Rules and Resolutions are necessary instructions on how the commandments of God shall be followed. God has formed a partnership with his people in the process of bringing forth His Kingdom upon the earth. It is our part to put these principles of the Kingdom into use in a way that God has intended for us to use them. This requires our unity in the use of our free agency to agree upon these rules. If there are errors , they can be corrected by bringing that particular resolution back before the body. Resolutions by necessity, must not conflict with the revealed word of God. However that which is not forbidden by the word and is, by the determination of the body to be good and useful, can be adopted for governing the body.


This proposed resolution is to bring about the “SETTING IN ORDER THE CONGREGATION OF ISRAEL.” The Apostle Paul said it well when he expounded the fact that we are the Body of Christ.

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ;” Eph 4:11-12

How long would apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers be placed in the church?

“Till we, in the unity of the faith, all come to the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;”

Eph 4:13

Thus, there is a need for every part (office and calling) in the church that has been restored in these latter days. We must come to a unity of the faith!

Since the church is in an UNORGANIZED state, and in this state it is the responsibility of the Presidency, or the Twelve, or the Seventy or in case of emergency a council of High Priests to set it in order.

And since the missionary quorums of the church have full authority to set all things in order in unorganized areas of the church and preside until such organization is completed.

“Should the church fall into disorder, or any portion of it, it is the duty of the several quorums of the church, or any one of them to take measures to correct such disorder; through the advice and direction of the Presidency, the Twelve, the Seventy, or a council of high priests, in case of emergency;” D&C 122:10a

And since the Presidency and the Twelve of the Restoration Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have refused to repent and have formally been called out of order by the remaining First Quorum of Seventy.


We will recognize the First Quorum of Restoration Seventy as the leading surviving presidency of the church. We further recognize their authority under God and His law, to begin the task of setting the church in order.

PROPOSED RESOLUTION NO. 2. We declare common consent for all legislation that shall govern the Congregations of Israel: This resolution contains the process for approving/modifying/disapproving of any and all legislation proposed for the orderly governing of God’s church.

“And all things shall be done by common consent in the church, by much prayer and faith; for all things you shall receive by faith.” Amen. D&C 25:1b

“Neither shall anything be appointed unto any of this church contrary to the church covenants, for all things must be done in order and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith.” D&C 27:4c

“The Scriptures and the church articles and covenants, with the rules adopted by the church, shall govern in procedure.” D&C 122:10c


All proposed legislation to include rules and resolutions; policies and procedures shall be brought before the Joint Council, (Presidency, Twelve and Seventy) for review prior to going to the body for approval.

All members shall be given sufficient time to review the material to be considered prior to the commencement of the next General Assembly. All rules and resolutions shall be brought before the body assembled, and each proposed rule or resolution shall be submitted and voted upon individually. A simple majority of fifty-one percent is required for passage of a rule or resolution and a two-thirds majority shall be required to modify or to rescind.


That we declare Jesus Christ to be our King: The Elders of Israel, in the time of Samuel the prophet, rejected God as their King.

“Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways; now MAKE US A KING TO JUDGE US LIKE ALL THE NATIONS. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And THE LORD SAID UNTO SAMUEL, HEARKEN UNTO THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE IN ALL THAT THEY SAY UNTO THEE; FOR THEY HAVE NOT REJECTED THEE, BUT THEY HAVE REJECTED ME, THAT I SHOULD NOT REIGN OVER THEM.” 1 Samuel 8:4-7

Jesus was also rejected of the Jews and delivered over to be crucified by the Roman government.

“Wherefore, he shall bring forth his words unto them, which words shall judge them at the last day; For they shall be given them for the purpose of convincing them of the true Messiah, who was rejected by them; And unto the convincing of them that they need not look forward anymore for a Messiah to come, For there should not any come, save it should be a false Messiah, which should deceive the people: For there is save one Messiah spoken of by the prophets, and that Messiah is he who should be rejected of the Jews.” 2 Nephi 11:30-34

“The disciples asked Jesus after he was rejected of the Jews,” Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” Acts 1:6-7

Then in 1831, Joseph Smith, Jr. received this admonition

“The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth; yea, a voice crying, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom; pray unto the Lord; call upon his holy name; make known his wonderful works among the people, call upon the Lord, that his kingdom may go forth upon the earth; that the inhabitants thereof may receive it, and be prepared for the days to come, in the which the Son of man shall come down in heaven, clothed in the brightness of his glory, to meet the kingdom of God WHICH IS SET UP ON THE EARTH;” D&C 65:1b-e


Although we may have individually taken Jesus Christ as our King and Savior, we have not done so as the corporate Body of Christ. Just as the voice of the Saints of God in the time of Samuel the prophet, rejected God as their King, we the voice of the Latter Day Saints once again acknowledge Him and proclaim Him as our King.


