Key Scriptures and Authorized Published Sources Relating to the Ordinance of the Second Anointing

By Susan McMurray

The following compilation is my attempt to present in chronological order insightful extracts from authorized publications which answer a question oft asked of me:  “What is the Second Anointing?”  No source is cited that was not approved for publication by the First Presidency of the Church at the time of original publication.

Clearly, the General Authorities then and now do not intend to go into further detail on the subject of the second anointing.  For example, I know of no authorized publishing of the names of individuals who received this ordinance other than when President Brigham Young permitted the names of the Twelve Apostles who received these blessings in 1844 to be published in 1857 in his personal History.

On one occasion and the entry is included in this compilation Elder Charles W. Penrose reminded some individuals who had received these ordinances that their mere mentioning that they had received them was a violation of the covenant they made when they received the second anointing (see entry for 18 February 1909).  This is in accordance with the rule that Joseph Smith established that only one family at a time would receive these blessings.

Aside from placing these references to the Second Anointing in their proper historical and theological perspective (by adding to this compilation extracts from the scriptures and the public addresses and teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith and other prophets of our dispensation), I do not deem it appropriate to otherwise describe these most sacred of blessings.  Think of how discretely Elder James E. Talage, formerly a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, referred to these ordinances in his classic book, House of the Lord.  While describing the Holy of Holies, the room in the Salt Lake Temple specifically set apart for administering these ordinances, he simply said, “This room is reserved for the higher ordinances in the Priesthood relating to the exaltation of both living and dead (House of the Lord [Deseret Book Company, 1968]), pp. 163, 211.

May the following entries provide you a satisfactory answer to this question.  I pray that if you feel you need to know more, that you will exercise the faith necessary to learn what else you need to know from heavenly sources and not bother the earthly administrators of these blessings.  Remember the long‑standing rule established by President Heber J. Grant: “If a person asks for these blessings, they are not worthy of them.”  Once learning what you read here, you should never ask anyone but your Heavenly Father to help you prepare to be worthy of these blessings.  This compilation only intends to inform faithful saints who ask sincerely about this ordinance: an answer for those who will treat sacredly the knowledge they herein gain of such wonderful blessings.  This is not intended for anyone else.

Instructive of these points consider the following 1843 poetic rendering of “The Vision: Doctrine and Covenants 76” in which the Prophet made even clearer that the second anointing could come only by ordinances under the direct sanction of the Prophet:

For these overcome, by their faith and their works,

Being tried in their life‑time, as purified gold,

And seal’d by the spirit of promise, to life,

By men called of God, as was Aaron of old.

Having been called to serve in the ministry by revelation of God through the prophet Moses (Exodus 28:1), Aaron became a type of how these blessings would be controlled. The prophet might not always administer these blessings personally, but each nominee could only be cleared for these ordinances by the prior, official approval of the prophet.

While these blessings were ones which Joseph Smith taught were to be devoutly sought for, no worthy person would seek, however discreetly, to nominate himself for them to the Lord’s earthly authorities: they were to be sought only from the hand of the Lord through secret prayer.  The humble followers of Christ who received these blessings never attempted to impress others of his or her ordination to the fulness of the priesthood. The truly anointed would never be known on earth except by the guileless Spirit with which they were endowed, and by the exemplary lives of complete and unfeigned devotion they lived.  Their level of faith in Christ required no mortal source of sustenance.  I pray that this work will be received in precisely this spirit.

Andrew F. Ehat

Jesus’ Parable of the Householder:

1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,

12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no

wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last,

even as unto thee.

15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 20: 1‑16.

The Washing of the Apostles’ Feet:

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he     should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the  world, he loved them unto the end.  And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.   After that he poureth water into a basin, and he began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.  Then cometh he to Simon Peter; and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, what I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

Peter saith unto him, Thou needest not to wash my feet.  Jesus answered him, If I wash    thee not, thou hast no part with me.  Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that has washed his hands and his   head, needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit; and ye are clean, but not all.  Now this was the custom of the Jews under their law; wherefore, Jesus did this that the law might be fulfilled.  For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord; and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed you feet;  ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

John 13: 1‑17 (Joseph Smith Translation).

Anointing and Sealing:

Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God.  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 1: 21, 22 (Joseph Smith Translation).

Calling and Election‑‑Sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise:

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1: 13, 14.

Knowing Christ:

Brethren, this is the testimony which we give of that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes. which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1: 1‑3 (Joseph Smith Translation)

Kings and Priests unto God in Eternity:

Therefore, I, John, the faithful witness, bear record of the things which were delivered me of the angel, and from Jesus Christ the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.  And unto him who loved us, be glory; who washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God, his Father.  To him be glory and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1: 5, 6 (Joseph Smith Translation).

Thou (Christ) art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast      slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and    people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 5: 9, 10.

A Man Anointed of the Holy Spirit Needeth Not That Any Man Teach Him:

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

1 John 2: 27.

Holy Spirit of Promise‑‑Church of the Firstborn‑‑Heirs of All Things Priests and Kings‑‑ln Life are Gods:

And again we bear record‑‑for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel   of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just‑‑They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given‑‑that by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power; and who overcome by   faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.  They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.  They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things‑‑they are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory; and are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.  Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God.

Doctrine and Covenants 76: 50‑58.

And ye shall not receive any among you into this school save he is clean from the blood of this generation; and he shall be received by the ordinance of the washing of feet, for unto this end was the ordinance of the washing of feet instituted.

Doctrine and Covenants 88: 138.

The more sure word of prophecy means a man’s knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal life, by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the power of the Holy Priesthood.

Doctrine and Covenants 131: 5.

And verily I say unto you, that the conditions of this law are these: All covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, oaths, vows, performances, connections, associations, or expectations, that are not made and entered into and sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, of him who is anointed, both as well for time and for all eternity, and that too most holy, by revelation and commandment through the medium of mine anointed, whom I have appointed on the earth to hold this power (and I have appointed unto my servant Joseph   to hold this power in the last days, and there is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of this priesthood are conferred), are of no efficacy, virtue, or force in and after the resurrection from the dead; for all contracts that are not  made unto this end have an end when men are dead.

Doctrine and Covenants 132: 7

Authorized Sources Containing Information

Related to Second Anointing

The First Administration of the Washing of Feet Ordinance in the Latter‑day Dispensation  Its relationship to being sealed up unto Eternal Life:

On the 23rd, we again assembled in conference; when, after much speaking, singing, praying, and praising God, all in tongues, we proceeded to the washing of feet (according to the practice recorded in the 13th chapter of John’s Gospel), as commanded of the Lord.  Each Elder washed his own feet first, after which I girded myself with a towel and washed the feet of all of them, wiping them with the towel with which I was girded.  Among the number, my father presented himself, but before I washed his feet, I asked of him a father’s blessing, which he granted by laying his hands upon my head, in    the name of Jesus Christ, and declaring that I should continue in the Priest’s office until Christ comes.  At the close of the scene, Brother Fredrick G. Williams, being moved  upon by the Holy Ghost, washed my feet in token of his fixed determination to be with me in suffering, or in journeying, in life or in death, and to be continually on my right hand; in which I accepted him in the name of the Lord.

I then said to the Elders, As I have done so do ye; wash ye, therefore, one another’s feet; and by the power of the Holy Ghost I pronounced them all clean from the     blood of this generation; but if any of them should sin wilfully after they were thus cleansed, and sealed up unto eternal life, they should be given over unto the buffetings of Satan until the day or redemption. Having continued all day in fasting, and prayer, and ordinances, we closed by partaking of the Lord’s supper.  I blessed the bread and wine in the name of the Lord, when we all ate and drank, and were filled; then we sung a hymn, and the meeting adjourned.

History of the Church, 1: 323‑24.

The Prophet’s Discourse to the Quorum of the Twelve on the Ordinance of the Washing of the Feet and the Endowment:

This evening, at 6 o’clock, met with the Council of the Twelve, by their request.  Nine of them were present.  Council opened by singing and prayer.  And I made some  remarks as follows‑‑

I am happy in the enjoyment of this opportunity of meeting with this Council on this occasion.  I am satisfied that the Spirit of the Lord is here, and I am satisfied with all  the brethren present; and I need not say that you have my utmost confidence, and that I intend to uphold you to the uttermost, for I am well aware that you have to sustain my character against the vile calumnies and reproaches of this ungodly generation, and that you delight in so doing.

Darkness prevails at this time as it did at the time Jesus Christ was about to be crucified.  The powers of darkness strove to obscure the glorious Son of righteousness, that began to dawn upon the world, and was soon to burst in great blessings upon the heads of the faithful; and let me tell you, brethren, that great blessings await us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us, if we are faithful in all things, for we are even entitled to greater spiritual blessings than they were, because they had Christ in person with them, to instruct them in the great plan of salvation.  His personal presence we have not, therefore we have need of greater faith, on account of our peculiar circumstances; and I am determined to do all that I can to uphold you, although I may do many things inadvertently that are not right in the sight of God.

You want to know many things that are before you, that you may know how to prepare yourselves for the great things that God is about to bring to pass.  But there is one great deficiency or obstruction in the way, that deprives us of the greater blessings; and    in order to make the foundation of this Church complete and permanent, we must remove   this obstruction, which is, to attend to certain duties that we have not as yet attended to.  I supposed I had established this Church on a permanent foundation when I went to Missouri, and indeed I did so, for if I had been taken away, it would have been enough, but I yet live, and therefore God requires more at my hands.  The item to which I wish the more particularly to call your attention to‑night, is the ordinance of washing of feet.   This we have not done as yet, but it is necessary now. as much as it was in the days of the Savior; and we must have a place prepared, that we may attend to this ordinance aside from the world.  We have not desired as much from the hand of the Lord through faith and obedience, as we ought to have done, yet we have enjoyed great blessings, and we are not so sensible of this as we should be. When or where has God suffered one of the witnesses or first Elders of this Church to fall?  Never, and nowhere. Amidst all the calamities and judgments that have befallen the inhabitants of the earth, His almighty arm has sustained us, men and devils have raged and spent their malice in vain.  We must have all things prepared, and call our solemn assembly as the Lord has commanded us, that we may be able to accomplish His great work, and it must be done in God’s own way. The house of the Lord must be prepared, and the solemn assembly called and organized in it, according to the order of the house of God; and in it we must attend to the ordinance of washing of feet.  It was never intended for any but official members.  It     is calculated to unite our hearts, that we may be one in feeling and sentiment, and that our faith may be strong, so that Satan cannot overthrow us, nor have any power over us here.

The endowment you are so anxious about you cannot comprehend now, nor could Gabriel explain it to the understanding of your dark minds; but strive to be prepared in your hearts, be faithful in all things, that when we meet in the solemn assembly, that is, when such as God shall name out of all the official members shall meet, we must be clean every whit.  Let us be faithful and silent, brethren, and if God gives you a manifestation, keep it to yourselves; be watchful and prayerful, and you shall have a  prelude of those joys that God will pour out on that day.  Do not watch for iniquity in each other, if you do you will not get an endowment, for God will not bestow it on such.  But if we are faithful, and live by every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God, I will venture to prophesy that we shall get a blessing that will be worth remembering, if we should live as long as John the Revelator; our blessings will be such as we have not realized before, nor received in this generation.  The order of the house of God has been, and ever will be, the same, even after Christ comes; and after the termination of the thousand years it will be the same; and we shall finally enter into the celestial kingdom of God, and enjoy it forever.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 90‑91.

From the Dedicatory Prayer of the Kirtland Temple:

Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.  And let these, thine anointed ones, be clothed with

salvation, and thy saints shout aloud for joy.  Amen, and Amen.

Doctrine and Covenants 109: 35, 80.

Endowment Meaning of the Favorite LDS Hymn First Sung at the Dedication of the Kirtland Temple, “The Spirit of God like a fire is burning!”

The latter‑day glory begins to come forth;

The visions and blessings of old are returning,

The angels are coming to visit the earth.

We’ll sing and we’ll shout with the armies of heaven

Hosanna, hosanna to God and the Lamb!

Let glory to them in the highest be given,

Henceforth and forever: amen and amen.

The Lord is extending the Saints’ understanding,

Restoring their judges and all as at first;

The knowledge and power of God are expanding;

The veil o’ver the earth is beginning to burst.

We’ll sing and we’ll shou (sic), etc.

We’ll call in our solemn assemblies in spirit,

To spread forth the kingdom of heaven abroad,

That we through our faith may begin to inherit

The visions and blessings and glories of God.

We’ll sing and we’ll shout, etc.

We’ll wash and be washed, and with oil be anointed,

Withal not omitting the washing of feet;

For he that receiveth his penny appointed

Must surely be clean at the harvest of wheat.

We’ll sing and we’ll shout, etc.

History of the Church, 2: 426.

Blessings Poured Out as a Consequence of Obedience to Attending Ordinances  The Long‑Promised Day of Endowment  Power of the Anointing Conferred:

Soon after this, the word of the Lord came, through President Joseph Smith, Jun., that those who had entered the holy place, must not leave the house until morning, but send for such things as were necessary, and also, during our stay, we must cleanse our feet and partake of the Sacrament that we might be made holy before Him, and thereby be qualified to officiate in our calling, upon the morrow, in washing the feet of the Elders.  Accordingly we proceeded to cleanse our faces and our feet, and then proceeded  to wash one another’s feet.  President Sidney Rigdon first washed President Joseph Smith, Junior’s feet, and then, in turn, was washed by him; after which President Rigdon washed President Joseph Smith, Sen., and Hyrum Smith.  President Joseph Smith, Jun., washed President Frederick G. Williams, and then President Hyrum Smith washed President David Whitmer’s and President Oliver Cowdery’s feet.  Then President David Whitmer washed President William W. Phelps’ feet, and in turn President Phelps washed President John Whitmer’s feet.  The Bishops and their Counselors were then washed, after which we partook of the bread and wine.  The Holy Spirit rested down upon us, and  we continued in the Lord’s House all night, prophesying and giving glory to God.

Wednesday, 30.‑‑At eight o’clock, according to appointment, the Presidency, the   Twelve, the Seventies, the High Council, the Bishops and their entire quorums, the  Elders and all the official members in this stake of Zion, amounting to about three hundred, met in the Temple of the Lord to attend to the ordinance of washing of feet.  I ascended the pulpit, and remarked to the congregation that we had passed through many trials and afflictions since the organization of the Church, and that this is a year of jubilee to us, and a time of rejoicing, and that it was expedient for us to prepare bread and wine sufficient to make our hearts glad, as we should not, probably, leave this house until morning; to this end we should call on the brethren to make a contribution.  The stewards passed round and took up a liberal contribution, and messengers were dispatched for  bread and wine.

