Articles and Covenants, circa April 1830, as Recorded in Coltrin, Diary [D&C 20]
“Articles and Covenants,” [, Seneca Co., NY, ca. Apr. 1830, though parts may have been received as early as ca. summer 1829]. Version copied [12 Jan. 1832] in Coltrin, Diary, –; handwriting of ; CHL.
And again by way of to the church concerning the manner of Book of Mormon Page 576
The duty of the of & Members of the an is an Elder & it is his calling to Baptize & to other Elders Priests Teachers & Deacons & to administer the flesh & blood of Christ according to the & to teach expound exhort & to Baptize & to watch over the Church & to the Church by the & the & to take the lead of all meetings &c——
The Elders are to conduct the meetings according as they are led by the Holy Ghost——
The Priests duty is to Preach teach expound exhort & baptize & administer the & visit the house of each member & exhort them to pray vocalley & in Secret & also to attend all family duties & ordain other Priests Teachers & Deacons & take the lead in meetings but none of these offices are they to do when there is an Elder Present but in all cases are to assist the Elders &c——
The Teachers duty is to watch over the church always & be with them & [p. ]