joseph Smith Junr. <by revelation> and proceeded to organize the of the , which is <was> to consist of twelve high priests, and one, or three presidents, as the case may <might> require. This <high> council is <was> appointed by revelation, for the purpose of settleing important difficulties which may <might> arise in the church, which cannot <could not> be settled by the Church, or the to the satisfaction of the parties
Joseph Smith Junr.
were acknowledged pres idents, by the voice of the council; and
high priests, were chosen to be a standing council for the Church, by the unanimous voice of the council.
The above named counsellors were then asked whether they accepted their appointments, and whether they would act in that office according to the law of Heaven: to which they all answered, that they accepted their several appointments, and would fill their offices accord ing to the grace of God bestowed upon them.
The numbers composeing the council, who voted in the name, and for the church in appointing the above named counsellors, were forty three; As follows: Nine high priests, Seventeen , four , and thirteen members.
Voted, that this <the high> council cannot have power to act without seven of the above named counsellors, or their regularly appointed successors, are present; these seven shall have power to appoint other high priests whom they may consider worthy and capable to act in the place of absent counsellors. [p. 32]