Rules and Regulations, 14 January 1836

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  • Historical Introduction

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1st— It is according to the rules and regulations of all regular and legal organized bodies to have a president to keep order.—
2ond— The body thus organized are under obligation to be in subjection to that authority—
3d— When a congregation assembles in this they shall submit to the following rules, that due respect may be paid to the order of the worship—viz.
1st— no man shall be interupted who is appointed to speak by the of the , by any disorderly person or persons in the congregation, by whispering by laughing by talking by menacing Jestures by getting up and running out in a disorderly manner or by offering indignity to the manner of worship or the religion or to any officer of said church while officiating in his office in any wise whatever by any display of ill manners or ill breeding from old or young rich or poor male or female bond or free black or white believer or unbeliever and if any of the above insults are offered such measures will be taken as are lawful to punish the aggressor or aggressors and eject them out of the
2ond— An insult offered to the presidency <​presiding​> of said Church, shall be concidered an insult to the whole [p. 111] body, also an insult offered to any of the officers of said while officiating shall be considered an insult to the whole body—
3d— All persons are prohibited from going up the stairs in times of worship
4th— all persons are prohibited from exploring the except waited upon by a person appointed for that purpose—
5th— all persons are prohibited from going <​in​>to the several pulpits except the officers who are appointed to officiate in the same
6th— All persons are prohibited from cutting marking or marring the inside or outside of the with a knife pencil or any other instrument whatever, under pain of such penalty as the law shall inflict—
7th— All children are prohibited from assembling in the above or below or any part of it to play or for recreation at any time, and all parents guardians or masters shall be ameneable for all damage that shall accrue in consequence of their children—
8th— All persons whether believers or unbelievers shall be treated with due respect by the authority <​authorities​> of the Church— [p. 112]
9th— no imposition shall be practiced upon any member of the church by depriving them of their <​rights​> in the — council adjourned sini di [sine die] [p. 113]


  1. 1

    The copy of the rules found in Minute Book 1 reads, “by the permission of the church.” (Minute Book 1, 12 Jan. 1836.)  

  2. 2

    At the previous day’s meeting of the grand council, a measure was unanimously approved that no whispering would be allowed and that only after requesting and obtaining permission would anyone be permitted to speak aloud in church councils or assemblies. (Minutes, 13 Jan. 1836.)  

  3. 3

    Besides general worship meetings on the first and second floors of the temple, the third or attic floor with its dormer windows and five offices, or classrooms, provided meeting places for smaller gatherings, such as priesthood quorums, high council meetings, and the Hebrew School.  

  4. 4

    The two general assembly floors were designed with sets of three-tiered pulpits at each end of the large assembly rooms. (See Plan of the House of the Lord, between 1 and 25 June 1833.)  

  5. 5

    Various church officers were to occupy the two tiers of pulpits in the House of the Lord. (See Plan of the House of the Lord, between 1 and 25 June 1833.)  

  6. 6

    Perhaps the committee foresaw the use of the building by scores of young students. Though this seems to be a general rule to regulate the behavior of children and their parents in worship in the House of the Lord, it was particularly pertinent later in 1836: by November, the attic floor was being used by the church’s Kirtland High School with “135 or 40 students” as well as a “Juvenile” school. (“Our Village,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, Jan. 1837, 3:444.)  

    Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.

  7. 7

    The grand council adjourned 15 January after it approved these rules, but JS’s scribe copied the approved rules into JS’s journal using the date that he and his committee drafted them—14 January 1836—suggesting that Parrish copied these rules into JS’s journal no earlier than 15 January.