Section 27 and the Book of Abraham both Testify that Section 110 is True

Other Evidences that Section 110 is True

The Inspired Version of the Bible reveals the grand secret that the Old Testament prophet, Elijah the Tishbite, was transmigrated to the meridian of time as the historical character known as John the Baptist. John was quite literally “filled with the spirit of Elijah” that had inhabited the Old Testament prophet Elijah. This means that when John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to reveal the priesthood by hand in 1829, Elijah the Prophet was fulfilling the prophecy contained in the last few verses of Malachi. Remarkably, this proves that the declaration by Elijah in Section 110 of the Doctrine and Covenants is also true. The visitation of ministering angels in section 110 is no doubt one of the greatest prophetic fulfillments in the history of the world, and it all took place secretly.

Section 110 is Interconnected to many Passages of Scripture

 Although the event was to be kept hidden from the church and world for a time, the Lord obviously instructed Joseph and Oliver to have the account recorded in a church diary enabling the truth to eventually come out. Once a student of the Gospel realizes the grand secret that John the Baptist is the transmigration of Elijah the prophet, and that the declarations uttered in section 110 are true, other passages of scripture will begin to emerge to provide additional witnesses of the veracity of Section 110.

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Section 27 Testifies of Section 110
It Provides Clarity to Malachi, 110 & The Doctrine of Elijah

When I first discovered the secret Elijah doctrine in the Inspired Version years ago, I looked for way to debunk it. The thought that God would transmigrate an Old Testament prophet into the person of a New Testament figure seemed remarkable and difficult to believe. When I noticed a passage in section 27 that made it appear as if Elijah and John the Baptist were separate people, I decided to not do a post about how the Inspired Version teaches about the two individuals being the same, although I did make a few comments in the comment section of various posts.

The evidence was overwhelming in favor of the two of them being the same, but I chose to not do any blogs or papers on the topic until I could understand the reason behind the apparent discrepancy. Nevertheless, the two passages in the Inspired Version along with the mountain of supporting evidence rang true to me, so I began to investigate a little deeper into the origin and original text of section 27.

A Composite of Two Revelations

According to Robert Woodford, “Section 27 is either a composite of two revelations, or one revelation written in two parts. The uncertainty concerning its origin can be traced to two contemporary accounts… it appears these two revelations were combined for publication in the 1835 edition of the D&C. ”

Restoring the Original Integrity to the Text of Section 27

As I began to dig a little deeper into section 27 and was able to look at earlier texts, the problem became obvious. The text had become distorted.  Once the modern use of verses are removed and the earlier punctuation restored, the meaning is greatly transformed.

Notice the versing and grammar alterations as well as text deletion that has taken place in the modern version of section 27-

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In the 1833 Book of Commandments, the first part of what we now now as section 27 was published. It represents what the angel told Joseph as he was on his way to procure wine for the sacrament. In the 1835 D&C both parts are published together and the 1851 publication of the Pearl of Great Price only the second part if published.  In both of those texts, verses 8 and 9 are actually part of the same sentence. A colon instead of a semicolon is used. It is not broken up into modern verses. The capital “A” on “And” is a lower case “a”. When restored to an earlier way the text was presented, the meaning completely changes.

This is how the two verses emerged as one verse, in the 1851 edition of the Pearl of Great Price.

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As you can see, the two verses were, originally one sentence.  Elijah was not being presented as one of the characters that will be at the occasion of sharing the wine, rather, the point being made in the narrative is that both the higher and lesser priesthood needed to be ordained by the laying on of hands, in the same manner that Aaron was ordained to the Aaronic priesthood and that Elijah was ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood.

This is a much needed clarification because when the Old Testament reveals that the Melchizdek priesthood is received by the calling of God’s voice out of heaven, it does not include the fact that a physical ordination must accompany the heavenly call. Aaron and Elijah were being given as examples of how the reception of both the higher and lower priesthood involved the laying on of hands.