Tubs, water, and towels were prepared, and I called the house to order, and the Presidency proceeded to wash the feet of the Twelve, pronouncing many prophecies and blessings upon them in the name of the Lord Jesus; and then the Twelve proceeded to wash the feet of the Presidents of the several quorums.  The brethren began to prophesy  upon each other’s heads, and upon the enemies of Christ, who inhabited Jackson county, Missouri; and continued prophesying, and blessing, and sealing them with hosanna and a men, until nearly seven o’clock in the evening.

The bread and the wine were then brought in, and I observed that we had fasted   all the day, and lest we faint, as the Savior did so shall we do on this occasion; we shall bless the bread, and give it to the Twelve, and they to the multitude.

History of the Church, Vol. 2: 429‑31.

Blessings to be Conferred as Result of Experiences in the Holy of Holies:

Sunday, May 1, 1842.‑‑I preached in the grove, on the keys of the kingdom, charity, &c. The keys are certain signs and words by which [p. 20] false spirits and   personages may be detected from true, which cannot be revealed to the Elders till the Temple is completed.  The rich can only get them in the Temple, the poor may get them on the mountain top as did Moses.  The rich cannot be saved without charity, giving to feed the poor when and how God requires, as well as building.  There are signs in heaven, earth and hell; the Elders must know them all, to be endowed with power, to finish their work and prevent imposition.  The devil knows many signs, but does not know the sign of the Son of Man, or Jesus.  No one can truly say he knows God until he has handled something, and this can only be in the holiest of holies.

History of the Church, Vol. 4: 608.

Highest Order of the Priesthood Revealed‑‑Patriarchs, Priests and Kings   Endowment Contains Keys to Obtaining the Highest Blessings of the Gospel:

Wednesday, 4.‑‑I spent the day in the upper part of the store, that is in my private  office *** in council with General James Adams, of Springfield, Patriarch Hyrum Smith, Bishops Newel K. Whitney and George Miller, and President Brigham Young and Elders Heber C. Kimball and Willard Richards, instructing them in the principles and order of  the Priesthood, attending to washings, anointings, endowments and the communication of keys pertaining to the Aaronic Priesthood, and so on to the highest order of the Melchizedek Priesthood, setting forth the order pertaining to the Ancient of Days, and all those plans and principles by which any one is enabled to secure the fullness of those blessings which have been prepared for the Church of the Firstborn, and come up and abide in the presence of the Eloheim [Hebrew for gods] in the eternal worlds.  In this council was instituted the ancient order of things for the first time in these last days.  And the communications I made to this council were of things spiritual, and to be received only by the spiritual minded:  and there was nothing made known to these men but what  will be made known to all the Saints of the last days, so soon as they are prepared to receive, and a proper place is prepared to communicate them, even to the weakest of the Saints; therefore let the Saints be diligent in building the Temple, and all houses which   they have been, or shall hereafter be, commanded of God to build; and wait their time with patience in all meekness faith, perseverance unto the end, knowing assuredly that all these things referred to in this council are always governed by the principle of revelation.

History of the Church, Vol. 5: 1, 2.

The Dispensation of the Fulness of the Priesthood

My feelings at the present time are that, inasmuch as the Lord Almighty has  preserved me until today, He will continue to preserve me, by the united faith and prayers of the Saints, until I have fully accomplished my mission in this life, and so firmly established the dispensation of the fulness of the priesthood in the last days, that all the powers of earth and hell can never prevail against it.

History of the Church, 5: 139. (The original minutes of this sermon do not include the last line, but they reflect the Prophet’s teachings on this subject as restored by the Twelve Apostles when they completed this section of the History of the Church.)

The Prophet Joseph Smith’s Poetic Rendition of the Vision Concerning The Requirements for Exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom of Glory  Being Sealed Up Unto Eternal Life Can Come by Ordinance:

And again I bear record of heavenly things,

Where virtue’s the value above all that is priz’d,

Of the truth of the gospel concerning the just,

That rise in the first resurrection of Christ.

Who receiv’d, and believ’d, and repented likewise,

And then were baptiz’d, as a man always was,

Who ask’d and receiv’d a remission of sin,

And honoured the kingdom by keeping its laws.

Being buried in water, as Jesus had been,

And keeping the whole of his holy commands,

They received the gift of the spirit of truth,

By the ordinance truly of laying on hands.

For these overcome, by their faith and their works,

Being tried in their life‑time, as purified gold,

And seal’d by the spirit of promise to life,

By men called of God, as was Aaron of old.

They are they, of the church of the first‑born of God,

And unto whose hands he committeth all things;

For they hold the keys of the kingdom of heav’n,

And reign with the Saviour, as priests and as kings.

They’re priests of the order of Melchisedec,

Like Jesus (from whom is this highest reward),

Receiving a fulness of glory and light;

As written‑‑they’re God’s, even sons of the Lord.

Times and Seasons, Vol. 4: 81‑85.

The Importance of Receiving all the Ordinances of the House of the Lord:

What was the object of gathering the Jews, or the people of God in any age of the world? . . .  The main object was to build unto the Lord a house whereby He could reveal unto His people the ordinances of His house and the glories of His kingdom, and teach the people the way of salvation; for there are certain ordinances and principles that, when they are taught and practiced, must be done in a place or house built for that purpose.

It was the design of the councils of heaven before the world was, that the  principles and laws of the priesthood should be predicated upon the gathering of the people in every age of the world.  Jesus did everything to gather the people, and they would not be gathered, and He therefore poured out curses upon them.  Ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the world, in the priesthood, for the salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed.  All must be saved on the same principles.

It is for the same purpose that God gathers together His people in the last days, to build unto the Lord a house to prepare them for the ordinances and endowments, washings and anointings, etc.  One of the ordinances of the house of the Lord is baptism for the dead.  God decreed before the foundation of the world that that ordinance should be administered in a font prepared for that purpose in the house of the Lord.  “This is nly your opinion, sir,” says the sectarian. ****

If a man gets a fulness of the priesthood of God he has to get it in the same way that Jesus Christ obtained it, and that was by keeping all the commandments and obeying    all the ordinances of the house of the Lord. ****

There are a great many wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught; therefore they must die in their ignorance, and in the resurrection they will find their mistake.  Many seal up the door of heaven by saying, So far God may reveal and I will believe.

All men who become heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ will have to receive the fulness of the ordinances of his kingdom; and those who will not receive all the ordinances will come short of the fulness of that glory, if they do not lose the whole.   ****

A man of God should be endowed with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, in order to teach and lead the people of God. ****

In the resurrection, some are raised to be angels, others are raised to become Gods.  These things are revealed in the most holy places in a Temple prepared for that  purpose.  Many of the sects cry out, “Oh, I have the testimony of Jesus; I have the spirit of God; but away with Joe Smith; he says he is a prophet; but there are to be no prophets or revelators in the last days.” Stop, sir!  The Revelator says that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy; so by your own mouth you are condemned.  But to the text.  Why gather the people together in this place?  For the same purpose that Jesus wanted to gather the Jews‑‑to receive the ordinances, the blessings, and glories that God has in store for His Saints.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 307‑9, 311‑12.

Sermon of President Brigham Young  Even though the Endowment was bestowed the year before (and he was among the first nine to receive it), no one in the Church had the Fulness of the Priesthood Yet  You are not a King and Priest or Queen and Priestess Simply Because You Received Your Endowment  Endowment Does Not Confer the Fulness of the Priesthood  Higher Ordinances Confers These Powers.

The quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Philadelphia held a meeting in the   Canaanite Church. About three hundred Saints were present. . . . Brigham Young  addressed the congregation at considerable length. He said that a man or woman may ask     of God, and get a witness and testimony from God concerning any work or messenger that is sent unto them; but if a person asks for a thing that does not concern him, such as   governing the Church, as a member of the Church inquiring concerning the duty of a presiding Elder, what the prophet or the Twelve ought to do, &c. he will not get an answer.  If he does it will not be from God.

He also remarked that if any in the Church had the fulness of the Melchisedec Priesthood, he did not know it. For any person to have the fullness of that priesthood, he must be a king and priest. A person may have a portion of that priesthood, the same as governors or judges of England have power from the king to transact business; but that does not make them kings of England. A person may be anointed king and priest long before he receives his kingdom.

History of the Church,  5: 527.

Your Anointings and Sealings Must Be Unconditionally Guaranteed:

The sacrifice required of Abraham in the offering up of Isaac, shows that if a man would attain to the keys of the kingdom of an endless life; he must sacrifice all things.   When God offers a blessing or knowledge to a man, and he refuses to receive it, he will be damned. The Israelites prayed that God would speak to Moses and not to them; in consequence of which he cursed them with a carnal law.

What was the power of Melchizedek? ‘Twas not the Priesthood of Aaron which administers in outward ordinances, and the offering of sacrifices. Those holding the fullness of the Melchizedek Priesthood are kings and priests of the Most High God, holding the keys of power and blessings.  In fact, that priesthood is a perfect law of theocracy, and stands as God to give laws to the people, administering endless lives to the sons and daughters of Adam.

Abraham says to Melchizedek, I believe all that thou hast taught me concerning the  priesthood and the coming of the Son of Man; so Melchizedek ordained Abraham and sent him away. Abraham rejoiced, saying, Now I have a priesthood. . . .

The anointing and sealing is to be called, elected and made sure.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 323.

The following events of January 1844 were of such importance, that in 1857, while Wilford Woodruff was preparing the History of Brigham Young for publication, he asked President Young if he could publish “a history of the Twelve Apostles receiv[ing] their

endowments, their second anointings, and the organization of the Council of Fifty.”  President Young gave his consent on the condition that Elder Woodruff do it in a manner “that the Saints

might understand, but not the world.”  President Young then gave him all his private records and notes including the original records of the Nauvoo Temple ordinance work and the records of the Council of Fifty.  (Wilford Woodruff, Diary, 26 November 1857.) In the end, Brother Woodruff published this history of the Twelve receiving the fulness of the priesthood by quoting entries from his own diary.  They were published by Brother Woodruff with President Young’s permission in 1858 in the Deseret News and republished in the Millennial Star.  (It is from the Millennial Star that Elden Watson published his copy of the History of the Brigham Young.)

[This entry was incorrectly dated January 14, 1844 when it was published in.  However, the shorthand entry in Joseph Smith’s Diary for November 22, 1843 confirms that it was actually on that date that]

Brigham and Mary Ann Young Received Their Second Anointings:

My wife Mary Ann and I received our second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 158.

Heber C. Kimball and His Wife Receive Their Second Anointing:

‑‑20‑‑Met with the Quorum: Heber C. Kimball and his wife Vilate received their second   anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 158.

We Must Have All the Ordinances To Reign in the Kingdoms:

The question is frequently asked, “Can we not be saved without going through      with all those ordinances?  I would answer, No, not the fulness of salvation.  Jesus said, There are many mansions in my Father’s house, and I will go and prepare a place for you.  House here named should have been translated kingdom; and any person who is exalted to the highest mansion has to abide a celestial law, and the whole law too.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 331

(italics in the original).

Parley P. Pratt Receives His Second Anointing:

‑‑21 (Sunday)‑‑I met in the Assembly Room with the Quorum, and administered to Parley P. Pratt his second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 158.

Parley P. Pratt Receives His Second Anointing Without a Queen‑‑She not Being Sealed to Him as Yet:

On January 21st, Elder Woodruff records the fact that Apostle Parley P. Pratt had just received second anointings and that he had been instructed by the Prophet that it was his duty to have his wife sealed to him for eternity in order that his glory might by full.

Wilford Woodruff‑‑His Life and Labors, Matthias F. Cowley, pp. 197‑98.

Orson Hyde Received his Second Anointing:

‑‑25‑‑The Quorum met at my house:  Orson Hyde received his second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 159.

Orson Pratt Receives His Second Anointing:

‑‑26‑‑The twelve met at my house: Orson Pratt received his second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 159.

Willard Richards and his wife, Jenetta, Receive their Second Anointing:

‑‑27‑‑We met at the Assembly Room:  Willard Richards and his wife Jenetta were sealed and received their second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 159.

Wilford Woodruff and his wife, Phoebe, Receive their Second Anointing:

‑‑28‑‑The Quorum met in the Assembly Room.  Wilford Woodruff and his wife Phebe      W. were sealed and received their second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson,.p. 159.

John and Leonora Taylor Receive Their Second Anointing:

‑‑30‑‑The Quorum met at my house.  John and Leonora Taylor were sealed and anointed.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 159.

George A. and Bathsheba W. Smith Receive their Second Anointing:

‑‑31‑‑I met with the Quorum at my house.  George A. and Bathsheba W. Smith were anointed, having been sealed on the 20th inst.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 159.

Further Public Explanation of the Fulness of the Priesthood By the Prophet Joseph Smith

Now for Elijah. The spirit, power, and calling of Elijah is, that ye have power to hold the  key of the revelation, ordinances, oracles, powers and endowments of the fullness of the Melchizedek Priesthood and of the kingdom of God on the earth; and to receive, obtain, and perform all the ordinances belonging to the kingdom of God, even unto the turning of the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and the hearts of the children unto the fathers, even those who are in heaven. . . .  Although David was a king, he never did obtain the spirit and power of Elijah and the fullness of the Priesthood; and the Priesthood that he received, and the throne and kingdom of David is to be taken from him and given to another by the name of David in the last days, raised up out of his lineage.

History of the Church, 6: 251, 253.

You Must Have Your Second Anointings To Reign on Celestial Thrones in the Eternities:

The declaration this morning is, that as soon as the Temple and baptismal font are prepared, we calculate to give the Elders of Israel their washings and anointings, and attend to those last and more impressive ordinances, without which we cannot obtain celestial thrones.  But there must be a holy place prepared for that purpose.  There was a proclamation made during the time that the foundation of the Temple was laid to that effect, and there are provisions made until the work is completed, so that men may receive their endowments and be made kings and priests unto the Most High God, having nothing to do with temporal things, but their whole time will be taken up with things pertaining to the house of God.  There must, however, be a place built expressly for that purpose, and for men to be baptized for their dead.  It must be built in this central place;   for every man who wishes to save his father, mother brothers, sisters and friends, must go through all the ordinances for each one of them separately, the same as for himself, from   baptism to ordination, washing and anointings, and receive all the keys and powers of the Priesthood, the same as for himself.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 362‑63.

