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"1 And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

"2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

"3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

"4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

"5 And one of THE ELDERS saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

"6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of THE ELDERS, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

"7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

"8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty ELDERS fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of Saints.

"9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

"10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

"11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and THE ELDERS: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

"12 Saying with a loud voice, WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength,, and honour, and glory, and blessing. ...

"14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty ELDERS fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever." --- [Revelation 5: 5-12 & 14 - Bible]


"If I have told you of earthly things and ye believe not, HOW SHALL YE BELIEVE IF I TELL YOU OF HEAVENLY THINGS?" --- [John 3: 12 - Bible]

{Such as} "THE HEAVENLY CALLING" ---

Wherefore, holy brethren, PARTAKERS OF THE HEAVENLY CALLING," "consider the apostle and HIGH PRIEST of our profession, Christ Jesus;" --- [Hebrews 3: 1 - Bible]

"For such an HIGH PRIEST became US" --- [Hebrews 7: 26 - Bible]

9 "And being made perfect, He became the author of Eternal Salvation UNTO ALL THEM THAT OBEY HIM"

{AND ARE}

CALLED OF GOD AN HIGH PRIEST AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK." --- [Hebrews 5: 9-10 - Bible]

{Being} CALLED OF GOD AN HIGH PRIEST AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK." {is} THE HEAVENLY CALLING," {which we are or become} PARTAKERS OF }


{A man cannot really be a } PARTAKER OF ETERNAL SALVATION {unless he} "OBEYS HIM"

{Which is why you MUST

"TAKE UPON YOU MINE ORDINATION, EVEN THAT OF AN ELDER,

{All Melchizedek Priesthood offices are called "ELDERS". For example, "AN APOSTLE IS AN ELDER" --- [D&C 20: 38]
A High Priest is also an Elder.

{One reason that all offices can also be called "ELDER" is because when a man is first ordained into The Melchizedek Priesthood, he is usually ordained into the office of "ELDER." }

{ "ELDER" is the first office or calling in The Melchizedek Priesthood. The order of offices or callings in The Melchizedek Priesthood are: "Elder, High Priest, Patriarch, Seventy, Apostle" }

{ As such, no matter if a man is a High Priest, a Patriarch, a Seventy, or an Apostle, he can also be referred to as "AN ELDER" }

"to preach faith and repentance and remission of sins, according to my word, and THE RECEPTION OF THE HOLY GHOST BY THE LAYING ON OF HANDS." --- [D&C 53: 3]


{Many spiritual dealings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints require the ordinance of} "THE LAYING ON OF HANDS". {All Priesthood Callings or Offices are given "BY THE LAYING ON OF HANDS."

{This is called, Ordination, or, Being Ordained. It means that someone who has the authority and the knowledge of how to ORDAIN, lays their hands on the person to Be Ordained, and Ordains them to the Office or Calling of Elder, etc.}


"For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, AND ORDAIN ELDERS IN EVERY CITY, as I had appointed thee." --- [Titus 1: 5 - Bible]


"AND WHEN THEY HAD ORDAINED THEM ELDERS IN EVERY CHURCH, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed." --- [Acts 14: 23 - Bible]

{As harsh as this sounds, it is true nonetheless. You cannot really BELIEVE in Jesus Christ unless you believe in His Church. And you cannot really BELIEVE in His Church unless you believe that there are "ELDERS IN EVERY CHURCH" , or in other words, that The Melchizedek Priesthood exists. Just like you must believe in the other offices and callings of The Melchizedek Priesthood, such as you must believe in High Priests, Patriarchs, The Seventy, and The Apostles, so you must believe in "ELDERS IN EVERY CHURCH" , or you really do not believe in Jesus Christ.}


"And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, AND CALLED THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH." --- [Acts 20: 17 - Bible]


"Is any sick among you? LET HIM CALL FOR THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;" --- [James 5: 14 - Bible]

{Hopefully now, you understand and see, they weren't just calling for senior citizens or elderly men of The Church to come heal them. They were calling for actual Priesthood Representatives, called} THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH {to come lay their hands on top of their heads and administer a Priesthood Healing Blessing unto them.}


"AND THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH, TWO OR MORE, SHALL BE CALLED, AND SHALL PRAY FOR AND LAY THEIR HANDS UPON THEM IN MY NAME; and if they die they shall die unto me, and if they live they shall live unto me." --- [D&C 42: 44]


"3 And verily in this thing ye have done wisely, for it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to render an account of his stewardship, both in time and in eternity.

"4 For he who is faithful and wise in time is accounted worthy to inherit the mansions prepared for him of My Father.

