Instruction on Priesthood, 5 October 1840

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In order to investigate the subject <of the > so important to this  as well as every sl succeeding generation, I shall proceed  to trace the subject as far as I possibly can from  the Old and new Testaments.
There are two priesthoods spoken of in the scrip tures, viz, the Melchisadeck and the  Altho there are two priesthoods, yet the Melchisadeck  priesthood comprehends the Aaronic or Levitical  priesthood and is the Grand head and holds  the higest Authority which pertains to the priesthood — the of the Kingdom of God in all ages of the  world to the latest posterity on the earth— and is  the channel through which all knowledge, doctrine,  the plan of salvation and every important matter truth  is revealed from heaven. Its institution was prior to  “the foundation of this earth or the morning stars  sang together or the sons of God shouted for joy,”  and it is the highest and holiest priesthood and is  after the order of the Son [of] God, and all other priest hoods are only parts, ramifications, powers and  blessings belonging to the same and are held  controlled and directed by it. It is the Channel  through which the Almighty commenced revealing  his glory at the beginning of the creation of this earth  and through which he has continued to reveal  himself to the children of men and to the present  time and through which he will make known  his purposes to the end of time— [p. 1]
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In order to investigate the subject of the so important to this as well as every succeeding generation, I shall proceed to trace the subject as far as I possibly can from the Old and new Testaments.
There are two priesthoods spoken of in the scriptures, viz, the Melchisadeck and the Altho there are two priesthoods, yet the Melchisadeck priesthood comprehends the Aaronic or Levitical priesthood and is the Grand head and holds the higest Authority which pertains to the priesthood— the of the Kingdom of God in all ages of the world to the latest posterity on the earth— and is the channel through which all knowledge, doctrine, the plan of salvation and every important truth is revealed from heaven. Its institution was prior to “the foundation of this earth or the morning stars sang together or the sons of God shouted for joy,” it is the highest and holiest priesthood and is after the order of the Son of God, and all other priesthoods are only parts, ramifications, powers and blessings belonging to the same and are held controlled and directed by it. It is the Channel through which the Almighty commenced revealing his glory at the beginning of the creation of this earth and through which he has continued to reveal himself to the children of men to the present time and through which he will make known his purposes to the end of time— [p. 1]
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