12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
THE REVELATIONS OF JESUS CHRIST, Volume 1 Section 5, v42.
42 For, saith the Lord, there is not one who hath authority to ordain a Bishop, except he be an Apostle, saith the Lord God.
Teachings of the Prophet, Joseph Smith, pg. 237
President Joseph Smith read the 14th chapter of Ezekiel--said the Lord had declared by the Prophet, that the people should each one stand for himself, and depend on no man or men in that state of corruption of the Jewish church--that righteous persons could only deliver their own souls--applied it to the present state of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--said if the people departed from the Lord, they must fall--that they were depending on the Prophet, hence were darkened in their minds, in consequence of neglecting the duties devolving upon themselves, envious towards the innocent, while they afflict the virtuous with their shafts of envy.
Apostle of the One Mighty and Strong, Art Bulla.
Jimmy Lee Hardy
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