One would think that Melchizedek would have been chosen as the example for proper Melchizedek priesthood protocol since that priesthood was named after him. In hindsight, now that I understand that John the Baptist was Elijah the prophet, who also held the Melchizedek priesthood, it feels to me as if a cryptic witness is being offered of the fact that John was Elijah. Therefore, he was  uniquely qualified to restore the Aaronic priesthood, and also to teach Joseph and Oliver about the forthcoming Melchizedek priesthood.

A Few other Observations about Section 27

The Final Elijah: The phrase “restorer of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets..” is very significant. It distinguishes the mission of Elijah the “preparer” from the mission of Elijah the “restorer”. It is not known why it was taken out in later publications

“The Keys of Turning the Hearts of the Fathers: It appears from verses 8 & 9 that Joseph and Oliver obtained the keys of turning the Heart of the Fathers to the Children. The return of Elijah was all about transferring priesthood KEYS so that the Abrahamic promise could be fulfilled.

In Section 13, Elijah transferred the priesthood KEYs of the “ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism  by immersion for the remission of sins

In Section 110 Elijah declared to Joseph and Oliver that “the KEYS of this dispensation are committed into your hands

Which dispensational keys? The priesthood keys to the ancient dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that had just been committed into the hands of Joseph and Oliver back in verse 12 of section 110! The priesthood given to Joseph and Oliver in 1829 by Elijah belonged to the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that was secretly committed to Joseph and Oliver behind the veil in 1836.

 The Book of Abraham Testifies of Section 110

This ancient dispensation of the gospel of Abraham is linked to the ancient promise of God to Abraham, that Abrahams posterity would be a blessing to all nations. This is done by taking  the gospel to all nations. Priesthood keys needed to be transferred before the gentiles rejected the fulness of the gospel and the times of the Gentiles came to an end with a curse that would destroy the earth.

Notice how the Book of Abraham and section 110 have a reciprocal relationship of witnessing of the veracity of each other while they provide the only two passages of scripture that reveal the mystery contained in Abraham 2:9-10

“And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

16  And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

17  That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

18  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

God confirmed to Isaac that the promise would be fulfilled in Chapter 26

“and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

4  And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;”

The Old Testament informs us that the seed of Abraham would blessed all the nations of the earth, but it does not explain how. This dark secret is brought to light in Abraham 2:9-10             and it is literally being fulfilled in Section 110.

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The conferral of priesthood keys by Elijah in 1929 and Elijah’s declaration of the transfer of the dispensational keys of the Gospel of Abraham in 1836 all pertained to the fulfillment of the promise of God to Abraham that his posterity would be a blessing to all of the nations of the earth. We know from the ancient Book of Abraham and modern revelation that this blessing is fulfilled by Abraham’s seed, as they take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations of the world.

The restoration of priesthood and priesthood keys made possible the preaching of the Gospel and joining the ancient saints with their posterity under the covenant. It was declared by Paul that “they [the Fathers] without us should not be made perfect.” Joseph would build upon this topic many times.

“For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers – that they without us cannot be made perfect – neither can we without our dead be made perfect.

This is the true meaning behind the term of turning the hearts of the Fathers to the Children and the Children to the Fathers.

As you can see, Section 27 and the Book of Abraham both testify of the veracity of Section 110.

In future posts we will briefly touch on numerous other sections of the D&C that testify of the divine origin of section 110. The evidence that section 110 is true is beyond overwhelming.

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Hebrews 11:40 (oddly the verse is changed in the Inspired version, yet Joseph continued to quote the original passage in his teachings, indicating that the original was still accurate.

Doctrine and Covenants 128:18

Gen 22:15-18

 Gen 26:3-4

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19 Responses to Section 27 and the Book of Abraham both Testify that Section 110 is True

  1. Ryan says:

    I’m going to have to take my time with this one.

    JtB as Melchezidek too? Did I read that right?

