Letter from the Presidency of Elders, 29 January 1836

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Jany. 29. AD. 1836
To the of the . Beloved Bret[hren] feeling ourselves amenable to you for our proceedings as the of the first of in , & believing that we are to be govorned by you; we desire to know if we are to receive all those who are recommended to us by Elders for , or shall we receive none only those who have written recommendations from you. please answer our request
) Counsel
Ck [p. 145]


  1. 1

    There was only one quorum of elders at this time. A record of its proceedings was kept between 15 January 1836 and 5 October 1841. Beman served as president of the quorum until his death in November 1837. (Kirtland Elders Quorum, “Record,” 1.)  

    Kirtland Elders Quorum. “A Record of the First Quorurum of Elders Belonging to the Church of Christ: In Kirtland Geauga Co. Ohio,” 1836–1838, 1840–1841. CCLA.

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    Earlier instruction from JS designated the presidency of the high priesthood, or the church presidency, as the highest body to preside over the priesthood office and officers. (Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:7, 60–66].)  

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    The 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants did not definitively answer the question of whether explicit approval from the church presidency was necessary to ordain any man to the office of elder. One relevant, though potentially ambiguous, passage in the Doctrine and Covenants stated, “No person is to be ordained to any office in this church, where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of that church; but the presiding elders, traveling bishops, high counsellors, high priests, and elders, may have the privilege of ordaining, where there is no branch of the church, that a vote may be called.” (Doctrine and Covenants 2:16, 1835 ed. [D&C 20:65–66].)