The Delayed Response in Calling of the Quorum of the Twelve
“And now, behold, I give unto you, Oliver Cowdery, and also unto David Whitmer, that you shall search out the Twelve, who shall have the desires of which I have spoken” (Commandment and commission given in June of 1829 but not fulfilled until February 1835 D&C 18:37)
One of the many “apparent discrepancies” (but not really a discrepancy if you understand the true history of the church) within the official history of the church has to do with the fact that the witnesses of the Book of Mormon were commanded by the Lord in 1829 to search out the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, yet they waited nearly five years to at on that commandment. This missionary quorum was to take the message of the gospel to the Gentiles first, and then to the Jews.
Why would they wait so long to fulfill such an important commission?
Missionary work commenced before and after the above commission to Oliver and David to search out the Twelve.
Missionary work took place for several critical years without the involvement of this very important missionary quorum. Missionary work continued without them for the better part of five years after this commission was given.
Some LDS apologists might suggest that the delay is because it took that long for twelve qualified individuals to convert to the church and demonstrate their faithfulness before they could be called.
But that is not correct.
All of the original members of the quorum of the twelve that were eventually called and ordained to that office and quorum, were members of the church by 1832. Even Brigham Young who took two long years to consider his options after hearing the message of the gospel had joined by 1832. Indeed, most of these twelve quorum members had proven their faithfulness and been ordained to be high priests in 1831 and 1832. Indeed, virtually all of them were involved in taking the gospel to the gentiles prior to being called and ordained as apostles in 1835.
The Prophetic Narrative Provides the Answers
One of the incredible benefits of understanding the prophetic narrative behind the LDS restoration movement and the 15 year public ministry of Joseph Smith is that it provides lots of answers to many doctrinal and historical dilemmas.
The answer to this particular dilemma regarding the strange delay in calling the quorum of the Twelve has been provided in previous blog posts and is explained by the prophetic narrative set forth in the secret history of Mormonism series, hence, I will not go into great detail on this at this time.
Suffice it to say that the mission of the Twelve was to take the knowledge of the gospel to the house of Israel AFTER the gentiles rejected the fulness of the gospel and the fulness of the priesthood, as prophesied by Christ in 3rd Nephi 16. Therefore it would not have made sense to call and send forth the Twelve to the “Jews” (house of Israel) until after the Melchizedek Priesthood had been restored in 1831 and rejected by the gentiles by the end of 1834.
Furthermore, it would be the Quorum of the Twelve that would be used in secretly re-establishing the ancient kingdom of Israel. It would be this quorum that would take over the leadership mantle of the saints once the church was rejected as a church with their dead during the Nauvoo era. This had been prophesied by Christ when, speaking about the House of Israel he foretold that “the Gentiles shall not have power over you”
You Can Acquire a Better Understanding than Most Historians
Those who are new to this blog and are not familiar with the prophetic narrative that explains many of the bizarre things that took place during the ministry of the prophet Joseph Smith are encouraged to view the video series titled The Secret History of Mormonism. After spending just one hour viewing the first installment, you will have a better contextual understanding of the history of Mormonism than any LDS scholars, authors, historians and general authorities that are not familiar with this work.
I know that sounds pretty sensational, but I am dead-dog serious.
I believe that you cannot fully understand religious history without understanding prophecy and vica versa. You may view the first four videos at the following links. Within the next few months I hope to have the series completed.
Seriously, just one hour watching the first part of the series that summarizes the prophetic narrative of Joseph Smith’s ministry and you will be light years ahead of both pro and Anti-Mormon historians like the ones listed below.
- Leonard J. Arrington
- Richard Bushman
- Todd Compton
- D. Michael Quinn
- Fawn McKay Brodie
- Grant H. Palmer
My intent is not to make disparaging characterizations about the above historians or the books they have written. I believe all of the above mentioned historians are honorable and sincere in their efforts to flesh out the history of Mormonism. The research they do is excellent. Most of their books are very good as far as providing accurate and credible historical references for historical events. These secular historians are good at researching and documenting raw historical facts. Unfortunately, they simply don’t view history through a prophetic lens and therefore they cannot provide an accurate prophetic context to the historical events that they write about.
Yes my use of the term secular historian is calculated. I consider even those above mentioned historians that claim they believe in the LDS restoration movement, the Book of Mormon and the calling of Joseph Smith to be secular historians.