That we declare that we are LATTER DAY ISRAEL:

“Turn all ye Gentiles, from your wicked ways, and repent of your evil doings, of your lyings and deceivings, and of your whoredoms, and of your secret abominations, and your idolatries, and of your murders, and your priestcrafts, and your envyings, and your strifes, and from all your wickedness and abominations, And come unto me, and be baptized in my name, that ye may receive a remission of your sins, and be filled with the Holy Ghost, that ye may be numbered with my people, who are of the house of Israel.” 3 Nephi 14: 2,3


We, the Congregations (churches) of the Saints are the Congregations of Israel and include all those who were of the Gentiles who are joined with us by adoption.


That we declare that our primary purpose is to bring forth the Kingdom of God, and to bring his people to a condition of sanctification.

We believe that the way to establish God’s Kingdom and bring His people to sanctification, is through the pattern he has given us in the Three Standard Books of the Church, The Bible, The Book of Mormon, and The Doctrine and Covenants.

We further believe that according to the pattern that is given, Zion (The Center Place) is the location for the seat of the government and Kingdom of God, and that the saints are called to gather to the Center Place and to the areas round about Independence, Missouri.

“Wherefore prepare ye, prepare ye, O my people; sanctify yourselves; gather ye together, O ye people of my church, upon the land of Zion, all you that have not been commanded to tarry. Go ye out from Babylon. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Call your solemn assemblies, and speak often one to another.” D&C 108:2a, b

We further believe that the Stake Organization is to be a holy sanctuary of the Kingdom established in the pattern of the scriptures, and that all efforts to bring about conditions to develop stakes should be exerted and promoted. The stake is a gathering of God’s people into close proximity, (totally laid out and planned when possible) in a community where there is a worship center or worship centers; a storehouse, canning factory complex, church education units (schools) for our children, a home for our elderly joined to day care centers as needed for working families, recreation facilities, farming and equipment for food crops, some type of industrial complex if desired, and other resources as the stake should desire and have ability to develop.

“And, behold, there is none other place appointed than that which I have appointed, neither shall there be any other place appointed than that which I have appointed for the work of the gathering of my Saints, until the day cometh when there is found no more room for them; and then I have other places which I will appoint unto them, and they shall be called stakes, for the curtains, or the strength of Zion.” D&C 98:4h, i


As soon as possible and practicable, and in agreement with the commandments of God, the General Congregation of Israel (total church) will exert all efforts necessary to develop future stake locations and establish stake organizations.


Resolution on Filing, Payment, and Disposition of Tithes.

Throughout the history of the Restoration, the Saints, have made great sacrifices of their resources only to see the church go into apostasy and all their resources lost. It has been the policy of previous church administrations to require the Saints to send their tithing to the general church headquarters to be administered by the general church. It is obvious that this method has not built Zion.

Also our people have had to leave the church when it went into apostasy, and forfeit all their offerings to a church that had departed from the faith. This often included buildings (houses of worship) which were purchased by local sacrifice of the saints or by their labor and sweat. They would pay off the loan to the general church and relinquish the deed. Then when they objected to the direction their church leadership was taking them, their hard earned places of worship were taken from them by civil law. It is heartbreaking to know that our parents and grandparents during the great depression offered what they could to continue the work on the RLDS Auditorium in Independence and even before this our ancestors sacrificed greatly to build the Kirtland Temple which is also lost to the Saints through apostasy.

In order to keep history from repeating this offense to God’s people, we therefore acknowledge that although all tithing statements must be filed with the Bishop in Zion, we find no restriction in scripture from paying our tithing to the Stake Bishop in an organized stake, and to the general church bishopric from unorganized areas. We further resolve that money in tithing that is sent up to the Bishop in Zion, should be held in escrow to the individual’s members account against the time when that member should gather to Zion. At that time when the member gathers, those tithing funds held in the members name are to be transferred to the Bishop of one of the stakes. This must be a stake of the members choosing, and be with the consent of the stake Bishop.