  2. No I did not mean to imply that. I was simply saying that normally, Melchizedek or possibly even Enoch, would be the one used as the prime example of a Melchizedek priesthood holder. It is my opinion that Elijah was used instead, in Section 27, to cryptically refer to John the Baptist as Elijah who held the Melchizedek priesthood.

    The implication in the passage is that it was actually Elijah that not only restored the lesser priesthood, but in fact taught Joseph and Oliver about the higher priesthood forthcoming. We learn from that passage that all of the ancient prophets that got the Melchizedek priesthood not only got called by the voice of God out of the heavens, but also got a physical ordination, either by mortal man or by God himself.

    “All the prophets had the Melchizedek Priesthood and were ordained by God himself” (TPJS, pp. 180-81).

  3. Ryan says:

    Oh… Got it.

    I’m getting a bit slow these days 😉

  4. JennyP1969 says:

    Dear Watcher and Mrs. W.,

    I’ve never been more keenly aware of Jesus Christ than this Christmas season because of you. Thank you for making Him more alive, more clear, and even more loved. I’m grateful for what I’ve been learning and studying since I found this blog in August. It truly is a treasured gift for studying our spectacular scriptures!

    Merriest of Christmases to you,

    Jenny P.

  5. Fusion says:

    Hi watcher,

    as u mentioned in here about the veracity of the Inspired Bible i thought i would share quite a gem from Orson Pratt that i found on Daymon Smith’s website comparing the Bible (not JST) to the Book of Mormon.

    As he lays down all the evidence for and esp against the Biblical record, my mind increading opened up to the possibilty of the Ispired Version we have today perhaps having MORE in it that we are thus far given by the powers that be.

    http://daymonsmith.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/breaking-news-mormon-apostle-compares-the-bible-to-the-book-of-mormon/?relatedposts_exclude=902

    The Book of Moses is so much greater than what we originally had, that i wonder if other books were also greatly expanded by Joseph and Sidney. Can the inspired version we find today truly be verified as the true and complete thing?

    Fusion

  6. Well what a sweet Christmas gift to wake up to Jenny.

    Jenny I want to think you for the many comment contributions you have made to this blog. Some of the things you said in this one has really been on my mind lately

    https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/66/#comment-4181

    “The Laws, Justice, and Mercy are divine beyond our greatest Understanding in this fallen estate. We cannot fix what we don’t understand. We can’t atone for what we can’t comprehend. We need the Real Guy to come do it on our behalf. It’s probably merciful that we don’t fully understand all of this because if we did, we’d probably never recover from what we needed from our Savior. It takes a God to satisfy the demands of Godly Justice and Mercy, and to make us Clean on Their level.”

    Few mortal words I am aware of have come closer to describing the wonder and mystery of an infinite atonement than those that you shared with us Penny. The Lord God of Israel must smile when it appears that we begin to understand that we simply don’t understand what he did for us.

    I want to thank everyone that visits this blog. Both those that make comments and those that silently read and ponder.

    We are off now to visit the kids and won’t be returning for a few days.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Watcher and Mrs Watcher

  7. Interesting observations Fusion. I will check out the link when I get back from Christmas vacation with the kids.

    I have wondered for a long time if what we got from the RLDS church contained EVERYTHING. I doubt that it does, and yet, I am continually amazed at the amazing things it does contain.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and Merry Christmas

    Watcher

  8. Fusion says:

    Merry CHRISTmas all!

    Yes, I concur- Jenny, your thoughts blew me away…and I still haven’t recovered.

    Watcher-

    I have found these two quotes by Joseph that almost seem contradictory to each other in a sense, but is interesting when juxtaposed with your research on the Fulness of the Priesthood, and Section 110:

    “If a man gets the fulness of God he has to get [it] in the same way that Jesus Christ obtain it & that was by keeping all the ordinances of the house of the Lord.” (WoJS 11 June 1843)

    Ordinances? What ordinances exactly??