I consider them to be secular in their research and writings because their research and conclusions are without an accurate foundational spiritual basis and prophetic context. They are all grasping at straws to understand what appears to be a strange and disjointed string of events that took place.
The faithful LDS historians are blinded by their own inability to recognize what the fulness of the gospel is and the rejection of it that has taken place. This creates a conflict of interest that often results in just blindly following the false prophets that lead the modern church.
Conversely, the anti-Mormon historians are blinded by their hatred of Joseph Smith and their rejection of the Book of Mormon and the LDS restoration movement. They are void of the spirit because they have rejected God’s word and they believe God’s work through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith was a fraud.
High Priests may Officiate in all Lesser Offices
Another one of the countless dilemmas found in the storyline of the official history of the church is created by the fact that there was no apparent reason why most of the original members of the quorum of the Twelve needed to be ordained as apostles.
According to section 107; “..a high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices”. Therefore, no ordination appears to have been necessary for 10 of the 12 men that were called to be apostles. Section 84 proves this fact by informing the several high priests that they are also apostles, even though there had been no formal ordination as apostles.
Section 20 informs us that “ An apostle is an elder, and it is his calling to baptize; And to ordain other elders, priests, teachers, and deacons”
History verifies that it was not necessary for a high priest like Martin Harris (who had never been ordained an elder prior to being ordained a High Priest), to be ordained an elder or an apostle, in order to do the responsibilities of an elder or apostle. He could ordain other elders, priests and teachers, etc. without having to be ordained an apostle or elder. This is because the office of High Priest already has the authority to officiate in all the lesser offices.
It is therefore curious that the those who were called to be apostles in 1835, that had already been ordained High Priests, would need to be ordained to the lesser priesthood office of Apostle.
Again, the answer to this dilemma is found in previous posts and in the Secret History of Mormonism series so I will not go into great detail on this.
Bottom line: the fulness of the gospel had been rejected and the fulness of the priesthood had been lost by 1835 so the office of High Priest in the Melchizedek Priesthood no longer held the authority to officiate in all lessor offices. Hence, those of the Twelve that had previously been ordained as High Priests needed to be ordained to the office of Apostle by the authority of the keys of the Abrahamic Priesthood which had been restored by John the Baptist.
Brigham Young and Heber C Kimball had Blacker Hearts?
Joseph Smith’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith, was well known for being filled with the spirit of prophecy. Those not familiar with her life and the tremendous faith that she had would be blessed by reading about her life. The autobiography of Joseph Smith done my Lucy Mack Smith is a wonderful documentation of Joseph Smith and his family as well, although the official version by the church has been sanitized.
Few latter day saints are aware of the fact that shortly after the martyrdom, Lucy Mack Smith had a series of three visions. In one of them Joseph appeared to her and assured her that he would return to fulfill his calling. In that vision he declared: “That day is coming when I shall wave the scepter of power over my enemies”
In one of her visions another thing that was revealed to her had to do with two members of the quorum of the Twelve. She declared that:
“Two amongst them had blacker hearts than the rest and I know who they are .. Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball know it is so and dare not deny it..”
The interesting thing about her ominous and accusatory declaration directed at Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, is that Brigham and Heber were apparently the only two members of the quorum of the Twelve that Joseph had declined to ordain as high priests.
When William McLellin brought to the attention of Joseph Smith that Brigham and Heber had not been previously ordained High Priests like the other newly called apostles had been, Joseph declined to have them ordained.
Of course it is my contention that the fulness of the priesthood had been lost by 1835 when the quorum of the Twelve was called, and therefore in a sense it was a moot point, however, the prophetic narrative of the secret history of the church seems to indicate that Joseph was not immediately aware that the fulness had been lost by December of 1834. It appears as if it would be a few years later before he would be aware of this. Therefore, Joseph’s refusal to have Brigham and Heber ordained as High Priests when they were called to the apostleship in 1835 may be significant.
The official declaration from the Lord that the fulness of the priesthood had been lost would not come until section 124 given in 1841.
“For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.” D&C 124:28
As pointed out in the last post, Joseph intentionally took a vital passage out of the Book of Mormon in the 1837 edition of the Book of Mormon. In my opinion, he did this for the same reason that he and Oliver did not tell the saints about the vision behind the veil and the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham on April 3rd 1836. Joseph was obscuring the fact that the fulness of the gospel had been rejected by the Gentiles during his ministry.
