1 There are, in the church, two a, namely, the Melchizedek and b, including the Levitical Priesthood.
2 Why the first is called the a is because b was such a great high priest.
3 Before his day it was called the Holy a, after the b of the Son of God.
4 But out of a or b to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood.
5 All other authorities or offices in the church are a to this priesthood.
6 But there are two divisions or grand heads—one is the Melchizedek Priesthood, and the other is the Aaronic or a.
7 The office of an a comes under the priesthood of Melchizedek.
8 The a holds the right of presidency, and has power and b over all the offices in the church in all ages of the world, to administer in spiritual things.
9 The a of the High Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, have a right to officiate in all the offices in the church.
10 a after the order of the Melchizedek Priesthood have a b to officiate in their own c, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things, and also in the office of an elder, d (of the Levitical order), teacher, deacon, and member.
11 An elder has a right to officiate in his stead when the high priest is not present.
12 The high priest and a are to administer in spiritual things, agreeable to the covenants and commandments of the church; and they have a right to officiate in all these offices of the church when there are no higher authorities present.
13 The second priesthood is called the a, because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations.
14 Why it is called the lesser priesthood is because it is an a to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances.
15 The a is the presidency of this priesthood, and holds the b or authority of the same.
16 No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a a of b.
17 But as a high priest of the a has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices, he may officiate in the office of b when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found, provided he is called and c and ordained unto this power by the hands of the d of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the a of all the spiritual blessings of the church—
19 To have the privilege of receiving the a of the kingdom of heaven, to have the b opened unto them, to commune with the c assembly and church of the d, and to enjoy the communion and e of God the Father, and Jesus the f of the new covenant.
20 The a and authority of the lesser, or b, is to hold the c of the ministering of angels, and to d in outward e, the letter of the gospel, the baptism of repentance for the f of sins, agreeable to the covenants and commandments.
21 Of necessity there are presidents, or presiding a growing out of, or appointed of or from among those who are ordained to the several offices in these two priesthoods.
22 Of the a, three b High Priests, chosen by the body, appointed and ordained to that office, and c by the confidence, faith, and prayer of the church, form a quorum of the Presidency of the Church.
23 The a traveling councilors are called to be the Twelve b, or special c of the name of Christ in all the world—thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.
24 And they form a quorum, a in authority and power to the three presidents previously mentioned.
25 The a are also called to b the gospel, and to be especial witnesses unto the Gentiles and in all the world—thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.
26 And they form a quorum, equal in a to that of the Twelve special witnesses or Apostles just named.
27 And every decision made by either of these quorums must be by the a voice of the same; that is, every member in each quorum must be agreed to its decisions, in order to make their decisions of the same power or validity one with the other—
28 A majority may form a quorum when circumstances render it impossible to be otherwise—
29 Unless this is the case, their decisions are not entitled to the same blessings which the decisions of a quorum of three presidents were anciently, who were ordained after the order of Melchizedek, and were a and holy men.
30 The decisions of these quorums, or either of them, are to be made in all a, in holiness, and lowliness of heart, meekness and b, and in c, and d, and knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity;
31 Because the promise is, if these things abound in them they shall not be a in the knowledge of the Lord.
32 And in case that any decision of these quorums is made in unrighteousness, it may be brought before a general assembly of the several quorums, which constitute the spiritual authorities of the church; otherwise there can be no a from their decision.
33 The a are a b Presiding High Council, to officiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Presidency of the Church, agreeable to the institution of heaven; to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the c and secondly unto the Jews.
34 The a are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the b or the traveling high council, in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and then to the Jews—
35 The Twelve being a out, holding the keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.
36 The standing a, at the stakes of Zion, form a quorum equal in authority in the affairs of the church, in all their decisions, to the quorum of the presidency, or to the traveling high council.
37 The a in Zion form a quorum equal in authority in the affairs of the church, in all their decisions, to the councils of the Twelve at the stakes of Zion.
38 It is the duty of the traveling high council to call upon the a, when they need assistance, to fill the several calls for preaching and administering the gospel, instead of any others.
39 It is the duty of the a, in all large branches of the church, to ordain b ministers, as they shall be designated unto them by revelation—
40 The order of this priesthood was confirmed to be handed down from father to son, and rightly belongs to the literal descendants of the chosen seed, to whom the promises were made.
41 This a was instituted in the days of b, and came down by c in the following manner:
42 From Adam to a, who was b by Adam at the age of sixty-nine years, and was blessed by him three years previous to his (Adam’s) death, and received the promise of God by his father, that his posterity should be the chosen of the Lord, and that they should be c unto the end of the earth;
43 Because he (Seth) was a a man, and his b was the express likeness of his father, insomuch that he seemed to be like unto his father in all things, and could be distinguished from him only by his age.
44 Enos was ordained at the age of one hundred and thirty-four years and four months, by the hand of Adam.
45 God called upon Cainan in the wilderness in the fortieth year of his age; and he met Adam in journeying to the place Shedolamak. He was eighty-seven years old when he received his ordination.
46 Mahalaleel was four hundred and ninety-six years and seven days old when he was ordained by the hand of Adam, who also blessed him.
47 Jared was two hundred years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam, who also blessed him.
48 a was twenty-five years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam; and he was sixty-five and Adam blessed him.
49 And he a the Lord, and he walked with him, and was before his face continually; and he b with God three hundred and sixty-five years, making him four hundred and thirty years old when he was translated.
