The Priesthood

  • Organization of the Priesthood
  • Duties of the Priesthood
  • The temple ordinances are part of the Priesthood
  • Blessings of the Priesthood
  • Men must be called to the Priesthood with proper authority
  • Punished for not having proper authority
  • The Lord strengthens His leaders
  • A priesthood holder needs to be worthy of his calling
  • The oracles of God are related to the Priesthood
  • Other scriptures about Priesthood

    Organization of the Priesthood

    It is important that the Lord's people have leaders so they won't be "as sheep which have no sherpherd," Numbers 27:16-17. The Church should receive the words of the prophet as if they were coming directly from God, D&C 21:4-5. This scriptures referes to the seed of Abraham as the Priesthood, Abraham 2:11. The "kingdom of God is not in word, but in power," 1 Corinthians 4:20.

    Christ's Church is made up of many priesthood leaders such as apostles, prophets, etc., Ephesians 4:11-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:28. Moses tried to judge Israel all by himself. His father in law counsel him that this is not the Lords way, Exodus 18:13-24. The offices of bishop and deacons are mentioned in this scripture, Philippians 1:1. Paul and Barnabas ordained elders in every congregation, Acts 14:23. Paul instructs Titus to ordain elder in every city, Titus 1:4-6.

    The keys of the ministry were given unto Peter, James and John, D&C 7:5-7. The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth D&C 65:2. The "key of David" was part of the early Church, Revelation 3:6-7. The keys of the kingdom are given unto the Presidency of the High Priesthood, D&C 81:1-2. As well as keys these scriptures also refer to the oracles, D&C 90:4-11.

    Peter, James, and John gave Joseph Smith the keys of the kingdom of the dispensation of the fullness of times, D&C 128:20-21. Joseph has been given the keys of the kingdom and ministry, D&C 115:18-19. The keys of the Church have been given to the leaders of the Church in our day, D&C 42:69. The Priesthood keys are given to First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles, D&C 112:30-32. Israel shall be led by the keys the Lord has given the leaders, D&C 35:25. The keys of the gathering where given by Moses to the Church in the Kirtland temple, D&C 110:11. The other keys of this dispensation were also given at this time, D&C 110:16.

    There is only one person on the earth at a time that holds all the keys of the priesthood, D&C 132:7 The keys of the mysteries of the kingdom were given unto Joseph Smith and were not to be taken from him while he was alive, D&C 64:3-5. The keys will never be taken from Joseph Smith while he is in the world, D&C 90:2-3. The First Presidency receives revelation for the whole Church, D&C 124:126. Church leaders need to be sustained in a vote before the congregation of the Church, D&C 20:63-67.

    From the Bible Dictionary, "Under the law of Moses the presiding officer of the Aaronic Priesthood was called the high priest. The office was hereditary and came through the firstborn among the family of Aaron, Aaron himself being the first high priest of the Aaronic order. Only the High Priest of the Aaronic Priesthood had the holy anointing oil poured on their head. The priests of the Aaronic Priesthood were held to a higher level of obedience than other children of Israel, Leviticus 21:10-14. Samuel became a prophet and administered in the Priest's office, 1 Samuel 3:19-20. Aaron and his sons are anointed and sanctify so they can minister in the priest's office, Exodus 28:40-41. The Levites were chosen to work in the tabernacle in place of the firstborn of Israel, Numbers 8:17-19. Perfection doesn't come through the Levitical priesthood but was the priesthood availble to the Children of Israel Hebrews 7:11.

    The rights of the bishopric belong to the literal descendants of Aaron, but a Melchizedek Priesthood holder can fill that office, D&C 68:14-21.

    Christ ordained the twelve apostles and gave them the power of the priesthood and called them to help Him in His ministry, Mark 3:14-15, Luke 9:1-2 and John 15:15-16. He also called Seventies, Luke 10:1.

    Alma was high priest over the church. Having authority from God Alma ordained priests to teach the people of the Church of Christ Mosiah 18:17-20. Priests are ordained after the order of the Son of God, Alma 13:1-2. As high priest Alma consecrated all their priests, Mosiah 23:16-17. Also as High Priest Alma judged the people of the Church who were unworthy, Mosiah 26:7. Nephi consecrated Jacob and Joseph as priests and teacher over the people, 2 Nephi 5:26. The priests were to labor with their own hands and not be supported by the people, Mosiah 18:24-26, Mosiah 27:5 and Alma 1:26.

