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Seventy's Hall, Nauvoo, Illinois
Seventy's Hall, Nauvoo, Illinois
      The Seventy hold a unique place in Church history. As far back as the days of the Exodus, Seventy of the Elders of Israel were called by the Lord to come forth with Moses and be set apart from the people. (Exodus 24:1) These Seventy were to be especial witnesses of Jehovah in His dealings with Israel.

      In the meridian of time Jesus Christ himself "appointed other Seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come." (Luke 10:1) Like the Seventy of Moses' time these Seventy were especial witnesses. These Seventy were ordained unto great power insomuch that they cast out devils in the Lord's name. As especial witnesses, they were used as missionaries in the Lord's True Church.

      They were called again in the Latter-days and have held a diversity of responsibilities since. Called as a traveling council, and as a presiding Quorum, it is possible that we may yet see other responsibilities added to the resumé of these men who have been called the "Minutemen of the Church," but at the heart of their calling, they remain especial witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    On February 8, 1835, in a meeting with Elders Brigham and Joseph Young, the Prophet Joseph Smith related a vision he had received concerning the martyrs of Zion's Camp. He then directed Brigham to call a conference of all the veterans of the camp who lived within a convenient distance of Kirtland. Continuing, he told the two brothers that the Lord had revealed to him that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles would be organized and that Brigham would be President thereof. Continuing further he spoke of the Seventy and said to the younger brother, "Brother Joseph, the Lord has made you President of the Seventies" as though the calling had already occurred. Interestingly, when the Twelve and the Seventy were organized on February 14, neither Brigham nor Joseph were called as the presiding official of their respective quorum. But the Lord had spoken through his prophet and both shortly held the senior position.

    The Seventy were restored as a priesthood quorum February 14, 1835 as documented in the Doctrine and Covenants. The Latter-day history of the Seventy comprises five separate units of General Authorities and six quorums of Area Authorities (Third through Eighth Quorums).


The Original First Quorum of the Seventy
The First Council of the Seventy
The Presidency of the Seventy
The First Quorum of the Seventy
The Second Quorum of the Seventy
Spencer W. Kimball's October 1975 Announcement Restoring the First Quorum
Spencer W. Kimball's October 1976 Announcement Restructuring the First Quorum
Gordon B. Hinckley's April 1984 Announcement of 3-5 year calls for the Seventy
Thomas S. Monson's April 1989 Announcement Organizing the Second Quorum
Gordon B. Hinkley's April 1997 Annunciation of Organization of Third thru Fifth Quorums

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