I believe the deletion of the above passage was part of Joseph’s calling to deliver the saints over to Satan as had been prophesied in chapter 4 of the 1833 Book of Commandments.
“…If this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I will deliver them up unto Satan..” BofC Chapter 4
Since it was not common knowledge in the church in 1835 that the fulness of the priesthood had been withdrawn, William McLellin voiced his concern to Joseph Smith that Brigham and Heber had not been ordained High Priests. He suggested that they be ordained High Priests so that they could fully function in their callings as Apostles but Joseph Smith declined to have Brigham and Heber ordained as High Priests.
This would created somewhat of an embarrassing situation for Brigham Young years later when he would wrest the leadership of the kingdom away from those who had been called and sustained to positions of authority and place himself above all of the quorums of the church including those who had been ordained high priests and who continued to maintain a quorum of High Priests.
In defense of his precarious situation Brigham Young would make the following claim after the saints arrived in Utah:
“Now will it cause some of you to marvel that I was not ordained a High Priest before I was ordained an Apostle? Brother Kimball and myself were never ordained High Priests. How wonderful! I was going to say how little some of the brethren understood the Priesthood, after the Twelve were called.
In our early career in this Church, on one occasion, in one of our Councils, we were telling about some of the Twelve wanting to ordain us High Priests, and what I said to brother Patten when he wanted to ordain me in York State: said I, brother Patten, wait until I can lift my hand to heaven and say, I have magnified the office of an Elder.
After our conversation was over in the Council, some of the brethren began to query, and said we ought to be ordained High Priests; at the same time I did not consider that an Apostle needed to be ordained a High Priest, an Elder, or a Teacher. I did not express my views on the subject, at that time, but thought I would hear what brother Joseph would say about it.
It was William E. McLellin who told Joseph, that I and Heber were not ordained High Priests, and wanted to know if it should not be done. Said Joseph, “Will you insult the Priesthood? Is that all the knowledge you have of the office of an Apostle? Do you not know that the man who receives the Apostleship, receives all the keys that ever were, or that can be, conferred upon mortal man? (The Temple Cornerstones—The Apostleship, &c A Sermon by President B. Young, Delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, April 6, 1853, at the General Conference. Reported by G. D. Watt.)
There is a wealth of evidence to challenge Brigham Youngs interpretation of what Joseph Smith was saying.
In my opinion, Joseph Smith was obviously deflecting the issue by speaking about priesthood keys. As pointed out in a previous post, a person can possess the key to enter a house without entering it. Possession of the key does not mean it has been used to open the house and enter therein. scripture informs us it was not Joseph Smith’s prerogative to choose who was ordained to be a High Priest. It had to be revealed to Joseph Smith from heaven.
It appears that the point Joseph was making to Brigham and others is that the priesthood keys of Abrahamic priesthood that had been restored by John the Baptist and the office of apostle within that order of priesthood that had been restored by Peter James and John contained the keys to unlocking the heavens upon faithfulness. Just because a person was ordained to be an apostle did not guarantee that the candidate would see the face of God. Faithfulness and sacrifice was requisite.
Once determined faithful by God, the directive was then sent to the Lord’s mouthpiece on earth to ordain someone a High Priest. Even then, there was no guarantee that the High Priest would see the face of God prior to obtaining the favor of Heaven through sacrifice and obedience.
Hence, Brigham and Heber needed to wait until God found them worthy to be ordained as High Priests. At that point, they would be called by the voice of God out of heaven through Joseph Smith to be High Priests.
We learn from the inspired version of the Bible that the calling to be a High Priest is not determined by man, rather it is determined by the voice of God out of heaven to his servant who is to be ordained to that highest priesthood office.
“And it was delivered unto men by the calling of his own voice, according to his own will…” (JST Gen 14:29 (This pattern was upheld during the special conference at the Morley Farm. We learn from the events of the special conference at the Morley Farm that even though a person is called to the Melchizedek priesthood by the voice of God out of heaven, It is done through a prophet of God. Furtermore, God still has his anointed servants do a physical ordination. In section 36:2 we learn how God literally, but mystically, lays his hand on a person through the physical hand of his anointed servant during the ordination.)
In a revelation given to Joseph Smith and others who had been called by the voice of God to be High Priests we are informed that there is a great “wo” in store for those that have the opportunity to accept the fulness of the gospel and yet never ascend to the office of High Priest.
