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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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ask of him whom we have acknowleded to be our Prophet and <March 28. The Twelve ask for a Revelation.> Seer, that he enquire of God for us, and obtain a written Revelation, (if consistent,) that we may look upon it when we <are> seperated, that our hearts may be comforted. Our worthiness has not inspired us to make this request but our unworthiness. We have unitedly asked God our Heavenly Father to grant unto us through his Seer, a Revelation of his mind and will concerning our duty the coming season, even a great revelation that will enlarge our hearts, comfort us in adversity, and brighten our hopes amidst the powers of darkness.
)
) Clerks.
To President Joseph Smith Junr.)
, Ohio.)
In compliance with the above request, I enquired of the Lord <Revelation on Priesthood.> and received for answer the following Revelation on
<par 1 Two Priesthoods> 1. There are, in the church, two Priesthoods, namely: the Melchisedek, and the Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood. [HC 2:210] Why the first is called the Melchisedek priesthood, is because Melchisedek was such a great high priest: before his day it was called the holy priesthood, after the order of the son of God; but out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchisedek, or the Melchisedek priesthood.
<2. appendages> 2. All other authorities, or offices in the church are appendages to this priesthood; but there are two divisions, or grand heads— one is the Melchisedek priesthood, and the other is the Aaronic, or Levitical priesthood.
<3. Elder is of the Melchisedeck. P.> 3. The office of an elder comes under the priesthood of Melchisedek. The Melchisedek priesthood holds the right of Presidency and has power and authority over all the offices in the Church, in all ages of the world to administer in spiritual things.
<4. Presidency officiate in all offices.> 4. The presidency of the high priesthood, after the order of Melchisedek, have a right to officiate in all offices in the church.
<5. High priests officiate in all Lesser offices.> 5. High priests after the order of the Milchisedek priesthood, have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things and also in the office of an elder, priest, (of the Levitical order) teacher, Deacon, and Member.
<6 Elder officiate instead of High P.> 6. An Elder has a right to officiate in his stead when the high priest is not present.
<7 High. P. & elders to administer in spiritual things.> 7. The high priest, and elder, are to administer in spiritual things, agreeably to the covenants and commandments of the church, and they have a right to officiate in all these offices in the church when there are no higher authorities present
<<8.> Priesthood of Aaron> 8. The second priesthood is called the priesthood of Aaron, [p. 582]
ask of him whom we have acknowleded to be our Prophet and March 28. The Twelve ask for a Revelation. Seer, that he enquire of God for us, and obtain a Revelation, (if consistent,) that we may look upon it when we are seperated, that our hearts may be comforted. Our worthiness has not inspired us to make this request but our unworthiness. We have unitedly asked God our Heavenly Father to grant unto us through his Seer, a Revelation of his mind and will concerning our duty the coming season, even a great revelation that will enlarge our hearts, comfort us in adversity, and brighten our hopes amidst the powers of darkness.
)
) Clerks.
To President Joseph Smith Junr.)
, Ohio.)
In compliance with the above request, I enquired of the Lord Revelation on Priesthood. and received for answer the following Revelation on
par 1 Two Priesthoods 1. There are, in the church, two Priesthoods, namely: the Melchisedek, and the Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood. [HC 2:210] Why the first is called the Melchisedek priesthood, is because Melchisedek was such a great high priest: before his day it was called the holy priesthood, after the order of the son of God; but out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchisedek, or the Melchisedek priesthood.
2. appendages 2. All other authorities, or offices in the church are appendages to this priesthood; but there are two divisions, or grand heads— one is the Melchisedek priesthood, and the other is the Aaronic, or Levitical priesthood.
3. Elder is of the Melchisedeck. P. 3. The office of an elder comes under the priesthood of Melchisedek. The Melchisedek priesthood holds the right of Presidency and has power and authority over all the offices in the Church, in all ages of the world to administer in spiritual things.
4. Presidency officiate in all offices. 4. The presidency of the high priesthood, after the order of Melchisedek, have a right to officiate in all offices in the church.
5. High priests officiate in all Lesser offices. 5. High priests after the order of the Milchisedek priesthood, have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things and also in the office of an elder, priest, (of the Levitical order) teacher, Deacon, and Member.
6 Elder officiate instead of High P. 6. An Elder has a right to officiate in his stead when the high priest is not present.
7 High. P. & elders to administer in spiritual things. 7. The high priest, and elder, are to administer in spiritual things, agreeably to the covenants and commandments of the church, and they have a right to officiate in all these offices in the church when there are no higher authorities present
8. Priesthood of Aaron 8. The second priesthood is called the priesthood of Aaron, [p. 582]
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