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Report of Instructions, July 1839, as Reported by Willard Richards

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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first given To Adam: he obtained the first Presidency

An organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and other ecclesiastical organizations. A November 1831 revelation first described the office of president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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& held 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 it, from genration to Generation; he obtained it in the creation before the world was formed as in Gen. 1, 26:28,— he had dominion given him over every living Creature. He is Michael, the Archangel, spoken of in the scriptures,— Then to Noah who is Gabriel, he stands next in authority to Adam in the Priesthood; he was called of God to this office & was the Father of all living in his day, & To him was Given the Dominion. These men held keys first on earth. & then in Heaven.— The Priesthood is an everlasting principle & Existed with God from Eternity & will to Eternity, without beginning of days or end of years. The Keys have to be brought from heaven whenever the Gospel is sent.— When they are revealed from Heaven it is by Adams Authority.
Dan VII speaks of the Ancient of days, he means the oldest man, our Father Adam, Michael; he will call his children together. & hold a council with them. to prepare them for the coming [p. 63]
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
was.
first given To Adam: he obtained the  first Presidency

An organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and other ecclesiastical organizations. A November 1831 revelation first described the office of president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

View Glossary
& held 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 it, from  genration to Generation; he obtained it in  the creation before the world was formed  as in Gen. 1, 26:28,— he had dominion  given him over every living Creature.  He is Michael, the Archangel, spoken of in  the scriptures,— Then to Noah who is Gabriel,  he stands next in authority to Adam in the  Priesthood; he was called of God to this office  & was the Father of all living in his day,  & To him was Given the Dominion. These  men held keys first on earth. & then in  Heaven.— The Priesthood is an everlasting  principle & Existed with God from Eternity  & will to Eternity, without beginning of  days or end of years. The Keys have to  be brought from heaven whenever the Gos pel is sent.— When they are revealed from  Heaven it is by Adams Authority.
Dan VII speaks of the Ancient of  days, he means the oldest man, our  Father Adam, Michael; he will call  his children together. & hold a council  with them. to prepare them for the coming [p. 63]
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JS, Report of Instructions, Commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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, IL, July 1839; in Willard Richards Pocket Companion, pp. 63–79; handwriting of Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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; Willard Richards, journals, CHL.

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