Common consent

Common consent

In the Latter Day Saint movement, common consent is a democratic principle established by the movement's founder Joseph Smith, Jr. He taught "For 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 Utah LDS church, common consent, more commonly known as a sustaining, is the act of publicly showing ones 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 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.

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