"5 Verily I say unto you, THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH in this part of My vineyard SHALL RENDER AN ACCOUNT OF THEIR STEWARDSHIP UNTO THE BISHOP, who shall be appointed of Me in this part of My vineyard." --- [D&C 72: 3-5]


"For the Lord God has spoken it, AND WE, THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH, have heard and bear witness to the words of the glorious Majesty on High, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." --- [D&C 20:16]


"Now this was the cause of much affliction to Alma, yea, and to many of the people whom Alma had CONSECRATED TO BE teachers, and priests, and ELDERS OVER THE CHURCH; yea, many of them were sorely grieved for the wickedness which they saw had begun to be among their people." --- [Alma 4: 7 - The Book of Mormon]


"Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him IN THE ASSEMBLY OF THE ELDERS." --- [Psalm 107: 32 - Bible]

{In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints there are three meetings that we go to on Sundays, when we go to Church. Typically, the first meeting is called, The Sacrament Meeting; the second meeting is called, Sunday School; and the third meeting is called, Priesthood. In this third meeting held every Sunday, faithful male members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gather in a general assembly at first, and then after a few minutes break off into separate Priesthood Offices Assemblies. One of these is "THE ASSEMBLY OF THE ELDERS" which is more commonly called, ELDERS QUORUM.}

{David in The Old Testament called it "THE ASSEMBLY OF THE ELDERS" We call it ELDERS QUORUM. or "THE QUORUM OF ELDERS" }


"And again, I say unto you, I give unto you John A. Hicks, Samuel Williams, and Jesse Baker, which priesthood is to preside over THE QUORUM OF ELDERS, WHICH QUORUM IS INSTITUTED FOR STANDING MINISTERS; NEVERTHELESS THEY MAY TRAVEL, YET THEY ARE ORDAINED TO BE STANDING MINISTERS TO MY CHURCH, saith the Lord." --- [D&C 124: 137]


"Verily I say unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts, there must needs be PRESIDING ELDERS TO PRESIDE OVER THOSE WHO ARE OF THE OFFICE OF AN ELDER." --- [D&C 107: 60]


"Again, THE DUTY OF THE PRESIDENT OVER THE OFFICE OF ELDERS IS TO PRESIDE OVER NINETY-SIX ELDERS, AND TO SIT IN COUNSEL WITH THEM, AND TO TEACH THEM ACCORDING TO THE COVENANTS. THIS PRESIDENCY is a distinct one from that of the Seventy, and IS DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL INTO ALL THE WORLD." --- [D&C 107: 89-90]


1 "The manner which the disciples, who were called THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH, ordained priests and teachers;"

2 "After they had prayed unto The Father in the name of Christ, THEY LAID THEIR HANDS UPON THEM, and said,"

3 In the name of Jesus Christ I ORDAIN YOU to be a priest, (or, if he be a teacher) I ORDAIN YOU to be a teacher, to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on His name to the end. Amen."

4 "And after this manner did they ORDAIN priests and teachers, ACCORDING TO THE GIFTS AND CALLINGS OF GOD UNTO MEN; AND THEY ORDAINED THEM BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST, WHICH WAS IN THEM." --- [Moroni Chapter 3 - The Book of Mormon]


"EVERY ELDER, priest, teacher, or deacon IS TO BE ORDAINED ACCORDING TO THE GIFTS AND CALLINGS OF GOD UNTO HIM; AND HE IS TO BE ORDAINED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST, WHICH IS IN THE ONE WHO ORDAINS HIM." --- [D&C 20: 60]


"And now it came to pass that after Alma had made and end of speaking unto the people of the church, which was established in the city of Zarahemla, HE ORDAINED priests and ELDERS, BY LAYING ON HIS HANDS ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF GOD, TO PRESIDE AND WATCH OVER THE CHURCH." --- [Alma 6: 1 - The Book of Mormon]


"Neglect not THE GIFT THAT IS IN THEE, which was given thee by prophecy, WITH THE LAYING ON OF HANDS OF THE PRESBYTERY." --- [1st Timothy 4: 14 - Bible]

{Now while the above verse could just as easily be referring to The Laying On Of Hands For The Gift Of The Holy Ghost, it doesn't matter so much if it is! Whether THE GIFT it refers to is The Holy Ghost or THE GIFT of The Priesthood, either way it shows that The Laying On Of Hands , which is a principle found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is true! ... The same holds true for the next verse, as well ...}


"Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up THE GIFT OF GOD, WHICH IS IN THEE BY THE PUTTING ON OF MY HANDS." --- [2nd Timothy 1: 6 - Bible]


"Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast THE DEW of thy youth. The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a Priest forever AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK." --- [Psalm 110: 3-4 - Bible]


"1 THERE ARE IN THE CHURCH TWO PRIESTHOODS, namely, THE MELCHIZEDEK and Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood.

"2 Why the first is called THE MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD is because Melchizedek was such a great high priest.

"3 Before his day it was called The Holy Priesthood, After the Order of The Son of God.

"4 But out of respect or reverence 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 appendages to this priesthood.