“And wo unto all those who come not unto this [Melchizedek] priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by mine own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels charge concerning you.” (D&C 84:42)
A word search of the word “wo” will bring up numerous scriptures that explain what is instore for those that come not unto the Melchizedek Priesthood that Joseph and his associates had received, which was documented in section 84.
It is apparent that if Brigham’s recollection of Joseph’s response is accurate, (some 20 years after the fact) what Joseph was really saying to Brigham and Heber is that they have the patriarchal priesthood keys by which they may progress in faithfulness until God calls them to be High Priests.
Joseph Smith and the scriptures clearly teach that the Melchizedek office of High Priest holds greater power than the office of Apostle.
As previously noted, section 107 teaches that the office of High Priest “has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices” while the office of Apostle has limited authority unless the apostle is also a high priest. Prior to the calling of the quorum of the Twelve in 1835, the Lord had revealed to some of the first laborers of the last kingdom had indeed become both high priests AND apostles:
Therefore, go ye into all the world; and unto whatsoever place ye cannot go ye shall send, that the testimony may go from you into all the world unto every creature.
And as I said unto mine apostles, even so I say unto you, for you are mine apostles, even God’s high priests; ye are they whom my Father hath given me; ye are my friends; (D&C 84:62-63)
Of course the above declaration was given during the revelatory sweetspot when the fulness of the gospel was on the earth, before the saints had collectively rejected the fulness. In that revelation the Lord detailed the full priesthood commission that would ultimately be fulfilled during the third watch.
The commission given at that time, when the fulness was on the earth was much greater than the limited commission that the quorum of the Twelve would later be given in section 118 after the fulness had been rejected.
Notice the amazing commission that the Apostle-High Priests spoken of in section 84 will fulfill during the Marvelous Work and a Wonder in the 3rd Watch:
64 Therefore, as I said unto mine apostles I say unto you again, that every soul who believeth on your words, and is baptized by water for the remission of sins, shall receive the Holy Ghost.
65 And these signs shall follow them that believe—
66 In my name they shall do many wonderful works;
67 In my name they shall cast out devils;
68 In my name they shall heal the sick;
69 In my name they shall open the eyes of the blind, and unstop the ears of the deaf;
70 And the tongue of the dumb shall speak;
71 And if any man shall administer poison unto them it shall not hurt them;
72 And the poison of a serpent shall not have power to harm them.
73 But a commandment I give unto them, that they shall not boast themselves of these things, neither speak them before the world; for these things are given unto you for your profit and for salvation.
74 Verily, verily, I say unto you, they who believe not on your words, and are not baptized in water in my name, for the remission of their sins, that they may receive the Holy Ghost, shall be damned, and shall not come into my Father’s kingdom where my Father and I am.
Compare the above priesthood commission to the limited commission given to Brigham Young and the Twelve several years later as contained in section 118:
And next spring let them depart to go over the great waters, and there promulgate my gospel, the fulness thereof, and bear record of my name. (D&C 118:4)
Notice that in section 118 given in July of 1838 the commission given to the condemned and unconverted quorum of the Twelve said nothing about the reception of the Holy Ghost accompanying their ministry or the seven spiritual signs that follow those that believe when the fulness is on the earth in power.
There is a clear differentiation between the priesthood commission of the High Priest- Apostles mentioned in section 84 in 1832, when the fulness of the gospel was on the earth, vs. the limited commission of the patriarchal apostleship mentioned in section 118, given in 1838.
Section 107 informs us that:
“The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—
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. (D&C 107:18-19)
Furthermore, contrary to the teachings of Brigham Young, Joseph Smith taught that Melchizedek Priesthood represented a greater power than that of an apostle who had not been ordained a High Priest:
“That of Melchizedek who had still greater power even power of an endless life of which was our Lord Jesus Christ which also Abraham obtained by the offering of his son Isaac which was not the power of a Prophet nor apostle nor patriarch only, but of King & Priest to God to open the windows of heaven and pour out the peace & Law of endless Life to man &No man can attain to the Joint heirship with Jesus Christ with out being administered to by one having the same power and authority of Melchizedek.” Words of Joseph Smith 245
It should be noted that the power to hold the spiritual blessings of the church and to receive the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven and commune with the church of the firstborn and enjoy communion with the Father is greater than the power to command the elements like Enoch did. Enoch clearly enjoyed the above spiritual blessings. He clearly communed with God and held all of the spiritual powers noted in section 107. The power to command the elements comes from and is subordinate to the above relationship with God and associated spiritual powers.
