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Discourse, 6 April 1837

Joseph Smith jr. rose and spoke on the subject of the Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

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. The Melchisedec High priesthood

The greater or higher of two orders of priesthood in the church. Also known as “the holy priesthood, after the order of the Son of God,” “the high priesthood,” and “the high and holy priesthood.” This priesthood held the “right of presidency,” the responsibility...

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, he said was no other then the priesthood of the Son of God. There are certain ordinances which belong to the priesthood, and certain results flow from it.
The presidents

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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, or presidency are over the church, and revelations of the mind and will of God to the church are to come through the presidency. This is the order of heaven and the power and privilege of this priesthood. It is also the privilege of any officer in this church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, to obtain revelations so far as relates to his particular calling or duty in the church. All are bound by the principles of virtue and happiness, but one great privilege of this priesthood is to obtain revelations, as before observed, of the mind and will of God. It is also the privilege of the Melchisedec priesthood, to reprove, rebuke and admonish, as well as to receive revelations.
He here remarked something concerning the will of God, and said, that what God commanded, the one half of the church would condemn.—A high Priest

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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, is a member of the same Melchisedec priesthood, with the presidency, but not of the same power or authority, in the church. the seventies

An office in the Melchizedek Priesthood patterned after the seventy envoys called by Jesus in the New Testament. The first members of the Quorum of the Seventy were called in February 1835. Revelation stipulated that “the seventy are also called to preach...

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are also members of the same priesthood, are a sort of travelling council

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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, or priesthood, and may preside over a church or churches until a high priest can be had. The seventies are to be taken from the quorum of elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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and are not to be high priests. They are subject to the direction and dictation of the twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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, who have the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the ministry. All are to preach the gospel, by the power and influence of the Holy Ghost, and no man, said he, can preach the gospel without the Holy Ghost.
The Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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was a high priest, and necessarily so, because he is to preside over that particular branch of the church affairs that are denominated the lesser priesthood

The lower, or lesser, of two divisions of the priesthood. Sometimes called the Levitical priesthood. It was named for Aaron, the brother of Moses, “because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed” in antiquity. JS and other church leaders taught that the...

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, and because we have no direct lineal descendent of Aaron to whom it would of right belong. He remarked that this was the same, or a branch of the same priesthood; and illustrated his position by the figure of the human body, which has dfferent members, which have different offices to perform: all are necessary in their place, and the body is not complete without all the members. From a view of the requirements of the servants of God to preach the gospel, he remarked that few were qualified even to be priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. In the Book of Mormon, priests were described as those who baptized, administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church,” and taught “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” A June 1829 revelation directed...

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, and if a priest understood his duty, his calling and ministry and preached by the Holy Ghost, his enjoyment is as great as if he were one of the presidency; and his services are necessary in the body, as are also those of teachers

Generally, one who instructs, but also an ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The Book of Mormon explained that teachers were to be ordained “to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on his name to the end...

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and deacons

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The “Articles and Covenants” directed deacons to assist teachers in their duties. Deacons were also to “warn, expound, exhort, and teach and invite all to come unto Christ.” Although deacons did not have the authority...

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. Therefore in viewing the church as whole, we may strictly denominate it one priesthood.
He remarked that he rebuked and admonished his brethren frequently, and that because he loved them; not because he wished to incur their displeasure or mar their happiness.
Such a course of conduct was not calculated to gain the good will of all, but rather the ill will of many, and thereby the situation in which he stood was an important one. So you see, brethren the higher the authority, the greater the difficulty of the station. But these rebukes and admonitions became nccssary from the pcrverseness of brethren, for their temporal as well as spiritual welfare. They actually constituted a part of the duties of his station and calling.
Others had other duties to perform that were important and far less enviable, and might be just as good, like the feet or hands in their relation to the human body, neither could claim priority, or say to the other I have no need of you. After all that has been said the greatest duty and the most important is, to preach the gospel.
He then alluded to the temporal affairs of the church in this place, stating the causes of the embarrassments of a pecuniary nature that were now pressing upon the heads of the church. He observed they began poor, were needy, destitute, and were truly afflicted by their enemies; yet the Lord commanded them to go forth and preach the [p. 487]
Joseph Smith jr. rose and spoke on  the subject of the Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

View Glossary
. The  Melchisedec High priesthood

The greater or higher of two orders of priesthood in the church. Also known as “the holy priesthood, after the order of the Son of God,” “the high priesthood,” and “the high and holy priesthood.” This priesthood held the “right of presidency,” the responsibility...

