DEFINITIONS

In order to understand the government of the Church and Kingdom of God,  we must first understand some basic terms.

These terms will be defined and expanded upon in the text following:

GENERAL AUTHORITIES

TRAVELING MINISTRY

STANDING MINISTRY

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

CONFERENCES

JOINT COUNCIL

HIGH COUNCIL

CENTER PLACE

DISTRICTS

STAKES

General Authorities

The General Authorities are responsible for and to the whole church.  These men devote their time, resources and efforts toward the Lord’s church and Kingdom.  They are comprised of the following

FIRST PRESIDENCY

QUORUM OF TWELVE

QUORUM OF SEVENTY

PRESIDING PATRIARCH

PRESIDING BISHOP

Traveling Ministry  (Missionaries)

Traveling ministry, (Missionaries), consist of the following priesthood offices:

TWELVE

SEVENTIES

EVANGELICAL MINISTERS (WHO ARE ABLE TO TRAVEL)

TRAVELING BISHOPS

TRAVELING ELDERS

Standing Ministry

The standing ministry consists of the following priesthood offices:

HIGH PRIEST

PATRIARCH/EVANGELIST

BISHOP

ELDER

PRIEST

TEACHER

DEACON

General Assembly of the Church:

The church is the Body of Christ and when gathered in General Assembly it is the highest administrative authority of the church. D&C 104:11.  The Assembly format was used to approve the Doctrine and Covenants in 1835.  The General Assembly is  organized into the following church quorums:

PRESIDENCY

TWELVE

SEVENTY

HIGH PRIESTS

ELDERS

PRIESTS

TEACHERS

DEACONS

MEMBERS

Note:  Patriarchs, Bishops, and High Councilors are enrolled in the High Priests Quorum..  D&C 129:7a, b

Conferences of the Church

There are two scheduled conferences addressed in scripture and history.  They are Elders Conferences and General Conferences.

The Joint Council

The Joint Council is comprised of the First Presidency, the Twelve, and the Seventy.

High Councils

There are a number of High Councils.  Each Stake has one; There is a High Council at the seat of the First Presidency; The Twelve are a Traveling High Council; and  there are Temporary High Councils.  These councils are the church courts for the organized and unorganized areas of the church. 

Center Place, (City New Jerusalem)

The location of the Center Place has been designated by prophecy as Independence, Missouri. This is the central location for the city New Jerusalem.  We are promised that it will not be moved out of its place.

As early as August 1830, Joseph Smith, Jr., was given a revelation that decreed the elect would be gathered to one place on the face of this land of America. This was months before he received a further revelation in February of 1831 stating that a New Jerusalem would be built that God’s people may be gathered into one.  Then in July of 1831 the Center Place location was designated at Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

See D&C  28:2c; 36:12f;  42:3b; 51:1a

Stakes, Organized Areas of the Church

Stakes are fully organized units of church government and society that provide a physical and spiritual environment for nurturing  its citizens in the “Good News of the Kingdom”, and in sanctification, from birth to the grave.

Line of Responsibility in the Standing Ministry

See D&C 122:9 a-c

HIGH PRIESTS

ELDERS

PRIESTS

TEACHERS

DEACONS

Districts, and other Unorganized Areas of the world

Districts are geographic areas designated for missionary development.  The church missionary corps is responsible for developing leadership, and temporary organization  in districts and undeveloped areas of the world until fully organized stakes can be set in  order.  The standing ministry then directs the affairs of the stake