Sustaining

A procedure where the entire church body ratifies the calling of persons to various church positions. It is a formality, being almost always unanimous, since they believe the person was called to their position by direct revelation. “When we sustain officers, we are given the opportunity of sustaining those whom the Lord has already called by revelation. … To sustain is to make the action binding on ourselves to support those people whom we have sustained” (D&C Student Manual, p. 54).