Understanding the Scriptures
|Minutes(section heading)||The record of what occurred in a meeting|
|Vacancy(v. 8)||Unfilled position|
|Sanctioned, sanction(vv. 8, 19)||Approved, accepted, sustained|
|Convened, convenes(vv. 8, 13)||Gathered in a formal meeting|
|Cast lots by numbers(v. 12)||Be assigned a number by chance|
|Ascertain(vv. 12, 34)||Determine, find out|
|Manifest it(v. 20)||Make it known|
|A sufficiency(v. 23)||Enough|
|Foregoing(v. 24)||What was written before|
|Transmit(v. 26)||Send, communicate|
|Appeal, appealed(vv. 27, 31, 33)||Ask for reconsideration|
Doctrine and Covenants 102:2, 12–33—“Settling Important Difficulties”
In addition to helping administer the programs of the Church, a high council helps the stake presidency in the disciplinary matters of the Church—following the pattern set inDoctrine and Covenants 102. Additional instructions are given in theChurch Handbook of Instructions.A Church disciplinary council is held when a member commits serious violations of gospel principles, such as fornication, adultery, homosexual acts, abortion, criminal acts, apostasy, or abuse of spouse or children. Some disciplinary councils are held at the ward or branch level, while more serious cases are held at the stake or district level. These Church councils k to bring the sinner to repentance through the Atonement of Jesus Christ while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the Church and protection of its members.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 102.
A Backup System
Doctrine and Covenants 102:9–11refers to the President of the Church. It can also refer to the president of a stake. According to these verses, what happens if the president is unable to be in attendance or participate in a council?
Based onDoctrine and Covenants 102:13–29, summarize what happens in a stake disciplinary council.