    Church leaders were chosen from the foundation of the world, Alma 13:3-5. The Priesthood has continued from before the world was made, Alma 13:6-9. When David Patten was killed this revelation tells that his priesthood can not be taken away but another will replace him in his calling showing that the priesthood continues after this life, D&C 124:130.

    Adam and all the early patriarchs were high priests, D&C 107:53 and Abraham 1:2. This scripture in Abraham also lets us know that the Priesthood existed before the foundation of the earth. Many became high priest because of their exceeding faith and righteousness, Alma 13:10-12. Zechariah crowns Joshua, the high priest, in similitude of Christ (From the LDS chapter heading), Zechariah 6:12-13. Melchizedek was singled out because of his great works, Alma 13:14-19. "Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek," Psalms 110:4, Hebrews 5:6-10, Hebrews 7:17 and Hebrews 7:20-21.

    The elders are to meet in conference every three months, D&C 20:61-62.

    When the question came up of whether the gentiles needed to be circumcised the Apostles and elders of the Church met together and discussed the issue then Peter, as leader of the Church, through the inspiration of the Lord made the decision, Acts 15:5-9. That is the same way that decisions are made today in Stake Councils and I assume the highest councils of the Church.

    When Hezekiah reintroduced the worship at the temple their were too few priests who were sanctified so the Levites helped with the work, 2 Chronicles 29:31-34. In the priesthood the different quorums should help each other.

    The 84th section of the Doctrine and Covenants contains the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood and many other scriptures about the Priesthood. Moses received the Priesthood through his father-in-law Jethro, D&C 84:6. Verses 7 through 16 trace the Priesthood back to Adam. Verse 17 tells us that the Priesthood continueth in the the church through all generations. The Aaronic Priesthood also continueth forever, D&C 84:18. The greater priesthood holds the key of the mysteries of God and authority for the ordinances of godliness, D&C 84:19-21. Moses tried to prepare his people to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood but they hardened their hearts and so were given the lesser priesthood only, D&C 84:22-26. John received the priesthood when he was eight days old, D&C 84:27-28. The offices of elder and bishop belong to the higher priesthood, D&C 84:29. The offices of teach and deacon belong to the Aaronic priesthood, D&C 84:30. If we are true to the oath and covenant of the priesthood we will receive all the Father has, D&C 84:33-39. Those who break the oath and covenant of the priesthood will not have forgiveness of sins in the world or in the world to come, D&C 84:40-41. Also there is wo pronounced upon those who receive not the priesthood, D&C 84:42. The apostles are God's high priests and become Christ's friends, D&C 84:62-64. This sections also talks about those signs that follow them that believe, such as casting out devils and healing the sick. Nearly all of these signs are manifest through the power of the priesthood, D&C 84:65. The high priests and elders should travel as missionaries, but the deacons and teachers should watch over the Church, D&C 84:111. Those who hold the priesthood are a light unto the Gentiles, D&C 86:8-11.

