Joseph Smith – discourse given before August 8, 1839:
I saw Adam in the valley of Ah-dam-ondi-Ahman—he
called together his children & blessed them with a Patriarchal blessing.
The Lord appeared in their midst, & he (Adam) blessed them all, &
foretold what should befall them to the latest generation—See D.C. Sec III 28,
29 par —This is why Abraham blessed his posterity: He wanted to bring them into
the presence of God. They looked for a city, &c. —Moses sought to bring the
children of Israel into the presence of God, through the power of the
Pristhood, but he could not. In the first ages of the world they tried to
establish the same thing—& there were Elias's raised up who tried to
restore these very glories but did not obtain them. But (Enoch did for himself &
those that were with Him, but not for the world. J.T.) they prophesied of a day
when this Glory would be revealed.—Paul spoke of the Dispensation of the
fulness of times, when God would gather together all things in one &c
&. Those men to whom these Keys have been given will have to be there.
(I.E. when Adam shall again assemble his children of the Priesthood, &
Christ be in their midst) the Ancient of Days come &c &c J.T.) And they
without us cannot not be made perfect. These men are in heaven, but their children
are on Earth. Their bowels yearn over us. God sends down men for this reason,
Mat. 13. 41. & the Son of man shall send forth his Angels &c—All these
authoritative characters will come down & join hand in hand in bringing
about this work—The Kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed. the
mustard seed is small but brings forth a large tree, and the fowls lodge in the
branches The fowls are the Angels, the Book of Mormon perhaps, these Angels
come down combined together to gather their children, & gather them. We
cannot be made perfect without them, nor they without us when these things are
done the Son of man will descend, the ancient of Days sit.
Joseph Smith - pre-written discourse, October 5, 1840:
behold the Keys of this priesthood consisted in obtaining the voice of Jehovah that he talked with him in a
familiare and friendly manner, that he
continued to him the Keys, the
Covenants, the power and the glory with which he blessed Adam at the
beginning and the offring of Sacrifice
which also shall be continued at the
Snuffer - 10/6/2013 - Centerville lecture on Covenants:
This is the original covenant. This is the first
father. This is what was set in motion before the death of Adam, under the binding
influence and ratification of the Holy Ghost (or the mind of God), in which
Adam, under the influence of that Spirit, predicted whatsoever should befall
his posterity unto the latest generation. This is the original covenant. This
is the original father. Words spoken as a consequence of the influence of the
Holy Spirit become the words of God because they are His. They will not fall to
the ground unfulfilled. The new and everlasting covenant in our day, is
"new" only as a consequence of it having been restored to our
attention recently. It is not a new thing. It is a very old thing going back to
the days of Adam. It was known to him. You were known to him. What was going to
happen in your day was predicted and promised as a consequence of him.
as I've said before, revolve around two, and primarily two events only. The
first was the coming of the Lord as a mortal, and the second is the coming of
the Lord in judgment at the end of the world. There are plenty of prophecies
that reckon to intermediate events, so you can find exceptions to the rule. It
is nevertheless a rule, however, that the primary focus of all prophecy is the
first and second coming of the Lord. These two events vindicate the promise the
Father made at the beginning that He would redeem us all from the grave, and He
promised further that at some point, the world
would come to an end as to its wickedness and there would be peace again
on the earth. Everything revolves around those two prophetic events.
64 And it came to pass, when the Lord had spoken
with Adam, our father, that Adam cried unto the Lord, and he was caught away by
the Spirit of the Lord, and was carried down into the water, and was laid under
the water, and was brought forth out of the water.
65 And thus he was baptized, and the Spirit of God
descended upon him, and thus he was born of the Spirit, and became quickened in
the inner man.
66 And he heard a voice out of heaven, saying: Thou
art baptized with fire, and with the Holy Ghost. This is the record of the
Father, and the Son, from henceforth and forever;
67 And thou art after the order of him who was without
beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.
