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Where the Keys Now Lie

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The day after receiving my first two written revelations and the day my hometeacher tried to kill me in a mindless screaming rage, I got myself on my knees and inquired of the Lord what authority I possessed and was carried by the spirit over to my bookshelf whereupon "The Discourses of Brigham Young" by John Widtsoe lay, and opened miraculously to the following paragraph and the words screamed out at me as it were:

"The Seventies are Apostles; and they stand next in authority to the Twelve, ... If through the providence of God the First Presidency and the Twelve were taken away, then it would be the duty of the Seventies to preach the Gospel, build up the Church, and ordain every officer requisite in order to establish the Church, and ordain High Priests, Bishops, High Counsellors, patriarchs, and set in order the whole church in all the world. This is according to the revelations given to us.... I suppose I ordained hundreds of Seventies in early days. Brother Joseph Smith has come to us many times, saying, "Brethren, you are going to ordain Seventies. Do not forget to confer the high priesthood upon them. Ordain each of them to the High Priesthood, and to be one of the Seventy Apostles." This was my language in the ordination of the Seventies, and that is the way I ordain them now." (Brigham Young, Des. News, June 6, 1877, p. 274) 

Later I also found the following from Parely P. Pratt:...in case the quorum of the Twelve should by any means become disorganized, that the Seventies held the jurisdiction and authority of Presidency of the Church in all the world wherever it might be found...but the authority of Presidency over the whole Church belonged to the Seventies; and if all the Seventies were killed off except one Seventy, that Seventy would not only possess the right but would be in duty bound to stand in their place as the First Presidency of the Church. Nauvoo Record Bk. B, p. 226)

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