    “…the Saviour…fulfiling all rightousness…on the Mount transfigured before Peter and John there receiving the fulness of preisthood or the law of God,” (WoJS 27 Aug 1843)

    Elijah and Moses ordained the Lord lesus by ‘hand’ to the Fulness of the Highest Priesthood?

    This also has some interesting things Joseph supposedly said about his abdication of the prophethood being ironic…and his advancement from prophet to priest and then kind (!)

    http://www.academia.edu/434848/_The_Grand_Fundamental_Principles_of_Mormonism_Joseph_Smiths_Unfinished_Reformation_

    He seems to have become the Golden Calf of Nauvoo, in my estimation.

    Fusion

  9. Fusion says:

    Just saw something interesting on the function or purpose of John the Baptist whilst reading 1st chapter of Luke:

     66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him:

     72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

     73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

    So, Elijah was transmigrated as John to take make good on the covenant to the children of Abraham via the Law of Mercy in the latter-days…

     76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to aprepare his ways;

    Not just prepare the way of the Lord, but the WAYS…plural. In other words, everytime the Lord is to return, JtB is his forerunner
     
    So, would Elijah or John need to return before the 3rd Watch?!

    Fusion

  10. Those are incredible passages Fusion. I am very much open to John returning again,, in the 3rd watch. One of his callings is to bring down the kingdom of the Jews in the third watch. Interestingly, he was instrumental in enabling that kingdom to get re-established in the 2nd watch!

  11. Fusion says:

    That is true, indeed!

    By the way, I hope you have a read of the link I posted above, which is an article by Don Bradley about ‘the grand fundamentals…’. I think the interpretation of the author is way off as he writes from the point of view which I have never understood or accepted- that Joseph was more inspired in Nauvoo (even after stating he was no longer the prophet!) AFTER having become a Mason. My mind boggles at this LDS mindset.

    However, there are plenty of goodies in the article. For one thing, I was am confused at the ‘Ordain Women’ movement that is happening right now.

    First, why on earth would anyone (women, in this case) want to sit for a few more extremely boring and pompous hours, away from their families and the Word of God, ‘supposing’ they have the power of the priesthood to control, when it is clear the men do not actually have the fulness of the priesthood does not exist currently as in D&C 124:28?! do these women REALLY have so much time oon their hands?! My Wife is sitting here scratching her head trying to make sense of it.

    Secondly, I am busting a hernia here trying to find any scriptural support for ANY of this ordaining women stuff on their website ‘www.ordainwomen.com. I have tried to find justification in the scriptures by myself, and have come away empty.

    It seems that the sole support for Ordaining Women comes from Joseph stating what he intended for the Relief Society from their faq on their website:

    Why are Mormons resistant to women’s ordination?
    Lingering patriarchal patterns, though increasingly contested, still inform Mormon policies with regard to familial and institutional governance. Priesthood has become so associated with maleness that it is difficult for Mormons to see it apart from gender. For many LDS women, asking them if they want to be ordained is like asking them if they want to be men. This was not always so, however. According to the 1842 minutes of the Nauvoo Female Relief Society, Joseph Smith’s original intent was to “make of this Society a kingdom of Priests . . . “ Unfortunately, this vision for the women of the Church was never fully realized.
    Ordain Women asserts that priesthood must be re-envisioned as a power that transcends gender and is exercised by both men and women for the benefit of all.

    One again, no scriptural basis from the Book of Mormon (does ANYONE in the LDS Church read this book anymore??!) or D&C or Bible. Looking at Bradley’s article, a big hint becomes clear where this ‘Relief’ Society idea came from, which not surprisingly is NOT inspired nor from a revelation from Jesus. Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke ‘centemptously’ about the ‘thousand-fold relief societies’ that existed. Here’s a scan of a ‘Young men’s (!) relief society’:

    http://www2.ku.edu/~imlskto/cgi-bin/index.php?SCREEN=show_transcript&document_id=101303SCREEN=kansas_question&submit=&search=&startsearchat=&searchfor=&printerfriendly=&county_id=&topic_id=194&document_id=101303&selected_keyword=

    According to Bradley, the 1818 Webb’s ‘Monitor of Freemasonry’ states that the catch phrase to be repeated for an ‘Entered Apprentice Candiate’ when questioned by the ‘Worshipful Master’ what the ‘Grand Principles’ (sound familiar?) were that the Masonic Order was founded upon:

    ‘Brotherly love, relief and truth’.