In a Priesthood Gathering Listening to Sidney Rigdon’s Claim to be “Guardian to the Church,” President Brigham Young Responds and Explains How the Fulness of the Priesthood Will Never Again Be Lost from the Earth:

I know there are those in our midst who will seek the lives of the Twelve as they did the   lives of Joseph and Hyrum. We shall ordain others and give the fullness of the priesthood, so that if we are killed the fullness of the priesthood may remain.

History of the Church, 7: 230.

The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in their Circular Letter to the Membership of the Church Promise Great Blessings  Including the Fulness of the Priesthood to those Who are True and Faithful:

Yes, brethren, we verily know and bear testimony, that a cloud of blessing and of endowment, and of the keys of the fullness of the priesthood, and of things pertaining to eternal life, is hanging over us, and ready to burst upon us or upon as many as live worthy of it, so soon as there is a place found on earth to receive it. Therefore, let no cunningly devised fable, no false delusive spirit, or vision, no man or set of men who go out from us, but are not of us, have any influence on your minds for a moment, to draw your minds away from this all important work. But enter steadily and regularly upon a strict observance of the law of tithing, and of freewill offerings, till Jehovah shall say it is enough; your offerings are accepted: then come up to the House of the Lord, and be taught in his ways, and walk in his paths; yea, enter his sanctuary; and receive the oil of  joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

History of the Church, 7: 281.

The Sealing Ordinances (including The Second Anointing) Conferred Upon the President of the Church are the Most Sacred of All:

This great and good man (Joseph Smith) was led, before his death, to call the Twelve together, from time to time, and to instruct them in all things pertaining to the kingdom, ordinances, and government of God. **** Said he,”I know not why; but for some reason I am constrained to hasten my preparations, and to confer upon the Twelve all the ordinances, keys, covenants, endowments, and sealing ordinances of the priesthood, and so set before them a pattern in all things pertaining to the sanctuary and the endowment therein.” ***** He proceeded to confer on elder Young, the President of   the Twelve, the keys of the sealing power, as conferred in the last days by the spirit and power of Elijah, in order to seal the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth should be smitten with a curse.

This last key of the priesthood is the most sacred of all, and pertains exclusively     to the first presidency of the church, without whose sanction and approval or authority, no sealing blessing shall be administered pertaining to things of the resurrection and the life to come.

Millennial Star, Vol. 5: 151.  Written in New York, January lst, 1845, pub. March 1845.  This is part of a proclammation issued by Elder Parley P. Pratt.

Full Redemption of the Lamanites Will Include Them Receiving Their Second Anointings in the Temple of the New Jerusalem  Their Pattern of Receiving the Blessings of the Holy of Holies is also a Pattern For Us:

To this city (New Jerusalem), and to its several branches or stakes, shall the Gentiles seek, as to a standard of light and knowledge; yea, the nations and their kings and nobles shall say‑‑Come, and let us go up to the Mount Zion, and to the temple of the Lord, where His holy Priesthood stand to minister more fully, and receive the ordinances of remission, and of sanctification, and redemption, and thus be adopted into the family of Israel, and identified in the same covenants of promise.

The despised and degraded son of the forest, who has wandered in dejection and sorrow, and suffered reproach, shall then drop his disguise and stand forth in manly dignity, and exclaim to the Gentiles who have envied and sold him‑‑”I am Joseph; does my father yet live?” or, in other words, I am a descendant of that Joseph who was sold into Egypt.  You have hated me, and sold me, and thought I was dead; but lo! I live and am heir to the inheritance, titles, honours, priesthood, sceptre, crown, throne, and eternal life and dignity of my fathers, who live for evermore.

He shall then be ordained, washed, anointed with holy oil, and arrayed in fine linen, even in the glorious and beautiful garments and royal robes of the high priesthood, which is after the order of the Son of God; and shall enter into the Holy of Holies, there to be crowned with authority and power which shall never end.

The spirit of the Lord shall then descend upon him like the dew upon the mountains of Hermon, and like refreshing showers of rain upon the flowers of Paradise.

His heart shall expand with knowledge, wide as eternity, and his mind shall comprehend the vast creations of his God, and his eternal purpose of redemption, glory, and exaltation, which was devised in heaven before the worlds were organized; but made manifest in these last days, for the fulness of the Gentiles, and for the exaltation of Israel.

He shall also behold his Redeemer, and be filled with His presence, while the cloud of His glory shall be seen in His temple.

Millennial Star Vol. 6, Appendix: pp. 9‑10; Written in New York, April 6, 1845. This is from the proclammation of the Church commanded by the Lord in Doctrine and Covenants 124

Crowns in Eternity  We must receive our Ordination as Kings and Priests in this World (either by ourselves or by proxy):

The next thing we will speak of will be the reward that will be bestowed upon the resurrected Saints.  This is something upon which all inspired men have spoken andwritten; and it is a theme that rejoices the hearts of the Saints while contemplating it.

The Saints will not receive their crowns of glory until after their resurrection.   When the curse in part shall be removed from the world; when wickedness and abomination shall be known no more in the land, then will the Saints come forth clothed with immortality, and be crowned with power and glory as a reward for all their labors.  No person will be crowned with power in the eternal word, (we are to be kings and priests to God to all eternity,) unless they have been ordained thereto in this life, previous to their death, or by some friend acting as proxy for them afterwards, and receiving it for them.  What is it to be kings and priests?  It is to have honor, authority and dominion, having kingdoms to preside over, and subjects to govern, and possessing the ability ever to increase their authority and glory, and extend their dominion.

Orson Pratt in a funeral address:  Times & Seasons, Vol. 6:920, publication date June 1st, 1845, see above for the date of the funeral address.

President George A. Smith of the First Presidency Explains that Joseph Smith Presided over the Quorum of the Twelve Receiving their Second Anointings in Nauvoo Sidney Rigdon Never Received His Second Anointing:

Prest. (George A.) Smith, on rising, ***** alluded to councils which had been held in Nauvoo, and to the fact of the Prophet Joseph calling the Twelve together, and, at   a meeting called for that purpose, of Joseph and Hyrum the Patriarch administering to Brigham Young, then President of the Twelve Apostles, what is known as the Second Anointing, and instructing him to administer in like manner to his brethren of the   Twelve, which he did to the nine of the Twelve who were then at home.*****

Brother George A. Smith, in the foregoing recital, incidentally remarked that  Elder Sidney Rigdon had never received the Second Anointing, nor the keys pertaining to baptism for the dead.

James G. Bleak, Clerk and Historian of the Southern Mission. Friday, December 25, 1874. Millennial Star Vol. 37:  66, Tuesday, February 2, 1875.

Circular Letter of the First Presidency Explaining New Procedures for Signing of Temple Recommend:

Dear Brethren: It has been decided that it is no longer necessary for those going to the Temples to attend to ordinances therein to send their recommends to President Woodruff to be by him endorsed. The signatures of the Bishop and Stake President will be all that is required.

This decision applies to all ordinances attended to in the House of the Lord, except Second Anointings, which last named will still require the approval of the President of the Church before they can be administered. This being the decision, Bishops of Wards and Presidents of Stakes will see the increased necessity for care,  so that no unworthy person will be recommended for ordinances in the Temples.

Your Brethren,

Wilford Woodruff,

George Q. Cannon,

Joseph F. Smith

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints

Messages of the First Presidency, Vol. 3: 228.

Elder James E. Talmage’s Description of the Purpose of the Holy of Holies of the Salt Lake Temple:

This room is reserved for the higher ordinances in the Priesthood relating to the exaltation of both living and dead.

The House of the Lord (1968 ed.), p. 163.

President Lorenzo Snow on Second Anointings:

The whole earth is the Lord’s. The time will come when it will be translated and be filled with the spirit and power of God.  The atmosphere around it will be the spirit of the Almighty.  We will breathe that Spirit instead of the atmosphere that we now breathe.   But now it is for us to make the preparation, that we may be worthy to be called into the    house of the Lord and receive our second blessings.  I do not want the presidents of Stakes to send any person to our Temples to receive the highest blessings that have ever    been bestowed upon man since the world began, until it can be said of him, “He pays his    full tithing.” When you find an honest, faithful Latter‑day Saint who is worthy of receiving His blessings, send him along.  I do not care how fast they come.  The time is now at hand when the Latter‑day Saints can be greatly and abundantly blessed, so that they can make the preparation in its fulness.

Millennial Star, Vol. 61: p. 546, President Lorenzo Snow,

May 8, 1899, in St. George, Utah on Tithing Talk Tour.

Circular Letter of the First Presidency:

Salt Lake City,  Utah, April 14th, 1900.

Prest. David H. Cannon, St. George.

Dear Brother:

During the lifetime of the late President Wilford Woodruff a rule was established by him not to permit a woman to be anointed to a man unless she had lived with him as a wife.  This was a restriction of the rule in such cases which obtained during the lifetime of Presidents Brigham Young and John Taylor.  After considering the matter we have concluded to restore the practice as expressed in the following, and which will govern in such cases in the future:

Any woman, who has been sealed to a man in life or by proxy, whether she has lived with him or not, shall have the privilege of being anointed to him inasmuch as he shall have had his second blessings.

Lorenzo Snow

George Q. Cannon

Joseph F. Smith

Messages of the First Presidency, Vol. 3: 325.

Caution to Missionaries in England:  Those Who Receive the Second Anointing are under Covenant Not to Reveal the Fact that they have Received Them  They Jeopardize the Validity of Having Received these Ordinances When they Boast of Having Receiving the Highest

Blessings of the Temple:

We cannot speak too emphatically on this subject to our brethren who are on missions, by way of caution against the infraction of their covenants, and in condemnation of those who do this for the purpose of impressing others with their self‑importance when they boast of having received “the highest blessings,” conveying the idea that they are more advanced in those things than some of their fellow laborers.  “The secrets of the Lord are with them that fear him,” and they who do not “fear him” sufficiently to keep to themselves that which was only intended for them and which they are forbidden to make known to others, prove themselves unworthy to receive the      fulfillment of the promise of God, to “crown them with honor, immortality, and eternal life.”

Millennial Star, Vol. 71: 105, Charles W. Penrose.

Circular Letter of First Presidency;

TEMPLE INSTRUCTIONS TO BISHOPS

. . . Bishops are not to issue recommends for second anointings: that is the province of Presidents of Stakes, under approval of the President of the Church, and the individuals selected must not be informed until after the issuance of such recommend.  As a general rule, such recommends are issued only in behalf of those who have had endowments in lifetime, and have been sealed and lived together faithfully as husband and wife, [p. 53] and who have been valiant in the defense of truth and active in all good works. . . .

Your Brother in the Covenant,

Joseph F. Smith

Messages of the First Presidency, Vol. 5: 110‑12.

From Joseph Fielding Smith’s Way to Perfection:

Each person baptized into the Church is under obligation to keep the commandments of the Lord.  He is under covenant, for baptism is a “new and an everlasting covenant.” (D.C. 22: 1.) When he has proved himself by a worthy life, having been faithful in all things required of him, then it is his privilege to receive other covenants and to take upon himself other obligations which will make of him an heir, `and he will become a member of the “Church of the Firstborn.” Into his hands “the Father has given all things.”  He will be a priest and a king, receiving of the Father’s fulness and of his glory.  Is this worth having?  It cannot be obtained without some effort.  It cannot be obtained without knowledge of the things of God. ***** And the fulness of  these blessings can only be obtained in the temple of the Lord!

Way To Perfection, 1931 ed., p. 208.

We Take Upon Us His Name When We Receive the Highest Blessings of the Gospel:

Our witness [during the partaking of the sacrament] that we are willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ has several different meanings. Some of these meanings are obvious, and well within the understanding of our children.  Others are only evident to those who have searched the scriptures and pondered the wonders of eternal life. . . .

A third meaning appeals to the understanding of those mature enough to know that a follower of Christ is obligated to serve him. . . .

There are other meanings as well, deeper meanings that the more mature members of the Church should understand and ponder as he or she partakes of the sacrament.

It is significant that when we partake of the sacrament we do not witness that we take upon us the name of Jesus Christ.  We witness that we are willing to do so. (See D&C 20:77.)  The fact that we only witness to our willingness suggests that something else must happen before we actually take that sacred name upon us in the most important sense.

What future event or events could this covenant contemplate? The scriptures suggest two sacred possibilities, once concerning the authority of God, especially as exercised in the temples, and the other closely related concerning exaltation in the celestial kingdom.

The name of God is sacred.  . . . All . . . references to ancient and modern temples as houses for “the name” of the Lord obviously involve something far more significant than a mere inscription of his sacred name on the structure.  The scriptures speak of the Lord’s putting his name in a temple because he gives authority for his name to be used in the sacred ordinances of that house.  That is the meaning of the Prophet’s reference to the Lord’s putting his name upon his people in that holy house. (See D&C 109:26.)

Willingness to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ can therefore be understood as willingness to take upon us the authority of Jesus Christ.  According to this meaning, by partaking of the sacrament we witness our willingness to participate in the sacred ordinances of the temple and to receive the highest blessings available through the name and by the authority of the Savior when he chooses to confer them upon us.

. . . [T]hose who exercise faith in the sacred name of Jesus Christ and repent of their sins and enter into his covenant and keep his commandments (see Mosiah 5:8) can lay claim on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Those who do so will be called by his name at the last day. . . .

According to this meaning, when we witness our willingness to take upon us the    name of Jesus Christ, we are signifying our commitment to do all that we can to achieve   eternal life in the kingdom of our Father.  We are expressing our candidacy our determination to strive for  exaltation in the celestial kingdom.

Those who are found worthy to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ at the last day are described in the great revelations recorded in the ninety‑third and seventy‑sixth sections of the Doctrine and Covenants.  Here the Savior revealed to Joseph Smith that in due time, if we keep the commandments of God, we can receive the “fulness” of the Father.  (D&C 93:19‑20.)  Here the Savior bears record that “all those  who are begotten through me are partakers of the glory of the [Father], and are the church of the Firstborn.” (D&C 93:22.)  “They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things. . . . Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods” who “shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever.” (D&C 76:55, 58, 62.)  “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent.”  (John 17:3; see also D&C 88:4‑5.) This is the ultimate significance of taking upon us the name of Jesus Christ. . . .

