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3.26.2014

Tracing back to Jesus Christ

"Our Heavenly Father has given His children two lines of communication with Him—what we may call the personal line and the priesthood line. All should understand and be guided by both of these essential lines of communication.
In the personal line we pray directly to our Heavenly Father, and He answers us by the channels He has established, without any mortal intermediary. We pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, and He answers us through His Holy Spirit and in other ways.
Unlike the personal line, in which our Heavenly Father communicates with us directly through the Holy Ghost, the priesthood line of communication has the additional and necessary intermediaries of our Savior, Jesus Christ; His Church; and His appointed leaders.
In respect to this priesthood line, our belief and practice is similar to the insistence of some Christians that authoritative ordinances (sacraments) are essential and must be performed by one authorized and empowered by Jesus Christ (see John 15:16). We believe the same but of course differ with other Christians on how we trace that authority.
We must use both the personal line and the priesthood line in proper balance to achieve the growth that is the purpose of mortal life. If personal religious practice relies too much on the personal line, individualism erases the importance of divine authority. If personal religious practice relies too much on the priesthood line, individual growth suffers. The children of God need both lines to achieve their eternal destiny. The restored gospel teaches both, and the restored Church provides both."

"And so, now with an unbroken line of priesthood authority, an unbroken line of priesthood power, we move confidently forward in unity and faith, led by Christ the Redeemer, whose church this is, and His earthly prophet through whom He will speak. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

Priesthood Line of Authority
"Priesthood line of authority is a sequential pattern of ordinations that can be followed back to the early beginnings of the Church. It is performed in the manner outlined by the Lord in the scriptures. Part of the Restoration of the gospel included the restoration of the priesthood on the earth by those in authority. Peter, James, and John conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood on Joseph Smith, thereby giving him the same authority given them by Jesus Christ. “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron” (Hebrews 5:4)."

Generations and Priesthood Lineage from Adam to Noah
Received priesthood Ordained by (Doctrine and Covenants)

·      Adam from the Savior (78:16)

·      Seth from Adam (107:42)

·      Enos from Adam (107:44)

·      Cainan from Adam (107:45)

·      Mahalaleel from Adam (107:46)

·      Jared from Adam (107:47)

·      Enoch from Adam (107:48)

·      Methuselah from Adam (107:50)

·      Lamech from Seth (107:51)

·      Noah from Methuselah (107:52)

Apostle Line of Authority for President Spencer W. Kimball

·      Spencer W. Kimball was ordained an Apostle October 7, 1943, by Heber J. Grant

·      Heber J. Grant was ordained an Apostle October 16, 1882, by George Q. Cannon

·      George Q. Cannon was ordained an Apostle August 26, 1860, by Brigham Young

·      Brigham Young was ordained an Apostle February 14, 1835, by the Three Witnesses

·      Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the priesthood in 1829 from Peter, James, and John

·      Peter, James, and John were ordained Apostles by the Savior (see John 15:16)

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