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Keys Separate from the Church

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"To the Presidency of the Church, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: The sum of the matter is this: God has placed in His Church prophets, apostles, evangelists and pastors; also He has placed Seventies and seventies quorums in His Church, and given them their special and peculiar quorum organizations, and directed how and by whom they shall be "chosen" and presided over, and what shall be their specific duty and calling in the Church. They are to be God's special witnesses in all the world. The special calling resembles the calling of the Twelve Apostles at that particular point: That is to say, they are (1) special witnesses of the name of Christ; and (2) their calling and mission is to all the world-their mission is a universal one. This universality--this unlimited sphere of their activities, coupled with the fact of their being special witnesses, is what gives their calling its apostolic flavor; for they are apostles. God's first great prophet of this new dispensation so designated them.:"The Seventy sustained as Apostles:" During the dedicatory services in the Kirtland Temple, March 27, 1836,the Seventies were sustained as "Apostles and special witnesses to the nations to assist the Twelve," etc. I quote the passage in full. The Prophet Joseph Smith speaking: I then called upon the quorums and congregation of Saints to acknowledge the Twelve Apostles who were present, as prophets, seers, revelators, and special witnesses to all the nations of the earth, holding the keys of the kingdom, to unlock it, or cause it to be done among them, and uphold them by their prayers which they assented to by rising. I next called upon the quorums and congregation of Saints to acknowledge the presidents of Seventies who act as their representatives, as Apostles and special witnesses to the nations, to assist the Twelve, in opening the gospel kingdoms among all the people and to uphold them by their prayers, which they did by rising." (D.H.C., Vol. II, p. 417) BH Roberts

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