[O]ur witness [in the sacrament] relates to some future event or status who attainment is not self‑assumed, but depends on the authority or initiative of the Savior himself. . . .

[Among other meanings also, this] is what we should ponder as we partake of the sacred emblems of the sacrament.  As we do so, we glory in the mission of the risen Lord, who lived and taught and suffered and died and rose again that all mankind might    have immortality and eternal life.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Taking Upon Us the Name of Jesus Christ,” The Ensign (May1985), pp. 80‑83 (italics in the original).

The Washing of the Feet, Bearing the Name of Christ, and Being Sealed Up Unto Eternal Life:

While reclining at the Passover table, Jesus and His Apostles ate the meal and presumably observed the rites that attended that ceremony.  He then introduced the ordinance of the washing of feet. After doing so, He questioned them, “Know ye what I have done to you?” (John 13:12.)

What He had done was to perform an ordinance found only in holy places where   those who are to bear His name are cleansed from “the blood [and sins] of this wicked generation.” (See D&C 88:74‑75, 137‑41.)  This was a manifestation of the Savior’s     supreme love “to seal his friends up unto eternal life in his Father’s kingdom.” (Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah, 4 vols., Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979‑81, 4:48.)

Elder David B. Haight, “Remembering the Savior’s Atonement,”

The Ensign (April 1988), pp. 7‑8.

The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood Received in Our Day:

Magnificant and moving is the promise to every man and boy who magnifies his calling as a holder of the priesthood.  Said the Lord concerning you, they are to be “sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.  They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom and the elect of God.”  (D&C 84:33‑34.)  Further, all that the Father hath shall be given unto them.

There is no greater promise than this.  I have seen and known such men.  I met some such the other day when I was at the St. George Temple.  I have known and watched these brethren for many years.  Their hair is now white, and they do not walk with that vitality which was once their characteristic.  Those of whom I speak have never had much of wealth.  But they have had much of wisdom, and they have had much of faith.  They are men who since the days of their youth have held the priesthood of God, have walked in its light, and have magnified their callings.  They have left home at personal sacrifice to serve as missionaries and as mission presidents.  They have served  as bishops and presidents of stakes.  Wherever they have gone, whether in their vocational or ecclesiastical callings, they have touched a candle with the flame of their own faith and brought light where before there was darkness.

In season and out of season, in sunshine and in storm, in defeat as well as in victory, they have kept their eyes at the right end of the lens, magnifying their callings and bringing closer, as it were, the sacred and eternal things of God.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Magnify Your Calling,”

The Ensign (May 1989), p. 48.

A SECOND ANOINTING COMPILATION 1972

1.  The Washing of the Apostles’ Feet:

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were  in the world, he loved them unto the end.  And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and he began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.  Then cometh he to Simon Peter; and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, what I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

Peter saith unto him, Thou needest not to wash my feet.  Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.  Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord not my feet   only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that has washed his hands and his head, needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit; and ye are clean, but not all.  Now this was the custom of the Jews under their law; wherefore, Jesus did this that the law might be fulfilled.  For he knew who should betray him; therefore said     he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call     me Master and Lord; [p. 2] and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed you feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

I.V. John 13: 1‑17.

2.  Anointing and Sealing:

Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God.  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

I.V. 2 Corinthians 1: 21, 22.

3. Calling and Election‑‑Sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise:

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased  possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1: 13, 14.

4.  Knowing Christ:

Brethren, this is the testimony which we give of that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes. which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the [p. 3] Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

I.V. 1 John 1: 1‑3.

5.  Kings and Priests unto God in Eternity:

Therefore, I, John, the faithful witness, bear record of the things which were  delivered me of the angel, and from Jesus Christ the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.  And unto him who loved us, be glory; who washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God, his Father.  To him be glory and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.

I.V. Revelation 1: 5, 6.

Thou (Christ) art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou   wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue,   and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 5: 9, 10.

6.   A Man Anointed of the Holy Spirit Needeth Not That Any Man Teach Him:

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath [p. 4] taught you, ye shall abide in him.

1 John 2: 27.

7. Holy Spirit of Promise‑‑Church of the Firstborn‑‑Heirs of All Things Priests and Kings‑‑ln Life are Gods:

February 16, 1832

And again we bear record‑‑for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just‑‑They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given‑‑that by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power; and who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.  They are they who are the church of the Firstborn. They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things‑‑they are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of   his glory; and are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.   Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God.

D&C 76:50‑58.

8.  Initiation Rites For the School of the Prophets: [p. 5]

December 27, 1832

And again, the order of the house prepared for the presidency of the school of the prophets, established for their instruction in all things that are expedient for them, even for all the officers of the church, or in other words, those who are called to the ministry in the church, beginning at the high priests, even down to the deacons‑‑and this shall be the order of the house of the presidency of the school; He that is appointed to be president, or teacher, shall be found standing in his place, in the house which shall be prepared for him.  Therefore, he shall be first in the house of God, in a place that the congregation in the house may hear his words carefully and distinctly. not with loud   speech.  And when he cometh into the house of God, for he should be first in the house‑‑behold, this is beautiful, that he may be an example‑‑let him offer himself in prayer upon his knees before God, in token or remembrance of the everlasting covenant.  And when any shall come in after him, let the teacher arise, and, with uplifted hands to heaven, yea, even directly, salute his brother or brethren with these words:  Art thou a brother or brethren?  I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token or remembrance of the everlasting covenant, in which covenant I receive you to fellowship, n a determination that is fixed, immovable, and unchangeable, to be your friend and brother through the grace of God in the bonds of love, to walk in all the commandments of God blameless, in thanksgiving, forever and ever.  Amen.  ****  And ye shall not receive any among you into this school save he is clean from the blood of this generation; and he shall be received by the ordinance of the washing of feet, for unto this end was the ordinance of the washing of feet instituted. [p. 6] And again, the ordinance of washing feet is to be administered by the president, or presiding elder of the church.  lt is to be commenced with prayer; and after partaking of bread and wine, he is to gird himself according to the pattern given in the thirteenth chapter of John’s testimony concerning me.  Amen.

D&C 88:127‑133, 138‑141.

9.   January 23, 1833

On the 23rd, we again assembled in conference; when, after much speaking, singing, praying, and praising God, all in tongues, we proceeded to the washing of feet (according to the practice recorded in the 13th chapter of John’s Gospel), as commanded of the Lord.  Each Elder washed his own feet first, after which I girded myself with a towel and washed the feet of all of them, wiping them with the towel with which I was girded. Among the number, my father presented himself, but before I washed his feet, I asked of him a father’s blessing, which he granted by laying his hands upon my head, in    the name of Jesus Christ, and declaring that I should continue in the Priest’s office until Christ comes.  At the close of the scene, Brother Fredrick G. Williams, being moved upon by the Holy Ghost, washed my feet in token of his fixed determination to be with me in suffering, or in journeying, in life or in death, and to be continually on my right hand; in which I accepted him in the name of the Lord.

I then said to the Elders, As I have done so do ye; wash ye therefore, one another’s feet; and by the power of the Holy Ghost I pronounced them all clean from the blood of this generation; but if any of them should sin wilfully after they were thus cleansed, and sealed up unto eternal [p. 7] life, they should be given over unto the buffetings of Satan until the day or redemption. Having continued all day in fasting, and prayer, and ordinances, we closed by partaking of the Lord’s supper.  I blessed the bread and wine in the name of the Lord, when we all ate and drank, and were filled; then we sung a hymn,  and the meeting adjourned.

History of the Church, Vol. 1: 323, 324.

10. Those Who Are To Be Crowned Kings Must Make Their Calling and

Election Sure:

January 22, 1834

In the 22nd chapter of Luke’s account of the Messiah, we find the kingdom of heaven likened unto a king who made a marriage for his son.  That this son was the Messiah will not be disputed, since it was the kingdom of heaven that was represented in the parable; and that the Saints, or those who are found faithful to the Lord, are the individuals who will be found worthy to inherit a seat at the marriage supper, is evident from the sayinqs of John in the Revelation where he represents the sound which he heard in heaven to be like a great multitude, or like the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the Saints (Rev. 19).

That those who keep the commandments of the Lord and walk in His statutes to the end, are the only individuals permitted to sit at this glorious feast, is evident from the   following items in Paul’s [p. 8] last letter to Timothy, which was written just previous to his death‑‑he says:  “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day:  and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” No one who believes the account, will doubt for a moment this assertion of Paul which was made, as he knew, just before he was to take his leave of this world.  Though he once, according to his own word, persecuted the Church of God and wasted it, yet after embracing the faith, his labors were unceasing to spread the glorious news:  and like a faithful soldier, when called to give his life in the cause which he had espoused, he laid it down, as he says, with an assurance of an eternal crown.  Follow the  labors of this Apostle from the time of his conversion to the time of his death, and you will have a fair sample of industry and patience in promulgating the Gospel of Christ.  Derided, whipped, and stoned, the moment he escaped the hands of his persecutors he as zealously as ever proclaimed the doctrine of the Savior.  And all may know that he did not embrace the faith for honor in this life, nor for the gain of earthly goods.  What, then, could have induced him to undergo all this toil?  It was, as he said, that he might obtain    the crown of righteousness from the hand of God.  No one, we presume, will doubt the faithfulness of Paul to the end.  None will say that he did not keep the faith, that he did not fight the good fight, that he did not preach and persuade to the last.  And what was he to receive? A crown of righteousness.  And what shall others receive who do not labor faithfully, and continue to the end?  We [p. 9] leave such to search out their own promises if any they have; and if they have any they are welcome to them, on our part, for the Lord says that every man is to receive according to his works.  Reflect for a moment, brethren, and enquire, whether you would consider yourselves worthy a seat at the marriage feast with Paul and others like him, if you had been unfaithful?  Had you not fought the good fight, and kept the faith, could you expect to receive?  Have you a promise of receiving a crown of righteousness from the hand of the Lord, with the Church of the Firstborn?  Here then, we understand, that Paul rested his hope in Christ, because he had kept the faith, and loved His appearing and from His hand he had a promise of receiving a crown of righteousness.

The Righteous Saints Will Be Crowned Kings For Eternity:

If the Saints are not to reign, for what purpose are they crowned?  In an exhortation of the Lord to a certain Church in Asia, which was built up in the days of the  Apostles, unto whom He communicated His word on that occasion by His servant John, He says, Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” And again, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His Throne” (see Rev. 3).    And again, it is written, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we   shall see Him as He is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” (1 John 3: 2, 3).  How is it that these old Apostles should say so much on the subject of the coming of Christ? [p. 10] He certainly had once come; but Paul says, To all who love His appearing, shall be given the crown: and John says, When He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.  Can we mistake such language as this?  Do we not offer violence to our own good judgment when we deny the second coming of the Messiah? When has He partaken of the fruit of the vine new with His ancient Apostles in His Father’s kingdom, as He promised He would just before he was crucified?  In Paul’s epistle to the Philippians (3:20,21) he says:  “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.”  We find another promise to individuals living in the Church at Sardis who had not defiled their garments:  “And they shall walk with me in white:  for they are worthy.  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will conf00ess his name before my Father, and before His angels.” John represents the sound which he heard from heaven, as giving thanks and glory to God, saying that the Lamb was worthy to take the book and to open its seals; because he was slain, and had made them kings and priests unto God: and they should reign on the earth (see Rev. 5). In the 20th chapter we find a length of time specified, during which Satan is to be confined in his own place, and the Saints reign in peace, all these promises and blessings we find contained in the law of the Lord, which the righteous are to enjoy: and we might enumerate many more places [p. 11] where the same or similar promises are made to the faithful, but we do not deem it of importance to rehearse them here, as this epistle is now lengthy; and our brethren, no doubt, are familiar with them all.

Most assuredly it is, however, that the ancients, though persecuted and afflicted by men, obtained from God promises of such weight and glory, that our hearts are often filled with gratitude that we are even permitted to look upon them while we contemplate that there is no respect of persons in His sight, and that in every nation, he that feareth God and worketh righteousness, is acceptable with Him. But from the few items previously quoted we can draw the conclusion that there is to be a day when all will be judged of their works, and rewarded according to the same; that those who have kept the faith will be crowned with a crown of righteousness; be clothed in white raiment; be admitted to the marriage feast; be free from every affliction, and reign with Christ on the earth, where, according to the ancient promise, they will partake of the fruit of the vine new in the glorious kingdom with Him; at least we find such promises were made to the ancient Saints.  And though we cannot claim these promises which were made to the ancients for they are not our property, merely because they were made to the ancient Saints, yet if we are the children of the Most High, and are called with the same calling with which they were called, and embrace the same covenant that they embraced, and are faithful to the testimony of our Lord as they were, we can approach the Father in the name of Christ as they approached Him, and for ourselves obtain the same promises.  These promises, when obtained, if ever by us, will not be because peter, John, and the [p. 12] other Apostles, with the churches at Sardis, Pergamos, Philadelphia, and elsewhere, walked in the fear of God, and had power and faith to prevail and obtain them; but it will be because we, ourselves, have faith and approach God in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, even as they did; and when these promises are obtained, they will be promises directly to us, or they will do us no good.  They will be communicated for our benefit, being our own property (through the gift of God), earned by our own diligence in keeping His commandments and walking uprightly before Him.  If not, to what end serves the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and why was it ever communicated to us?

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 63‑66.

11. The Prophets Discourse on the Ordinance of the Washing of the Feet:

Thursday, November 12, 1835

**** This evening, at 6 o’clock, met with the Council of the Twelve, by their request.  Nine of them were present.  Council opened by singing and prayer.  And I made some remarks as follows‑‑

I am happy in the enjoyment of this opportunity of meeting with this Council on this occasion.  I am satisfied that the Spirit of the Lord is here, and I am satisfied with all the brethren present; and I need not say that you have my utmost confidence, and that I intend to uphold you to the uttermost, for I am well aware that you have to sustain my character against the vile calumnies and reproaches of this ungodly generation, and that you delight in so doing.

