History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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About this time in reply to many inquiries I gave an explanation of the Priesthood and many principles connected therewith of which the following is a brief synopsis
The Priesthood was first given to Adam, he obtained the first Presidency and held the Keys of it from generation to generation; he obtained it in the creation before the world was formed as in Gen: 1. 26, 28, he had Dominion given him over every living creature. He is Michael the Archangel spoken of in <​the​> scriptures: Then to Noah who is Gabriel, he stands next in authority to Adam in the Priesthood: he was called of God to this office and was the Father of all living in his day and to him was given the Dominion. These men held keys first on Earth and then in Heaven: The Priesthood is an everlasting principle and existed with God from Eternity and will to Eternity, without beginning of days or end of years The Keys have to be brought from Heaven whenever the Gospel is sent. When they are revealed from Heaven it is by Adam’s Authority. Daniel vii speaks of the Ancient of days he means the oldest man, our father Adam, Michael, he will call his children together and hold a Council with them, to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man. He (Adam) is the father of the human family and presides over the Spirits of all men, and all that have had the Keys must stand before him in this grand Council this may take place before some of us leave this stage of action. The Son of Man stands before him and there is given him glory and Dominion: Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ that which was delivered to him as holding the Keys of the Universe, but retains his standing as head of the human family. The Spirit of man is not a created being: it existed from Eternity and will exist to Eternity. Any thing created cannot be eternal and Earth, water, &c all these had their existence in an elementary state from Eternity. Our Savior speaks of children and says their Angels always stand before my Father.
The Father called all spirits before him at the creation of man and organized them. He (Adam) is the head and was told to Multiply. The Keys were first given to him and by him to others, he will have to give an account of his stewardship and they to him. The Priesthood is everlasting the Savior, Moses, and, Elias gave the Keys to Peter, James and John on the Mount when they were transfigured before him The Priesthood is everlasting without beginning of days or end of years, without Father, Mother, &c If there is no change of Ordinances, there is no change of Priesthood, whereever the ordinances of the Gospel are administered there is the Priesthood How have we come at the priesthood in the last days? It came down <​down​> in regular succession. Peter, James, and John, had it given to them and they gave it to others Christ is the great High Priest. Adam next Paul speaks of the church coming to an innumerable company of Angels, to God the Judge of all the spirits of just men made perfect, To Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant &c. Heb xii, 23. I saw Adam in the valley of he called together his children and blessed them with a Patriarchal Blessing the Lord appeared in their midst and he (Adam) blessed them all and foretold what should befall them to the latest generation, see D.C. sec iii, 28. 29, par. This is why Abraham blessed his [p. 11 [addenda]]
About this time in reply to many inquiries I gave an explanation of the Priesthood and many principles connected therewith of which the following is a brief synopsis
The Priesthood was first given to Adam, he obtained the first Presidency and held the Keys of it from generation to generation; he obtained it in the creation before the world was formed as in Gen: 1. 26, 28, he had Dominion given him over every living creature. He is Michael the Archangel spoken of in the scriptures: Then to Noah who is Gabriel, he stands next in authority to Adam in the Priesthood: he was called of God to this office and was the Father of all living in his day and to him was given the Dominion. These men held keys first on Earth and then in Heaven: The Priesthood is an everlasting principle and existed with God from Eternity and will to Eternity, without beginning of days or end of years The Keys have to be brought from Heaven whenever the Gospel is sent. When they are revealed from Heaven it is by Adam’s Authority. Daniel vii speaks of the Ancient of days he means the oldest man, our father Adam, Michael, he will call his children together and hold a Council with them, to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man. He (Adam) is the father of the human family and presides over the Spirits of all men, and all that have had the Keys must stand before him in this grand Council this may take place before some of us leave this stage of action. The Son of Man stands before him and there is given him glory and Dominion: Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ that which was delivered to him as holding the Keys of the Universe, but retains his standing as head of the human family. The Spirit of man is not a created being: it existed from Eternity and will exist to Eternity. Any thing created cannot be eternal and Earth, water, &c all these had their existence in an elementary state from Eternity. Our Savior speaks of children and says their Angels always stand before my Father.
The Father called all spirits before him at the creation of man and organized them. He (Adam) is the head and was told to Multiply. The Keys were first given to him and by him to others, he will have to give an account of his stewardship and they to him. The Priesthood is everlasting the Savior, Moses, and, Elias gave the Keys to Peter, James and John on the Mount when they were transfigured before him The Priesthood is everlasting without beginning of days or end of years, without Father, Mother, &c If there is no change of Ordinances, there is no change of Priesthood, whereever the ordinances of the Gospel are administered there is the Priesthood How have we come at the priesthood in the last days? It came down down in regular succession. Peter, James, and John, had it given to them and they gave it to others Christ is the great High Priest. Adam next Paul speaks of the church coming to an innumerable company of Angels, to God the Judge of all the spirits of just men made perfect, To Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant &c. Heb xii, 23. I saw Adam in the valley of he called together his children and blessed them with a Patriarchal Blessing the Lord appeared in their midst and he (Adam) blessed them all and foretold what should befall them to the latest generation, see D.C. sec iii, 28. 29, par. This is why Abraham blessed his [p. 11 [addenda]]
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