Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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presiding elders, to preside over those who are  of the office of an elder; and also priests, to  preside over those who are of the office of a  priest; and also teachers to preside over those  who are of the office of a teacher, in like man ner; and also the deacons: wherefore, from  deacon to teacher, and from teacher to priest,  and from priest to elder, severally as they are  appointed, according to the covenants and  commandments of the church; then comes the  high priesthood, which is the greatest of all.—  Wherefore, it must needs be that one be ap pointed, of the high priesthood, to preside over  the priesthood; and he shall be called presi dent of the high priesthood of the church, or,  in other words, the presiding high priest over  the high priesthood of the church. From the  same comes the administering of ordinances  and blessings upon the church, by the laying  on of the hands.
32 Wherefore the office of a bishop is not  equal unto it; for the office of a bishop is in  administering all temporal things: neverthe less, a bishop must be chosen from the high  priesthood, unless he is a literal descendant of  Aaron: for unless he is a literal descendant of  Aaron he cannot hold the keys of that priest hood. Nevertheless, a high priest, that is af ter the order of Melchisedek, may be set apart  unto the ministering of temporal things, hav ing a knowledge of them by the Spirit of truth,  and also to be a judge in Israel, to do the busi ness of the church, to sit in judgment upon  transgressors, upon testimony, as it shall be  laid before him, according to the laws, by the [p. 107]
presiding elders, to preside over those who are of the office of an elder; and also priests, to preside over those who are of the office of a priest; and also teachers to preside over those who are of the office of a teacher, in like manner; and also the deacons: wherefore, from deacon to teacher, and from teacher to priest, and from priest to elder, severally as they are appointed, according to the covenants and commandments of the church; then comes the high priesthood, which is the greatest 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 president of the high priesthood of the church, or, in other words, the presiding high priest over the high priesthood of the church. From the same comes the administering of ordinances and blessings upon the church, by the laying on of the hands.
32 Wherefore the office of a bishop is not equal unto it; for the office of a bishop is in administering all temporal things: nevertheless, a bishop must be chosen from the high priesthood, unless he is a literal descendant of Aaron: for unless he is a literal descendant of Aaron he cannot hold the keys of that priesthood. Nevertheless, a high priest, that is after the order of Melchisedek, may be set apart unto the ministering of temporal things, having a knowledge of them by the Spirit of truth, and also to be a judge in Israel, to do the business of the church, to sit in judgment upon transgressors, upon testimony, as it shall be laid before him, according to the laws, by the [p. 107]
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