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Instruction on Priesthood, 5 October 1840

body from the dead, therefore holding stell the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. 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 his dispensation

A period of God’s work on earth, such as the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.” The biblical phrase “dispensation of the fulness of times” appears often in the writing of early Latter-day Saints; they typically used it to describe the final dispensation...

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and was sent down from heaven unto Paul to minister consoleing words & to comnin [communicate] unto him a knowledge of the mysteries of Godliness and if this was not the case I would ask how did Paul know so much about Abel and why should he talk about his speaking after he was dead. now that he spoke after he was dead must be, by being sent down out of heaven to administer. This then is the nature of the priesthood

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

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, every man holding the presidency

Organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and various groups of Latter-day Saints. A November 1831 revelation underscored the importance of a president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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of his dispensation and one man holding the presidency of them all even Adam, and Adam receiving his presidency and authority from Christ, but cannot receive a fulness untill Christ shall present the Kingdom to the Father which shall be at the end of the last dispensation—
The power, Glory, and blessings of the Priesthood could not continue with those who received ordination

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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only as their righteousness continued, for Cain also being Authorized to offer Sacrifice but not offering it in righteousness, therefore he was cursed. It signifies then, that the ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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must be kept in the very way God has appointed, otherwise their priesthood will prove a cursing instead of a blessing. If Cain had fulfilled the law of righteousness as did Enoch he could have walked with God all the days of his life and never faild of a blessing. Gen [blank] [“]And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methusalah 300 years and begat [p. 5]
body from the dead, therefore holding stell the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. 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 his dispensation

A period of God’s work on earth, such as the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.” The biblical phrase “dispensation of the fulness of times” appears often in the writing of early Latter-day Saints; they typically used it to describe the final dispensation...

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and was sent down from heaven  unto Paul to minister consoleing words & to comnin [communicate?]  unto him a knowledge of the mysteries of Godliness  and if this was not the case I would ask how did  Paul know so much about Abel and why should he  talk about his speaking after he was dead.  now that he spoke after he was dead must be,  by being sent down out of heaven to administer.  This then is the nature of the priesthood

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

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, every  man holding the presidency

Organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and various groups of Latter-day Saints. A November 1831 revelation underscored the importance of a president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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of his dispensation  and one man holding the presidency of them  all even Adam, and Adam receiving his  presidency and authority from Christ, but can not receive a fulness untill Christ shall pre sent the Kingdom to the Father which shall  be at the end of the last dispensation—
The power, Glory, and blessings of the Priesthood could  not continue with those who received ordination

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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 only as their righteousness continued, for Cain  also being Authorized to offer Sacrifice but not offering  it in righteousness, therefore he was cursed. It  signifies then, that the ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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must be kept  in the very way God has appointed, otherwise their  priesthood will prove a cursing instead of a  blessing. If Cain had fulfilled the law of righteous ness as did Enoch he could have walked  with God all the days of his life and never faild  of a blessing. Gen [blank] [“]And Enoch walked with  God after he begat Methusalah 300 years and begat [p. 5]
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JS, instruction on priesthood, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, 5 Oct. 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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; ten pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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