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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:

Joseph Young letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230307776]
Identifier: MSS SC 1001
Scope and Contents

Holograph letters addressed to Lewis Harvey dated 16 Nov. and 18 Nov. 1880. Young tells about his conversion to the Mormon Church and baptism into that faith in 1832. He also tells about his dealing with the Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith (1805-1844); about the Mormon Church in Kirtland, Ohio in the 1830s; and about the organizing of the Seven Presidents of the Seventies by Joseph Smith in 1835.

Dates: 1880

Levi Edgar Young papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 561

Correspondence, journals, scrapbooks, lecture materials, published and unpublished manuscripts, memorabilia, and miscellany. The materials cover a large number of topics because of Young's involvement in religion, education, government (historical societies), and professional organizations. The diaries were kept while Young was serving as a missionary for the Mormon Church in Switzerland.

Dates: 1835-1973

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Archival Object 5
Letters 9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 8
Educators -- Utah -- History 6
Electronic books 6
Italy -- Pictorial works 6