Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 8
The Restoration of the Priesthood


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us increase our appreciation for the restoration of the priesthood, to encourage brethren to magnify their offices and callings in the priesthood, and to help all members enjoy more fully the blessings of the priesthood.

Scripture references for study:  D&C 13; 20:38–67; 27:12–13; 84:6–30; 107:1–20; 110:11–16; Joseph Smith—History 1:66–73; Our Heritage, pages 11–14
    Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.

Lesson 8 Handout (PDF)


Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery began the work of translation on April 7 (1829) and continued almost non-stop. When they came to the instructions of the Savior to the Nephites on the subject of baptism, Oliver said that it became apparent that "none had authority from God to administer the ordinances of the Gospel." (footnote, Joseph Smith-History)

According to the record, after receiving the priesthood from John, Joseph baptized Oliver, then Oliver baptized Joseph. After they were baptized, according to the Prophet, "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" (JS-History 1:71).

WHAT ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION WERE GIVEN BY JOHN THE BAPTIST AT THIS TIME?

WHAT AUTHORITY AND BLESSINGS WERE RESTORED WITH THE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD?

HOW CAN BOYS AND YOUNG MEN PREPARE TO RECEIVE THE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD?

See Gospel Topics: Aaronic Priesthood at LDS.org for additional information.


Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood

WHEN DID THE RESTORATION OF THE MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD OCCUR?

WHAT AUTHORITY AND BLESSINGS WERE RESTORED WITH THE MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD?

Although only worthy male members of the Church may hold the priesthood, everyone may partake of its blessings.

HOW CAN WE SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE BLESSINGS OF THE PRIESTHOOD?

See Gospel Topics: Melchizedek Priesthood at LDS.org for additional information.


Photographs from my trip to Oakland (Harmony), Pennsylvania in 2010



Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Monument


Susquehanna River near Joseph and Emma's home


Susquehanna River near Joseph and Emma's home


Countryside near Harmony, Pennsylvania, and Colesville, New York


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the restoration of the priesthood. How does the priesthood make a difference in your life?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Aaronic Priesthood by Oscar W. McConkie.

Answers To Gospel Questions, Volume 1, by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Discourses of Wilford Woodruff.

Encyclopedia of Mormonism edited by Daniel H. Ludlow.

Ensign.

History of the Church (HC).

Studies In Scripture, Volume 1, edited by Robert L. Millet and Kent P. Jackson.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).


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