Seventy 

Summary

An office in the Melchizedek Priesthood patterned after the seventy envoys called by Jesus in the New Testament.1 The first members of the Quorum of the Seventy were called in February 1835.2 Revelation stipulated that “the seventy are also called to preach the gospel, and to be especial witnesses unto the Gentiles and in all the world” and “to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the twelve . . . in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same, in all nations: first unto the Gentiles and then to the Jews.”3 JS occasionally referred to the Seventy as “seventy elders” or “seventy apostles.”4 The Seventy were led by seven presidents, who could choose additional quorums of the Seventy “until seven times seventy, if the labor in the vineyard of necessity requires it.”5