Oliver Cowdery, Witness to the Book of Mormon
I was present with
Joseph when an holy angel from God came down from heaven and
conferred on us, or restored, the lesser or Aaronic
Priesthood, and said to us, at the same time, that it should
remain upon the earth while the earth stands. I was also
present with Joseph when the higher or Melchizedek
Priesthood was conferred by the holy angel from on high.
This Priesthood, we then conferred on each other by the will
and commandment of God.
The assurance that we
were in the presence of an angel; the certainty that we
heard the voice of Jesus, and the truth unsullied as it
flowed from a pure personage, dictated by the will of God,
is to me, past description, and I shall ever look upon this
expression of the Savior's goodness with wonder and thanksgiving.