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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. First Council of the Seventy



  • Existence: 1844 - 1976

Administrative history

The First Council of the Seventy (1844-1976) was an administrative unit in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with priesthood authority to preside over quorums of elders responsible for proselytizing.

Abraham H. Cannon diaries, 1879-1895 (First Council of the Seventy)

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1992: vol. 3 page 1300 (First Council of the Seventy; Seventy first organized February 28, 1835 at Kirtland, Ohio; members selected from Zion's Camp by Joseph Smith) page 1301 (traveling priesthood quorum; called to preach the gospel; 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois, the 63 members of the First Quorum were divided into presidencies of 7 each and assigned to preside over elders under the age of 35; the presidency of this First Quorum consisted of seven, became the First Council of the Seventy) page 1302 (chief function to serve as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; in 1961 members of the First Council of the Seventy were ordained high priests by the First Presidency with authority directly from the Twelve Apostles; in 1974 received sealing authority; on October 1, 1976 assistants to the Twelve were added to the First Quorum and the titles First Council of the Seventy and Assistant to the Twelve were dropped)

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Abraham H. Cannon diaries

Identifier: Vault MSS 62
Scope and Contents Nineteen volumes of diaries kept by Abraham H. Cannon from 1879 to 1895. Abraham begins his diary when he leaves his family in Utah to serve a three-year mission to Europe for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He writes of his life as a missionary in England and Germany, his return to farm life, and details of his daily life, such as the birth of children, his duties in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, his occupation, and current world events. Includes details of his...
Dates: 1879-1895; approximately 1969

Hart family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1439
Scope and Contents

Includes 19 diaries, a Pitman shorthand legal phrase book, correspondence, newspaper clippings and various religious documents.

Dates: 1886-1934

History of George Reynolds

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230316777]
Identifier: MSS SC 2057
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten manuscript. The item is a biogaphy on the life of George Reynolds (1842-1909) by his daughter Alice Louise Reynolds. George was a Mormon author who served on the board of directors of the Genealogical Society of Utah and as amember of the First Council of Seventies for the Mormon Church.

Dates: approximately 1920

Jonathan Golden Kimball letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230324169]
Identifier: MSS SC 2486
Scope and Contents

Typewritten and signed letter dated 12 March 1919 and addressed to the Council of the 83rd quorum of Seventy in Snowflake, Arizona. Kimball donates $27 to the seventy's fund for 1918 and mentions how veterans of the First World War should be treated when they return home.

Dates: 1919 March 12

Levi Edgar Young biographical and genealogical papers, 1870-1973

Identifier: MSS 561 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains biographical information and related documents, dating from 1870 to 1973.

Dates: 1870-1973

Levi Edgar Young correspondence and typescript letter carbons, 1903-1963

Identifier: MSS 561 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains letters and copies produced by Young, dating from 1903 to 1963.

Dates: 1903-1963

Levi Edgar Young memorabilia, 1870-1895

Identifier: MSS 561 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains memorabilia collected by Young, including a doctor's bag.

Dates: 1870-1895

Levi Edgar Young papers from the Swiss-Austrian Mission, 1903-1904

Identifier: MSS 561 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains a diary, scrapbook, and scriptures from Young's mission, dating from 1903 to 1904.

Dates: 1903-1904

Levi Edgar Young research and findings, 1835-1931

Identifier: MSS 561 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains minutes, notes, and books collected by Young, dating from between 1835 and 1931.

Dates: 1835-1931

George Reynolds letters

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 593
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letters to his wife, Amelia. Twenty-eight itmes were written from 1879-1881 in the Utah Peniteniary while Reynolds was serving a two-year sentence for polygamy. Reynolds tells about prison life, reaffirms his dedication to the Mormon faith, and discusses family matters.

Dates: 1879-1887

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