View Glossary
, he said  was no other then the priesthood of the  Son of God. There are certain ordi nances which belong to the priesthood,  and certain results flow from it.
The presidents

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

View Glossary
, or presidency are  over the church, and revelations of the  mind and will of God to the church are  to come through the presidency. This  is the order of heaven and the power  and privilege of this priesthood. It is  also the privilege of any officer in this  church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
, to obtain revelations so far as  relates to his particular calling or duty  in the church. All are bound by the  principles of virtue and happiness, but one  great privilege of this priesthood is to  obtain revelations, as before observed,  of the mind and will of God. It is also  the privilege of the Melchisedec priest hood, to reprove, rebuke and admonish,  as well as to receive revelations.
He here remarked something con cerning the will of God, and said,  that what God commanded, the one  half of the church would condemn.— A high Priest

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

View Glossary
, is a member of the same  Melchisedec priesthood, with the presi dency, but not of the same power or  authority, in the church. the seven ties

An office in the Melchizedek Priesthood patterned after the seventy envoys called by Jesus in the New Testament. The first members of the Quorum of the Seventy were called in February 1835. Revelation stipulated that “the seventy are also called to preach...

View Glossary
are also members of the same  priesthood, are a sort of travelling coun cil

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

View Glossary
, or priesthood, and may preside  over a church or churches until a high  priest can be had. The seventies are  to be taken from the quorum of elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

View Glossary
 and are not to be high priests. They  are subject to the direction and dictation  of the twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

View Glossary
, who have the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

View Glossary
of  the ministry. All are to preach the  gospel, by the power and influence of  the Holy Ghost, and no man, said he,  can preach the gospel without the Holy  Ghost.
The Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

View Glossary
was a high priest, and  necessarily so, because he is to preside  over that particular branch of the church af fairs that are denominated the lesser  priesthood

The lower, or lesser, of two divisions of the priesthood. Sometimes called the Levitical priesthood. It was named for Aaron, the brother of Moses, “because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed” in antiquity. JS and other church leaders taught that the...

View Glossary
, and because we have no di rect lineal descendent of Aaron to  whom it would of right belong. He  remarked that this was the same, or a  branch of the same priesthood; and il lustrated his position by the figure of  the human body, which has dfferent  members, which have different offices  to perform: all are necessary in their  place, and the body is not complete  without all the members. From a  view of the requirements of the ser vants of God to preach the gospel, he  remarked that few were qualified even  to be priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. In the Book of Mormon, priests were described as those who baptized, administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church,” and taught “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” A June 1829 revelation directed...

View Glossary
, and if a priest understood  his duty, his calling and ministry and  preached by the Holy Ghost, his en joyment is as great as if he were one  of the presidency; and his services are  necessary in the body, as are also those  of teachers

Generally, one who instructs, but also an ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The Book of Mormon explained that teachers were to be ordained “to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on his name to the end...

View Glossary
and deacons

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The “Articles and Covenants” directed deacons to assist teachers in their duties. Deacons were also to “warn, expound, exhort, and teach and invite all to come unto Christ.” Although deacons did not have the authority...

View Glossary
. Therefore  in viewing the church as whole, we may  strictly denominate it one priesthood.
He remarked that he rebuked and  admonished his brethren frequently,  and that because he loved them; not  because he wished to incur their dis pleasure or mar their happiness.
Such a course of conduct was not  calculated to gain the good will of all,  but rather the ill will of many, and  thereby the situation in which he stood  was an important one. So you see,  brethren the higher the authority, the  greater the difficulty of the station.  But these rebukes and admonitions be came nccssary from the pcrverseness  of brethren, for their temporal as well  as spiritual welfare. They actually  constituted a part of the duties of his  station and calling.
Others had other duties to perform  that were important and far less envi able, and might be just as good, like the  feet or hands in their relation to the  human body, neither could claim prior ity, or say to the other I have no need  of you. After all that has been said  the greatest duty and the most impor tant is, to preach the gospel.
He then alluded to the temporal aff airs of the church in this place, stating  the causes of the embarrassments of a  pecuniary nature that were now press ing upon the heads of the church. He  observed they began poor, were needy,  destitute, and were truly afflicted by  their enemies; yet the Lord command ed them to go forth and preach the [p. 487]
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, OH, 6 Apr. 1837; Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, Apr. 1837, pp. 487–488.

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