Restored priesthood

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Because Mormonism believes that the early church fell into apostacy, they also conclude that the priesthood authority was not passed down.

There are two main priesthoods that are considered important: the Aaronic priesthood and the Melchizedek priesthood.

"This matter of the two orders of priesthood in the Church of Christ, and lineal priesthood of the old law being in the church, all originated in the mind of Sydney Rigdon. He explained these things to Brother Joseph in his way, out of the old Scriptures, and got Joseph to inquire, etc. He would inquire, and as mouthpiece speak out the revelations just as they had it fixed up in their hearts....according to the desires of the heart, the inspiration comes, but it may be the spirit of man that gives it.... This is the way the High Priests and the 'priesthood' as you have it, was introduced into the Church of Christ almost two years after its beginning--and after we had baptized and confirmed about two thousand souls into the church." - David Whitmer, An Address To All Believers In Christ, p. 64
"The important details that are missing from the 'full history' of 1834 are likewise missing from the Book of Commandments in 1833. The student would expect to find all the particulars of the Restoration in this first treasured set of 65 revelations, the dates of which encompassed the bestowals of the two Priesthoods, but they are conspicuously absent... The notable revelations on Priesthood in the Doctrine and Covenants before referred to, Sections 2 and 13, are missing, and Chapter 28 gives no hint of the Restoration which, if actual, had been known for four years. More than four hundred words were added to this revelation of August, 1829 in Section 27 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the additions made to include the names of heavenly visitors and two separate ordinations. The Book of Commandments gives the duties of Elders, Priests, Teachers, and Deacons and refers to Joseph's apostolic calling but there is no mention of Melchezedek Priesthood, High Priesthood, Seventies, High Priests, nor High Councilors. These words were later inserted into the revelation on Church organization and government of April, 1830, making it appear that they were known at that date, but they do not appear in the original, Chapter 24 of the Book of Commandments three years later. Similar interpolations were made in the revelations known as Sections 42 and 68." - La Mar Petersen, Problems in Mormon Text, pp. 7-8)

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[edit] Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery baptize one another

[edit] Power to give the Holy Ghost and ordain elders

[edit] The Aaronic priesthood

[edit] The visitation of Peter, James, and John

"I never heard one word of John the baptist, or of Peter, James, and John's visit and ordination till I was told some year afterward in Ohio." - Apostle William E. McLellin

[edit] The "Melchizedek" priesthood

[edit] A principle more eternally constant in the past than the fullness of God himself

[edit] Notes

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