First elders 

Summary

Presiding officers of the church; also, leading elders of the church.1 A December 1832 revelation directed the first elders, or “first labourers,” to preach the gospel and instructed them to create a school to prepare for their ministry.2 A June 1834 revelation counseled the first elders of the church to prepare for an endowment of power “from on high,” which JS and others reported receiving in the Kirtland, Ohio, House of the Lord in March 1836.3