Each member’s tithing and tithing statement shall be forwarded to the member’s Stake Bishop or to the General Church Bishop for those living in unorganized

areas. That the stake Bishop shall forward a copy of the tithing statement to the General Church Bishopric, along with one-tenth of the tithe for use of the General Church. The remaining nine-tenths shall remain in the stake for stake use. The General Church Bishopric when receiving tithing and tithing statements from members in unorganized areas, shall receive one-tenth of the tithe for use of the General Church, and the remaining nine-tenths shall be held in escrow for that member to be deposited with the Stake Bishop upon that member’s gathering to Zion. It should be noted that all tithing once filed and forwarded to the church becomes the property of the Stake, and that portion, one-tenth of the tithe becomes the property of the General Church and cannot be reclaimed by the member.


Use and disposition of tithes in the stake organization.

The law of tithing was given at Far West Missouri on 8 July 1838. The Saints had been driven out of Independence and had founded a stake at Far West where they had laid the foundation for a temple. This is the “church in Zion” that is referred to in this revelation.

“Verily, thus saith the Lord, I require all their surplus property to be put into the hands of the bishop of my church of Zion, for the building of mine house, and for the laying the foundation of Zion, and for the priesthood, and for the debts of the presidency of my church; and this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people; and after that, those who have thus been tithed, shall pay one tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them for ever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord. Verily I say unto you, It shall come to pass that all those who gather unto the land of Zion shall be tithed of their surplus properties, and shall observe this law, or they shall not be found worthy to abide among you. And I say unto you, If my people observe not this law, to keep it holy, and by this law sanctify the land of Zion unto me, that my statutes and my judgments may be kept thereon, that it may be most holy, behold, verily I say unto you, It shall not be a land of Zion unto you; and this shall be an ensample unto all the stakes of Zion. Even so. Amen.” D&C 106:1a-2c

An example of a stake of 1000 members. If each household consisted of five members there would be 200 households. If each household paid $100.00 in tithes each month the stake monthly income would be $20,000.00 per month with one-tenth going to the General Church which would equal $2,000.00 per month or $24,000.00 per year, thus leaving $18,000.00 each month, or $216,000.00 per year for stake development and use. This does not take into consideration the tenth of each members net worth that is the beginning of tithing nor all surplus property that is to be given into the hands of the Stake Bishop for stake use.


The nine-tenths of the tithing paid to the Stake Bishop with all other contributions of surplus, free will offerings and sacrifice offerings shall be for the use and development of the stake infrastructure and other uses as approved by the stake. A stake storehouse shall be maintained by each Stake Bishop for the benefit of the poor and needy.

The disposition of funds for use of the stake shall be determined by the Lord, the Stake President, the Bishop and his council, by the Stake High Council and as approved by the membership.

PROPOSED RESOLUTION NO. 8. Dissolution of the Stake Organization.

In order to develop and maintain the trust between the Stakes of Israel and the general church leadership, and in light of the gross inequities that have been perpetuated against the Saints of God in the past in regard to their surplus, tithes, offerings and properties:


Any buildings (places of worship) held by congregations who vote to enter into a Stake organization, shall at their discretion, either be retained by the group, or placed under the trusteeship of the Stake Bishop of which they are becoming affiliated. Should any branch or group vote to place trusteeship with the Stake organization, they may do so and also reserve the right to reclaim ownership at any time, free and clear. The group may by a vote of two thirds of its membership, reclaim original ownership of such property and remain in the Congregation of Israel or leave as they may choose. Any improvements to said property become the sole property of the original owners.

In addition to this, a stake complex may, with the vote and consent of two thirds or more of its members, withdraw from the Congregation of Israel, (Church) and retain all temporal rights to stake assets and property.


Providing for legislative sessions and actions of the Joint Council.

Joseph Smith III was given direction designating which General Church authoritative bodies comprise the Joint Council.

“In case there should be a flagrant disregard of the rights of the people, the quorums of the church in joint council should be appealed to, and their action and determination should govern. I inquired what quorums of the church were meant, and I was answered, the three quorums the decisions of which are provided for in the law–the Presidency, the Twelve, and the Seventy.” D&C 126:10d, e

It is a matter of record that church administrators of the past have abused their power and have allowed politics and the natural man to enter into their functions, thus subverting the purposes of God, resulting in the church going into apostasy.

Past administrations have maneuvered to control church decisions through the deliberations of First Presidency, and the Bishopric. Since the Bishop is appointed by the president of the church this offers no checks and balances upon the presidency. At times the Twelve were also called into the meetings of the Presidency and Bishopric and were allowed some input upon their decisions. However since Joseph Smith, III, started calling the Apostles to serve which was not done previously, this action influenced their ability to act as a check and balance upon the Presidency. The Seventies were almost always left out of the process; since the Seventy and Presidents of Seventy were given authority of God to select and ordain their own members, which would have offered real checks and balance to administrative and legislative decisions.