False Prophets Preach False Doctrine
The interesting thing about Brigham Young’s false teaching that the patriarchal apostleship is equal to or greater than the Melchizedek office of High Priest, is that virtually all of the false prophets that have risen up in the church during the last four generations, claiming to be the “one mighty and strong” or the “Davidic Servant”, or the “servant” spoken of by Isaiah that begins the last work, etc., have continued to teach the heretical gospel of Brigham Young. They all teach that section 132 is a true revelation and promote the heretical doctrine of celestial polygamy. They also promote the false notion that the Patriarchal Priesthood is greater than the Melchizedek Priesthood.
In fulfillment of Christ’s warning to us in the 24th chapter of Matthew about the rising up of false prophets during the end times, there are several that have emerged in recent times. The one thing that they all have in common is that they all teach many of the heresies of Brigham Young. There is even one that denies revelation, suggesting that section 110 is a false revelation. He has now publicly declared through the testimony of one of his disciples that the Lord has set his hand a second time to restore the truth through him.
Some of these false prophets, in their attempt to justify their elevation of Abraham’s power to the highest position of priesthood, reject or blatantly misinterpret and reinterpret what Joseph Smith taught in his Nauvoo Discourse on the three orders of priesthood. They claim that Joseph Smith did not rank the three priesthoods in a specific order
Nevertheless, there are five independent journal entries from people that witnessed the discourse that all clearly identify the Melchizedek Priesthood as the highest priesthood and four of them clearly list the three orders of priesthood in the exact same order. All four of these dairies are in agreement about the order of the three priesthoods spoken of.
Here is what the Burgess Notebook entry says:
“Paul is here treating of three different priesthoods, namely the priesthood of Aron, Abraham, and Melchizedek, Abraham’s priesthood was of greater power than Levi’s and Melchizedek’s was of greater power than that of Abraham…”
All of the other three entries that list the order of the three priesthoods are consistent with the above declaration.
You cannot get more specific than that in clarifying that the Melchizedek Priesthood is the highest priesthood and that it is higher than the priesthood of Abraham. All five of the independent diaries clearly testify that the Melchizedek priesthood is the highest. Of those four entries that list the order, three of them list the three orders from lowest to highest while the Smith Diary lists them from highest to lowest. But the order is consistent in showing the highest and lowest priesthoods.
There is absolutely no question about the fact that the Melchizedek Priesthood was the highest one spoken of by Joseph Smith.
Below I am providing snippets from all five journal entries. You can read them in full at the following link.
|Smith Diary||Franklin D Richards||Clayton Dairy||Burgess Notbook||Levi Richards Diary|
|Read 7th Hebrews….
I never have found the man who claimed the priesthood of Melchisidek….
3 grand orders of priesthood referred to here. 2
1st. King of Shiloam–power & authority over that of Abraham holding the key & the power of endless life.–angels desire to look into it, but they have set up to many stakes. 3 god cursed the children of Israel because they would not receive the last law from Moses.–
by the offering of Isaac.–if a man would attain–he must sacrifice all to attain to the keys of the kingdom of an endless life
What was the power of Melchisedick twas not P. of Aaron &c. a king & a priest to the most high God. a perfect law of Theocracy holding keys of power & blessings…
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.
|There are 3 grand principles or orders of Priesthood portrayed in this chapter
1st Levitical which was never able to administer a Blessing but Only to bind heavy burdens which neither they nor their father able to bear
Must have Ordinance to be with God
3d That of Melchisedec who had still greater power even power of an endless life of which was our Lord Jesus Christ which also Abraham obtained by the offering of his son Isaac which was not the power of a Prophet nor apostle nor Patriarch only but of King & Priest to God to open the windows of Heaven and pour out the peace & Law of endless Life to man & No man can attain to the Joint heirship with Jesus Christ with out being administered to by one having the same power & Authority of Melchisedec
|He spoke concerning the priesthood of Melchisedek shewing that the sectarians never proposed to have it consequently never could save any one and would all be damned together. He showed that the power of the Melchisek P’d was to have the power of an “endless lives.” he showed that the everlasting covenants could not be broken, and by the sacrifice requeired of Abraham the fact that when God offers a blessing or knowledge to a man and he refuses to receive it he will be damned.–mentioning the case of the Israelites praying that God would speak to Moses & not to Them– in consequense of which he cursed them with a carnal law||Paul is here treating of three different preisthoods, namely the preisthood of Aron, Abraham, and Melchizedeck, Abraham’s preisthood was of greater power than Levi’s and Melchizedeck’s was of greater power than that of Abraham.||J. Smith who afterwards preached from Hebrews 7 upon the priesthood Aaronic, Patriarchal, & Melchisedek.|
To suggest that no specific order was given and that the journal notes are vague and not definitive on this issue is simply not true and the claim appears to be made with the hope that the reader is functioning without a brain.
