History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout  <March 28> all their generations. Why it is called the lesser priesthood, is  because it is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchisedek priesthood,  and has power in administering outward ordinances. The Bishop ric is the presidency of this priesthood, and holds the keys or  authority of the same, no man has a legal right to this office,  to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descend ant of Aaron. But as a high priest, of the Melchisedek priest hood, has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices, he may  officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of  Aaron can be found; provided he is called, and set apart, and  ordained unto this power, by the hands of the presidency of the  Melchisedek priesthood.
<authority of the  Melchisedek P.d.> 9. The power and authority of the higher or melchisedek priest hood, is, to hold the keys of all <the> spiritual blessings of the church,—  to have the privilege of receiving thee mysteries of the kingdom  of heaven,— to have the heavens opened unto them,— to commune  with the general assembly and church of the first-born, and  to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father,  and Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant.
<authority of the  Aronic priestd> 10. The power and authority of the lesser, or Aaronic priest hood, is, to hold the keys of the ministering of angels, and  to administer in outward ordinances, the letter of the  gospel,— the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,  agreeably to the covenants and commandments.
<Presiding offices.> 11. Of necessity there are presidents, or presiding offices growing out  of, or appointed of, or from among those who are ordained to  the several offices in these two priesthoods. Of the Melchisedek  <Three, Quorum of  the presidency.> priesthood, three presiding high priests, chosen by the body, ap pointed and ordained to that office, and upheld by the con fidence, faith and prayer of the church, form a quorum of  <Twelve travelling  Councellors,= Apostles> the presidency of the church. The twelve travelling counsellors  are called to be the twelve Apostles, or special witnesses of the name  of Christ, in all the world: Thus differing from other officers in  the church in the duties of their calling: And they form a Quorum  equal in authority and power, to the three presidents, previously  <The Seventy> mentioned. The Seventy are also called to preach the Gospel,  and to be especial witnesses unto the Gentiles in all the world:  Thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of  their calling: and they form a quorum, equal in authority to  that of the twelve <e>special witnesses or Apostles just named: And  every decision made by either of these quorums, must be by  <Decisions of the  quorums, equal.> the unanimous voice of the same; that is every member in  each quorum, must be agreed to its decisions, in order to make  their decisions of the same power or validity one with the other.  -[A majority may form a quorum when circumstances render  it impossible to be otherwise.]- Unless this is the case, their  decisions are not entitled to the same blessings which the [p. 583]
because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout March 28 all their generations. Why it is called the lesser priesthood, is because it is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchisedek priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances. The Bishopric is the presidency of this priesthood, and holds the keys or authority of the same, no man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant of Aaron. But as a high priest, of the Melchisedek priesthood, has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices, he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found; provided he is called, and set apart, and ordained unto this power, by the hands of the presidency of the Melchisedek priesthood.
authority of the Melchisedek P.d. 9. The power and authority of the higher or melchisedek priesthood, is, to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church,— to have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,— to have the heavens opened unto them,— to commune with the general assembly and church of the first-born, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant.
authority of the Aronic priestd 10. The power and authority of the lesser, or Aaronic priesthood, is, to hold the keys of the ministering of angels, and to administer in outward ordinances, the letter of the gospel,— the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, agreeably to the covenants and commandments.
Presiding offices. 11. Of necessity there are presidents, or presiding offices growing out of, or appointed of, or from among those who are ordained to the several offices in these two priesthoods. Of the Melchisedek Three, Quorum of the presidency. priesthood, three presiding high priests, chosen by the body, appointed and ordained to that office, and upheld by the confidence, faith and prayer of the church, form a quorum of Twelve travelling Councellors,= Apostles the presidency of the church. The twelve travelling counsellors are called to be the twelve Apostles, or special witnesses of the name of Christ, in all the world: Thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling: And they form a Quorum equal in authority and power, to the three presidents, previously The Seventy mentioned. The Seventy are also called to preach the Gospel, and to be especial witnesses unto the Gentiles in all the world: Thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling: and they form a quorum, equal in authority to that of the twelve especial witnesses or Apostles just named: And every decision made by either of these quorums, must be by Decisions of the quorums, equal. the unanimous voice of the same; that is every member in each quorum, must be agreed to its decisions, in order to make their decisions of the same power or validity one with the other. -[A majority may form a quorum when circumstances render it impossible to be otherwise.]- Unless this is the case, their decisions are not entitled to the same blessings which the [p. 583]
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