Darkness prevails at this time as it did at the time Jesus Christ was about to be crucified.  The powers of darkness strove to [p. 13] obscure the glorious Son of  righteousness, that began to dawn upon the world, and was soon to burst in great blessings upon the heads of the faithful; and let me tell you, brethren, that great blessings await us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us, if we are faithful in all things, for we are even entitled to greater spiritual blessings than they were, because they had Christ in person with them, to instruct them in the great plan of salvation.  His personal presence we have not, therefore we have need of greater faith, on account of our peculiar circumstances; and I am determined to do all that I can to uphold you, although I may do many things inadvertently that are not right in the sight of God.

You want to know many things that are before you, that you may know how to prepare yourselves for the great things that God is about to bring to pass.  But there is one great deficiency or obstruction in the way, that deprives us of the greater blessings; and in order to make the foundation of this Church complete and permanent, we must remove  this obstruction, which is, to attend to certain duties that we have not as yet attended to.  I supposed I had established this Church on a permanent foundation when I went to Missouri, and indeed I did so, for if I had been taken away, it would have been enough, but I yet live, and therefore God requires more at my hands.  The item to which I wish the more particularly to call your attention to‑night, is the ordinance of washing of feet.  This we have not done as yet, but it is necessary now. as much as it was in the days of the Savior; and we must have a place prepared, that we may attend to this ordinance aside from the world. [p. 14]

We have not desired as much from the hand of the Lord through faith and obedience, as we ought to have done, yet we have enjoyed great blessings, and we are not so sensible of this as we should be. When or where has God suffered one of the witnesses or first Elders of this Church to fall?  Never, and nowhere. Amidst all the calamities and judgments that have befallen the inhabitants of the earth, His almighty arm has sustained us, men and devils have raged and spent their malice in vain. We must have all things prepared, and call our solemn assembly as the Lord has commanded us, that we may be able to accomplish His great work, and it must be done in God’s own way. The house of the Lord must be prepared, and the solemn assembly called and organized in it, according to the order of the house of God; and in it we must attend to the ordinance of washing of feet.  It was never intended for any but official members.  It is calculated to unite our hearts, that we may be one in feeling and sentiment, and that our faith may be strong, so that Satan cannot overthrow us, nor have any power over us here.

The endowment you are so anxious about you cannot comprehend now, nor could Gabriel explain it to the understanding of your dark minds; but strive to be prepared in your hearts, be faithful in all things, that when we meet in the solemn assembly, that is, when such as God shall name out of all the official members shall meet, we must be clean every whit.  Let us be faithful and silent, brethren, and if God gives you a manifestation, keep it to yourselves; be watchful and prayerful, and you shall have a prelude of those joys that God will pour out on that day.  Do not watch for iniquity in each other, if you do you will not get an endowment, for God will not bestow it on such.  But if we are faithful, and live by [p. 15] every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God, I will venture to prophesy that we shall get a blessing that will be worth remembering, if we should live as long as John the Revelator; our blessings will be such as we have not realized before, nor received in this generation.  The order of the house of God has been, and ever will be, the same, even after Christ comes; and after the termination of the thousand years it will be the same; and we shall finally enter into the celestial kingdom of God, and enjoy it forever.

You need an endowment, brethren, in order that you may be prepared and able to overcome all things; and those that reject your testimony will be damned.  The sick will be healed, the lame made to walk, the deaf to hear, and the blind to see, through your   instrumentality.  But let me tell you, that you will not have power, after the endowment   to heal those that have not faith, nor to benefit them, for you might as well expect to benefit a devil in hell as such as are possessed of his spirit, and are willing to keep it:  for   they are habitations for devils, and only fit for his society.  But when you are endowed and prepared to preach the Gospel to all nations, kindreds, and tongues, in their own languages, you must faithfully warn all, and bind up the testimony, and seal up the law, and the destroying angel will follow close at your heels, and exercise his tremendous     mission upon the children of disobedience; and destroy the workers of iniquity, while the Saints will be gathered out from among them, and stand in holy places ready to meet the Bridegroom when he comes.

I feel disposed to speak a few words more to you, my brethren, concerning the endowment: All who are prepared and are sufficiently pure to abide the presence of the Savior, will see Him in the solemn assembly. [p. 16] The brethren expressed their gratification for the instruction I had given them.  We then closed by prayer, when I returned home and retired to rest.

History of the Church, Vol. 2: 307‑310.

12. From the Dedicatory Prayer of the Kirtland Temple:

March 27, 1836

***** Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.***** And let these, thine anointed ones, be clothed with salvation, and thy saints shout aloud for joy.  Amen, and Amen.

D&C 109:35,80.

13.  March 27, 1836

The Spirit of God like a fire is burning!

The latter‑day glory begins to come forth;

The visions and blessings of old are returning,

The angels are coming to visit the earth.

We’ll sing and we’ll shout with the armies of heaven‑Hosanna,

Hosanna to God and the Lamb!

Let glory to them in the highest be given,

Henceforth and forever: amen and amen.

The Lord is extending the Saints’ understanding,

Restoring their judges and all as at first;

The knowledge and power of God are expanding;

The veil o’ver the earth is beginning to burst.

We’ll sing and we’ll shou (sic), etc. [p. 17]

We’ll call in our solemn assemblies in spirit,

To spread forth the kingdom of heaven abroad,

That we through our faith may begin to inherit

The visions and blessings and glories of God.

We’ll sing and we’ll shout, etc.

We’ll wash and be washed, and with oil be anointed,

Withal not omitting the washing of feet;

For he that receiveth his penny appointed

Must surely be clean at the harvest of wheat.

We’ll sing and we’ll shout, etc.

History of the Church, Vol. 2:426.

14. Blessings Poured Out as a Consequence of Obedience to Attending Ordinances:

29th and 30th of March, 1836

Soon after this, the word of the Lord came, through President Joseph Smith, Jun., that those who had entered the holy place, must not leave the house until morning, but send for such things as were necessary, and also, during our stay, we must cleanse our feet and partake of the Sacrament that we might be made holy before Him, and thereby   be qualified to officiate in our calling, upon the morrow, in washing the feet of the Elders. Accordingly we proceeded to cleanse our faces and our feet, and then proceeded to wash one another’s feet.  President Sidney Rigdon first washed President Joseph Smith, Junior’s feet, and then, in turn, was washed by him; after which President Rigdon   washed President Joseph Smith, Sen., and Hyrum Smith.  President Joseph Smith, Jun.,  washed President Frederick G. Williams, and then President Hyrum Smith washed President David Whitmer’s [p. 18] and President Oliver Cowdery’s feet.  Then President   David Whitmer washed President William W. Phelps’ feet, and in turn President Phelps   washed President John Whitmer’s feet.  The Bishops and their Counselors were then washed, after which we partook of the bread and wine.  The Holy Spirit rested down upon us, and we continued in the Lord’s House all night, prophesying and giving glory to God.

Wednesday, 30.‑‑At eight o’clock, according to appointment, the Presidency, the Twelve, the Seventies, the High Council, the Bishops and their entire quorums, the Elders and all the official members in this stake of Zion, amounting to about three hundred, met in the Temple of the Lord to attend to the ordinance of washing of feet.  I ascended the pulpit, and remarked to the congregation that we had passed through many trials and afflictions since the organization of the Church, and that this is a year of jubilee to us, and a time of rejoicing, and that it was expedient  for us to prepare bread and wine sufficient to make our hearts glad, as we should not, probably, leave this house until morning; to this end we should call on the brethren to make a contribution.  The stewards passed round and took up a liberal contribution, and messengers were dispatched for bread and wine.

Tubs, water, and towels were prepared, and I called the house to order, and the   Presidency proceeded to wash the feet of the Twelve, pronouncing many prophecies and blessings upon them in the name of the Lord Jesus; and then the Twelve proceeded to wash the feet of the Presidents of the several quorums.  The brethren began to prophesy upon each other’s heads, and upon the enemies of Christ, who inhabited Jackson county, Missouri; and continued prophesying, and blessing, and sealing them with [p. 19]  hosanna and amen, until nearly seven o’clock in the evening.

The bread and the wine were then brought in, and I observed that we had fasted   all the day, and lest we faint, as the Savior did so shall we do on this occasion; we shall bless the bread, and give it to the Twelve, and they to the multitude.

History of the Church, Vol. 2:429‑431.

15. Many Are Called and Elected, But Few are Chosen To Be Crowned

For Eternity‑Few Are Chosen and Anointed Kings in Eternity:

March 20,25, 1839

see D&C 121:26‑46.

16.  The Prophet’s Discourse on the Keys to the Mysteries of the Kingdom:

To Be Sealed Up unto Eternal Life is the Key to the Blessings of the Second Comforter   and Association (or the Blessings of Communion) with the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn:

June 27, 1839

see Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 148‑ 151.

17.  July 2, 1839

see Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 156‑ 157.

18. Hyrum Smith Held the Sealing Blessings to the Church:

January 19, 1841

First, I give unto you Hyrum Smith to be a patriarch unto you, to hold the sealing blessings of my church, even the Holy Spirit of promise, whereby ye are sealed up unto the day of redemption, that ye may not fall notwithstanding the hour of temptation that may come upon you.

D&C 124:124.

19. To Say One Knows God One Must Have Handled Something in the

`Holiest of Holies’:

May 1, 1842

Sunday, May 1, 1842.‑‑I preached in the grove, on the keys of the kingdom, charity, &c.  The keys are certain signs and words by which [p. 20] false spirits and   personages may be detected from true, which cannot be revealed to the Elders till the Temple is completed.  The rich can only get them in the Temple, the poor may get them on the mountain top as did Moses.  The rich cannot be saved without charity, giving to feed the poor when and how God requires, as well as building.  There are signs in heaven, earth and hell; the Elders must know them all, to be endowed with power, to finish their work and prevent imposition.  The devil knows many signs, but does not know the sign of the Son of Man, or Jesus.  No one can truly say he knows God until he has handled something, and this can only be in the holiest of holies.

History of the Church, Vol. 4: 608.

20. Highest Order of the Priesthood Revealed‑‑Patriarchs, Priests and Kings:

May 4, 1842

Wednesday, 4.‑‑I spent the day in the upper part of the store, that is in my private office *** in council with General James Adams, of Springfield, Patriarch Hyrum Smith, Bishops Newel K. Whitney and George Miller, and President Brigham Young and Elders Heber C. Kimball and Willard Richards, instructing them in the principles and order of the Priesthood, attending to washings, anointings, endowments and the communication of keys pertaining to the Aaronic Priesthood, and so on to the highest order of the Melchizedek Priesthood, setting forth the order pertaining to the Ancient of Days, and all those plans and principles by which any one is enabled to secure the fullness of those   blessings which have been prepared for the Church of the Firstborn, and come up and abide in the presence of the Eloheim in the eternal worlds.  In this council was instituted the ancient order of things for the first time in these last days.  And the communications [p. 21] I made to this council were of things spiritual, and to be received only by the spiritual minded:  and there was nothing made known to these men but what will be made known to all the Saints of the last days, so soon as they are prepared to receive, and a proper place is prepared to communicate them, even to the weakest of the Saints; therefore let the Saints be diligent in building the Temple, and all houses which they have been, or shall hereafter be, commanded of God to build; and wait their time with patience in all meekness faith, perseverance unto the end, knowing assuredly that all these things referred to in this council are always governed by the principle of revelation.

History of the Church, Vol. 5:1,2.

21.  God Eventually is Going To Establish His Own Government:

July 15, 1842

See Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 250 (“It has been the design of Jehovah, from the commencement….)‑‑254 (…..may receive an inheritance among those that are sanctified.”).

22. The Rule of Christ in the Millennium:

December 30, 1842

While in conversation at Judge Adams’ during the evening, I said, Christ and the resurrected Saints will reign over the earth during the thousand years.  They will not   probably dwell upon the earth, but will visit it when they please, or when it is necessary to govern it.

23. The Prophet Joseph Smith’s Poetic Rendition of the Vision Concerning The Requirements for Exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom of Glory: [p. 22]

February, 1843

And again I bear record of heavenly things,

Where virtue’s the value above all that is priz’d,

Of the truth of the gospel concerning the just,

That rise in the first resurrection of Christ.

Who receiv’d, and believ’d, and repented likewise,

And then were baptiz’d, as a man always was,

Who ask’d and receiv’d a remission of sin,

And honoured the kingdom by keeping its laws.

Being buried in water, as Jesus had been,

And keeping the whole of his holy commands,

They received the gift of the spirit of truth,

By the ordinance truly of laying on hands.

For these overcome, by their faith and their works,

Being tried in their life‑time, as purified gold,

And seal’d by the spirit of promise to life,

By men called of God, as was Aaron of old.

They are they, of the church of the first‑born of God,

And unto whose hands he committeth all things;

For they hold the keys of the kingdom of heav’n,

And reign with the Saviour, as priests and as kings.

They’re priests of the order of Melchisedec,

Like Jesus (from whom is this highest reward),

Receiving a fulness of glory and light;

As written‑‑they’re God’s, even sons of the Lord.

Times & Seasons, Vol. 4: 81‑ 85.

24.   Salvation in Knowing You Are Sealed Up To Eternal Life:

May 17, 1843

The more sure word of prophecy means a man’s knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal life, by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the power of the Holy      Priesthood.  It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance.

D&C 131: 5, 6.

25. Consider This In Light of the Fact That the 2nd Anointing is the Highest Ordinance of the Temple: [p. 23]

June 11, 1843

What was the object of gathering the Jews, or the people of God in any age of the world? ***** The main object was to build unto the Lord a house whereby He could reveal unto His people the ordinances of His house and the glories of His kingdom, and     teach the people the way of salvation; for there are certain ordinances and principles that, when they are taught and practiced, must be done in a place or house built for that purpose.

It was the design of the councils of heaven before the world was, that the principles and laws of the priesthood should be predicated upon the gathering of thepeople in every age of the world.  Jesus did everything to gather the people, and they would not be gathered, and He therefore poured out curses upon them. Ordinances instituted in the heavens  before the foundation of the world, in the priesthood, for the salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed.  All must be saved on the same principles.

It is for the same purpose that God gathers together His people in the last days, to build unto the Lord a house to prepare them for the ordinances and endowments, washings and anointings, etc.  One of the ordinances of the house of the Lord is baptism for the dead.  God decreed before the foundation of the world that that ordinance should

be administered in a font prepared for that purpose in the house of the Lord.  “This is only your opinion, sir,” says the sectarian. ****

If a man gets a fullness of the priesthood of God he has to get it in the same way that Jesus Christ obtained it, and that was by keeping all the commandments and obeying all the ordinances of the house of the Lord. **** [p. 24]

There are a great many wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught; therefore they must die in their ignorance, and in the resurrection they will find their mistake. Many seal up the door of heaven by saying, So far God may reveal and    I will believe.

