jr. rose and spoke on the subject of the . The , he said was no other then the priesthood of the Son of
God. There are certain ordi nances which belong to the
priesthood, and certain results flow from it.
, or presidency are over the
church, and revelations of the mind and will of God
to the church are to come through the presidency. This is the order
of heaven and the power and privilege of this priesthood. It is
also the privilege of any officer in this , to obtain revelations so far as
relates to his particular calling or duty in the church. All are
bound by the principles of virtue and happiness, but one great
privilege of this priesthood is to obtain revelations, as before observed,
of the mind and will of God. It is also the privilege of the
Melchisedec priest hood, to reprove, rebuke and admonish, as well as
to receive revelations.
He here remarked something con cerning the will of
God, and said, that what God commanded, the one half of the church would
A , is a member of the same Melchisedec priesthood, with the
presi dency, but not of the same power or
in the church.
are also members of the same priesthood, are a sort of travelling , or
priesthood, and may preside over a church or churches until a high priest
can be had. The seventies are to be taken from the quorum of
and are not to be high priests. They are subject to the direction and
dictation of the , who have the of the ministry. All are
to preach the gospel, by the power and influence of the Holy Ghost, and no
man, said he, can preach the gospel without the Holy Ghost.
high priest, and necessarily so, because he is to preside over that
particular branch of the church af fairs that are denominated the
, and because we have no di rect lineal descendent of
Aaron to whom it would of right belong. He remarked that this was the
same, or a branch of the same priesthood; and il lustrated his
position by the figure of the human body, which has dfferent members,
which have different offices to perform: all are necessary in their
place, and the body is not complete without all the members. From a
view of the requirements of the ser vants of God to preach the gospel,
he remarked that few were qualified even to be
if a priest understood his duty, his calling and ministry and
preached by the Holy Ghost, his en joyment is as great as if he were
one of the presidency; and his services are necessary in the body, as
are also those of
Therefore in viewing the church as whole, we may strictly denominate
it one priesthood.
that he rebuked and admonished his brethren frequently, and that
because he loved them; not because he wished to incur their
dis pleasure or mar their happiness.
Such a course of conduct was not calculated to gain
the good will of all, but rather the ill will of many, and thereby the
situation in which he stood was an important one. So you see, brethren the
higher the authority, the greater the difficulty of the station. But these
rebukes and admonitions be came nccssary from the
of brethren, for their temporal as well as spiritual welfare. They actually
constituted a part of the duties of his station and calling.
Others had other duties
to perform that were important and far less envi able, and might be
just as good, like the feet or hands in their relation to the human
body, neither could claim prior ity, or say to the other I have no need
of you. After all that has been said the greatest duty and the most
impor tant is, to preach the gospel.
He then alluded to the temporal
aff airs of the church in this place, stating the causes of the
embarrassments of a pecuniary nature that were now press ing upon the
heads of the church. He observed they began poor, were needy,
destitute, and were truly afflicted by their enemies; yet the Lord
command ed them to go forth and preach the