Furthermore, the scriptures and other teachings of Joseph Smith all bear a collective witness of the truthfulness of what Joseph Smith clearly taught in that discourse. Indeed, Section 107 is completely consistent with the three orders contained in the Nauvoo Discourse.
The three orders given in the Nauvoo discourse, consisting of Melchizedek, Patriarchal (Priesthood Keys of held by Aaron) and Levitical, mirror the two orders given in section 107 wherein the highest order of Melchizedek is followed by the second order of Aaron (Abrahamic Priesthood) which contains the third order of Levitical:
THERE are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood.
In the above passage, the third order of priesthood is simply described as being contained in the second order.
It is truly amazing that the false doctrines of Brigham Young keep resurfacing each time a new self proclaimed leader emerges.
Thankfully, an understanding of the correct context of church history and doctrine through a prophetic lens can provide additional clarity. without this clarity given by the prophetic lens, many historical and doctrinal issues are difficult to understand. Once a person begins to understand the prophetic narrative behind the strange events and ultimate apostasy that took place during Joseph’s ministry, it becomes easier to understand the true context of the historical events and it is easier to detect the false teachings of the false prophets that are currently going forth in the land. Obviously, the most important keys in discerning truth have to do with treasuring up the word of God and taking the Holy Ghost as ones guide.
According to Revelation, the Quorum of the Twelve were Condemned and Not Converted
The calling of the quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1835 was preparatory to the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy in 3rd Nephi 16. Shortly after the Twelve were called, the Lord would give a revelation in 1835 declaring that they were all under condemnation.
Following that, the Lord would declare that none of the Twelve were converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ (section 112).
A year later, after more members of the quorum, including the president of the quorum, had apostatised from the church, while the Twelve were still unconverted and under condemnation, the Lord would commission them to take the message of the gospel to the House of Israel.
Finally, during the Nauvoo era, the Latter day saints would be “rejected as a church with their dead” and yet they were established as a tribal kingdom.
To this very day, the condemned and unconverted quorum of the Twelve hold the lesser priesthood commission from God to take the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel to the House of Israel. This is why the modern corporate church has been unexcelled in publishing the Book of Mormon and taking it to the world.
Praise God for the mercy and long suffering which he displays.
Dear God almighty please return thy servants soon that the believing among the Gentiles might repent of their iniquity and receive the greater things that have been withheld from the Book of Mormon.
Behold, I have written upon these plates the very things which the brother of Jared saw; and there never were greater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the brother of Jared.
Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord.
For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord.
And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are.
And he that will contend against the word of the Lord, let him be accursed; and he that shall deny these things, let him be accursed; for unto them will I show no greater things, saith Jesus Christ; for I am he who speaketh. (Ether 4:4-8
Below is a listing of the original members of the quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Note that virtually everyone of them except Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball (with the possible exception of John Boynton) had been ordained high priests long before they were called to be apostles during the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham:
Lyman E. Johnson, Ordained an elder and then a high priest within a month of September 12, 1831
Brigham Young Never ordained a high priest
Heber C. Kimball Never ordained a high priest
Orson Hyde, Ordained a high priest by Oliver Cowdery, 26 Oct. 1831.
David W. Patten, On September 2, 1832, he was ordained a high priest by Hyrum Smith.
Luke S. Johnson, ordained to the office of high priest by Joseph Smith on October 25
William E. M’Lellinn Ordained a high priest by Oliver Cowdery, 25 Oct. 1831
John F. Boynton ??????? could not document his ordination as a High Priest however the concern of M’lellin over Brigham and Heber and that fact that he did not include Boynton in his concerns, would indicate that Boynton was likely ordained a high priest.
William Smith Ordained a high priest, 21 June 1833
Parley P. Pratt ordained a High Priest June 6, 1831, by Lyman Wight
Thomas B. Marsh ordained a high priest in 1831
Orson Pratt ordained 2 May 1835 On February 2, 1832, he was ordained a High Priest by Sidney Rigdon