68 Behold, thou art one in me, a son of God; and thus may all become my sons. Amen.
53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he
called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were
all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into
the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.
54 And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose
up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel.
55 And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and
said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall
come of thee, and thou art a prince over them forever.
56 And Adam stood up in the midst of the
congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of
the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the
57 These things were all written in the book of
Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time.
2 Nephi 07:01 Yea, for thus saith the Lord: Have I put thee away, or have I cast thee off forever? For thus saith the Lord: Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement? To whom have I put thee away, or to which of my creditors have I sold you? Yea, to whom have I sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
Margaret Barker on the removal of Feminine symbols from the Temple during Lehi's lifetime: http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1081&index=16
"They had worshipped the Queen of Heaven by offering incense, libations, and special loaves to represent her. Now the Queen of Heaven is not mentioned in the account of Josiah's purge, but the major item removed from the temple was the Asherah, which was dragged out and burned. Later Jewish texts described the Asherah as a stylized tree..."
Heavenly Mother = "Asherah" (sounds like "happiness") Heavenly Mother = "Wisdom" Genesis 30:13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher. Some profound Wisdom scriptures in the Book of Proverbs:
20 ¶Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
(Proverbs 3 references both Wisdom and Knowledge - Mother and Father)
13 ¶Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:
21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30[*see below] Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Alternate translation of Proverbs 8:30:
30 Then I was beside him, as [his] Faithful One [ʾāmôn] and I was his Beloved [šaʿǎšuʿîm], always rejoicing with him each day [yôm yôm] [of creation];
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
Wisdom in the Book of Mormon:
Mosiah 08:20 O how marvelous are the works of the Lord, and how long doth he suffer with his people; yea, and how blind and impenetrable are the understandings of the children of men; for they will not seek wisdom, neither do they desire that she should rule over them!
The Tree of Life in the Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 08:10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. 1 Nephi 08:11 And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen. 1 Nephi 11:8 And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me: Look! And I looked and beheld a tree; and it was like unto the tree which my father had seen; and the beauty thereof was far beyond, yea, exceeding of all beauty; and the whiteness thereof did exceed the whiteness of the driven snow.
When Nephi asks for an interpretation of the Tree, he is immediately shown a vision of Mary the mother of God:
1 Nephi 11:14 And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what beholdest thou? 1 Nephi 11:15 And I said unto him: A virgin, most beautifuland fair above all other virgins. 1 Nephi 11:16 And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God? 1 Nephi 11:17 And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things. 1 Nephi 11:18 And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.
Here Nephi uses the same words to describe the Tree of Life and Mary. Then right after seeing her with the Christ child he suddenly understands the significance of the Tree of Life.
Margaret Barker on Lehi/Nephi's Tree of Life:
The tree of life made one happy, according to the Book of Proverbs (Prov 3.18), but for detailed descriptions of the tree we have to rely on the non-canonical texts: Enoch described it as perfumed, with fruit like grapes (1 En.32.5), and a text discovered in Egypt in 1945 described the tree as beautiful, fiery, and with fruit like white grapes. I do not know of any other source which describes the fruit as white grapes. Imagine my surprise when I read the account of Lehi’s vision of the tree whose white fruit made one happy, and the interpretation, that the Virgin in Nazareth was the mother of the Son of God after the manner of the flesh. This is the Heavenly Mother, represented by the tree of life, and then Mary and her Son on earth. This revelation to Joseph Smith was the ancient Wisdom symbolism, intact, and almost certainly as it was known in 600BCE.
Margaret Barker, “Response to Professor Terryl Givens” May 6, 2006.
The dispensation of
the fulness of times will bring to light the things that have been revealed in
all former dispensations, also other things that have not been before revealed. He shall send Elijah the prophet &c., and restore all things in Christ.
Joseph Smith, August 13, 1843
Malachi 4th ch
Behold the day cometh that shall burn as an oven and all the proud and they
that do wickedly shall be as stubble and they that cometh shall burn them up
But although in the beginning God created the Earth standing in the water and
out of the water still in the End it shall be burned and few men left—but
before that God shall send unto them Elijah the prophet and he shall reveal
unto them the covenants of the fathers with relation to the children and the
covenants of the children in relation to the Fathers that they may have the
priviledge of entering into the same in order to effect their mutual salvation And I saw another angel ascending from the east having the Seal of the
living God and he cried &c. sayin Hurt not the Earth nor sea nor trees till
we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.— Now I would ask
who know the seal of the living God Behold the ignorance of the World. A
measure of this sealing is to confirm upon their head in common with Elijah the
doctrine of election or the covenant with Abraham —which which when a Father
& mother of a family have entered into their children who have not
transgressed are secured by the seal wherewith the Parents have been sealed. And this is the Oath of God unto our Father Abraham and this doctrine shall
Joseph Smith, August 27, 1843
how shall god come
to the rescue of this generation. he shall send Elijah law revealed to Moses in
Horeb—never was revealed to the C. of Israel and he shall reveal the covenants
to seal the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers. —anointing & sealing—called elected and made sure without father
&c. a priesthood which holds the priesthood by right from the Eternal
Gods.—and not by descent from father and mother 2d Priesthood, patriarchal
authority finish that temple and god will fill it with power. 3d Priesthood.
Levitical Priests made without an oath but the Priesthood of Melchisedek is
by oath and covenant.
January 21, 1844
What shall I talk
about today I know what Br Cahoon wants me to speak about, he wants me to
speak about the Comeing of Elijah in the last days I Can see it in his eye, I
will speak upon that subject then, The Bible says "I will send you Elijah
before the great & dredful day of the Lord Come that he shall turn the
hearts of the fathers to the Children & the hearts of the Children to their
fathers lest I Come & smite the whole earth with a Curse," Now the
word turn here should be translated (bind or seal) But what is the object of
this important mission or how is it to be fulfilled, The keys are to be
deliverd the spirit of Elijah is to Come, The gospel to be esstablished the
Saints of God gatherd Zion built up, & the Saints to Come up as Saviors
on mount Zion but how are they to become Saviors on Mount Zion by building
thair temples erecting their Baptismal fonts & going forth & receiving
all the ordinances, Baptisms, Confirmations, washings anointings ordinations
& sealing powers upon our heads in behalf of all our Progenitors who
are dead & redeem them that they may Come forth in the first resurrection
& be exhalted to thrones of glory with us, & here in is the chain that
binds the hearts of the fathers to the Children, & the Children to the
Fathers which fulfills the mission of Elijah & I would to God that this
temple was now done that we might go into it & go to work & improve our
time & make use of the seals while they are on earth & the Saints
have none to much time to save & redeem their dead, & gather together
their living relatives that they may be saved also, before the earth will be
smitten & the Consumption decreed falls upon the world
Joseph Smith's October 5, 1840 General Conference talk, dictated to scribe Robert B Thompson
This is the only known pre-written talk given by Joseph Smith.
Manuscript, in the hand of Robert B. Thompson
In order to
investigate the subject of the Priesthood 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 Testament.
There are two
Priesthoods spoken of in the Scriptures, viz the Melchisadeck and the Aaronic
or Levitical Altho there are two Priesthoods, yet the Melchisadeck Priesthood
comprehends the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood and is the Grand head, and holds the highest Authority which pertains to the
Priesthood the keys 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 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 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—Commencing with Adam who was
the first man who is spoken of in Daniel as being the "Antient of
days" or in other words the first and oldest of all, the great grand
progenitor of whom it is said in another place he is Michael because he was the
first and father of all, not only by progeny, but he was the first to hold the
spiritual blessings, the plan to whom was made known the plan of ordinances for the Salvation of his
posterity unto the end, and to whom Christ was first revealed, and through whom Christ has been
revealed from heaven and will continue to be revealed from henceforth. Adam
holds the Keys of the dispensation of the fulness of times, i.e. the
dispensation of all the times have been and will be revealed through him from
the begining to Christ and from Christ to the end of all world the
dispensations that have [been and] are to be revealed
Ephesians 1st Chap 9
& 10 verses. "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,
according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself that in the
dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things
in Christ both which are in heaven and which are on earth in him" Now the
purpose in himself in the winding up scene of the last dispensation is, that
all things pertaining to that dispensation should be conducted precisely in
accordance with the preceeding dispensations. And again, God purposed in
himself that there should not be an eternal fulness until every dispensation
should be fulfilled and gathered together in one and that all things whatsoever
that should be gathered together in one in those dispensations unto the same
fulness and eternal glory should be in Christ Jesus, therefore he set the
ordinances to be the same for Ever and ever and set Adam to watch over them to
reveal them from heaven to man or to send Angels to reveal them Heb 1 Chap. 16 verse. Are they not all ministring spirits sent forth to
minister to those who shall be heirs of Salvation. These angels are under the
direction of Michael or Adam who acts under the direction of Christ.
From the above
quotation we learn that Paul perfectly understood the purpose of God in
relation to his connexion with man, and that glorious and perfect order which
he established in himself whereby he sent forth power revelations and glory.
God will not acknowledge that which he has not called, ordained, and chosen. In
the begining God called Adam by his own voice See Genesis 3 Chap 9 & 10
verses. And the Lord called unto Adam and said unto him where art thou, and he
said I heard thy voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked and
hid myself. Adam received commandments and instruction from God. this was the
order from the begining: that he received revelations, Commandments, and
ordinances at the begining is beyond the power of controversy, else, how did
they begin to to offer Sacrifices to God in an acceptable manner? And if they
offered sacrifices they must be authorized by ordination. We read in Gen 4th
Chap. v. 4 That Abel brought of the firstlings of the flock and the fat thereof
and the Lord had respect to Abel and to his offring. And again Heb 11 Chap 4
verse. By Faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent Sacrifice than Cain by
which he obtained witness that he was righteous God testifying of his gifts and
by it he being dead yet speaketh. how doth ye yet speak? Why he magnified the
Priesthood which was confired upon him and died a righteous man, and therefore
has become a righteous man an angel of God by receiving his body from the dead, therefore holding still the keys of his dispensation and was sent down from
heaven unto Paul to minister consoling words & to commit unto him a
knowledge of the mysteries of Godliness and if this was not the case I would
ask how did Paul know so much about Abel and why should he talk about his
speaking after he was dead. How that he spoke after he was dead must be, by
being sent down out of heaven, to administer. This then is the nature of the
priesthood, every man holding the presidency of his dispensation and one man
holding the presidency of them all even Adam, and Adam receiving his presidency
and authority from Christ, but cannot receive a fulness, untill Christ shall
present. the kingdom to the Father which shall be at the end of the last dispensation.
The power, glory, and blessings of the priesthood could not continue with those
who received ordination only as their righteousness continued, for Cain also being authorized to offer sacrifice but not offering it in
righteousness, therefore he was cursed. It signifies then, that the ordinances
must be kept in the very way God has appointed, otherwise their priesthood will
prove a cursing instead of a blessing. If Cain had fulfilled the law of righteousness as did Enoch he could have
walked with God all the days of his life and never failed of a blessing. Gen
[5:22] And Enock walked with God after he begat Mathusalah 300 years and begat
Sons and Daughters and all the days of Enoch were 365 years and Enoch walked
with God and he was not for God took him. Now this Enoch God reserved unto
himself that he shoud not die at that time and appointed unto him a ministry
unto terrestiral bodies of whom there has been but little revealed, He is
reserved also unto the presidency of a dispensation. and more shall be said of
him and terrestrial bodies in another treaties He is a ministring Angel to minister to those who shall be heirs of Salvation
and appered unto Jude as Abel did unto Paul. therefore Jude spoke of him 14
& 15 verses in Jude. and Enoch the seventh revealed these sayings. Behold
the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints Paul was also aquainted with
this character and received instructions from him. Heb 11 Chap. 5 ver By Faith
Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found because
God had translated him for before his translation he had this testimony that he
pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that
cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a revealer to those who diligently seek him.
Now the doctrine of
translation is a power which belongs to this priesthood, there are many things
which belong to the powers of the priesthood and the keys thereof that have
been kept hid from before the foundation of the world. they are hid from the wise and prudent to be revealed in the last times many
may have supposed that the doctrine of translation was a doctrine whereby men
were taken immediately into the presence of God and into an Eternal fulness but
this is a mistaken idea. There place of habitation is that of the terrestrial order and a place prepared for such characters, he had in he held in reserve to
be ministring angels unto many planets, and who as yet have not entered into so
great a fulness as those who are resurrected from the dead. See Heb 11 Chap
part of the 35 verse "others were tortured not accepting deliverance that
they might obtain a better resurrection" Now it was evident, that there
was a better resurrection or else God would not have revealed it unto Paul
wherein then can it be said a better ressurrection? This distinction is made
between the doctrine of the actual ressurrection and the doctrine of
translation, the doctrine of translation obtains deliverance from the tortures
and sufferings of the body but their existence will prolong as to their labors
and toils of the ministry before they can enter into so great a rest and glory,
but on the other hand those who were tortured not accepting deliverance
received an immediate rest from their labors, See Rev [14:13] And I heard a
voice from heaven saying blessed are the dead who die in the Lord for from
henceforth they do rest from their labors and their works do follow them—They
rest from their labors for a long time and yet their work is held in reserve
for them, that they are permitted to do the same works after they receive a
ressurection for their bodies, but we shall leave this subject and the subject
of the terresteal bodies for another time in order to treat upon them more
fully The next great grand patriarch who held the Keys of the priesthood was Lamech See Gen 5 Chap 28 & 29 verses—And Lamech lived 182 years and begat a Son
and he called his name Noah saying this same shall comfort us concerning our
work and the toil of our hands because of the ground which the Lord has curst.
"The priesthood continued from Lamech to Noah Gen 6 Chap 13 verse. And God
said unto Noah the end of all flesh is before me, for the earth is filled with
violence through them, and behold I will destroy them with the earth,"
thus we behold the Keys of this priesthood consisted in obtaining the voice of
Jehovah that he talked with him in a familiar and friendly manner, that he continued to
him the Keys, the Covenants, the power and the glory with which he blessed Adam
at the beginning and the offring of Sacrifice which also shall be continued at
the last time, for all the ordinances and duties that ever have been required
by the priesthood under the direction and commandments of the Almighty in the
last dispensation at the end thereof in any of the dispensations, shall all be
had in the last dispensation. Therefore all things had under the Authority of the Priesthood at any former
period shall be had again—bringing to pass the restoration spoken of by the
mouth of all the Holy Prophets. Malachi 3 then shall the sons of Levi offer
unto the Lord an acceptable offring" then shall the sons of Levi offer an
acceptable sacrifice to the Lord Se[e] Malichi 3 Chap. 3 & 4 And he shall
sit as a refiner and purifier of Silver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi,
and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord
It will be necessary
here to make a few observations on the doctrine, set forth in the above
quotation, As it is generally supposed that Sacrifice was entirely done away
when the great sacrife was offered up—and that there will be no necessity for
the ordinance of Sacrifice in future, but those who assert this, are certainly
not aquainted with the duties, privileges and authority of the priesthood. or
with the prophets The offering of Sacrifice has ever been connected and forms a
part of the duties of the priesthood. It began with the prieshood and will be
continued untill after the coming of Christ from generation to generation—We
freequently have mention made of the offering of Sacrifice by the servants of
the most high in antient days prior to the law of moses, See which ordinances will be continued when the priesthood is restored with all its authority power and blessings. Elijah
was the last prophet that held the keys of this priesthood, and who will, before the last dispensation, restore the authority and delive[r] the Keys of
this priesthood in order that all the ordinances may be attended to in
It is true that the
Savior had authoritity and power to bestow this blessing but the Sons of Levi
were too predjudi[ced]
And I will send
Elijah the Prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord &c &c.
Why send Elijah
because he holds the Keys of the Authority to administer in all the ordinances
of the priesthood and without the authority is given the ordinances could not
be administered in righteousness. 25
It is a very
prevalent opinion that in the sacrifices of sacrifices which were offered were
entirely consumed, this was not the case if you read Leviticus  Chap [2-3]
verses you will observe that the priests took a part as a memorial and offered
it up before the Lord, while the remainder was kept for the benefit maintenance
of the priests. So that the offerings and sacrifices are not all consumed upon the Alter, but
the blood is sprinkled and the fat and certain other portions are consumed
These sacrifices as well as every ordinance belonging to the priesthood will
when the temple of the Lord shall be built and the Sons Levi be purified be
fully restored and attended to then all their powers ramifications
ramifications and blessings—this the Sons of Levi shall be purified. ever was
and will exist when the powers of the Melchisid Priesthood are sufficientIy
manifest. Else how can the restitution of all things spoken of by all the Holy Prophets
be brought to pass be brought to pass It is not to be understood that, the law of moses will be established again
with all it rights and variety of ceremonies, ceremonies, this had never been
spoken off by the prophets but those things which existed prior Mose's day viz
Sacrifice will be continued 29—It
may be asked by some what necessity for Sacrifice since the great Sacrifice was
offered? In answer to which if Repentance Baptism and faith were necessary to
Salvation existed prior to the days of Christ what necessity for them since
that time —
The priesthood has
descended in a regular line from Father to Son through their succeeding
See Book of Doctrine
& Covenants [107:40-52].
—5 October 1840 [the following is found as a footnote in "The Words of Joseph Smith"]
1. See History of the Church, 4:207-212 and Teachings, pp. 166-173. The original source
for the reports of this discourse in History of
the Church and Teachings is the
account given in this text. This discourse is apparently the only discourse for
which the Prophet ever prepared a text. He did not personally deliver this
"Treatise on Priesthood," but had his scribe, Robert B. Thompson,
read it to the Saints assembled in general conference. The dictation of the
text by the Prophet has a fascinating background. We are indebted to Howard
Coray, another of Joseph's clerks at the time, for the following account
preserved in his autobiography (Special Collections, Brigham Young University):
morning, I went as usual, into the Office to go to work: I found Joseph sitting
on one side of a table and Robert B. Thompson on the opposite side, and the
understanding I got was that they were examining or hunting in the manuscript
of the new translation of the Bible for something on Priesthood, which Joseph
wished to present, or have read to the people the next Conference: Well, they
could not find what they wanted and Joseph said to Thompson "put the
manuscript one side, and take some paper and I will tell you what to
write." Bro. Thompson took some foolscap paper that was at his elbow and
made himself ready for the business. I was seated probably 6 or 8 feet on
Joseph's left side, so that I could look almost squarely into Joseph's left eye
— I mean the side of his eye. Well, the Spirit of God descended upon him, and a
measure of it upon me, insomuch that I could fully realize that God, or the
Holy Ghost, was talking through him. I never, neither before or since, have
felt as I did on that occasion. I felt so small and humble I could have freely
kissed his feet.
Much like the
Prophet's dictated revelations, this text has few editorial changes.
Furthermore, the document demonstrates the Prophet's knowledge of the
scriptures. With no Bible at hand, he accurately cited and dictated the text of
fourteen scriptural passages. Only twice did the Prophet not remember the
chapter and verse of a passage. Nevertheless, he quoted those passages
accurately. In this important address the Prophet makes many important
statements on Temple Priesthood the day after announcing plans for the
construction of the Nauvoo Temple.