50 Methuselah was one hundred years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam.
51 Lamech was thirty-two years old when he was ordained under the hand of Seth.
52 Noah was ten years old when he was a under the hand of Methuselah.
53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all a, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of b, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.
54 And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed a, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel.
55 And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and thou art a a over them forever.
56 And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, a whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation.
57 These things were all written in the book of a, and are to be testified of in due time.
58 It is the duty of the a, also, to b and set in order all the other officers of the church, agreeable to the revelation which says:
59 To the church of Christ in the land of Zion, in addition to the church a respecting church business—
60 Verily, I say unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts, there must needs be a elders to preside over those who are of the office of an elder;
61 And also a to preside over those who are of the office of a priest;
62 And also teachers to preside over those who are of the office of a teacher, in like manner, and also the a—
63 Wherefore, from deacon to teacher, and from teacher to priest, and from priest to elder, severally as they are appointed, according to the covenants and commandments of the church.
64 Then comes the High Priesthood, which is the greatest of all.
65 Wherefore, it must needs be that one be appointed of the a to preside over the priesthood, and he shall be called President of the High Priesthood of the Church;
66 Or, in other words, the a High Priest over the High Priesthood of the Church.
67 From the same comes the administering of ordinances and blessings upon the church, by the a on of the hands.
68 Wherefore, the office of a bishop is not equal unto it; for the office of a a is in administering all b things;
69 Nevertheless a a must be chosen from the b, unless he is a c of Aaron;
70 For unless he is a a of Aaron he cannot hold the keys of that priesthood.
71 Nevertheless, a high priest, that is, after the order of Melchizedek, may be set apart unto the ministering of temporal things, having a a of them by the Spirit of truth;
72 And also to be a a in Israel, to do the business of the church, to sit in b upon transgressors upon testimony as it shall be laid before him according to the laws, by the assistance of his c, whom he has chosen or will choose among the elders of the church.
73 This is the duty of a bishop who is not a literal descendant of Aaron, but has been ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek.
74 Thus shall he be a a, even a common judge among the inhabitants of Zion, or in a stake of Zion, or in any branch of the church where he shall be b unto this ministry, until the borders of Zion are enlarged and it becomes necessary to have other bishops or judges in Zion or elsewhere.
75 And inasmuch as there are other bishops appointed they shall act in the same office.
76 But a literal descendant of Aaron has a legal right to the presidency of this priesthood, to the a of this ministry, to act in the office of bishop independently, without counselors, except in a case where a President of the High Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, is tried, to sit as a judge in Israel.
77 And the decision of either of these councils, agreeable to the commandment which says:
78 Again, verily, I say unto you, the most important business of the church, and the most a cases of the church, inasmuch as there is not satisfaction upon the decision of the bishop or judges, it shall be handed over and carried up unto the council of the church, before the b of the High Priesthood.
79 And the Presidency of the council of the High Priesthood shall have power to call other high priests, even twelve, to assist as counselors; and thus the Presidency of the High Priesthood and its counselors shall have power to decide upon testimony according to the laws of the church.
80 And after this decision it shall be had in remembrance no more before the Lord; for this is the highest council of the church of God, and a final decision upon controversies in spiritual matters.
81 There is not any person belonging to the church who is exempt from this council of the church.
82 And inasmuch as a President of the High Priesthood shall transgress, he shall be had in remembrance before the a council of the church, who shall be assisted by twelve counselors of the High Priesthood;
83 And their decision upon his head shall be an end of controversy concerning him.
84 Thus, none shall be exempted from the a and the b of God, that all things may be done in c and in solemnity before him, according to truth and righteousness.
85 And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a president over the office of a a is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in council with them, and to b them their duty, c one another, as it is given according to the covenants.
86 And also the duty of the president over the office of the a is to preside over twenty-four of the teachers, and to sit in council with them, teaching them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants.
87 Also the duty of the president over the Priesthood of Aaron is to preside over forty-eight a, and sit in council with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is given in the covenants—
88 This president is to be a a; for this is one of the duties of this priesthood.
89 Again, the duty of the president over the office of a is to preside over ninety-six elders, and to sit in council with them, and to teach them according to the covenants.
90 This presidency is a distinct one from that of the seventy, and is designed for those who do not a into all the world.
91 And again, the duty of the President of the office of the High Priesthood is to a over the whole church, and to be like unto b—
92 Behold, here is wisdom; yea, to be a a, a b, a translator, and a c, having all the d of God which he bestows upon the head of the church.
93 And it is according to the vision showing the order of the a, that they should have seven presidents to preside over them, chosen out of the number of the seventy;
94 And the seventh president of these presidents is to preside over the six;
95 And these seven presidents are to choose other seventy besides the first seventy to whom they belong, and are to preside over them;
96 And also other seventy, until seven times seventy, if the labor in the vineyard of necessity requires it.
97 And these a are to be b ministers, unto the Gentiles first and also unto the Jews.
98 Whereas other officers of the church, who belong not unto the Twelve, neither to the Seventy, are not under the responsibility to travel among all nations, but are to travel as their circumstances shall allow, notwithstanding they may hold as high and responsible offices in the church.
99 Wherefore, now let every man learn his a, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all b.
100 He that is a shall not be counted b to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shows himself not approved shall not be counted worthy to stand. Even so. Amen.