    (to be continued)

    Joseph wasn’t INSPIRED to do the Relief Society thing, he was just doing 1840’s ‘copy ‘n’ paste’ !!

  12. Fusion says:

    (continued)

    The Nauvoo masonic mormons were so blinded, that when Joseph announced above that since he was no longer prophet he would ‘… advance from prophet, to priest, and then to king…’, the Nauvoo mormons smugly thought that he would be their king, contrary to the gospel in the Book of Mormon!

    Thus, the Relief Society was simply a ‘female masonic lodge’ according to Bradley. I don’t see a revelation on this fact anywhere in my searches. And thus, as this Relief Society business was not inspired, I also thus find that the Female Priesthood business is a moot point, since one cannot use the establishment of the Relief Society as revealed, inspired or doctrinal.

    I once contested a blog post which was in favour of female ordination about this issue at:

    http://zomarah.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/the-history-and-purpose-of-the-relief-society/

    I commented the following:

    Fusion says:
    April 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Interesting stuff, Zomarah. I enjoy reading your thoughts from time, however, this time I have to ask a question. The one conclusion I have come to is simple: the Book of Mormon, which brought me back to God, is what I hold to be the standard for the rest of the scriptures. It is the only book of scripture that came all at once to us, not in bits and pieces. Furthermore, Joseph was well and truly alive and kicking at this time. These two points cannot be used to support the Bible, which I dearly love, nor the D&C, which blows my mind constantly. Also, both the Seer and his spokesman Sydney considered it perfect, the very Word of God in it’s purity. The Book of Mormon after all boldly states it contains the ‘FULNESS’, which to me means it is complete for our salvation. Even the Lord states it’s majestic importance in the D&C, along with the solemn declaration that we as a people have taken the Book of Mormon lightly and thus are condemned for this.
    In light of these things, there can be many things speculated about so much in church history and doctrine, wordsmiths may be able to twist, turn and coax any phrase to lean towards their direction, but the clarity of the Book of Mormon on all points in regards to the Gospel, remains unparalleled.
Thus, I am genuinely interested in this speculation in regards to the women and the priesthood. Is there anything clear and direct in the Book of Mormon, the standard of truth, which substantiates your essay above? i would love to know as one way or another, it would be nice to have the Lord’s word on these things instead of man.
    In ‘Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (J. Fielding Smith)’, the Prophet stated to the Relief Society (I believe) in relation to some women who had claimed to be prophetesses in another church:
    ‘…It may be asked, where is there anything in all this that is wrong? First. The church (in question) was organized by women, and God placed in the Church (first apostles, secondarily prophets,) and not first women; but Mr. Irving placed in his church first women (secondarily apostles,) and the church was founded and organized by them. A woman has no right to found or organize a church—God never sent them to do it.’
    With what is contained in the scriptures, the Book of Mormon foremost, followed by the other standard works, and the above quote from the Prophet, I fail to see what you and others seem to propose about women and the priesthood. If you or anyone could use the fulness contained in the Book of Mormon to sway my present feelings, I’d be more than thrilled to embrace it. The more truth, the better
    Fusion

    Sadly, I never got a response.

    Ladies, please, hang out with your kids and husbands. Use your time to truly study and ponder the Word of the Lord. THAT is more precious and justifiable by the scriptures than sitting in meetings, endowed with a fake ceremony in the Temple and ordained to a pompous priestcraft, wondering how no one ever gave common consent to build a big, fat, multi-billion dollar mall while the poor, widowed and orphaned suffer.

