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editor s note
Editor’s Note:

This lesson is a little shorter because I used the last 15 minutes to show the new DVD Only a Stonecutter, the story of Brother Moyle, a stonecutter on the Salt Lake Temple. Great demonstration of fulfilling our callings.

improvement era 1911
Improvement Era, 1911

Fall and spring should see plenty of outside activities. … it is possible that foot-ball should be added to the list. Foot-ball is pre-eminently a fall sport. Baseball will not do; it is not appropriate for fall…

The small danger to life and limb … has been reduced almost to the vanishing point, and it does seem that foot-ball might well be established again in the Church schools. Boys like it; it makes them heroic and manly.

after almost 18 months translation of the book of mormon finally begins
After almost 18 months, translation of the Book of Mormon finally begins

Oliver Cowdery arrives Harmony April 5th,1829

They begin translation on April 7th

Research suggests they probably started with Mosiah 1

Covering about 7 pages a day

Places them at 3 Nephi 11 by May 15th

3 nephi 11
3 Nephi 11

21 And the Lord said unto him: I give unto you power that ye shall baptize this people

24 And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say, calling them by name, saying: [Baptismal Prayer]

33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved;

d c 13
D&C 13

UPON you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of:

the ministering of angels,

and of the gospel of repentance,

and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins;

elder dallin h oaks
Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Through the Aaronic Priesthood ordinances of baptism and the sacrament, we are cleansed of our sins and promised that if we keep our covenants we will always have His Spirit to be with us.

… So it is that those who hold the Aaronic Priesthood open the door for all Church members who worthily partake of the sacrament to enjoy the companionship of the Spirit of the Lord and the ministering of angels."


Addison Everett, in a letter he wrote in 1881, relates that he overheard a conversation between Joseph and his brother Hyrum a few days before their martyrdom in which Joseph told how he and Oliver had been arrested at Colesville for preaching and were being held at the home of the Justice of the Peace.

Their attorney, Mr. Reid, helped them escape through a window as a mob had begun to gather in front of the house. Everett goes on to say, "it was night and they traveled through brush and water and mud, fell over logs, etc., until Oliver was exhausted; then Joseph helped him along through brush and water, almost carrying him.

They traveled all night, and just at the break of day Oliver gave out entirely and exclaimed, "Brother Joseph, how long have we got to endure this thing?" They sat down on a log to rest and Joseph said that at that very time Peter, James, and John came to them and ordained them to the Apostleship.

They had 16 or 17 miles to go to get back to Mr. Hales, his father-in-law's, but Oliver did not complain any more of fatigue

the priesthood through earth s history
The Priesthood Through Earth’s History

But, dear brother, think, further think for a moment, what joy filled our hearts, and with what surprise we must have bowed…when we received under his hand the Holy Priesthood as he said,

‘upon you my fellow-servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer this Priesthood and this authority, which shall remain upon the earth, that the Sons Of Levi may yet offer an offering unto the Lord in righteousness (Joseph Smith History, Oliver Cowdery Footnote)

The Holy Priesthood












Sons of Levi


John the



Of Aaron

…and this shall never be taken again from the earth,

until the sons of Levi [the sons of Moses and Aaron]

do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.

The “Aaronic” Priesthood