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Instruction on Priesthood, 5 October 1840

In order to investigate 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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so important to this as well as every succeeding generation, I shall proceed to trace the subject as far as I possibly can from the Old and new Testaments.
There are two priesthoods spoken of in the scriptures, viz, the Melchisadeck

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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and the Aaronic or Levitical

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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Altho there are two priesthoods, yet the Melchisadeck priesthood comprehends the Aaronic or Levitical priesthood and is the grand head and holds the highest Authority which pertains to the priesthood— 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 kingdom of God in all ages of the world to the latest posterity on the earth— and is the channel through which all knowledge, doctrine, the plan of Salvation and every important truth is revealed from heaven. Its institution was prior to “the foundation of this earth or the morning stars sang together or the Sons of God shouted for joy,” it is the highest and holiest priesthood and is after the order of the Son of God, and all other priesthoods are only parts, ramifications, powers and blessings belonging to the same and are held controlled and directed by it. It is the Channel through which the Almighty commenced revealing his glory at the beginning of the creation of this earth and through which he has continued to reveal himself to the children of men to the present time and through which he will make known his purposes to the end of time— [p. 1]
In order to investigate 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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> so important to this  as well as every succeeding generation, I shall proceed  to trace the subject as far as I possibly can from  the Old and new Testaments.
There are two priesthoods spoken of in the scrip tures, v[i]z, the Melchisadeck

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
and the Aaronic or Levitical

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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 Altho there are two priesthoods, yet the Melchisadeck  priesthood comprehends the Aaronic or Levitical  priesthood and is the grand head and holds  the highest Authority which pertains to the priesthood — 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 kingdom of God in all ages of the  world to the latest posterity on the earth— and is  the channel through which all knowledge, doctrine,  the plan of Salvation and every important matter truth  is revealed from heaven. Its institution was prior to  “the foundation of this earth or the morning stars  sang together or the Sons of God shouted for joy,”  and it is the highest and holiest priesthood and is  after the order of the Son [of] God, and all other priest hoods are only parts, ramifications, powers and  blessings belonging to the same and are held  controlled and directed by it. It is the Channel  through which the Almighty commenced revealing  his glory at the beginning of the creation of this earth  and through which he has continued to reveal  himself to the children of men and to the present  time and through which he will make known  his purposes to the end of time— [p. 1]
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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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