All revelations received by the church president and all legislation proposed from the body shall be submitted in writing addressed to the Joint Council. That upon receipt of these proposals and at the next scheduled meeting of the Joint Council, they will be read and tested against scripture and past approved policies, and if found to be valid, will be brought to the quorums that comprise the General Assembly of the Congregation of Israel. No frivolous or unreasonable requests for legislation, as determined by the Joint Council, will be forwarded for Assembly consideration.

The Joint Council will meet once a year for a period to be determined, according to the work to be done, and will meet more often if needed to have sufficient time to assess and evaluate the business of the church prior to the General Assembly.

The Joint Council during its regularly scheduled meeting, shall set the agenda for the coming year for presentation to the General Assembly. The agenda with informational materials will be forwarded to members prior to the General Assembly, giving them sufficient time to consider and review the issues.


Punitive action shall not be taken against any member of the body or priesthood member without due process of a Church Court. The term ”Silencing” is not found in the scriptures. Administrative silence was not used in the church during Joseph Smith, Jr., the founding prophets leadership. If any member of the church of Jesus Christ transgressed the law or commandments, they were immediately brought before a church court to determine the issue. If confronted with the offense, the charged person admitted offense and repented, often he was forgiven and allowed to continue in the church. However if the person charged did not admit guilt, and was proven guilty by the mouth of two or more witnesses, he was cast out of the church and his name blotted out of the records, until such time as he repented. In this case he could re-apply for membership.

We as the Church of Jesus Christ and Congregations of Israel, believe that all priesthood calls are from the Lord.

“And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.” Hebrews 5:4.

We further believe that what God has bestowed upon a man, cannot be put asunder by any other man. We understand that as a priesthood member magnifies his calling and qualifies himself for a greater stewardship, he may be called to even greater responsibility. However shifting of priesthood offices for political reasons is contrary to the gifts and callings of God. If each quorum functions according to the law, political shifting will not take place. In other words a High Priest cannot call an Apostle to be a Patriarch. High Priests through discernment of the Spirit, may call other High Priests; Apostles through discernment of the Spirit, may call other Apostles; Presidents of Seventy, through discernment of the Spirit, may call other Seventies etc. This is not to be confused with the power and authority to ordain to an office. Any priesthood holder may ordain candidates to offices that are under him as prescribed in the Scriptures.


The church make no legislation allowing leadership to take punitive actions against anyone in the church, be they priesthood or member, without lawful due process in one of the church courts.

The laws of God designating those who shall have power and authority to choose priesthood for the various offices and quorums shall be observed at all times.

PROPOSED RESOLUTION NO. 11. To develop a plan for future Stakes of Zion.

The longing and prayers of the Saints from the beginning of “God’s setting his hand the second time to recover his people Israel”, has been to see the establishment of the Kingdom in a tangible way. We have been promised where the location of the city will be. We look forward to it’s realization. Our God has given man dominion over the whole earth and commanded him to go forth and subdue the earth. He has also encouraged us to be involved in all good works. Therefore, this is a proposal to start the process of planning so that God’s Kingdom may be more fully established upon the earth. We may not be one hundred percent in our planning, but our Lord will lead us and correct us on the way, if we are truly engaged in His work.

Keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion. Behold, I speak unto you, and also to all those who have desires to bring forth and establish this work; and no one can assist in this work, except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care. D&C 11:3b-4b


As soon as practicable, the church shall appoint a planning group to begin drafting plans for the establishment of future stakes of Zion for the curtains and strength of Zion, and also to begin the preliminary stages of planning for the City New Jerusalem (Zion)


Past administrations have used their offices in ways that were not intended by our Lord. They ignored the scriptural requirement for obtaining common consent of the members in legislative matters that would impact the membership. They at times openly stated that it was their prerogatives to impose these policies upon the membership without necessarily gaining membership’s approval. These administrations appear to have also politicized church government to the extent that many were appointed to high positions mainly because they would agree with the presidency. God’s laws have not changed. Common consent is required for all rules that govern His church and Kingdom.

When church leadership goes into apostasy, as it has done numerous times down through history, the church as an administering organization ceases to exist upon the face of the earth. When this happens the Lord has made provisions to set his church back into order, so that his people, the Saints, whom he loves will not be lost.


We believe past administrations have departed from that which is taught in the scriptures containing the laws governing God’s Church, and by doing so, have lost their authority to lead the Church of Jesus Christ.

