25 Methuselah was 100 years old when
he was un der the hand of Adam.
26 Lamech was 32 years old when he
was ordained under the hand of Seth.
27 Noah was 10 years old when he was
ordained under the hand of Methuselah.
28 Three years previous to the death
of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch and
Methuse lah, who were all
, with the residue of his posteri ty, who were righteous, into
the valley of
and there bestowed upon them his last blessing. And the Lord appeared
unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the
Prince, the Archangel. And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and
said unto him, I have set thee to be at the head: a multitude of nations
shall come of thee; and thou art a prince over them for ever.
29 And Adam stood up in the midst of
the congregation, and notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being
full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his
poster ity unto the latest generation. These things were all writ ten
in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time.
30 It is the duty of the
, also, to ordain and set in or der all the
other officers of the church, agreeably to the
rev elation which says:
31 To the
in the land of
addition to the
, respecting church business: Verily,
I say unto you, says the Lord of hosts, There must needs be
, to preside over those who are of the office of an ; and also
priests, to preside over those who are of the office of a
also teachers to preside over those who are of the office of a
like manner; and also the : wherefore, from deacon to teacher, and from teacher
to priest, and from priest to elder, severally as they are ap pointed,
according to the
of the church; then comes the
, which is the great est of all. Wherefore, it must needs
be that one be appointed, of the high priesthood, to preside over the
priesthood; and he shall be called
, or, in other words, the
presiding high priest over the high priesthood of the church. From the
same comes the adminis tering of
and blessings upon the church, by the .
32 Wherefore the office of a
equal unto it; for the office of a bishop is in administering all temporal
things: nevertheless, a bishop must be chosen from the high priest [p. 86]