All men who become heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ will have to receive the fulness of the ordinances of his kingdom; and those who will not receive all the ordinances will come short of the fullness of that glory, if they do not lose the whole. ****

A man of God should be endowed with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, in order to teach and lead the people of God. ***

In the resurrection, some are raised to be angels, others are raised to become Gods.

These things are revealed in the most holy places in a Temple prepared for that purpose.  Many of the sects cry out, “Oh, I have the testimony of Jesus; I have the spirit of God; but away with Joe Smith; he says he is a prophet; but there are to be no prophets or revelators in the last days.” Stop, sir!  The Revelator says that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy; so by your own mouth you are condemned.  But to the text.  Why    gather the people together in this place?  For the same purpose that Jesus wanted to gather the Jews‑‑to receive the ordinances, the blessings, and glories that God has in store for His Saints.

TPJS, pp. 307, 308, 309, 311, 312. [p. 25]

26.  The Conditions of the New and Everlasting Covenant: (commentary)

July 12, 1843

The expectation of exaltation must be sealed unto you by the Holy Spirit of Promise‑‑that most holy ordinance: the 2nd Anointing must be sealed unto you by revelation and commandment through the medium of the One Anointed‑‑‑Though you marry a wife in the Temple and the Marriage is sealed, yet it is not said unto you by the Anointed One:  “Ye Shall Come Forth In the First Resurrection”‑‑You will not in the Resurrection be Prophets, Priests, Patriarchs, Kings or Gods‑‑But if you know Christ in this world (mortality or the Spirit World), then from then on nothing but the Unpardonable Sin can keep you from exaltation.  To sin against the Holy Ghost after receiving this Second Anointing, whereby you are sealed up unto Eternal Lives, is to shed innocent blood or assent unto the death of one of Christ’s innocent ones, whom he had bought with a price…..

Now read D&C 132:6,7,19‑27.

27.  Your Anointings and Sealings Must Be Unconditionally Guaranteed:

August 27, 1843

The anointing and sealing is to be called, elected and made sure.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 323.

28. Brigham Young and his wife receive their Second Anointings:

January 14, 1844

‑‑14 (Sunday) ‑‑Preached in the city. In the evening attended prayer‑meeting at the Assembly Room. My wife Mary Ann and I received our second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 158. [p. 26]

29. Heber C. Kimball and His Wife Receive Their Second Anointing:

January 20, 1844

‑‑20‑‑Met with the Quorum: Heber C. Kimball and his wife Vilate received their second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 158.

30. We Must Have All the Ordinances To Reign in the Kingdoms:

January 20, 1844

The question is frequently asked, “Can we not be saved without going through with all those ordinances?  I would answer, No, not the fulness of salvation.  Jesus said, There are many mansions in my Father’s house, and I will go and prepare a place for you.  House here named should have been translated kingdom; and any person who is exalted to the highest mansion has to abide a celestial law, and the whole law too.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 331 (italics in the original).

31. Parley P. Pratt Receives His Second Anointing:

January 21, 1844

‑‑21 (Sunday)‑‑I met in the Assembly Room with the Quorum, and administered to Parley P. Pratt his second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 158.

32. Parley P. Pratt Receives His Second Anointing Without a Queen‑‑She not Being Sealed to Him as Yet:

January 21, 1844

On January 21st, Elder Woodruff records the fact that Apostle Parley P. Pratt had just received second anointings and that he had been instructed by the Prophet that it was his duty to have his wife sealed to him for eternity in order that his glory might by full.

Wilford Woodruff‑‑His Life and Labors, Matthias F. Cowley, pp. 197,8. [p. 27]

33.  Orson Hyde Received his Second Anointing:

January 25, 1844

‑‑25‑‑The Quorum met at my house:  Orson Hyde received his second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 159.

34. Orson Pratt Receives His Second Anointing:

January 26, 1844

‑‑26‑‑The twelve met at my house: Orson Pratt received his second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 159.

35.  January 27, 1844

‑‑27‑‑We met at the Assembly Room:  Willard Richards and his wife Jenetta were sealed and received their second anointing.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson, p. 159.

36.  January 28, 1844

‑‑28‑‑The Quorum met in the Assembly Room.  Wilford Woodruff and his wife Phebe W. were sealed and received their second anointing.

37.  January 30, 1844

‑‑30‑‑The Quorum met at my house.  John and Leonora Taylor were sealed and anointed.

38.  January 31, 1844

‑‑31‑‑I met with the Quorum at my house.  George A. and Bathsheba W. Smith were anointed, having been sealed on the 20th inst.

Manuscript History of Brigham Young, Watson,.p. 159.

39. You Must Have Your Second Anointings To Reign on Celestial Thrones in the Eternities:

April 8, 1844

The declaration this morning is, that as soon as the Temple and baptismal font are prepared, we calculate to give the Elders of Israel their [p. 28] washings and anointings, and attend to those last and more impressive ordinances, without which we cannot obtain celestial thrones.  But there must be a holy place prepared for that purpose.  There was a proclamation made during the time that the foundation of the Temple was laid to that effect, and there are provisions made until the work is completed, so that men may receive their endowments and be made kings and priests unto the Most High God, having nothing to do with temporal things, but their whole time will be taken up with things pertaining to the house of God.  There must, however, be a place built expressly for that purpose, and for men to be baptized for their dead.  It must be built in this central place; for every man who wishes to save his father, mother brothers, sisters and friends, must go through all the ordinances for each one of them separately, the same as for himself, from baptism to ordination, washing and anointings, and receive all the keys and powers of the Priesthood, the same as for himself.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 362, 363.

40.  Washing of the Feet Part of the Second Anointing:

January 19 & 20, 1846

On November 25, 1844 my sixth child, Susannah was born.  On December 15, 1845 we received our endowments and on the 19th of January, 1846, in the Temple of  the Lord at Nauvoo we received our second anointings and ordination and the next day, the 20th of January we attended to the last anointings, that of the feet.

Experiences in the Life of Rhoda Ann Fullmer, p. 7.

BYU Special Collections, typescript. [p. 29]

41.  The Sealing Ordinances (including The Second Anointing) Conferred Upon the President of the Church are the Most Sacred of All:

January 1, 1845

This great and good man (Joseph Smith) was led, before his death, to call the Twelve together, from time to time, and to instruct them in all things pertaining to the kingdom, ordinances, and government of God. **** Said he,”I know not why; but for some reason I am constrained to hasten my preparations, and to confer upon the Twelve all the ordinances, keys, covenants, endowments, and sealing ordinances of the priesthood, and so set before them a pattern in all things pertaining to the sanctuary and    the endowment therein.” ***** He proceeded to confer on elder Young, the President of   the Twelve, the keys of the sealing power, as conferred in the last days by the spirit and power of Elijah, in order to seal the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth should be smitten with a curse.

This last key of the priesthood is the most sacred of all, and pertains exclusively to the first presidency of the church, without whose sanction and approval or authority, no sealing blessing shall be administered pertaining to things of the resurrection and the life to come.

Millennial Star, Vol. 5: 151.  written in New York, January lst, 1845, pub. March 1845.

42. Full Redemption of the Lamanites Will Include Them Receiving Their Second Anointings in the Temple of the New Jerusalem:

April 6, 1845

To this city (New Jerusalem), and to its several branches or stakes, shall the Gentiles seek, as to a standard of light and knowledge; yea, the nations and their kings and nobles shall say‑‑Come, and let us go up to the [p. 30] Mount Zion, and to the temple of the Lord, where His holy Priesthood stand to minister more fully, and receive the ordinances of remission, and of sanctification, and redemption, and thus be adopted into the family of Israel, and identified in the same covenants of promise.

The despised and degraded son of the forest, who has wandered in dejection and sorrow, and suffered reproach, shall then drop his disguise and stand forth in manly dignity, and exclaim to the Gentiles who have envied and sold him‑‑”I am Joseph; does my father yet live?” or, in other words, I am a descendant of that Joseph who was sold into Egypt.  You have hated me, and sold me, and thought I was dead; but lo! I live and am heir to the inheritance, titles, honours, priesthood, sceptre, crown, throne, and eternal   life and dignity of my fathers, who live for evermore.

He shall then be ordained, washed, anointed with holy oil, and arrayed in fine linen, even in the glorious and beautiful garments and royal robes of the high priesthood, which is after the order of the Son of God; and shall enter into the Holy of Holies, there    to be crowned with authority and power which shall never end.

The spirit of the Lord shall then descend upon him like the dew upon the mountains of Hermon, and like refreshing showers of rain upon the flowers of Paradise.

His heart shall expand with knowledge, wide as eternity, and his mind shall comprehend the vast creations of his God, and his eternal purpose of redemption, glory, and exaltation, which was devised in heaven before the worlds were organized; but made manifest in these last days, for the fulness of the Gentiles, and for the exaltation of Israel.

He shall also behold his Redeemer, and be filled with His presence, while the cloud of His glory shall be seen in His temple. [p. 31]

Millennial Star Vol. 6, Appendix: pp. 9, 10; Written in New York, April 6, 1845.

43. Crowns in Eternity:

May 24, 1845

The next thing we will speak of will be the reward that will be bestowed upon the resurrected Saints.  This is something upon which all inspired men have spoken and written; and it is a theme that rejoices the hearts of the Saints while contemplating it.

The Saints will not receive their crowns of glory until after their resurrection.  When the curse in part shall be removed from the world; when wickedness and abomination shall be known no more in the land, then will the Saints come forth clothed with immortality, and be crowned with power and glory as a reward for all their labors.   No person will be crowned with power in the eternal word, (we are to be kings and priests to God to all eternity,) unless they have been ordained thereto in this life, previous to their death, or by some friend acting as proxy for them afterwards, and receiving it for them.  What is it to be kings and priests?  It is to have honor, authority and dominion,  having kingdoms to preside over, and subjects to govern, and possessing the ability ever to increase their authority and glory, and extend their dominion.

Orson Pratt in a funeral address….Times & Seasons, Vol. 6:920, publication date June lst, 1845, see above for the date of the funeral address.

44.  John D. Lee Receives His Second Anointings:

January 14, 1846

Jan 14:  2 of my family came through the washings and anointings…we went into room No 1 where we being clothed in Priestly apparel‑‑kneeled [p. 32] over the  altar‑‑rather before the Holy Altar and over it the sacred the solemn covenant and sealing  was entered into and ratified in the presence of 3 witnesses‑From thus we were conducted to Room No 2 where we received our anointings.

Journal of John D. Lee, under date given

45.  John D. Lee Reminiscence of His Second Anointings:

January 14, 1846

I was among the first to receive my washings and anointings, and even received    my second anointing, which made me an equal in the order of the Priesthood, with the right and authority to build up the kingdom in all the earth, and power to fill any vacancy that might occur.  I have officiated in all the different branches, from the highest to the lowest.  There were about forty men who attained to that order in the Priesthood, including the twelve Apostles and the first presidency, and to them was intrusted the keeping of the records. I was the head clerk; Franklin D. Richards was my assistant clerk.  My office was in room number one, at PresidentYoung’s apartments.

I kept a record of all the sealings, anointings, marriages and adoptions. ***** In    the Temple I took three more wives‑‑Martha Berry, Polly Ann Workman and Delethea Morris, and had all my family sealed to me over the altar, in the Temple, and six of them received their second anointings, that is, the first six wives did, but the last three we had not time to attend to.

Mormonism Unveiled, John D. Lee, pp. 169‑171, 1881.

46. Norton Jacob Sealed Up Unto Everlasting Lives: see 48

January 19, 1846

Monday, the 19th (January 1846), went with my wife to the Temple in the [p. 33] morning to attend to our sealing, but there was a council to be held, which put other    business (first).  *****

In the evening I went into the Holy of Holies with Emily, my wife, where, by President Brigham Young we were, according to the holy order of the Priesthood, sealed together for time and all eternity and sealed up unto eternal life and against all sin except the sin against the Holy Ghost.  May God keep us faithful in his ordinances.  Amen!

The Record of Norton Jacob, p. 15.

BYU Special Collections, Mor/M270.1/J151j

47. Second Anointings of Joseph C. Kingsbury:

January 28, 29 (?) 1846

I am daily under direction of the Trustees at the Temple Office and on Dec. 8, 1845 I received an Endowment in the upper room of the Temple in Nauvoo, the City of  Joseph, also was sealed to Bishop Newel K. Whitney as his son on Jan. 27, 1846 and at the same time Dorcas Adelia Moore and Loenza A. Pond were sealed to him as daughters and the two daughters were sealed to me to be my wives for time and eternity by Pres.  Brigham Young, and on 28th or 29th Jan. 1846 I received my Second Anointing with my two wives, under the hands of Pres. Orson Pratt in the North East Room in the upper part  of the Temple in the City of Joseph…

Journal of Joseph C. Kingsbury.

48. Norton Jacob Receives His Second Anointings:

February 6, 1846

Friday (6th of February 1846)‑‑The endowments were continued in the evening.  I again repaired to the House of the Lord with my father, Udney, my wife Emily, my daughter Elsie P., and Miss Matilda Stoel.  In the course of [p. 34] the night my father, daughter, and Miss Matilda received their washing and anointing, and about 11 o’clock I with my wife Emily, received my second anointing (and) was ordained a King and Priest unto God in room no. 4.

Op. Cit. p. 18.

49.  Second Anointings and then the Sacrament:

November 8, 1852

Monday Nov 8 The day was dull in G.S.L. City.  Pres. Heber C. Kimball Willard Richards, Thos. Bullock, Wm. C Staines, James Ure, James W. Cummings, Samuel L.   Sprague, Wm. W. Phelps, each with a wife met in the Temple room. The brethren annointed each other. The wives were annointed by Sister Whitney and Snow; afterwards all partook of cakes and wine. Some Spoke in tongues, etc.

Journal History, 8 Nov 1852.

