“The President of the Church and His Counselors Have the Keys to Declare the Doctrine of the Church”

Doctrine and Covenants 124:125–126

125 I give unto you my servant Joseph to be a presiding elder over all my church, to be a translator, a revelator, a seer, and prophet.
126 I give unto him for counselors my servant Sidney Rigdon and my servant William Law, that these may constitute a quorum and First Presidency, to receive the oracles for the whole church.

President James E. Faust said:

“Who is to declare the doctrine of the Church? It is well established by revelation and practice that the current President of the Church and his counselors have the keys to declare the doctrine of the Church. The investiture of this authority comes from revelation. The Presidency are constituted ‘a quorum . . . to receive the oracles for the whole church’ (D&C 124:126).”

(“The Abundant Life,” Ensign, Nov. 1985, 9.)

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