Further, since David Whitmer’s journey from Fayette to Harmony, where he picked up Joseph and Oliver, occupied its anticipated three days,27 and since a similar amount of time likely was expended on the trip to arrive at the Whitmer home on 1 June, it is clear that Joseph and Oliver left the Harmony area certainly two, and likely three, days before 1 June 1829. We still continued the work of translation, when in the ensuing month (May, … There was no one living in mortality who held the keys of this Priesthood, therefore it was necessary that this messenger, who held the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood in the Dispensation of the Meridian of Time, should be sent to confer this power. Bibliography. Peter, James, and John had previously conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood upon them. (See accompanying sidebar article titled “An Early Quoting of Section 18,” p. 38). A summary from LDS.org: Where was the Priesthood Restored? Letter of Hiram Page to “Brother Wm. As dramatic as Brother Everett’s account is, our enthusiasm for aspects of it must be tempered by the fact that he wrote it some 38 years after hearing the Prophet tell of those events. In 1881 he wrote a letter to a Church member named Oliver B. Huntington and then, in 1882, another letter to President Joseph F. Smith (Second Counselor to President John Taylor at the time), sharing at their request what he knew of that event.37 In his letter to President Smith, he recalled hearing the Prophet, in Nauvoo a few days before the Martyrdom, relate the circumstances surrounding the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Don’t allow yourself to ever believe that you are “different” in that you can participate in unrighteous activities—even just once—and not … See Andrew Jenson, comp., Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 4 vols. Addison followed this with yet another letter to Joseph F. Smith on 24 Jan. 1882 in which he gave a brief paragraph on Oliver Cowdery and miscellaneous commentary. … Oliver Cowdery’s standing in the beginning was as the ‘Second Elder’ of the Church, holding the keys jointly with the Prophet Joseph Smith” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. “He said this Aaronic Priesthood had not the power of laying on hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, but that this should be conferred on us hereafter; and he commanded us … that I should baptize Oliver Cowdery, and that afterwards he should baptize me. I baptized him first, and afterwards he baptized me—after which I laid my hands upon his head and ordained him to the Aaronic Priesthood, and afterwards he laid his hands on me and ordained me to the same Priesthood—for so we were commanded. See History of the Church, 1:51. At the same time Hyrum Smith was baptized, David Whitmer and Peter Whitmer Jr. were also immersed in the waters of Seneca Lake in June 1829. A summary from LDS.org: Where was the Priesthood Restored? Extremely unlikely—because the demands of continued translation of the Book of Mormon and securing the copyright on 11 June, along with Oliver’s previously mentioned letter to Hyrum Smith on 14 June, place them in Fayette during the first two weeks of that month. Because he has had the Aaronic Priesthood conferred upon him; he is a son of God; he has the right to the ministering of angels; and through the power of the Holy Ghost, he will be strengthened, warned, and protected from these evils if he is striving to be worthy. Historical records and testimonies show it is not probable that the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood occurred while Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, in company with David Whitmer, were on the trip from Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Fayette, New York, in late May and early June 1829, nor is it probable that the restoration occurred after the June 1829 move to Fayette. Put me under your shirt and take me down to the valley.”, “Oh, no,” said the youth. By virtue of these keys, Joseph Smith proceeded in the coming years to ordain and set in order the various priesthood quorums as they are known in the Church today. 8–9, Historical Dept., Archives Division, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City; hereafter cited as LDS Church Archives. On April 5, 1829, Oliver Cowdery finished a 150-mile journey across the state of New York. T[h]ey ware thretned By a Mob and in the same time Father Knghts came Down from Cole[s]vill[e] Broom[e] County New York and Desired them to go home with him and preach to them in his Neighbourhood And on Account of the Mob Spirit prevailing they concluded to goe.”, But even after they arrived at the Knights’ residence in Colesville, opposition soon plagued them. 2. (1954–56), 3:146–48; Daniel H. Ludlow, ed., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 5 vols. Let me conclude with an old Indian legend. In D&C 84:28 we are told that John the Baptist was baptized in his “childhood,” and “ordained” by an angel when eight days old. The Priesthood Restoration Site, formally known as the Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site, is a historic site located in Oakland Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States. Though we don’t make a cake or break open a piñata to celebrate its birthday, we can give the Aaronic Priesthood a gift: the gift of using it. In his 1832 history, he referred to "a confirmation and reception of the high Priesthood after the holy … Can you imagine what a wonderful experience this restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood must have been for Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery when John the Baptist spoke to them? Among the first to receive their ministrations was Samuel H. Smith, the Prophet’s younger brother. Ms. in handwriting of Oliver Cowdery, LDS Church Archives. A priests quorum decided one winter to gather food for the needy as a service project. Here was a man who had lived upon the earth more than 1,800 years earlier. Some of the boys made fun of him and asked, “Where’s your food, Jim? Of that occasion the Prophet stated, “The Holy Ghost was poured out upon us to a very great degree—some prophesied, whilst we all praised the Lord, and rejoiced exceedingly.”12, Ordinations of other brethren to various offices in the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods were also performed by Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery both on that day and on the occasion of the first conference of the Church, which followed on 9 June 1830.13. History of the Church, 1:44; see also Papers of Joseph Smith, 1:292. How have the ordinances of the Aaronic priesthood blessed your life? In later references to the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood, both Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were more concerned with the ramifications of the event than with a delineation of its time and circumstance. The authority conferred by Peter, James, and John embraced all of the offices of the priesthood, including the keys of the apostleship, the highest authority conferred upon men in the flesh. In his 1832 history, he referred to "a confirmation and reception of the high Priesthood after the holy order of the son of the … To begin, the scriptures clearly attest that the foretold restoration of the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood and bestowal of apostolic authority were accomplished. Having the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood restored is a wonderful blessing that helps … Evidence suggests a date within the 13-day period from 16 May to 28 May 1829. John the Baptist, Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery in the Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood. The Mission of John the Baptist. See letter of Oliver Cowdery to Hyrum Smith, 14 June 1829, Fayette, New York, LDS Church Archives. “But you promised—” cried the youth. Larry C. Porter is a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. Without those keys, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery would not have been authorized or would not have had the priesthood power to take the actions they took on that day. What’s so great about holding the Aaronic Priesthood? I couldn’t get his question out of my mind. Even so, fundamental historical events of the decade before the appointed day for the Church’s organization on 6 April 1830 are to be seen as seminal events that gave life-giving power necessary to form anew the Lord’s Church in the latter days. John the Baptist’s procedure in ordaining Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood involved, first, his conferring the priesthood upon them, followed by their baptizing each other and then his instructing them to lay hands on each other and confer the priesthood that the angel had recently bestowed. See Donald Q. Cannon and Lyndon W. Cook, eds., Far West Record: Minutes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830–1844 (1983), 1. A revelation dated 6 April 1830 identifies “Joseph Smith, Jun., who was called of God, and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the first elder of this church; and … Oliver Cowdery, who was also called of God, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the second elder of this church” (D&C 20:2–3). Wherever the ordinances of the Gospel are administered there is the Priesthood. Many details were provided about the Aaronic Priesthood. Consequently, these factors point to the visitation of Peter, James, and John to restore the Melchizedek Priesthood as occurring within the 13-day period of 16 to 28 May 1829. What is so great about the Aaronic Priesthood? John did this through the authority of the Priesthood of Aaron, which he held. However, the verse was included as an additional clarification of the original revelation to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and placed in section 50, verse 3, of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants and dated September 1830. Because of the priesthood Jim held, he had received the ministering of angels and through the Holy Ghost had been guided to do something that was far more important than winning the contest. In the river, Joseph and Oliver baptized each other. The site comprises property once owned, and lived on, by Joseph Smith and is … I gave her all the food.”, The adviser said, “Jim, don’t you ever forget the way you feel tonight, because that’s what it is all about.”