D&C 107. Part 10. Revisions of the November Revelation, continued

Continued from part 6. No just kidding. From part 9.
The second part of the November revelation/D&C 107 contains some interesting changes which also reflect otherwise unknown revelation(s).

Revelation Book 1 LDS D&C 107:85-100
A few more words in addition to the Laws of the church. And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of the president over the office of a Deacon, is to preside over twelve Deacons, to set in council with them, & to teach them their duty, edifying one another as it is given according to the covenants. 85 And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a president over the office of a deacon is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in council with them, and to teach them their duty, edifying one another, as it is given according to the covenants.
And also the duty of the president over the office of the Teachers, is to preside over twenty four of the Teachers, & to set in council with them, & to teach them the duties of their office as given in the covenants. Also the duty of the president over the priesthood is to preside over forty eight priests, & to set in council with them, & to teach them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants. 86 And also the duty of the president over the office of the teachers is to preside over twenty-four of the teachers, and to sit in council with them, teaching them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants.
87 Also the duty of the president over the Priesthood of Aaron is to preside over forty-eight priests, and sit in council with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is given in the covenants—
And again the duty of the president over the office of the Elders, is to preside over ninety six Elders, & to set in council with them, & to teach them according to the covenants. And again the duty of the president of the office of the High Priesthood, is to preside over the whole church, & to be like unto Moses. 88 This president is to be a bishop; for this is one of the duties of this priesthood. [1]
89 Again, the duty of the president over the office of elders is to preside over ninety-six elders, and to sit in council with them, and to teach them according to the covenants.
90 This presidency is a distinct one from that of the seventy, and is designed for those who do not travel into all the world.
91 And again, the duty of the President of the office of the High Priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like unto Moses—
behold here is wisdom: yea, to be a Seer, a revelator, a translator, & prophet, having all the gifts of God, which he bestoweth upon the head of the chuch: Wherefore now let every man learn his duly duty, & to act in the office in which he is appointed., in all diligence. he that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand. & he that learneth not his duty & sheweth himself not approved, shall not be counted worth to stand; even so: Amen. 92 Behold, here is wisdom; yea, to be a seer, a revelator, a translator, and a prophet, having all the gifts of God which he bestows upon the head of the church.
93 And it is according to the vision showing the order of the Seventy, that they should have seven presidents to preside over them, chosen out of the number of the seventy;
94 And the seventh president of these presidents is to preside over the six;
95 And these seven presidents are to choose other seventy besides the first seventy to whom they belong, and are to preside over them;
96 And also other seventy, until seven times seventy, if the labor in the vineyard of necessity requires it.
97 And these seventy are to be traveling ministers, unto the Gentiles first and also unto the Jews.
98 Whereas other officers of the church, who belong not unto the Twelve, neither to the Seventy, are not under the responsibility to travel among all nations, but are to travel as their circumstances shall allow, notwithstanding they may hold as high and responsible offices in the church. [2]

99 Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.
100 He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shows himself not approved shall not be counted worthy to stand. Even so. Amen.

Next time we look briefly at LDS ordination practices as related to D&C 107 and the interpretive drift even a President of the Church underwent.

[Part 11 is here.]

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[1] Interestingly, verse 61 was not modified to reflect that the bishop presides over the priests. The subtle addition in verse 87: of Aaron, could be consistent with the 1831 priesthood architecture by itself, but with verse 88 identifies the change as part of the new order.

[2] The inclusion of the details of organization of the Seventy (from an otherwise unknown vision) at this point fits with the treatment of the other quorums. Observe that the Twelve Apostles get no such treatment. Their internal structure would be defined in a separate revelation (D&C 112). In the meantime, the Q12 had a system of rotating leadership as per Joseph Smith’s instruction. They were to be equal in everything.

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7 Responses to D&C 107. Part 10. Revisions of the November Revelation, continued

  1. ricke says:

    Thank you for this. I have encouraged others to read the series to gain perspective on what many of the quorums and groups are discussing right now.

  2. J. Stapley says:

    Joseph Young much later in Utah wrote of Joseph Smith revealing to him and Brigham that Joseph would be a President of the Seventy in February 1835 and that they hadn’t heard of Seventies before that period. I haven’t looked into it, but the HC states that JS organized the Seventies later that month “according to the visions and revelations” he had received. I haven’t looked at what the source for that is or how late it was added. Have you looked at that at all?

    • WVS says:

      Except for glosses by Willard Richards, which may or may not have resulted from talks with Joseph Smith, the bulk of the material in February comes from the Kirtland Council Minute Book. A vision is mentioned in the Feb 14, 1835 meeting, but the KCMB doesn’t mention a vision in its short preamble to listing the names of the Seventy. My Guess is that comes from WIllard Richards as an extrapolation of D&C 107. It’s too short I think to be part of a JS narrative, but I could be wrong. There’s no (contemporary) JS diary or history for this period until September. The material is cobbled together from other sources. I look forward to the JSP version of the ms history. A version of the Joseph Young/Brigham Young vignette also appears as Note A in the addendum to ms history volume B-1. In that reminiscence there is no mention of Seventy though.

  3. Dustin says:

    Fascinating stuff. So was it at this point that the meaning of the word “priesthood” changed from an office to an order (in other words, the way it is generally understood today)?

    • WVS says:

      Well, it was at this time that there was a *textual* change. People’s perceptions of such things could change very slowly. Literacy and communication together with belief inertia were all important factors I would imagine. But yes, the text clearly redefines a number of things.

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