Instruction on Priesthood, 5 October 1840

Commencing with Adam who was the first man of whom  it is spoken of in Daniel as being “the Antient of days”  or in other words the first and oldest of all, the great  grand progenitor of whom it is said in another  place he is michael because he was the first and  father of all, not only by progeny, but he was the  first to hold the spiritual blessings, the plan  to whom was made known the plan of ordinances  for the Salvation of his posterity unto the end, and  to whom Christ was first revealed, and through  whom christ has been revealed from heaven and  will continue to be revealed from henceforth.  Adam holds the keys of the dispensation of the fulness  of times, i.e. the dispensation of all the times have  been and will be revealed through him from the  beginning to Christ and from Christ to the end  of the all world the dispensations that have to be reveald
Ephesians 1st. chap 9 & 10 verses. [“]Having made known unto  us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure  which he has purposed in himself that in the dispen sation of the fulness of times he might gather together  in one all things in Christ both which are in heaven  and which are on earth in him” Now the purpose  in himself in the winding up scene of the last dispen sation is, that all things pertaining to that dispensation  should be conducted precisely in accordance with  the preceding dispensations, And again, God pur posed in himself that there Should not be an  eternal fulness until every dispensation should  be fulfilled and gathered together in one [p. 2]
JS, instruction on priesthood, Nauvoo, IL, 5 Oct. 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; ten pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.