Minutes and Discourses, 27 February 1835, as Reported by Oliver Cowdery
Minutes and Discourses, , Geauga Co., OH, 27 Feb. 1835. Featured version copied [not before 25 Feb. 1836] in Minute Book 1, pp. 86–88; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 1.
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 traveling , 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