50. Letter Extract of the First Presidency:

April 16, 1853

Think not, 0 ye Elders of Israel! that your eternal heirship is won, and immutably  secured, because you have attained to a portion of the Holy Priesthood, and a few of its initiating ordinances, while as yet your life and security of all your great and glorious blessings in hope and prospect, are as a vapour before the sun; as yet depending wholly on your meekness, faithfulness, and perseverance to the end, in everything good.  Think   not that you are legally entitled to even one wife, while you live on this earth unless you are sealed up to everlasting lives, by the will and decree of the Eternal Father, and a knowledge of the fact has been communicated to you, through the proper source, and not    direct, to you in person. And consider that the blessings you have [p. 35] hitherto received, through the mercies of Him who loveth you, even your Father in heaven,will all be wrested from you, like David’s of old, should you err like him. ******

Pres. Brigham Young

Pres. Heber C. Kimball

Pres. Willard Richards

Deseret News Weekly under date given….

51. Second Anointings in Nauvoo:

December 18, 1857

Friday, Dec. 18

Some of the Brethren inquired upon Pres. Young to make inquiries upon certain teachings of Joseph concerning the endowments.  Elder Geo. A. Smith said that Joseph taught that but one king and priest could be anointed at one meeting in a private room dedicated by permission to anoint in, and but one person could be anointed in a day, but in the Temple several could be anointed in a day, but at each anointing the meeting was    dismissed and then came together again.  Pres. Young said that Joseph taught him to take the quorum and anoint them kings and priests to God, and when he got through with that begin at the beginning again to administer for the dead.  When the Temple is finished and a place duly prepared we should not be confined to any particular number in sealing and anointing.  The rooms next to the east pulpit, or over it will be the place to attend to the second anointings.  Under the pulpit in the west end will be the place to offer sacrifices; there will be an altar prepared for that purpose so that when any sacrifices are to be offered they should be offered there.

Journal History, Friday December 18, 1857 (H.B.Y. 1857: 904). [p. 36]

52. The Saints to Adopt Joseph Smith as their God:

December 11, 1869

Some may think what I have said concerning Adam strange, but the period will come when the people will be willing to adopt Joseph Smith as their Prophet, Seer, Revelator and God, but not the Father of their spirits, for that was our Father Adam.

Taken from Brigham Young in School of the Prophets, Dec. llth, 1869.  See Journal History of B. Y. Ms.  for 1869, p. 1313. See also Journal of Wilford Woodruff, same date.

53. Nauvoo Anointings:

December 25, 1874

Second annointing administered to B. Young in Nauvoo Temple by Joseph Smith; then B. Young gave it to 9 or the 12 and power to administer in ordinances of gospel for   the dead.  George A. Smith said S. Rigdon never received the 2nd annointing.

St. George Stake Historical Record (# 97707) Vol. 3, p. 28, under date given above.

December 25, 1874

Prest. (George A.) Smith, on rising, ***** alluded to councils which had been held in Nauvoo, and to the fact of the Prophet Joseph calling the Twelve together, and, at a meeting called for hat purpose, of Joseph and Hyrum the Patriarch administering to Brigham Young, then President of the Twelve Apostles, what is known as the Second Anointing, and instructing him to administer in like manner to his brethren of the Twelve, which he did to the nine of the Twelve who were then at home.*****

Brother George A. Smith, in the foregoing recital, incidentally remarked that Elder Sidney Rigdon had never received the Second Anointing, [p. 37] nor the keys pertaining to baptism for the dead.

James G. Bleak, Clerk and Historian of the Southern Mission. Friday, December 25,  1874. Millennial Star Vol. 37:  66, Tuesday, February 2, 1875.

55. John D.T. McAllister Performing Second Anointings:

August 10, 1877

Second Anointing.  Living 6 dead 2 total 8  Sealings and second anointings by myself.

John D. T. McAllister’s Journal.

56. John D. T. McAllister’s Wife Receives Her Second Anointings:

August 24, 1877

…..My wife Ann received her second anointings and acted with me for her Father and Mother in their second anointings.

John D. T. McAllister’s Journal, p. 254 (49 typescript).

57. The Number of Second Anointings in the Saint George Temple Between January 9, 1877‑ March 31, 1877:

April 2, 1877

Jan.      Feb.    Mar.     Total

No. of Second Anointings         2         73        52       127

Diary of L. John Nuttal, Vol. 1, p. 38 of typescript BYU Special Collections.

58. Second Anointings done in the Saint George Temple:

cSeptember 20th, 1877

ORDINANCE WORK DONE IN ST. GEORGE TEMPLE, UTAH, from Jan. 9th, to      Sept. 20th, 1877. inclusive, at which time ordinances were suspended for Conference.           etc., at Salt Lake City.

(Second) Endowments (living)…………………………….179

(dead)………………………………130

Millennial Star, Vol. 40: p. 44. [p. 38]

59. Second Anointing Statistics Left Out of Publication:

February 24, 1879

Brother Pymm states that he omitted from the figures he furnished, from which the foregoing is compiled, some portions of work done in the Temple in the years above mentioned.

Millennial Star, Vol. 41, p. 120.

60. Letter of Mary E. R. Lightner and John D. T. McAllister to John Taylor:

May 22nd 1882

President John Taylor

St. George‑‑May 22nd 1882

Dear Brother

Mrs Elizabeth Gilbert, (who is in her Eighty‑second year) is here for the purpose  of obtaining her Second Annointing, Together with her husband, Algernon Sidney   Gilbert, who Died when Zion’s Camp went up to Missouri‑‑My Brother Henry Rollins, Stands as Proxy for her husband‑‑his uncle.

I also wish to know if the sealing of My Mother to Mr John M Burk, in Nauvoo can be changed.  As she did not wish to be Sealed to him‑‑But Brother Young told her to let it be so for the present, and it could be changed afterward, (or words to that effect).

Must her sealing remain as it was in Nauvoo?  Or she be sealed to Joseph‑‑For that is our Desire Henry desires to be adopted into Josephs Kingdom‑‑

Respectfully

/s/ Mary E. Lightner

/s/ James A. Rollins    [p. 39]

Dear President Taylor

As I understand you are well acquainted with Bro James H Rollins and his. Sister Mary E. who is the wife of Joseph the Prophet it does not require a great deal of writing  from me he has had his Second Anointing and can act for his uncle if approved.

They are very much exercised about their Mother. He informs me it was understood when living at President Smith’s that he was to be in his family and would like his mother sealed to him.

Your Bro in the Gospel

John D T McAllister

St George

22 May 1882

NB.  please to answer by wire. If the Mother is to be sealed to Joseph please to say Henry Rolling Gilbert second, and all approved. If the Mother remains where she is.  I will under stand the usual form.

JDTMA

Note:  This second page was a note attached to the M E Lightner Letter on the same sheet or letter she sent to President Taylor. She apparently left room for him to write his note.

BYU Special Collections Mss 1132 from a xerox of the original letter, 3 pages.

61. Henry Eyring Initiated Into The School of the Prophets, 1883:

Oct llth we were invited to the endowment house, where we were told that a school of the Prophets would be organized and that only those who are willing to observe the word of wisdom and observe all other laws, God has given us, could be admitted. We      were told to come again the next day, fasting and with our bodies washed clean.

Oct 12th 1883 was a day to be long remembered by all who partook of the [p. 40] blessings that were then bestowed upon us.

Patriarch Zebedee Coltrin, who was the only surviving member of the school of the Prophets organized by the Prophet Joseph Smith at Kirtland washed the feet of President John Taylor and Prest Taylor in turn washed the feet of Zebedee Coltrin and then the feet of his Counselors, then of ten of the Apostles (Elders C C Rich and John H. Smith being absent the former sick, the later presiding in England) then the feet of Counselor D H. Wells (J W Young absent).

After that the remaining brethren were seated according to age and Prest Taylor washed the feet of twenty of the Presidents of Stakes, of Jno. B. Maiben Counselor to Prest Canute Peterson, of myself and of Geo Reynold private Secretary to Prest Taylor.   The ceremony used by Prest Taylor was about as follows:  “In the name of Jesus and by the authority of the holy priesthood I wash your feet in accordance with the pattern set by   our Lord Jesus Christ when he washed his disciples feet and told them to wash each‑others’ feet, and also according to the pattern given by the Prophet Joseph Smith as an introductory ordinance to the School of the Prophets.

I pronounce you clean from the blood of this generation and say unto you, your   sins are forgiven you and I seal upon you every blessing, gift, right and authority pertaining to this holy ordinance and I do it in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”

After the washing of feet the Sacrament was administered, consisting of bread and wine.  Of the latter we partook about one third of a Tumbler full each and of the former as much as our appetite would prompt us.  After the sacrament we retired to a  lower room and on returning were saluted [p. 41] by Pres’t Taylor with the words prescribed in Section VII of the D. & C.  Pres’t George Q. Cannon in behalf of the members answered the salutation, We were then dismissed by prayer. ****

December 24th 1883 A school of the Prophets was organized in the Temple with   Erastus Snow Prest and Jno D T. McAllister Prest in his absence The ceremonies were   the same as those in Salt Lake City.  The following were initiated by the washing of feet, Prest Woodruff officiating. John Lytle, Henry Harriman, Henry W. Miller, Wm Fawcett, John Pymm, D D. McArthur, Charles Smith, Walter Granger, Marius Ensign, Chas A  Terry, D H Cannon, Thos L. Terry, Marcus Funk, Geo H Crosby, Wm A Bringhurst, Chas N. Smith, Wilson D Pace, M. F. Farnsworth, W H Thompson, A P Winsor, S. R Woodward. There were present also:  Prest Woodruff, E Snow Geo, Teasdale, J D T.  McAllister and myself all of whom had received membership in S. L. City. The names of the Prests of Stakes who received membership in Salt Lake City are as follows:

Wm Budge                  Prest of  Bear Lake   Stake

Jon R Murdock         Beaver

Wm B. Preston          Cache

Wm R. Smith              Davis

C.G. Larson                 Emery

Wm Paxman               Juab

L. John Nuttall          Kanab

Ira N. Hinkley            Millard

Willard G. Smith        Morgan

Jesse W. Crosby Jr   Panguitch

Thomas J. Jones       Parowan

Angus M. Cannon     Salt Lake

J. D T. McAllister      St George

W W. Cluff                     Summit

Hugh S Gowens          Tooele

A. 0. Smoot                 Utah

Abram. Hatch            Wasatch

Levi W. Shurtliff        Weber

Silas S. Smith              San Luis

Christopher Layton St Joseph

[p. 42] Journal of Henry Eyring, BYU Special Collections, Mor/M270.1/Ey67, pp. 51‑54.

62. Letter of Zebedee Coltrin:

May 1, 1886

Logan May lst 1886

President John Taylor may I ask a favor of You.  I wish to have my father adopted to President Joseph Smith it was my Fathers wish when he was alive.  I am here to do some work and would be very mutch (sic) pleased to have this work one.  I also wish to give my Bro. Graham and his two wives their second annointing (sic).

No more at present ‑ I am yours as ever

Your Bro. In the Gospel

Zebedee Coltrin

This letter was taken from the File no. Ms D747, Papers of Zebedee Coltrin, Church Archives, Church Office Building (old).

63. Letter of Eliza R. Snow:

December 12, 1886

“I think President Taylor will recollect a young English sister in Nauvoo by the name of Hannah Ells.  She was sealed to Joseph the Prophet before his death.  She died in Nauvoo in sister Sarah Kimball’s house.  I loved her very much‑‑was present at her death.  I have had endowments for her.  Sister Zina is in Logan and will, with your permission, have second anointing for her.”

Letter of Eliza R. Snow to President John Taylor in the Eliza R. Snow Letter file in the CHO.  [p. 43]

64. Letters Concerning Ezra G. Williams Receiving His Second Anointings:

July 11, 25, 1887

***** A letter was recd (July 11/87) from Bro E. G. Williams of Ogden, asking    for 2nd anointings for himself and wives, living & dead, a letter was written to Prest   Shurtliff & counselors asking or information as to this Brother. *******

Monday July 25, 1887 ***** A letter was received from Prest_ L. W. Shurtliff,    Ogden, July 22, respecting the request of Brother Ezra G. Williams for 2nd anointings which was approved and Bro. William’s letter was so endorsed for himself and wives living and dead.

Diary of L. John Nuttall, Vol. 2: 120, 125, BYU Special Collections typescript.

65. Peter W. Conover of Provo Getting Cleared For Second Anointings:

September 27, 1888 and February 19, 1889

I spoke to Prest Woodruff respecting Peter W. Conover (sic) of Provo obtaining his Second anointings. He told me to write to him informing him that he can have those blessings upon submitting his recommend properly signed‑.

(September 27, 1888)

Pres Woodruff at my request signed a recommend for Peter W. Conover of Provo & his wives to receive their 2nd Anointings.  I wrote a letter Bro. Conover enclosing his recommend ‑

(February 19, 1889)

Diary of L. John Nuttall, Vol. 2: 287, 360, BYU Special Collections typescript.

66. President Wilford Woodruff on Second Anointings:  [p. 44]

October 7, 1889

Pres. Woodruff spoke in regard to second anointings and said the Presidents of  Stakes were to be judges of who were worthy to receive them, but it was an ordinance of  the eternal world which belonged particularly to old men.

Journal of Abraham H. Cannon, Vol. 9, p. 121.

67.  Circular Letter of the First Presidency:

November 6, 1891

Dear Brethren: It has been decided that it is no longer necessary for those going to the Temples to attend to ordinances therein to send their recommends to President  Woodruff to be by him endorsed. The signatures of the Bishop and Stake President will be all that is required.

This decision applies to all ordinances attended to in the House of the Lord, except Second Anointings, which last named will still require the approval of the President of the Church before they can be administered. This being the decision, Bishops of Wards and Presidents of Stakes will see the increased necessity for care, so that no unworthy person will be recommended for ordinances in the Temples.

Your Brethren,

Wilford Woodruff,

George Q. Cannon,

Joseph F. Smith

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints

Messages of the First Presidency, Vol. III, P. 228.

68. Telegram to Karl G. Maeser Concerning His Second Anointings: [p. 46]

February 15, 1892

DESERET TELEGRAPH COMPANY

From President Office Salt Lake 2/15 1892

Received at Ephraim 15 at 10:10 A.M.

To:  Elder Karl G. Maeser

Ephraim

President Woodruff has wired Apostle Lund to administer your second anointings.

Geo Reynolds.

