Minutes and Discourses, 27 February 1835–A

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the Angels of God, unless you can prove yourselves to  have been somewhere else, your enemies will prevail  over you: but if you can bring twelve men to testify  that you were in a certain place at that time, you  will escape their hands. Now, if you will be careful  to keep minutes of these things, as I have said, it will be  one of the most important records ever seen; for every  such decision will, ever after remain as items of  doctrine and covenants. I have now placed before you  these items, for your consideration, and you are left to  act according to your own judgements. The  then expressed their approbation, concerning the foregoing  remarks of President Smith, and proceeded to appoint  , & , to serve as clerks  for the meeting. After which the following question  was proposed by President Smith (viz.) What importance  is there attached to the calling of these  different from the other callings or officces of the  ? After some discussion by elders,  , & , President Smith gave the  following decision. They are the Twelve Apostles, who  are called to the office of , who  are to preside over all the churches of the Saints among  the , where there is no established, and  they are to travel and preach among the Gentiles, until  the Lord shall command them to go to the Jews. They are  to hold the of this ministry, to unlock the door of the  kingdom of heaven unto all nations, and to preach the  Gospel to every creature. This is the power, authority and  virtue of their . The meeting closed by President  J. Smith Junr in Prayer
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the Angels of God, unless you can prove yourselves to have been somewhere else, your enemies will prevail over you: but if you can bring twelve men to testify that you were in a certain place at that time, you will escape their hands. Now, if you will be careful to keep minutes of these things, as I have said, it will be one of the most important records ever seen; for every such decision will, ever after remain as items of doctrine and covenants. I have now placed before you these items, for your consideration, and you are left to act according to your own judgements. The then expressed their approbation, concerning the foregoing remarks of President Smith, and proceeded to appoint , & , to serve as clerks for the meeting. After which the following question was proposed by President Smith (viz.) What importance is there attached to the calling of these different from the other callings or officces of the ? After some discussion by elders, , & , President Smith gave the following decision. They are the Twelve Apostles, who are called to the office of , who are to preside over all the churches of the Saints among the , where there is no established, and they are to travel and preach among the Gentiles, until the Lord shall command them to go to the Jews. They are to hold the of this ministry, to unlock the door of the kingdom of heaven unto all nations, and to preach the Gospel to every creature. This is the power, authority and virtue of their . The meeting closed by President J. Smith Junr in Prayer
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