DISPENSATIONS OF THE GOSPEL (Teachings of Joseph Smith)

Last Dispensation Will Be a Restoration of All Previous Ordinances and Duties — Robert B. Thompson (October 5, 1840)

Now the purpose in himself in the winding up scene of the last dispensation is, that all things pertaining to that dispensation should be conducted precisely in accordance with the preceeding dispensations, And again, God purposed in himself that there should not be an eternal fulness until every dispensation should be fulfilled and gathered together in one and that all things whatsoever that should be gathered together in one in those dispensations, unto the same fulness and eternal glory should be in Christ Jesus; therefore he set the ordinances to be the same for Ever and ever and set Adam to watch over them to reveal them from heaven to man or to send Angels to reveal them Heb 1 Chap. 16 verse. [“]Are they not all ministring spirits sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation.” These angels are under the direction of Michael or Adam who acts under the direction of Christ. . . .

. . . He [Enoch] is reserved also unto the presidency of a dispensation . . .

. . . the keys of this priesthood consisted in obtaining the voice of Jehovah that he talked with him in a familiare and friendly manner, that he continued to him the keys, the covenants, the power and the glory with which he blessed Adam at the beginning and the offring of sacrifice which also shall be continued at the last time. for all the ordinances and duties that ever have been required by the priesthood under the directions and commandments of the Almighty in the last dispensation at the end thereof in the last dispensation at the end thereof in any of the dispensations, shall all be had in the last dispensations— Therefore all things had under the Authority of the Priesthood At any former period shall be had again— bringing to pass the restoration spoken of by the mouth of all the Holy prophets— Malachi 3 then shall the Sons of Levi offer unto the Lord an acceptable offring” then shall the sons of Levi offer an acceptable sacrifice to the Lord See Malichi 3 Chap— 3 & 4 “And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord”

Instruction on Priesthood, circa 5 October 1840, pp. 2-3, 6, 8-9, The Joseph Smith Papers.

Dispensation of the Fulness of Times Reveals Knowledge From Previous Dispensations — Times & Seasons (October 3, 1841)

The dispensation of the fulness of times will bring to light the things that have been revealed in all former dispensations, also other things that have not been before revealed. He shall send Elijah the prophet &c., and restore all things in Christ.

Discourse, 3 October 1841, as Published in Times and Seasons, p. 578, The Joseph Smith Papers.

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