    The 107th section of the Doctrine and Covenants is also about priesthood. The original name of the Melchizedek Priesthood was "the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God," D&C 107:1-5. There are two grand heads of the Priesthood. The Melchizedek and the Aaronic, D&C 107:6. Duties of the Melchizedek Priesthood are given, D&C 107:7-12. The Aaronic Priesthood is an extension to the Melchizedek Priesthood, D&C 107:13-14. The bishop holds the keys over the Aaronic Priesthood. The Bishop must be a literal descendant of Aaron or by a High Priest in the Melchizedek Priesthood, D&C 107:15-17. The Melchizedek Priesthood holds "the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church," D&C 107:18-19. The "Aaronic Priesthood, is to hold the keys of the ministering of angels, and to administer in outward ordinances," D&C 107:20. First Presidency of the Church is described, D&C 107:22. The Twelve Apostles are traveling witness of Christ to the world. They form a quorum equal in authority to the First Presidency of the Church, D&C 107:23-24. The Seventies are also called to preach the gospel and to be witnesses unto the Gentiles. They also form a quorum equal in authority to the Twelve Apostles, D&C 107:25-26. A decision made by the Apostles or the Seventies must be unanimous to be of equal weight to that of the First Presidency, D&C 107:27-29. Decisions of these quorums are to be made in righteousness, holiness, meekness, etc., D&C 107:30-32. The Twelve Apostles under the direction of the First Presidency are to build up and regulate the Church in all the world, D&C 107:33 and D&C 107:35. The Seventy are to act under the direction of the Twelve in building up and regulating the Church, D&C 107:34. The standing high councils in the stakes of Zion form a quorum equal in authority to the leading councils of the Church, D&C 107:36-37. The Twelve are to call on the Seventy for help and not any others, D&C 107:38. The present Church organization seems more in line with this scripture than having assistants to the Twelve as was done previously. The Twelve are to call evangelical ministers (patriarchs) for large branches, D&C 107:39. The priesthood should be handed down from father to son. The Priesthood line is given from Adam to Noah but I haven't copied it all here, D&C 107:40-41. All the quorums of the Church have officer to preside over them with the President of the High Priesthood to preside over the entire Church, D&C 107:58-67. The duties and responsibilities of the bishop are given, D&C 107:68-76. Judgments can be referred all he way to the First Presidency, but this probably only happens for spiritual questions, D&C 107:77-80. The duty of a president over the deacons is give, D&C 107:85. These scriptures also tell how many members should be in each quorum. The duties of the president over the teachers, D&C 107:86. The president over the priests is to be a bishop, D&C 107:87-88. The president over the Elders is to preside over 96 Elders, D&C 107:89-90. The President over the High Priesthood is to be like Moses and preside over the whole Church, D&C 107:91-92. The seventy are to be presided over by seven presidents and to go unto all the world, D&C 107:93-98. We are to learn our Priesthood duty and work in that duty, D&C 107:99-100.

    Duties of the Priesthood

    Peter compares the members of the priesthood to stones and Christ being the corner stone in the building we are building. We of the priesthood are to offer spiritual sacrifices, 1 Peter 2:4-5. The twelve disciples were given the power to baptize from Jesus Christ, 3 Nephi 11:23-26. The leader of the Church are to lead in meekness and avoid strife, 2 Timothy 2:21-26.

    We are to magnify our callings, D&C 88:80-81. "Therefore, let every man stand in his own office, and labor in his own calling," D&C 84:109-110. Mormon tell his son Moroni that he needs to labor diligently with the people inspite of their hardness to the gospel, Moroni 9:6. Jacob and Joseph magnified their offices that the received under the hand of Nephi, Jacob 1:17-19.

    We are to go unto all the world preaching the gospel acting in the authority given by God, D&C 68:8. The elders of the Church should preach the gospel to the world, D&C 36:6-7. Those that teach the Gospel should use "boldness, but not overbearance," Alma 38:10-12. Paul taught with the Spirit and power of God not with the wisdom of man, 1 Corinthians 2:4-5.

    Paul met with the Elders of the Church when he visited the different locations, Acts 20:17. Paul instructs the leaders of the Church to "feed the church of God" and to protect against grievous wolves, Acts 20:28-30. The priesthood leaders also provided temporal help to those in need in the early Church, Acts 11:27-30.

    Saul went to Samuel to enquire of the Lord what he should do, 1 Samuel 9:6.

    The High Priest of the Aaronic Priesthood offered sacrifice for himself and the people, Hebrews 5:1-4. Only the priests were authorized to burn incense and officiate at the altar, Numbers 16:39-40, Numbers 18:7 and Deuteronomy 33:10.

    Aaron and his sons were ordained to serve in the Priest's office, Exodus 29:9 and Numbers 3:3. Aaron and his sons were to have special cloths when they minister in the priest's office, Exodus 28:1-4. Aaron and his sons bless the children of Israel in their office, Numbers 6:22-27.

    The priests were to be the messengers of the Lord, Malachi 2:7. The priests are to teach the people and to judge the people, Ezekiel 44:23. Today it is the bishops who are to judge the people, maybe that is through their office as the president of th Aaronic Priesthood.

    The priests, the sons of Aaron, were to minister in the tabernacle, with the Levites assisting, Numbers 18:1-3. The Levites were responsible for the tabernacle, Numbers 1:50-51. Later they officiated in the temple, Ezekiel 44:15-16.

    Duties of the Elders, D&C 20:38-45.

    Duties of a priest are given, D&C 20:46-52. Duties of a teacher: D&C 20:53-57. Duties of a deacon: D&C 20:58-59.