This assembly affirms that all previous church administrative officers who have departed from the laws of God, are not worthy, or recognized as having authority to act as officers in the Church of Jesus Christ.


We, as the Saints of the Most High God, have been called by a number of titles, all of which meet the requirements of our Lord for his church. When church leadership goes into apostasy and attempts to lead the membership with it into heresy, true latter day saints reject this leadership. In our day of secular corporations, the past leadership has felt it expedient to incorporate the church in accordance with the laws of the land. This was done for many reasons, tax exemption, property ownership and such. However this also incorporated the name of the church the Saints selected to be known by. These incorporated names cannot be used by anyone except the registered corporation. This is the reason and only reason, we are not allowed to continue with the same name each time the church is required to be set in order once more. This does not mean in any sense, that we are not the true continuation of the church that God restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. on April 6th, 1830.


This body recognizes “The Church of Jesus Christ Restored 1830”, as the successor and continuation of that church which was founded through the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. on April 6th, 1830. We further resolve, that this Assembly is the gathering of the scattered remnants of that church in continuation.


Apostles in the Restoration have largely been chosen by a committee. The original twelve of the Restoration were chosen by the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon.

The apostles in the Restoration Church of Jesus Christ were also chosen by a committee. It is important that apostles be not chosen by the Quorum of Seventy or the Presidency, even though the Seventy may be the acting presidency of the church. This principle is required in order to maintain a separation from undue influence of one quorum of presidency over another. Following this principle will insure checks and balances within the church leadership.


A committee be selected by the Assembly, to seek out those men who would be worthy to serve as Apostles. This committee shall be made up of three Elders of the church holding the office of High Priest. They are to do this with much prayer, fasting and discernment of Spirit. Progress in this selection process shall be reported at the next General Assembly.


God has desired us to do all things according to the pattern, and in an orderly manner.

Since the church administration has gone into apostasy, we have not been relieved of conforming to God’s laws. We are to continue filing our tithing statements, and to pay our tithe and offerings. We also propose that until such a time as the church is set in order with the required offices filled, we need to choose one to act as an Agent of Trust for the church.


An Agent of Trust, shall be appointed to oversee and manage the moneys and properties of the General Church until such a time as a Bishop or Bishops should be appointed.


God’s word is eternal. We are commanded that we shall live by every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God. We find these words of God in the three standard books of the church. One principle must be kept in mind when studying these scriptures. God does not make mistakes, and he does not contradict himself. If we should find a scripture that appears to conflict with a previous one, one of two things has happened. Either we do not understand the meaning of what we have read or some one brought forth that which is not of God. If our understanding is at fault we need to pray to gain light as to the meaning. If the one bringing forth that which is in conflict has brought that which is not of God, we need not give it weight. All new scripture should be compared and agree with all scripture that has gone before.


We as the Body of Christ accept the Holy Scriptures known as the Inspired Version; The Book of Mormon in it’s entirety and the Doctrine and Covenants up to and including section 144 as the word of God. We also accept those sections in the appendix that are scripture.


Since the church has been plagued with heresy and every wind of doctrine, no person who believes himself to be a member of the priesthood or a member of the church, and yet is not willing to accept the word of God in it’s fullness, will not be admitted into The Book of Names of The Law of the Lord.


The Joint Council, The Presidency, The Twelve and the Seventy, will admit priesthood and members upon valid credentials. Until these three quorums are set in order, any one or more of these quorums may admit upon validation, candidates to priesthood, priesthood offices, or membership.


The Rules passed by this Assembly along with any future rules passed by future assemblies of this body, shall be the rules by which this body is governed. All previous rules, resolutions, policies or procedures of former organizations are considered null and void by this resolution.


We do not accept any part or portion of any and all rules, resolutions, policies or procedures of any previous organization.


This resolution is brought for the purpose of eliminating conflicts of interest between church and businesses of priesthood members, It is a fact that most of our priesthood members are required to work at a trade or profession to provide for their personal and families welfare. It is also true that many use their private resources for church purposes. It is also proper that Saints frequent or use the services owned and operated by other church members. This resolution is only given so that priesthood members do not personally openly solicit other members to do business with them. Members trust the priesthood, and may enter into business transactions out of a feeling of obligation. As not all business transactions turn out well, such as investments that suffer a loss, it is believed that priesthood should not solicit members for business. This does not preclude advertising or passing out cards etc.


As a code of honor, priesthood members shall not solicit business, or use their priesthood office to enter homes to conduct personal business unless the request is initiated from the member.