    Fusion

  13. Fusion

    You are a lot like me in that you seldom take a strong stand on any issues and you never seem to have an opinion! LOL LOL LOL

    I have still not read the links yet but I will! Give me time. 🙂

  14. Fusion

    The quote from JS about the mount of transfiguration is very interesting. I have been trying to find a passage from the IV that sheds light on what was being accomplished during that visitation… my memory is that it had something to do with revealing information about how the day of transfiguration would take place.

    I began reading the article by Bradley but he lost me when he tried to integrate masonry. Frankly, I think he is completely wrong with regard to what the reformation was supposed to be about. He needs to see the 1829 revelation and the unpublished revelation that had both fortold the need for a reformation to get the proper context. The reformation was about reforming the church back to the teachings and priesthood that was enjoyed in the early Kirtland years.

    In my opinion, William Law was after the reformation that the Lord wanted the saints to have

    https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/william-law-offer-a-reformation-and-bringing-about-the-chastisement-of-god-upon-the-fallen-servant-final/

  15. Fusion

    I couldn’t agree more with what you have said about women and the priesthood. I have never personally known a woman that wanted to have the priesthood in the sense that men are ordained to offices in it and I don’t know why they would want it.

  16. JennyP1969 says:

    I would be very humbled and honored to hold the priesthood. Very…

    I don’t long to be a Bishop, but like my husband who has served twice, I’d like to know if I could be deemed acceptable to the Lord to so serve.

    But most of all, I wish that women could bring their unique voices and gender perspectives to the governing quorums of the church. I think the church would be enriched, would grow more toward Zion, and perhaps might bring a voice of love into the corporate-ness of the church.

    Would marriages be stronger because both husband and wife would be under oath and covenant to live by the Oath and Covenant?

    Would families be closer, and thus stronger, if both mom and dad gave parent blessings each new school year, or during times of need? How about blessing children when sick or slipping away from the teachings of the gospel?

    I’ve never felt the “need” to be ordained. But I’ve watched the tremendous changes wrought upon young men and grown men BECAUSE of this sacred power and the responsibilities it requires. Now, I honestly believe that if it makes men better men, husbands, and fathers…..it would make women better women, wives, and mothers.

    Likewise, in quiet moments of spiritual pondering, I’ve been given to discern great blessings to the organized church if women walked with men in the quorums, adding their voices, insights and perspectives to decisions being made in the name of the Lord for us all.

    But, what would we then call the Patriarchal Order? How could a patriarchal society and church leave behind a structure that’s been known for millennia and have faith that God would be that egalitarian and flexible in the strictly defined roles of the genders? Such change would open the eyes of our very hearts to display layers of pride, supposition, and confinement we embody and/or place upon God, Himself. We would tremble under the weight of shattered belief. Our own walls of Jericho would tumble under the weight of the realization of so, so many great and dreadful things.

  17. Ryan says:

    I just re-read this as I was studying this further and here’s the phrase that threw me:

    “now that I realize who John the Baptist is, it feels to me as if a cryptic witness is being offered that John was Melchizedek”

  18. Ryan says:

    Also where did Joseph get the sealing power or keys if not from Elijah in section 110?

    I’ve been wondering this.

  19. “I just re-read this as I was studying this further and here’s the phrase that threw me:

    ‘now that I realize who John the Baptist is, it feels to me as if a cryptic witness is being offered that John was Melchizedek’ ”

    Ryan-

    I just went back and re-read that part of the post and I can see why it confused you. It was written very poorly. I have attempted to clean it up, although it is still a little confusing:

    One would think that Melchizedek would have been chosen as the example for Melchizedek priesthood protocol since that priesthood was named after him. In hindsight, now that I understand that John the Baptist was Elijah the prophet, who also held the Melchizedek priesthood, it feels to me as if a cryptic witness is being offered of the fact that John was Elijah. Therefore, he was uniquely qualified to restore the Aaronic priesthood, and also to teach Joseph and Oliver about the forthcoming Melchizedek priesthood.

    Clear as mud?

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