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is a democratic principle established by the Latter Day Saint movement
The Latter Day Saint movement is a group of independent churches tracing their origin to a Christian primitivist movement founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. in the late 1820s. Collectively, these churches have over 14 million members...
's founder, Joseph Smith, Jr., who taught in 1830 that "all things must be done in order, and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith." As it is most frequently used by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, common consent, more commonly known as a sustaining
, is the act of publicly showing one's support for a specific leader in a particular church calling or position by the uplifted right hand; an outward indication of an inward commitment. The principle requires consent from all members of an organization before the action of setting apart
Setting apart is an ordinance or ritual in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whereby a person is formally chosen and blessed to carry out a specific calling or responsibility in the church....
may take place. Local leader must be sustained by a local congregation before he or she may officially begin their role. If one person objects, the sustaining is put on hold until the objection is heard. General leaders must be approved by the church at large. Decisions made by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Quorums of the Seventy must be done unanimously.
Any new doctrine must be presented to the church before being accepted as a part of the Standard Works
The Standard Works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the four books that currently constitute its open scriptural canon.* The Holy Bible * The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ...