…even though I have been “ordained” one in the LDS church. This is because the modern church fails to understand the high priesthood (or Melchizedek Priesthood as it is commonly called). This post examines exactly what it means to be a High Priest and whether we have any of those in our midst today.
The standard belief in the Mormon church is that the restoration of the priesthood took place in two separate events: 1) John the Baptist restored the Aaronic (or lesser) Priesthood when he appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on the banks of the Susquehanna River on May 15th, 1829. 2) Peter, James and John restored the Melchizedek Priesthood sometime in the following month–exact date unknown. It was at about this time that the term “Elder” was introduced into the church with Joseph being designated the “First Elder” and Oliver designated the “Second Elder”. We also witness that the Lord calls the church the “Church of Christ” as we can see from the original title page of the Book of Commandments which was an early pre-curser to our modern-day Doctrine and Covenants.
The seminal event leading to the restoration of the highest priesthood in the church happened at a conference held at the Morley Farm in Kirtland in June of 1831, two years after the visitations of John the Baptist, and Peter, James and John. This event is rarely, if ever, discussed in the LDS church. I had never heard about it until a year or so ago. The reason, I believe, is that when you understand what it means to have the highest priesthood, you realize that the church does not have it in their midst today.
There are numerous journal accounts of people who participated in the conference (I have not attempted to correct their grammar or spelling):
… About this time Solomon Came to see me and brought Zebedee Coltrin along he held some metings and wanted I should go to Kirtland with him we started the latter part of May got there by the Last of the month I lerned that on the fourth of June there was to be an indowment of some Elders.
As the 4th of June last was appointed for the sessions of the conference, it was ascertained, that that was the time specified, when the great and mighty work was to be commenced, and such was the confidence of some, that knowledge superceded their faith, and they did not hesitate to declare themselves perfectly assured that the work of miracles would commence at the ensuing conference.
With such strong assurances, and with the most elevated expectations, the conference assembled at the time appointed.
To give, if possible, energy to expectation, Smith, the day before the conference, professing to be filled with the spirit of prophecy, declared, that “not three days should pass away, before some should see their Savior, face to face.”
I saw Joseph Smith the Prophet when he first came to Kirland, and was with him in the first conference held in that place, which was in a small school house. When he arose in our midst he said that before the conference closed there were those present who should see the heavens open and bear record of the coming of the Son of Man.
Conference was opened by prayer and exortation by Joseph Smith Jr. the Revelator. After the business of the church was attended to according to the Covenants,
The Lord made manifest to Joseph that it was necessary that such of the elders as were considered worthy, should be ordained to the high priesthood.
The spirit of the Lord fell upon Joseph in an unusual manner. And [he] prophecied that John the Revelator was then among the ten tribes of Israel who had been lead away by Salmanaser, King of israel, to prepare them for their return, from their Long dispersion, to again possess the land of their fathers. He prophecied many more things that I have not written.
After he had prophecied, he laid his hands upon Lyman Wight to the High Priesthood after the holy order of God. And the Spirit fell upon Lyman and he prophecied concerning the coming of Christ.
Then Lyman Wight was ordained a High Priest. Joseph told him he should see the heavens opened, and after he was ordained he stood on his feet and testified that he could se the heavens open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
As we can see there are many credible accounts of this event.
Lyman was then given the privilege to ordain a majority of the 23 that day to the highest priesthood. By the way, we never hear of Lyman within the church because he didn’t follow Brigham Young (who was never ordained a high priest) to Utah. After Nauvoo, he started a community in Texas. He is a fascinating figure in Mormondom, especially considering the fact that he was the first one ordained at the conference to this highest priesthood, and actually ordained Joseph Smith to that highest priesthood! Here is his recollection of the event:
On the 4th of June 1831, a conference was held at Kirtland, <Ohio> represented by all the above mamed [named] branches; Joseph Smith our modern Prophet presided; and here I again saw the visible manifestations of the power of God as plain as could have been on the day of pentecost and here for the first time I saw the Melchisedec priesthood introduced into the church of Jesus Christ as anciently; whereunto I was ordained under the hands of Joseph Smith, and I then ordainded Joseph and Sidney and sixteen others such as he chose unto the same priesthood. The spirit of God was made manifest to the heeling of the sick, cast<ing> out devils, speaking in unknown tongues, discerning of spirits, and prophesying  with mighty power, After the two days the conference broke up receiving the revelation which appointed 28 elders their Mission to Missouri
In addition to Lyman, Harvey Whitlock, also was privileged to have the heavens opened and he testified of the coming of the Son of Man. Interestingly, this came after Harvey was seized upon by Satan and that diabolical power was rebuked by Joseph.
The historical record strongly indicates that this priesthood is very distinct and different from the priesthood conferred on Joseph and Oliver by Peter, James and John.
Joseph Smith said the following regarding the events that day at the Morley Farm:
“…the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood was manifested and conferred for the first time upon several of the Elders. It was clearly evident that the Lord gave us power in proportion to the work to be done, and strength according to the race set before us, and grace and help as our needs required.” (HC 1:175-177)
“The Melchizedek priesthood was then for the first time introduced, and conferred on several of the elders. In this chiefly consisted the endowment—it being a new order—and bestowed authority. However, some doubting took place among the elders, and considerable conversation was held on the subject. The elders not fairly understanding the nature of the endowments, it took some time to reconcile all their feelings.” (John Corrill, A Brief History of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints)
Parley P. Pratt wrote of the event in his autobiography as follows:
“Several were then selected by revelation, through President Smith, and ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of the Son of God; which is after the order of Melchizedek. This was the first occasion in which this priesthood had been revealed and conferred upon the Elders in this dispensation, although the office of an Elder is the same in a certain degree, but not in the fulness.”
Clearly, we have multiple witnesses testifying that this is a new order of things, an endowment of priesthood power upon worthy Elders. It is interesting to note that Martin Harris was ordained to this highest priesthood even though he wasn’t an elder at the time, he had only been previously ordained a priest. LDS scholars have had a hard time reconciling the fact that there truly is a priesthood higher than that which Peter, James and John restored. They have suggested that this was only the office of high priest instead of a new order.
From this event, the newly ordained high priests are called to go forth to Missouri to prepare to establish Zion, preaching the gospel along the way. Could it be that this priesthood is necessary for the establishment of Zion?
In Section 113 of the Doctrine and Covenants, Elias Higbee asks two questions of the Lord about Isaiah 52. Read these carefully as they are very instructive.
v7 Questions by Elias Higbee: What is meant by the command in Isaiah, 52d chapter, 1st verse, which saith: Put on thy strength, O Zion–and what people had Isaiah reference to?
v8 He had reference to those whom God should call in the last days, who should hold the power of priesthood to bring again Zion, and the redemption of Israel; and to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion, has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost.
v9 What are we to understand by Zion loosing herself from the bands of her neck; 2d verse?
v10 We are to understand that the scattered remnants are exhorted to return to the Lord from whence they have fallen; which if they do, the promise of the Lord is that he will speak to them, or give them revelation. See the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses. The bands of her neck are the curses of God upon her, or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles.
We have documented in previous posts how the Lord has told us directly that we have lost the fulness of the priesthood. Perhaps that explains why there is no attempt by the modern church to gather, or re-establish Zion. It takes the highest priesthood to administer the celestial law, and without it any attempts to establish Zion would be in vain. However, when the servants return with the POWER of Priesthood associated with being a high priest, then Zion can be redeemed and the Lord with speak to us, as prophesied in Isaiah. We can also conclude that Zion will not be redeemed without this Priesthood Power and efforts by individual or groups of individuals to establish Zion organically (although laudable) will not be the way in which Zion is ultimately established.
Ultimately, we know that Zion was not established and that the fulness had been lost as early as December 1834. Doubting and disputations let to some of those who were “called” at the Morley Farm, to ultimately not being “chosen” by the Lord–a subject for another day.
So the big question is: What makes this priesthood different from the priesthood restored by Peter, James and John?
ORDAINED OF GOD
The ordination to the highest priesthood comes from God himself.
“…he that is ordained OF GOD and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest, not withstanding he is the least and the servant of all. Wherefore, he is possessor of all things; for all things are subject unto him, both in heaven and on the earth, the life and the light, the Spirit and the power, sent forth by the will of the Father through Jesus Christ his Son. But no man is possessor of all things except he is purified and cleansed from all sin.” D&C 50:26-28
At the Morley Farm, God identified through Joseph Smith who should be ordained unto this highest priesthood. It would appear that the spiritual manifestations received by Lyman and Joseph qualified them to act in behalf of God in ordaining those men.
Here is another amazing witness found in the JST, Genesis 14:25-33
And Melchizedek lifted up his voice and blessed Abram.
Now Melchizedek was a man of faith, who wrought righteousness; and when a child he feared God, and stopped the mouths of lions, and quenched the violence of fire.
And thus, having been approved of God, he was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch,
It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God;
And it was delivered unto men by the calling of his own voice, according to his own will, unto as many as believed on his name.
For God having sworn unto Enoch and unto his seed with an oath by himself; that every one being ordained after this order and calling should have power, by faith, to break mountains, to divide the seas, to dry up waters, to turn them out of their course;
To put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God; to do all things according to his will, according to his command, subdue principalities and powers; and this by the will of the Son of God which was from before the foundation of the world.
And men having this faith, coming up unto this order of God, were translated and taken up into heaven.
And now, Melchizedek was a priest of this order; therefore he obtained peace in Salem, and was called the Prince of peace.
Did you catch that? This priesthood is unbelievably powerful. It can put at defiance the armies of nations, divide the earth, and break every band. It has the power to establish Zion and to be translated as was the City of Enoch.
This is why in the scriptures, the highest priesthood is said to be without father or mother– because it is not a patriarchal priesthood that the seed of Abraham have by right, rather this is being called and eventually chosen by God to become his sons and daughters.
“For this Melchizedek was ordained a priest after the order of the Son of God, which order was without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life. And all those who are ordained unto this priesthood are made like unto the Son of God, abiding a priest continually.” JST Hebrews 7:3
By the way, if you haven’t already noticed, great clarity is brought by the JST versions of these scriptures.
In an address by the Prophet Joseph on August 27, 1843, he expounded on Hebrews chapter 7 and discussed the three levels of priesthood. Here are some excerpts (HC 5:555):
“The power of the Melchizedek priesthood is to have the power of “endless lives;” for the everlasting covenant cannot be broken.”
“The law was given under Aaron for the purpose of pouring out judgments and destructions.”
“There are three grand orders of priesthood referred to here. 1st. The King of Shiloam. (Salem) had power and authority over that of Abraham, holding the key and the power of endless life.”
“What was the power of Melchizedek? ‘Twas not the Priesthood of Aaron which administers in outward ordinances, and the offering of sacrifices. Those holding the fullness of the Melchizedek Priesthood are kings and priests of the Most High God, holding the keys of power and blessings. In fact, that priesthood is a perfect law of theocracy, and stands as God to give laws to the people, administering endless lives to the sons and daughters of Adam.”
“How shall God come to the rescue of this generation? He will send Elijah the prophet. [notice the future tense] The law revealed to Moses in Horeb never was revealed to the children of Israel as a nation. Elijah shall reveal the covenants to seal the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers.”
“The anointing and sealing is to be called, elected and made sure.” [Note how this sealing has nothing to do with a marriage covenant]
“The Melchizedek Priesthood holds the right from the eternal God, and not by descent from father and mother; and that priesthood is as eternal as God Himself, having neither beginning of days nor end of life.”
“The 2nd Priesthood is Patriarchal authority. Go to and finish the temple, and God will fill it with power, and you will then receive more knowledge concerning this priesthood.”
“The 3rd is what is called the Levitical Priesthood, consisting of priests to administer in outward ordinance, made without an oath; but the Priesthood of Melchizedek is by an oath and covenant.”
As you can see, Joseph is identifying 3 levels of Priesthood:
Melchizedek (Son of God)
Patriarchal (Son of Moses or Son of Abraham)
Aaronic (Son of Aaron)
After the Lord had called High Priests it is interesting to note that he makes reference in the Doctrine & Covenants to the “Church of God.”
With Patriarchal authority it appears that the “Church of Christ” can be established and administered prior to the living of the celestial law, or consecration.
Historically, when the higher law was rejected, the Lord saw fit to take even the Patriarchal authority out of the church.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but it shall not be according to the first, for I will take away the priesthood out of their midst; therefore my holy order, and the ordinances thereof, shall not go before them; for my presence shall not go up in their midst, lest I destroy them.
But I will give unto them the law as at the first, but it shall be after the law of a carnal commandment; for I have sworn in my wrath, that they shall not enter into my presence, into my rest, in the days of their pilgrimage. (Exodus 34:1,2; see also D&C 84:18-27)
As I have written about before, there are many parallels between Joseph and Moses.
In summary, we would have tremendous power in the church today if we had the High Priests after the order of Melchizedek. We would have the fulness. We would be living, or striving to live the celestial law. As it stands, we have the preparatory gospel, and are awaiting for the servants to return, to restore the priesthood power which we have lost. With the preparatory gospel we retain the keys of the ministering of angels that will allow that restoration to take place. Also, at that time the curses around our necks will be broken and the Lord will speak to us again. Praise the Lord for his marvelous work and wonder which is about to come forth.
No, I am not a High Priest…yet.
For now I am searching, watching and waiting.
Thanks for being another voice pointing out the return of the servants of God in these last days. I so appreciate the Watcher and what he has taught us about 24 high priests at the Morley farm and the priesthood that was given to them. But I find myself wanting to describe the priesthood of God a little differently using the model given in D&C 76 which describes the priesthood in three orders 1. the order of Melchizedek, 2. the order of Enoch and 3. the order of the only Begotten Son.
D&C 76:57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.
I see the order of Melchizedek being based on, receive blessing from, is similar to and is after the order of Enoch. The order of Enoch is based on, receive blessings from, is similar to and is after the order of the Only Begotten Son.
In converse: The order of Enoch is greater than the order of Melchizedek and the order of the Only Begotten Son is greater than the order of Enoch.
I believe that a closer examination of JST Hebrews, JST Genesis 14, D&C 107 and Joseph’s comments on the three priesthoods all support this concept of there being different orders of the priesthood.
I believe that the scriptures are telling us that Melchizedek the man according to JST Genesis belonged to the order of Enoch which is different that the order of Melchizedek. That the priesthood given at the Morley farm is the priesthood after the order of Melchizedek.
These two orders of the priesthood can be differentiated by the powers and blessing they receive. The order of Enoch (which Melchizedek the man belonged to) can move mountains, put at defiance the armies of nations and has the power of translation and endless lives, which is what took place with the city of Enoch and Melchizedek and his city of Salem.
The powers and blessings of the order of Melchizedek in comparison are less but still awesome. They can have the heavens opened to them, they can commune with angels as well as with the Father and Son which is exactly what took place at the Morley farm, Lyman saw the Father and Harvey Whitlock saw the Son of Man coming in glory.
The Order of Enoch
According to JST Genesis 14 Melchizedek the man belonged to the order of Enoch.
JST Genesis 14:27 And thus, having been approved of God, he was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch, … 32 And men having this faith, coming up unto this order of God, were translated and taken up into heaven. 33 And now, Melchizedek was a priest of this order; therefore he obtained peace in Salem, and was called the Prince of peace.
So when JST Hebrews tells us that Melchizedek was ordained a priest after the order of the Son of God we know that he is talking after the order of Enoch which is after the order of the Son of God.
JST Hebrews 7:3 For this Melchizedek was ordained a priest after the order of the Son of God, which order was without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life. And all those who are ordained unto this priesthood are made like unto the Son of God, abiding a priest continually.
Joseph describes three order of priesthood a little differently than but he is talking about the 1. The order of Enoch 2. the order of Melchizedek and he throws in the order of Aaron. We know that because of JST Genesis 14 that the 1st one described is describing Melchizedek the man who held the priesthood after the order of Enoch because “he obtained peace in Salem, and was called the Prince of peace”, and because we know that Abraham gave Melchizedek tithes and received blessings and a priesthood from him.
(History of the Church Vol 5) There are three grand orders of priesthood referred to here. 1st. The King of Shiloam. (Salem) had power and authority over that of Abraham, holding the key and the power of endless life
The order of Melchizedek
Again I believe the order of Melchizedek is what was bestowed on those at the Morley farm. I believe Section 107 also talks about the orders of the priesthood and is where we come to understand the blessings given to those who belong to the order of Melchizedek, that of having the heavens opened to them. I don’t believe you can understand section 107 properly unless you read it with the orders of the priesthood in mind.
I believe Verse 10 identifies the High Priests that were ordained at the Morley farm were of the order of Melchizedek.
D&C 107:10 High priests after the order of the Melchizedek Priesthood have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things,
And verse 18 describes the blessings of the order of Melchizedek which are so different from the greater powers of the order of Enoch.
D&C 107:18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—19 To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.
Joseph and the 3rd Watch
I believe that Joseph the arm of the Lord and the Elijah of the 3rd Watch will have the priesthood after the order of Enoch because he will display the powers associated with that order. He will do what Enoch did he will move mountains, he will turn rivers out of their course, he will set at defiance the armies of nations, he will translate the City of Zion just like Enoch did. Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah, Jesus anointed that prophet and seer, blessed to open the last dispensation kings shall extol him and nations revere.
That’s my spiel in a nutshell concerning the orders of the Priesthood. Take a look at it and see if it holds water for you. Maybe there’s no difference at all, maybe I’m just describing the same things differently. I just love the testimony we all share that Joseph, the servant of God will return to complete his work and we will be able to participate in the establishment of Zion. What an outstanding outlook that is based on scripture the oracles of God. How I love those concepts.
Thank you for the thoughtful and lengthy comment. I love these concepts as well. They speak so very powerfully to me. As I read it in the scriptures, and I could be wrong, the Melchizedek Priesthood, the Priesthood after the Order of Enoch and the Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God are all the same thing. They are all “without father, without mother,” essentially an ordination from God that grants one access to the kingdom. I think the confusion comes with the definition of the Melchizedek Priesthood which in the modern church includes the office of Elder, which in my reading of the scriptures falls under the Patriarchal Priesthood which is inferior to the Melchizedek. The reason the high priests who were called up by the voice of the Lord at the Morley Farm did not go forth with great power was related to “doubting and disputations” that occurred amongst the group. Not all those “called” to be high priests were ultimately “chosen” by the Lord. The key point is that High Priests after the order of Melchizedek are required for the establishment of Zion. I anxiously await the restoration of that authority and for the removal of the curses such that Zion can put on her beautiful garments.
D&C 76:57 clarifies:
And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.
Those monikers apply to the same priesthood.
Always Learning said:
Do you happen to know when and why the church start giving the priesthood to the youth?
Wikipedia under “Aaronic Priesthood” indicates that it was during the 1870s prior to the death of Brigham Young.
“However, the lack of adult men willing to serve in Aaronic priesthood was ultimately the determining factor in the LDS Church ordaining youth. Young instructed Hunter in 1873 that each stake should have a full quorum of priests, teachers, and deacons; however, Hunter complained that he could not find willing men to fill these positions. One bishop noted, “It is a difficult task to find a sufficient quantity of efficient teachers. I have thought of calling upon some of the boys.” Another stated, “It is very hard to get the older men to act as Teachers, but the young men come forward and are willing to take their parts and therefore we have to appoint young men where older ones should be.” By the time of Young’s death, he had taken the position that all boys needed some priesthood experience and that they should receive the Aaronic priesthood before reaching adulthood.”
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, you have positively enhanced my study of the gospel.
I would say that I believe my own understanding is not similar to that of an everyday LDS member. I am not a member but I do know the Scriptures revealed by Joseph Smith to be true.
With my understanding of the word, I would disagree with your take on the High Priesthood, or the Order After the Son. I am always open to reproving so if you have time I would love to hear from you concerning three different sections that I believe pertain to this topic.
1. All of Alma 13
2. Abraham 2:11
3. 3 Ne. 15:23
I believe that lineage does not only pertain to this life but that the lineage in This earthly life is by order of what took place in the pre-existence or before the world was. And I believe that there are 3 groups (Israel, Gentile, Cannanite) and this lineage pertains to priesthood because I believe it is something that is a right of passage because of righteousness before the world was.
Why else would would Abraham 1:27 discuss a “right” to the priesthood.
(27 Now, Pharaoh being of that lineage by which he could not have the right of Priesthood, notwithstanding the Pharaohs would fain claim it from Noah, through Ham, therefore my father was led away by their idolatry;)
Why would the Lord be so enthusiastic about gathering a lineage, Israel?
Thanks again for your thoughtful and wise posts.
Thank you for your thoughtful questions. The very topic of the priesthood that you raise has been the subject of my recent studies as I work to put together a more significant post on the matter, specifically with respect to the Patriarchal Priesthood. When the saints were effectively downgraded from the fulness of the gospel (priesthood) after rejecting the Law of the Gospel (Section 42) the Lord “suddenly” came to His temple in Kirtland and re-introduced the ancient covenant he made with Abraham — thus ushering in the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham (D&C 110). The LDS church is seriously confused when it comes to the Abrahamic Covenant, thinking that it has to do with celestial marriage based on D&C 132 which was placed into our cannon at a politically convenient time by Brigham Young and which is full of inconsistencies with the purity of the gospel — a subject for another post which I have not gotten around to yet. Abraham 2:9 tells us what the Abrahamic Covenant is. In a nutshell it is the right of Abraham’s seed to carry the gospel to all the nations of the earth. Notice how Abraham 2:9 talks about a “ministry” and a “priesthood” through which all the nations of the earth would be blessed. We are told in Section 124 that Hyrum “may take the office of Priesthood and Patriarch, which was appointed unto him by his father, by blessing and also by right; That from henceforth he shall hold the keys of the patriarchal blessings upon the heads of all my people.”
Again, the LDS church thinks the reference to patriarchal blessings refers to individual blessings dispensed by men who are called as patriarchs instead of being able to bless through the spreading of the gospel. We must remember that a patriarch is an evangelist–one who preaches the gospel. The patriarchal priesthood is the evangelical priesthood–the right to preach the gospel. It sits subordinate to the Melchizedek priesthood as taught by Joseph (see HC 5:555 where Joseph gives an amazing sermon describing the 3 priesthoods).
Once the fulness had been rejected by the gentile church, the Lord called the 12 apostles in Kirtland to travel overseas and preach the gospel to the “dispersed of Judah” and the “outcasts of Israel.” They were to be blessed with the “knowledge of the fulness” (different than experiencing the fulness) and grafted as natural branches into the olive tree that had become wild again (see Jacob 5). This is what happened when many converts came to America to reinvigorate the gospel tree after the mass apostasy in Kirtland. Note that this time around the 12 apostles were only given the mandate to baptize, not give the gift of the Holy Ghost (see Section 112). They were also only to be witnesses to the “name of Christ” as opposed to true witnesses of His resurrection. This speaks to the downgrading of the saints along with Hyrum being called as prophet with the Patriarchal Priesthood, instead of the Holy Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God.
To your original question: The Lord wants to bless all people and is no respecter of persons. I believe the Abrahamic bloodline (specifically Ephraim) earned the right based on pre-existent faith and righteousness to be the ones to spread the good news of the gospel. That is exactly what Alma 13 describes. I don’t believe the Lord is just trying to gather a lineage, for the sake of doing so because they are somehow favored. Rather, he is allowing them to assist in the great work of salvation of all mankind that is His work and glory.
Hope this helps in thinking about these issues.
What do you do with Lyman Wight’s establishment of the community at Zodiac, Texas? They built the first Latter Day Saint Temple West of the Mississippi, and there practiced washing, anointing, endowment, and sealing – including plural sealing! And all this without following Brigham Young.
Lyman, who as you know, saw a vision of the father and son at the Morley Farm conference was one of the great souls of the foundation movement. I imagine he was under the same delusion that everyone else was. Interestingly, he was the one who was hauled before the high council and censured for preaching the doctrine that the saints had been downgraded — that they were no longer under the celestial law. He is a very interesting study in many respects. I wish I had more insight into what he was thinking at the time.
May I ask your opinion regarding this matter by private message?
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