"6 But there are two divisions or grand heads, one is THE MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD, and the other is the Aaronic or Levetical Priesthood. THE OFFICE OF AN ELDER COMES UNDER THE PRIESTHOOD OF MELCHIZEDEK." --- [D&C 107: 1-7]


"10 High Priests after the order of the Melchizedek Priesthood have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things, and also in the office of an ELDER, priest (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 ELDER ARE TO ADMINISTER IN SPIRITUAL THINGS, AGREEABLE TO THE COVENANTS AND COMMANDMENTS OF THE CHURCH; AND THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO OFFICIATE IN ALL THESE OFFICES OF THE CHURCH WHEN THERE ARE NO HIGHER AUTHORITIES PRESENT." --- [D&C 107: 10-12]


"61 THE SEVERAL ELDERS COMPOSING THIS CHURCH OF CHRIST ARE TO MEET IN CONFERENCE ONCE IN THREE MONTHS, or from time to time as said conferences shall direct or appoint;

"62 And said conferences are to do whatever church business is necessary to be done at the time.

"63 THE ELDERS ARE TO RECEIVE THEIR LICENSES FROM OTHER ELDERS, BY VOTE OF THE CHURCH TO WHICH THEY BELONG, or from the conferences. ...

{Verse 64 skipped.}

"65 NO PERSON IS TO BE ORDAINED TO ANY OFFICE IN THIS CHURCH, where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, WITHOUT THE VOTE OF THAT CHURCH.

"66 BUT THE PRESIDING ELDERS, traveling bishops, high councilors, high priests, AND ELDERS, MAY HAVE THE PRIVELEGE OF ORDAINING, WHERE THERE IS NO BRANCH OF THE CHURCH THAT A VOTE MAY BE CALLED.

"67 EVERY president of the high priesthood, (or PRESIDING ELDER), bishop, high councilor, and high priest, IS TO BE ORDAINED BY THE DIRECTION OF A HIGH COUNCIL OR GENERAL CONFERENCE." --- [D&C 20: 61-63 & 65-67]


"And the apostles and ELDERS came together for to consider of this matter." --- [Acts 15: 6 - Bible]


"2 The rise of The Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April; Which commandments were given to JOSEPH SMITH, Jun., who was called of God, and ORDAINED AN APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST, TO BE THE FIRST ELDER OF THIS CHURCH;"

{Note that even though JOSEPH SMITH was ORDAINED AN APOSTLE , he is referred to as, THE FIRST ELDER OF THIS CHURCH;"

"AN APOSTLE IS AN ELDER" --- [D&C 20: 38]

"3 And to OLIVER COWDERY, who was also called of God, AN APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST, TO BE THE SECOND ELDER OF THIS CHURCH, AND ORDAINED UNDER HIS HAND;" --- [D&C 20: 2-3]


"38 THE DUTY OF THE ELDERS, priests, teachers, and deacons, and members of The Church of Christ---AN APOSTLE IS AN ELDER, and it is his calling to baptize;"

"39 AND TO ORDAIN OTHER ELDERS, priests, teachers, and deacons;" --- [D&C 20: 38-39]


"THE ELDERS ARE TO CONDUCT THE MEETINGS AS THEY ARE LED BY THE HOLY GHOST, ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDMENTS AND REVELATIONS OF GOD." --- [D&C 20: 45]


"But notwithstanding those things which are written, IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE ELDERS OF MY CHURCH FROM THE BEGINNING, AND EVER SHALL BE, TO CONDUCT ALL MEETINGS AS THEY ARE DIRECTED AND GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT." --- [D&C 46: 2]


"11 Again I say unto you, that IT SHALL NOT BE GIVEN TO ANY ONE TO GO FORTH TO PREACH MY GOSPEL, OR TO BUILD UP MY CHURCH, EXCEPT HE BE ORDAINED BY SOME ONE WHO HAS AUTHORITY, and it is known to The Church that he has authority and has been regularly ordained by the heads of The Church.

12 And again, THE ELDERS, priests and teachers of this Church SHALL TEACH THE PRINCIPLES OF MY GOSPEL, WHICH ARE IN THE BIBLE AND THE BOOK OF MORMON, in the which is the fulness of the Gospel.

"13 AND THEY SHALL OBSERVE THE COVENANTS AND CHURCH ARTICLES TO DO THEM, AND THESE SHALL BE THEIR TEACHINGS, AS THEY SHALL BE DIRECTED BY THE SPIRIT."

"14 AND THE SPIRIT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU BY THE PRAYER OF FAITH, AND IF YE RECEIVE NOT THE SPIRIT YE SHALL NOT TEACH." --- [D&C 42: 11-14]


{And this testimony of Elders I leave with you, who am also an Elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. Amen. - (Elder Erving Axel Lambert - 1/26/2017)


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