69. Second Anointings of George Halliday:

March 22, 1892

March 22, 1892, I went with my wives, Sarah and Prudence to Manti Temple and received our Second Annointings under the hands of President A. H. Lund.

Diary of George Halliday, 1823‑1900, BYU Special Collections, pp. 145‑ 146.

70. The Holy of Holies of the Salt Lake Temple:

April 6, 1893

This room is reserved for the higher ordinances in the Priesthood relating to the exaltation of both living and dead.

The House of the Lord, James E. Talmage, 1968 ed., p. 163.

71. Abraham H. Cannon and His Wives Receive their Second Anointings:

June 7, 1893

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7th, 1893.  I spent the most of the day at the office where I found plenty to do in attending to the regular business which came to my attention.  I went down home to dinner and thought I would try to do this every day, as I have no appetite to eat from a dinner basket on these warm days.‑‑‑At 6 o’clock I went to the Temple where I met my folks, we having received permission from Pres. Woodruff to receive our second anointings.  Father was there to perform the ceremony.  Bro.  Lyman was also there to be with his wife Susan D. Callister Lyman as she received this blessing.  Father anointed and spoke the words, John D. T. McAllister held the horn, and Lorenzo Snow and John R. Winder were the witnesses. Sister Lyman was first anointed in the presence of us all, she thus being the first to receive this blessing in this building. I [p. 47] then received mine, and my wives followed in the order of their marriages. I felt very much pleased to be thus favored. The ordinance of the washing of feet was explained by Bro. McAllister, after the anointings had been given.‑‑‑I went to the President’s office and   spent a short time with Father talking business, and then took John Q. to his home before I went to my  home. I was engaged in reading in the evening til time to retire.

Journal of Abraham H. Cannon, under date given.

72. Second Anointings of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington:

March 19, 1894

Sunday Even not very well & spent the day at home. I had a Dream in the night‑‑‑I met with Benjamin Franklin. I thought he was on the Earth. I spent several hours with him And talked over our Endowments. He wanted some more work done for Him han had been done which I promised him He should have. I thought then he died and while waiting for burial I awoke. I thought very strange of my dream. I made up my mind to get 2d Anointing for Benjamin Franklin & George Washington.

Journal of Wilford Woodruff, March 19, 1894:

CHO/Ms/f/115/1865‑1898 Box/Volume 13, 1893‑1897/p. 68.

73. Reference to Joseph Smith Giving Second Anointings:

August 1894

There’s Sister Bathsheba Smith, she and I both had our endowments under the hands of    the Prophet Joseph Smith. I had my second anointings and sealings under his hands.

Reported by Susa Young Gates, Young Women’s Journal, Vol. 5:513, August 1894: Prest. Wilford Woodruff speaking.

75.  December 31, 1898

Totals To Year Ending December 31, 1898:      [p. 48]

2nd Anointings             Living            Dead

St George                       1942             1425

Logan                             1530               767

Manti                              1019               526

G S Lake                        1275               665

/s/  John D. T. McAllister President

/s/  M. F. Farnsworth Recorder

Manti Temple

76. President Lorenzo Snow On Second Anointings:

May 8, 1899

The whole earth is the Lord’s. The time will come when it will be translated and be filled with the spirit and power of God.  The atmosphere around it will be the spirit of the Almighty.  We will breathe that Spirit instead of the atmosphere that we now breathe.  But now it is for us to make the preparation, that we may be worthy to be called into the    house of the Lord and receive our second blessings.  I do not want the presidents of Stakes to send any person to our Temples to receive the highest blessings that have ever been bestowed upon man since the world began, until it can be said of him, “He pays his    full tithing.” When you find an honest, faithful Latter‑day Saint who is worthy of receiving His blessings, send him along.  I do not care how fast they come.  The time is now at hand when the Latter‑day Saints can be greatly and abundantly blessed, so that  they can make the preparation in its fulness.

Millennial Star, Vol. 61: p. 546, President Lorenzo Snow,

May 8, 1899, in St. George, Utah on Tithing Talk Tour.

77. Circular Letter of the First Presidency:    [p. 49]

April 14, 1900

Salt Lake City,  Utah, April 14th, 1900.

Prest. David H. Cannon, St. George.

Dear Brother:

During the lifetime of the late President Wilford Woodruff a rule was established by him not to permit a woman to be anointed to a man unless she had lived with him as a wife.  This was a restriction of the rule in such cases which obtained during the lifetime of Presidents Brigham Young and John Taylor.  After considering the matter we have concluded to restore the practice as expressed in the following, and which will govern in such cases in the future:

Any woman, who has been sealed to a man in life or by proxy, whether she has lived with him or not, shall have the privilege of being anointed to him inasmuch as he shall have had his second blessings.

Lorenzo Snow

George Q. Cannon

Joseph F. Smith

Messages of the First Presidency, Vol. III, James R. Clark.

78.  1902

Joseph F. Smith’s Letter Book: Second Blessings same as second anointings‑‑‑Joseph B. Keeler.  Stake president can recommend someone who is dead   and do it by proxy.  Stake presidents personally recommend them and personally responsible.  Worthiness, fitness, unshaken integrity, didn’t matter whether in presiding   position or not, those who have gathered to Zion, those who do have presiding positions ought to have them.

79. Letter by First Presidency to Pres. Thorn E. Bassett, Rexburg:  [p. 50]

January 5, 1902

Only given to married men and their wives.

Declarations of the First Presidency on Temple Work, Vol 2:7

80. Conference Meeting For Priesthood Leadership:

April 8, 1901

***** After the opening exercises Prest Lorenzo Snow spoke upon the Subject of the giving of Second Anointings.  He said that this blessing brought a person to a greater knowledge of the things pertaining to God and his purposes in the earth, that the glorious things of the kingdom were made clear to the understanding of man.

Therefore it would be a very serious thing for a man to apostatize after he had received this great blessing.  He warned the Presidents of Stakes that they should exercise great care when giving recommends to those of his stake to receive these great blessings and should know by their work their integrity and devotion to the cause of the Gospel, for the responsibility would rest upon them if any were recommended unworthily or that apostatized. ***** Prest. Jos. F. Smith then made a few remarks on the Subject of the Second Anointing.  He said that it was the crowning blessing of and the highest gift to conferred by the Melchesidek Priesthood. Elders should do something to be worthy to receive this great blessing and their (sic) are many ways out of the ordinary routine duties by which a man could earn the good will of God to the obtaining of this blessing.  Every man should be determined to place every thing on the altar even to the laying down of life itself for the gospel sake in order to be truly worthy of this blessing.

Journal of Thomas A. Clawson, 1895‑1904 Book, pp, 226, 228.  [p. 51]

81. Letter by First Presidency to Pres. C. R. Hakes, Mesa:

August 1, 1902

2nd Annointing (sic) Qualifications:

1. Integrity to the work beyond question; for it would be very “unfortunate” to apostatize afterwards.

2. Age to be considered, but need not be “old” before receiving it.

3.  Chief qualifications are worthiness, fitness and unshaken integrity; need not be presiding men, but the presiding officers (Stake President, High Council, Pres. High Priests, etc.) should qualify.

4.  Name of man and wife or wives (dead or alive) to be annointed to him to be placed on usual recommend.

Declarations of the First Presidency on Temple Work, Vol 2:14

82.  Letter by First Presidency to Pres. S. L. Chipman, American Fork,  June 16, 1905:

Second annointing to those who have borne “the heat and burden of the day, and endured faithfully to the end.”

Declarations of the First Presidency on Temple Work, Vol 2:57

83. Letter by First Presidency, to President Lewis Anderson, Manti:

March 14, 1907

1.  Given only to couples (for the dead), who are faithful and lived together in life.

2.  Given only to those who gather to Zion, non‑gatherers to be handled on other side.

Declarations of the First Presidency on Temple Work, Vol 3:49   [p. 52]

84. Do Not Boast of Second Blessings:

February 18, 1909

We cannot speak too emphatically on this subject to our brethren who are on missions, by way of caution against the infraction of their covenants, and in condemnation of those who do this for the purpose of impressing others with their self‑importance when they boast of having received “the highest blessings,” conveying the idea that they are more advanced in those things than some of their fellow laborers.  “The secrets of the Lord are with them that fear him,” and they who do not “fear him” sufficiently to keep to themselves that which was only intended for them and which they are forbidden to make known to others, prove themselves unworthy to receive the fulfillment of the promise of God, to “crown them with honor, immortality, and eternal life.”

Millennial Star, Vol. 71: 105, Charles W. Penrose.

85.  February 25, 1909 Letter by George F. Gibbs to Pres. F. S. Bramwell, LeGrande:

Only married men to be recommended for 2nd annointings (sic).

Declarations of the First Presidency on Temple Work, Vol 3:144

86.  1918 Circular Letter of First Presidency;

Bishops are not to issue recommends for second anointings: that is the province of Presidents of Stakes, under approval of the President of the Church, and the individuals selected must not be informed until after the issuance of such recommend.  As a general rule, such recommends are issued only in behalf of those who have had endowments in lifetime, and have been sealed and lived together faithfully as husband and wife, [p. 53] and who have been valiant in the defense of truth and active in all good works.

Joseph F. Smith

Messages of the First Presidency, Vol. 5: 110‑112.

87. From Joseph Fielding Smith’s Way To Perfection:

August, 1931

Each person baptized into the Church is under obligation to keep the commandments of the Lord.  He is under covenant, for baptism is a “new and an everlasting covenant.” (D.C. 22: 1.) When he has proved himself by a worthy life, having been faithful in all things required of him, then it is his privilege to receive other covenants and to take upon himself other obligations which will make of him an heir, and he will become a member of the “Church of the Firstborn.” Into his hands “the Father has given all things.” He will be a priest and a king, receiving of the Father’s fulness and of his glory.  Is this worth having?  It cannot be obtained without some effort.  It cannot be obtained without knowledge of the things of God. ***** And the fulness of these blessings can only be obtained in the temple of the Lord!

Way To Perfection, 1931 ed., p. 208.

88.  Manti Temple Totals to May 28, 1938:

Higher Blessings……………………………..3,550.

Manti Temple Golden Jubilee‑‑1888‑1938″

Lundwall manuscripts Roll # 1, p. 17 of the brochure handed out to the attenders of the celebration held on May 4, 1938.

89.  April 1938

Statistical Report:   [p. 54]

Totals all Temples to Dec. 31, 1936

Second Annointings

Living………….14,777

Dead……………..6,208

and for 1937 (of the seven operating temples, viz., Salt Lake, Logan, Manti, St. George, Hawaiia (sic), Alberta, Arizona) only the Salt Lake Temple had any second anointings:

Living……………..2

Dead……………….1

Genealogical and Historical Magazine of the Arizona Temple District, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 10, 11 (April 1938).

April 1939

Salt Lake Temple (only Temple giving Second Anointings):

Living……………..2

Dead……………….0

Genealogical and Historical Magazine of the Arizona Temple District, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 10, 11 (April 1939).

90.  May 25, 1940

Not to Publish Second Anointing Statistics:

Mr. N.B. Lundwall      May 25, 1940

P.O. Box 2033

Salt Lake City, Utah    [p. 55] Dear Brother:

Regarding your proposed new book on “Temples of the Most High”, I suggest that you confine your statistics to those which have already been approved by the General Authorities for publicity.  Even some already published by the Arizona Temple, by Brother Frank T. Pomeroy, are now withheld from the general public. No statistics should be given out by any of the Temples until the items are first submitted to the First Presidency. Bishop Christiansen was right when he answered you to this effect.

Again thanking you for a copy of “The Vision”,

I remain Sincerely yours,

/s/  David 0. McKay

DOM:cm

Enclosures:‑ 2

Lundwall Microfilm Roll # 1.

91. Use of the Holy of Holies‑‑1968:

The present description of the Holy of Holies in Talmage’s, House of the Lord, in the updated appendix, “reflect(ing) the status of the temple in 1968″‑‑the appendix uses the same description given in note # 70.

92.  October, 1972

Joseph Smith bestowed upon the twelve apostles all the keys and authority and power that he himself possessed and that he had received from the Lord.  He gave unto them every endowment, every washing and anointing, and administered unto them the sealing ordinances.

Ensign, December, 1972, Spencer W. Kimball, p. 34.

APPENDIX

The following items have poorer source documentation than the main body of the compilation:

1.   August 7,  1888

Letter of John D. T. McAllister to Alonzo H. Russell: Elder Alonzo H. Russell Grafton

Dear Bro.,

Yourself and wives are approved for Second Annointing.

Etc.

John D. T. McAllister

2.  Taken From A Fundamentalist Magazine With Source Unnamed:

July 1948

There are in the Church two Priesthoods, namely, the Melchisedek and the Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood (D&C 107:1). But there is additional Priesthood that has never been delegated to the Church. The Lord Himself handles this Priesthood and gives it to whom and when He pleases. Man does not call another man to   this order, neither does man secure it by the request or selection of any man on earth.  The call comes by messenger from heaven requesting designated individuals into the  House of God (and is what is known to Latter‑day Saints as the second anointing), preparatory to receiving the second comforter, which completes this ordination.  Sometimes this Second Comforter is given while in the Temple. Often it does not come until years after, even just at death. But they who have had their second anointings can see the face of the Lord and live, even though being in the flesh, as one sees and talks to another.

Truth Magazine Vol. 14:34.   [Appex p. 2]

3.  c1965

***** Brother Robert Bushman questioned Elder Harold B. Lee at a B.Y.U. faculty meeting (sometime before 1965) about second endowment and Elder Lee said there was no tie in with that and seeing Jesus. The second endowment is being done (inferred he had been called up to it). Pres. McKay called some up. He refused to associate the second endowment with seeing Jesus. He refused to comment on it.

4.   December 8, 1966

In an interview with Elder Theodore Burton on December 8, 1966 he told Kenneth W. Godfrey that the complete Nauvoo temple book was in the Salt Lake Temple. He further stated that in this book was the full ceremony relative to giving second endowments.  This ceremony is confidential and only given to a person when called by the First Presidency of the Church. He also stated that temple work is done differently today than it was then in that not as many people receive their second endowments. He further stated that he had not had his second endowment as yet but that his father and mother had had theirs before their deaths. 5.   c1970  Statistics:

Paul F. Royall, general secretary of the Genealogical Society, across whose desk record of all temple endowments and other ordinances must pass, stated that 13 second anointings were done last year (1970).

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