    The temple ordinances are part of the Priesthood

    The keys of the kingdom of God on earth are given to the Church leaders. These keys are needed for the ordinances of the temple, D&C 97:12-15. The keys of the holy priesthood are ordained in the temple, D&C 124:32-34. This scripture was talking about baptisms for the dead, but I an sure it applies to the other temple ordinances as well. The temple ordinances are ordinances of the priesthood, D&C 124:25-31 and D&C 127:7. The new and everlasting covenant of marriage is an order of the priesthood and is necessary to enter the highest degree of the celestial kingdom, D&C 131:1-3. The sealing power is part of the keys of the kingdom, D&C 128:14 and was given to the restored Church, D&C 1:8-10. The sealing power is the power to bind on earth and in heaven, Matthew 18:18. Priesthood ordinances performed and recorded on earth are are also recorded in heaven, D&C 128:8-9 A marriage performed by someone who holds the keys of the Priesthood is valid through eternity, D&C 132:19. Joseph Smith had conferred upon him the sealing power, D&C 132:45-47 as well as his brother Hyrum as patriarch to the Church D&C 124:91-93. Nephi was given the sealing power and also the power to command the elements, Helaman 10:4-10. Peter is given the keys of the Priesthood and the sealing power to bind in heaven and on earth, Matthew 16:15-19. I would assume that all the prophets through the ages were given the sealing power.

    Blessings of the Priesthood

    The Priesthood is to bless people's lifes through Priesthood ordinances, leadership, and Priesthood blessings.

    "Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood," 1 Peter 2:9-10. The Lord would like his people to be a kingdom of priests, Exodus 19:5-6. We can become kings and priests unto God, Revelation 1:6 and Revelation 5:10. Those that take part in the the first resurrection shall be priests of God, Revelation 20:6.

    The Lord will do nothing before he reveal it to His prophets, Amos 3:7. Those ordained unto the priesthood who speak with the Holy Ghost shall be as if it were the Lord speaking, D&C 68:2-5. What the agents of the Church "do according to the will of the Lord is the Lord's business," D&C 64:29. The Lord considers what his servants say as if it were coming directly from Him, D&C 1:37-38. The people accepted Haggai as the Lord's prophet and that he spoke for the Lord, Haggai 1:12-13.

    Man may have great power given him from God," Mosiah 8:16. The Lord has established his everlasting covenant and given power to men to do miracles, D&C 45:8-9. Moses was given great power from God to help him lead the Children of Israel out of bondage, Moses 1:25-26. Paul had the power to work miracles, Acts 19:11-12. The sick are to be anointed with oil and prayed over, James 5:14. The apostles are given power to remit sins on earth, John 20:21-23.

    Men must be called to the Priesthood with proper authority

    We don't just take upon ourselves to lead the Church, but instead everyone that has a calling in the Church is to be clearly called by someone who has authority in the Church, D&C 42:11. In order to preach or to build up the Church people must be called by someone with the proper authority, D&C 42:11-13. A man must by called of God by prophecy and by the laying on of hands, Articles of Faith 5. We don't take callings upon ourselves, but instead wait until we are called. D&C 11:15. Priesthood members are to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God and the power of the Holy Ghost, D&C 20:60. Even a literal descendant of Aaron can't be a bishop unless he is called by proper priesthood authority, D&C 68:19.

    When the Lord chose his apostles he said "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you," John 15:16. The manner in which Christ chose his twelve disciples in America was similar to how he did it in Jerusalem. He chose them and gave them authority. In this scripture he also instructs the people to listen to them, 3 Nephi 12:1 In a similar manner, it was not Amos's idea to preach, but instead Amos responded to the call of the Lord, Amos 7:15. Paul was called as an apostle not by man but by Jesus Christ, Galatians 1:1. Even Christ was called of God, Hebrews 5:4-5.

    The Lord uses his foreknowledge to call us to the calls that we need to serve in as shown by the calling of Jeremiah, Jeremiah 1:5. Alma 13:2-11 Talks about calling of high priests to lead the church. Verse 3 talks about them being called and prepared before the foundation of the world because of the foreknowledge of God. Verse 6 and 8 make it clear that they must be ordained to this calling. These verses also talk a lot about the high priesthood being after the order the Son of God.

