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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to the church, was the establishing the grades of the different quorums. It was <​April 6 Solemn Assembly​> ascertained that all but one <​or two​> of the Presidents of the Seventies, were High Priests, and when they had ordained and set apart from the quorum of Elders, into the quorum of seventies, they had confered upon them the high priesthood also: This was declared to be wrong and not according to the order of heaven. New Presidents of the <​New Presidents of Seventies ordained​> Seventies were accordingly ordained to fill the places of such of them as were high priests, and the ex officio Presidents, and such of the Seventies as had been legally ordained to the high priesthood, were directed to unite with the high priests. All the quorums then assembled in the lower room of the , where they were addressed by the Presidents from the stand. [HC 2:476]
<​Joseph’s address to the Quorum on Priesthood &​>President Joseph Smith Junr. addressed the assembly, and said that the Melchisedek High priesthood was no other than the Priesthood of the Son of God: that there are certain ordinances which belong to the Priesthood, from which flow certain results; that the Presidents, 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 church, to obtain revelations so far as relates to his particular calling and 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 of the mind and will of God. It is also the privilege of the Melchisedec Priesthood, to reprove, rebuke, and admonish, as well as to receive revelations. <​If the church knew all the commandments they would condemn​> What commands, one half the Church will condemn, through ignorance and prejudice. A high priest, is a member of the same melchisedec priesthood, with the presidency, but not of the same power or authority in the church. The Seventies are also members of the same priesthood; are a sort of travelling council, 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 elders, and are not to be high-priests. They are subject to the direction and dictation of the Twelve, who have the Keys of the Ministry. All are to preach the gospel, by the power and influence of the Holy Ghost; and no man can preach the gospel without the Holy Ghost. The Bishop is a high-priest, and necessarily so, because he is to preside over that particular branch of church affairs, that are denominated the lesser priesthood, and because we have no direct lineal descendant of Aaron to whom it would of right [HC 2:477] belong. This is the same, or a branch of the same priesthood, which may be illustrated by the figure of the human body, which has different members, which have different offices to perform; all are necessary in their place, and the body is not complete without all the members. From From a retrospect of the requirements of the servants of God to preach the gospel, we find few qualified even to be priests; and if a priest understands his duty, his calling and ministry, and preaches by the Holy Ghost his enjoyment is as great as if he were one of the Presidency; and [p. 756]
to the church, was the establishing the grades of the different quorums. It was April 6 Solemn Assembly ascertained that all but one or two of the Presidents of the Seventies, were High Priests, and when they had ordained and set apart from the quorum of Elders, into the quorum of seventies, they had confered upon them the high priesthood also: This was declared to be wrong and not according to the order of heaven. New Presidents of the New Presidents of Seventies ordained Seventies were accordingly ordained to fill the places of such of them as were high priests, and the ex officio Presidents, and such of the Seventies as had been legally ordained to the high priesthood, were directed to unite with the high priests. All the quorums then assembled in the lower room of the , where they were addressed by the Presidents from the stand. [HC 2:476]
Joseph’s address to the Quorum on Priesthood &President Joseph Smith Junr. addressed the assembly, and said that the Melchisedek High priesthood was no other than the Priesthood of the Son of God: that there are certain ordinances which belong to the Priesthood, from which flow certain results; that the Presidents, 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 church, to obtain revelations so far as relates to his particular calling and 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 of the mind and will of God. It is also the privilege of the Melchisedec Priesthood, to reprove, rebuke, and admonish, as well as to receive revelations. If the church knew all the commandments they would condemn one half through ignorance and prejudice. A high priest, is a member of the same melchisedec priesthood, with the presidency, but not of the same power or authority in the church. The Seventies are also members of the same priesthood; are a sort of travelling council, 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 elders, and are not to be high-priests. They are subject to the direction and dictation of the Twelve, who have the Keys of the Ministry. All are to preach the gospel, by the power and influence of the Holy Ghost; and no man can preach the gospel without the Holy Ghost. The Bishop is a high-priest, and necessarily so, because he is to preside over that particular branch of church affairs, that are denominated the lesser priesthood, and because we have no direct lineal descendant of Aaron to whom it would of right [HC 2:477] belong. This is the same, or a branch of the same priesthood, which may be illustrated by the figure of the human body, which has different 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 retrospect of the requirements of the servants of God to preach the gospel, we find few qualified even to be priests; and if a priest understands his duty, his calling and ministry, and preaches by the Holy Ghost his enjoyment is as great as if he were one of the Presidency; and [p. 756]
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