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The Melchizedek Priesthood Restored

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 03, 2013

From William A. Morton, From Plowboy to Prophet: Being a Short History of Joseph Smith, for Children. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1912.

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The Melchizedek Priesthood Restored

At last the work of translating was done. Then the Angel Moroni called for the plates. He still has charge of them. Part of them, you know, was sealed. Sometime the sealed part will be translated. Then we will learn more about the great things which the Lord has done.

The book was now ready to be printed. Mr. Grandin, a printer in New York, said he would print and bind five thousand copies for three thousand dollars. He was given the work. Martin Harris gave security for the payment of the printing.

Then Joseph went back to Pennsylvania to visit his wife Emma. He told her how the Lord had blessed him in his work. It made her feel very happy.

Soon after that another wonderful thing took place. One day in June, 1829, Joseph and Oliver were in the State of New York. They were out in a quiet part of the country. They were talking about the Lord and about the great work. he was helping them to do.

Must then three angels came down and stood before them. These heavenly visitors were three of the Lord’s apostles. They were Peter, James and John. They told Joseph and Oliver that they had come to confer upon them the Melchizedek Priesthood. That would give them authority to lay on hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. They could also organize the true Church of Christ again on the earth.

Then Peter, James and John placed their hands upon Joseph’s head and ordained him the first Elder in the Church. They then ordained Oliver the second elder.

In the year 1830, the Book of Mormon was published. On the 6th day of April, in the same year, a meeting was held at the house of Peter Whitmer. A number of people were present who had been baptized. Joseph asked them if they would like him and Oliver to be their leaders and teachers. They all said they would. The Sacrament was administered. Joseph and Oliver then laid their hands upon the heads of those who had been baptized, and confirmed them. On that day the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized.

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