    There are many examples in scriptures of being called of God. Moses did not take upon himself to lead the children of Israel. He was called of God, Numbers 16:12-15 and Numbers_16_28-29. Hebrews 5:4, This scripture tells us that we need to be called as was Aaron. Exodus 28:40-41 tells about the calling of Aaron and his sons. Aaron and his sons were washed and anointed before they could use the priesthood to work in the tabernacle, Exodus 40:12-16. The Priesthood was the inheritance of the tribe of the Levites, Joshua 18:7. Alma the younger was consecrated as high priest over the church by his father, Alma 5:3. Aaron and the other sons of Mosiah also consecrated priests and teachers among the Lamanites, Alma 23:4. The Lord ordained Noah after his own order, Moses 8:18-19. When Christ appointed messengers to teach the spirits in prison he gave them power and authority, D&C 138:29-30.

    The calling of Joshua as the leader of Israel shows us the Lord's pattern. He was called by revelation and the laying on of hands Numbers 27:22-23. Moses was instructed by the Lord to lay his hands upon Joshua to ordain him to lead the children of Israel, Numbers 27:18-20 and Deuteronomy 34:9. Before Paul and Barnabas left for their missions the Church leaders laid their hands on them, Acts 13:2-3. When the apostles called Stephen and the other seven to help, they did it by the laying on of hands, Acts 6:5-6. Alma ordained priests and elders by the laying on of hands according to the order of God, Alma 6:1.

    The Aaronic Priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery by John the Baptist, JS History 1:68-72, D&C 13:1 and D&C 27:7-8. Joseph Smith was called of God and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ D&C 20:2. Everyone that holds the Priesthood is ordained of God. D&C 20:60.

    Christ did not receive his priesthood through the Levitical priesthood but instead had the Melchizedek Priesthood, Hebrews 7:14-17. he apostleship and the Melchizedek Priesthood were restored by Peter, James, and John, D&C 27:12-13. "I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet," D&C 2:1-3 and JS History 1:38-39. The version in the Bible doesn't specifically mention Priesthood, Malachi 4:5-6.

    In D&C 4:3 it says "if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work." We can't be official missionaries without being properly called, but we certainly can do missionary work, temple work, family history, etc. without a formal calling.

    The first Pharaoh of Egypt was a righteous man but could not hold the priesthood because he descended from the blood of the Canaanites, Abraham 1:26-27. Those that could not prove there lineage were put from the Priesthood, Ezra 2:62 and Nehemiah 7:64. Nehemiah cleans the Priesthood of those who had married foreign wifes, Nehemiah 13:29-30.

    There are examples in scriptures where men are commanded to wait until they have proper authority. Martin Harris is commanded to wait until he is ordained before preaching the gospel, D&C 5:16-18. Also Hyrum Smith is commanded not to preach until he is called, D&C 11:15-17. Limhi and his people wanted to be baptized, but there was none with the Priesthood authority in the land, Mosiah 21:33-35.

    Simon wanted to pay the apostles money so that he could lay his hands on people and they receive the Holy Ghost. Peter tells him this is not how the power of God works, Acts 8:17-20.

    Punished for not having proper authority

    There are a number of examples in scriptures where men have attempted to act in the Priesthood without proper authority. Korah and his followers rebelled against Moses and wanted the Priesthood like Aaron. Numbers 16:10. The earth swallowed up Korah and his followers, Numbers 16:31-35. Actually I believe Korah was probably burned with those that offered incense and it was his family and friends that were swallowed up by the earth. Because Saul offered a burnt offering without authority Samuel tells him his kingdom will not continue, 1 Samuel 13:8-15. A similar story is of king Uzziah of Judah. He was a righteous king and blessed of the Lord. However, later in life he entered the sanctuary to burn incense to the Lord without having the authority and was stuck with leprosy, 2 Chronicles 26:16-20. The sons of Sceva tried to cast out an evil spirit and failed because they didn't have proper authority, Acts 19:13-17. Being well intentioned doesn't overcome lack of proper authority as shown in the story of Uzza trying to steady the ark in 1_Chronicles_13_9.

    The Lord strengthens His leaders

    Although we may feel (be inadequate) to accomplish the calls that come from the Lord, He will help us accomplish them Jeremiah 1:6-9. God doesn't chose the wise and might man of the world to do His work, but instead "God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty," 1 Corinthians 1:25.

    A priesthood holder needs to be worthy of his calling

    Church leaders should be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity, 1 Timothy 4:10-13. Those that are in the service of God need to serve him with all their heart, might, mind and strength, D&C 4:2. Those that are ordained of God are to be purified from sin and are to be the servants of all, D&C 50:26-28. Those that are ordained to preach the gospel must teach by the Spirit of Truth, D&C 50:17-18. "Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness," Psalms 132:9. "Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD," Isaiah 52:11 and 3 Nephi 20:41.

