Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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der or priest, or it may be signed by the teach ers, or deacons of the church.
 

Section 3 • Instruction on Priesthood, circa April 1835 [D&C 107]

SECTION III.
 
ON PRIESTHOOD.
 
1 There are, in the church, two priesthoods,  namely: the Melchisedek, and the Aaronic,  including the Levitical priesthood. Why the  first is called the Melchisedek priesthood, is  because Melchisedek was such a great high  priest: before his day it was called the holy  priesthood, after the order of the Son of God;  but out of respect or reverence to the name  of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too fre quent repetition of his name, they, the church,  in ancient days, called that priesthood after  Melchisedek, or the Melchisedek priesthood.
2 All other authorities, or offices in the  church are appendages to this priesthood; but  there are two divisions, or grand heads—one  is the Melchisedek priesthood, and the other  is the Aaronic, or Levitical priesthood.
3 The office of an elder comes under the  priesthood of Melchisedek. The Melchisedek  priesthood holds the right of presidency, and  has power and authority over all the offices in  the church, in all ages of the world, to admin ister in spiritual things.
4 The presidency of the high priesthood,  after the order of Melchisedek, have a right to  officiate in all the offices in the church.
5 High priests, after the order of the Mel chisedek priesthood, have a right to officiate [p. 100]
der or priest, or it may be signed by the teachers, or deacons of the church.
 

Section 3 • Instruction on Priesthood, circa April 1835 [D&C 107]

SECTION III.
 
ON PRIESTHOOD.
 
1 There are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely: the Melchisedek, and the Aaronic, including the Levitical priesthood. Why the first is called the Melchisedek priesthood, is because Melchisedek was such a great high priest: before his day it was called the holy priesthood, after the order of the Son of God; but out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchisedek, or the Melchisedek priesthood.
2 All other authorities, or offices in the church are appendages to this priesthood; but there are two divisions, or grand heads—one is the Melchisedek priesthood, and the other is the Aaronic, or Levitical priesthood.
3 The office of an elder comes under the priesthood of Melchisedek. The Melchisedek priesthood holds the right of presidency, and has power and authority over all the offices in the church, in all ages of the world, to administer in spiritual things.
4 The presidency of the high priesthood, after the order of Melchisedek, have a right to officiate in all the offices in the church.
5 High priests, after the order of the Melchisedek priesthood, have a right to officiate [p. 100]
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