More Than 30 Men Have Higher Authority than First Presidency

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Elder Rigdon, after he came from Pittsburg, never attended Council , only when he could not avoid it . He has no authority, only what he receives from tbe Church. • •• Brother Phelps was the means of bringing him in , but he bas not got the same authority as others: There are more than thirty men (political kingdom of God) who have got higher authority than he has. Brother Hyrum plead to have Elder Rigdon restored • •• Erother Joseph would not receive him again but shook him off. The Church voted to try him again and it was the Church that received him and not Brother Joseph" (Times and Seasons. vol. 5, pp. 663-664 ).

"Nothing secret in the Church? Again, who were the 7 men named to a Council? Who were the 18 men of the Council robed in temple clothes of the priesthood out on the open bluffs? Who were more than 30 men who held higher authority than the First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church? God does not change, though some would like to think so. Changes in the Church are now so far advanced, so far down the road, that the distance covered obscures the view of modern Church members so that they can no longer recognize from whence they came (those who " know not Joseph). Some among us appear to think that they now know better than Joseph, that they must correct Joseph Smith and Brigham Young and others, having more knowledge and experience than the prophet holding the keys of this dispensation. They seem to think they are more advanced than he whom God said: "But this generation shall have my word through you." D&C 5: 10"  The Modern Mormon Dilema, p.14
 

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