    The scriptures say that he that must be commanded in all things is a slothful servant (D&C 58:26-29).

    "The rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven," D&C 121:34-38. No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, D&C 121:39-46. The ministers of God are to served in pureness, longsuffering and kindness by the Holy Ghost with love unfeigned, 2 Corinthians 6:3-7. I was surprised to see how similar this scripture is to D&C 121. Many are called, but few are chosen, D&C 95:5 and D&C 105:35.

    The qualifications for a bishop are given in this scripture, 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Likewise for the deacons, 1 Timothy 3:8-13. A bishop must be blameless as the steward of God, Titus 1:7-9.

    The Sons of Mosiah could teach with power and authority because they had studied the scriptures and given themselves to much prayer and fasting, Alma 17:2-3. Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, Ezra 7:10. Aaron's grandson Phinehas will have an everlasting priesthood because he was zealous for his God, Numbers 25:11.

    When the apostles needed someone to help them they chose men full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, Acts 6:3-4. They chose Stephen who had much faith and did many miracles, Acts 6:8. Paul counsels Timothy to neglect not the gift that was given him by the laying on of hands, 1 Timothy 4:14. "... man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." Samuel 16:6-7

    The priests were not to drink wine when they enter into the inner court, Ezekiel 44:21. The Priests have erred through wine, Isaiah 28:7. Aaron and his sons are to refrain from wine and strong drink while officiating in the tabernacle and teach the children of Israel the statutes of the Lord, Leviticus 10:8-11.

    In Old Testament times many of the prophets and priests were wicked, Jeremiah 23:11 and Ezekiel 22:25-28. Balaam was a prophet of the true God who at first listened to the voice of God, Numbers 22:6-13. When the Lord would not curse the Children of Israel, Balaam advised Moab and Midian to get the Children of Israel to sin, then the Lord would not bless them, Numbers 31:15-16. Balaam was later killed by by the Children of Israel with the rest of the Midianites, Numbers 31:7-8. The leaders (shepherds) of Israel did fed themselves instead of the Lord's people, Ezekiel 34:2-6. If the shepherd do not look after the needs of the sheep the Lord will removed them from leading the people, Ezekiel 34:7-10. Eli came under condemnation because he let his sons officiate in the office of the priesthood even though they were unworthy, 1 Samuel 2:27-30. The lord raised up a faithful priest in Samuel to take their place in the Tabernacle, 1 Samuel 2:35.

    Those that fight against Zion will be cursed, both they and their posterity will not have rights to the priesthood, D&C 121:21. Those whose names are not found written in the book of the law will be cut off from the Priesthood, D&C 85:11-12.

    The oracles of God are related to the Priesthood

    I never quite understood what the oracles of God are. On Wikipedia it says "In Classical Antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to interface wise counsel or prophetic predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods." The Topical Guide cross references oracles to Authority and Teaching with the Spirit. We are to speak as the oracles of God, 1 Peter 4:10-11. The people needed to be taught the basics of the oracles of God, Hebrews 5:12. As well as keys these scriptures also refer to the oracles, D&C 90:4-11. The oracles of God were given unto the Jews, Romans 3:1-2. I am not sure if the oracle in this scripture is Moses or Christ (maybe both), Acts 7:38-39. The oracles are referenced in connection with the temples, D&C 124:39. The oracle is sometimes referred to as the Holy of Holies 1 Kings 8:6, 2 Chronicles 5:7-8 and Psalms 28:2.

    Other scriptures about Priesthood

    Christ has an unchangeable priesthood, Hebrews 7:24-28.

    In section 113 Joseph Smith answers questions about the book of Isaiah with the inspiration of the Lord. Who is the root of Jesse that shall direct the gathering of Israel in the last day, Isaiah 11:10-12? An answer is given in, D&C 113:5-6. For Zion to put on her strength as stated in Isaiah, Isaiah 52:1-3, is to "put on the authority of the priesthood," D&C 113:7-8.

    The same priesthood will be from the beginning of the world to the end of the world, Moses 6:7.

    Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, was a priest and worked in the temple, Luke 1:8-9.

    Abraham was blessed by Melchizedek the Priest of the most high God, Genesis 14:18-20 and Hebrews 7:1-5.

    Many of the priests joined the early Church, Acts 6:7.