New Doctrine: Thou Shalt Be Ordained, My Daughter

In an obscure bit of history, I provide this transcript I found after many seconds of searching. 

It concerns a certain woman, who desiring to be ordained to preach, was told the following. 


Hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, while I speak unto you, my daughter; for verily I say unto you, all those who receive my gospel are sons and daughters in my kingdom.

A revelation I give unto you concerning my will:

And if thou art faithful and walk in the paths of virtue before me, I will preserve thy life, and thou shalt receive an inheritance in Zion. Behold, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou art an elect lady, whom I have called. Murmur not because of the things which thou hast not seen, for they are withheld from thee and from the world, which is wisdom in me in a time to come.

And the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my servant, thy husband, in his afflictions, with consoling words, in the spirit of meekness. And thou shalt go with him at the time of his going, and be unto him for a scribe, while there is no one to be a scribe for him, that I may send my servant, whithersoever I will.

And thou shalt be ordained under his hand to expound scriptures, and to exhort the church, according as it shall be given thee by my Spirit. For he shall lay his hands upon thee, and thou shalt receive the Holy Ghost, and thy time shall be given to writing, and to learning much. And thou needest not fear, for thy husband shall support thee in the church; for unto them is his calling, that all things might be revealed unto them, whatsoever I will, according to their faith. And verily I say unto thee that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better.


Of course, she was not “given” the Priesthood by this ordination, because “the Priesthood” didn’t yet exist as something one could pass around to other folks, not yet, anyway.  That special combination of power and office, so useful for purposes of mystifying the mind, would not come into The Church of Christ until the Campbellite-Restorations of Morley’s Farm took up the name of Mormons a few months after the text above was spoken.  For details, consult

The Cultural History of the Book of Mormon, Volume One: Setting, A Foundation, Of stones to stumble over.