. In looking back six years later on that great and significant event of 15 May 1829, Oliver recorded a very interesting description of the physical setting and events of that day. Even so, sufficient elements of the historical puzzle can be put together to give us a close approximation of the time sequence. B. Huntington Diary #15,” 18 Feb. 1883, 44–47, where the letter is again recorded with a few additional particulars. In contrast, he never gave a description of any vision in which he saw an angel separately confer the Melchizedek priesthood. Most of us have by now heard the Gospel Doctrine lesson on the restoration of the priesthood, and some proportion of our teachers probably displayed a photograph of the Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood monument on Temple Square. They were instructed to defer ordination of each other as elders within the Church until they could meet with their brethren and receive sanction by common consent as to whether their brethren accepted them as their spiritual leaders. See letter of Addison Everett to Oliver B. Huntington, 17 Feb. 1881, St. George, Utah, recorded in “Oliver Boardman Huntington, Journal #14” under backdate of 31 Jan. 1881, Brigham Young University Archives. Later, by revelation the Lord set the date of 6 April 1830 for the organization of the Church, for the attendant actions of common consent, and for ordinations of the Melchizedek Priesthood within the newly-organized Church.29 As a consequence, the Lord’s June 1829 “blueprint” for Church organization was formally carried out on the appointed day, 6 April 1830, by Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery at the Peter Whitmer Sr. home in Fayette, New York, in the very home wherein they had received the revelation instructing them concerning the unfolding of all these matters. (1992), 2:447–48. Share. Due to its historical significance to Mormonism, the site is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As I thought about this, a true story came to mind. Oliver’s transcription of this blessing is signed, “Oliver Cowdery, ClerkandRecorder. Visitors to Harmony can spend time in an authentic reproduction of the home where Joseph and Oliver translated 3 Nephi and determined to ask … L. Tom Perry, Ensign, May 1996, 54. What a marvelous blessing—to be protected, taught, and guided by heavenly messengers, seen or unseen. Author: PORTER, LARRY C. On May 15, 1829, John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery near Harmony, Pennsylvania, and bestowed the Aaronic Priesthood on them (see Aaronic Priesthood: Powers and Offices). Preston Nibley (1958), 147. Blessing given by Joseph Smith Jr. to Oliver Cowdery, 18 Dec. 1833, Kirtland, Ohio, transcribed 2 Oct. 1835, Patriarchal Blessing Book 1, pp. There were all these little kids running around that needed to be fed, and she handed me this can of peaches. Baptism is a requirement for anyone who desires to come into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He probably didn’t know much more than that deacons who pass the sacrament hold the Aaronic Priesthood. Smith first specifically introduced the Melchizedek or high priesthood to the church in 1831. Were the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood under the hand of … These statements provide invaluable affirmation that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery had indeed received the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood well before the organization of the Church. Erastus Snow, in Journal of Discourses, 23:183. Author(s): Joseph Smith, Jr. Similarly, knowledge of the attendant circumstances of that restoration is limited. You are a rattlesnake. 1. The reason it is sometimes called the Levitical Priesthood is because … Joseph Fielding Smith, Essentials in Church History, 27th ed. 1839, pp. Cowdery, Oliver. We had for some time made this matter a subject of humble prayer, and at length we got together in the chamber of Mr. Whitmer’s house, in order more particularly to seek of the Lord what we now so earnestly desired; and here, to our unspeakable satisfaction, did we realize the truth of the Savior’s promise—’Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you’—for we had not long been engaged in solemn and fervent prayer, when the word of the Lord came unto us in the chamber, commanding us that I should ordain Oliver Cowdery to be an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ; and that he also should ordain me to the same office; and then to ordain others, as it should be made known unto us from time to time. 2. What for? In fact, Joseph detailed just how busy they were with the many people seeking information.26 It is quite apparent that all these pressures kept Joseph and Oliver engaged at Fayette during all of June 1829 and that there was no intermediate six-day travel period in the first half of June to go back and forth from Harmony. As to time I cannot Be Very Explsit. Despite threats, Joseph and Oliver concluded that their message was too urgent for them to be intimidated. Thus, by looking at the time period when the visitation of Peter, James, and John could have occurred, we are left with the days between 16 May 1829 (the day after the Aaronic Priesthood was restored) and near the end of that month, before Joseph and Oliver’s departure with David Whitmer for Fayette, where they arrived on 1 June. Both scripture and history attest that the restoration of the keys and powers of the Melchizedek Priesthood took place as a necessary prerequisite to the reestablishment of Christ’s Church upon the earth and that those keys and powers continue today in His Church. “For too long, the power of the priesthood has only been taught to men in … He had been chosen by Heavenly Father to prepare the way for the Savior and to be the one to actually baptize Him. [1954–56], 1:211–12; emphasis in original. D&C 27:12, pertaining to Peter, James, and John, was not included in this revelation as printed in Chapter XXVIII of the 1833 Book of Commandments. Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Now as to time and Place. Type: First-person account Source(s): Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951), 1: 39. The restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood is one of many topics in “The Priesthood Restored: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast” — a new six episode miniseries released Thursday, January 14, that explores the context and events of the restoration of the priesthood and developments of priesthood organization and structure over time. But when I went out to collect the food, I really got a lot. Restoration account. Midway, Utah 254 contributions 128 helpful votes. Brother Everett’s letter continues: “And they wandered in a dense Forest all Night and often times in Mud and water up to thare Knees. What a great blessing to be able to teach by word and example the saving principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to baptize those who have accepted the truth! Grab everyone in your household along with some blankets and sit down to … No doubt the Oake tree and the field fence was ajacent to the river. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. Therein lies its greatness. In addition to Elder Perry’s instruction concerning why Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery ordained themselves elders after having received the apostleship, in the context of the revelation in D&C 20:2–3, the title elder might also be read in the same sense it is used to refer to the special witnesses who lead The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today—those apostles and prophets who sit in its directing quorums. Then I began to wonder if he had any idea what the Aaronic Priesthood really is. As the sun set, he arrived at his destination in Harmony Township, Pennsylvania, and met Joseph Smith for the first time. Celebrate the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood with a party! Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. See “Report of Elders Orson Pratt and Joseph F. Smith,” Deseret Evening News, 16 Nov. 1878. History of the Church, 1:77–78; see also Papers of Joseph Smith, 1:302–3. Recalling a business trip to Catskill, New York, Joseph Knight Sr. related: “I Bought a Barral of Mackrel and some lined paper for writing. Dean C. Jessee, “Joseph Knight’s Recollection of Early Mormon History,” Brigham Young University Studies 17 (autumn 1976): 35. Tens of thousands of others listened in their homes or meetinghouses via satellite broadcast to the counsel of President … Joseph Smith, Brother Everett wrote, “Said as they Ware Tran[s]lating the Book of Mormon at His Father In Laws in Susquhanah County Penny. The ancient Apostles Peter, James, and John appeared to Joseph and Oliver and conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood upon them. She opened the refrigerator, and I could see there was hardly anything in it. The restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood is one of many topics in “The Priesthood Restored: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast” — a new six episode miniseries released Thursday, January 14, that explores the context and events of the restoration of the priesthood and developments of priesthood organization and structure over time. Detail from Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood, by Del Parson, Joseph Smith Translating, by Dale Kilbourn, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery Inquire of the Lord, by Del Parson, Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood, by Del Parson, Joseph Smith Baptizes Oliver Cowdery, by Del Parson, Joseph Smith Ordains Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood As They Were Commanded, by Del Parson, Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood, by Ken Riley, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in Solemn Prayer in the Whitmer Home, by Del Parson, Detail from Establishing the Principle of Common Consent, by William Whitaker, Joseph Smith Ordains Oliver Cowdery, by William Whitaker. Many years ago, Indian youths would go away in solitude to prepare for manhood. Oliver Cowdery, “Written in the year of our Lord & Savior 1829—A true copy of the articles of the Church of Christ,” MS 1829, LDS Church Archives. They returned home and found me there with provisions, and they ware glad for they ware out” (“Joseph Knight’s Recollection,” 36). He was baptized the next month for the remission of sins in Seneca Lake, Fayette Township, Seneca County, New York, by Joseph Smith in June.7. Priesthood Restoration, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. Although Peter, James, and John had conferred the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and bestowed on them apostolic authority, the two men had not yet been authorized to follow the pattern applied by John the Baptist during the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood. Please protect the forest ecology by staying on the path and not disturbing the … Quoted by Willard Richards in “Willard Richards Pocket Companion, written in England,” 65, Willard Richards Papers, LDS Church Archives. How have the ordinances of the Melchizedek priesthood blessed your life? The words spoken by John the Baptist to Joseph and Oliver . Unlike the restoration of the Aaronic priesthood, Smith never provided a date for the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood, and never clearly indicated how this authority was conferred. God bless you to have the courage and desire to live worthy of its blessings. It’s giving me some trouble.”, When they got outside, the adviser said, “What’s wrong, Jim?” Jim began to cry and said, “I don’t know if I want to talk about it.”. Oliver sent out a call for assistance to his friend, David Whitmer. On 6 April 1830, after consent from the assembled brethren, Joseph and Oliver organized the Church and ordained each other to the office of elder. 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