Just to clarify. The Twelve for years have claimed that
since Patriarchs were ordained by them, Patriarchs are presided
over by the 12. Of course when the Prophet Joseph was with
us the Patriarch to the church was Father Smith and later
Hyrum Smith who also served as co-President of the church by
virtue of his birthright under D&C 107 evangelical ministers.
These men were NOT ordained by the twelve (only the Patriarchs
whose primary function was giving Patriarchal Blessings to the
Fatherless were ordained by the twelve)[I thnk they were ordained
by Joseph and men chosen by him]. Read Lost Legacy
on this for a period of time the Presiding Patriarch was allowed
to preside over the Patriarchs but then the twelve took back
its prerogative. A variety of sustaining orders was adopted
at general conference over the years. In early years the Patriarch
to the church was even sustained before the 12--in later years
So you can see the nature of the controversy.
hope this helps,
--- In Church_of_the_Firstborn_Westwood@yahoogroups.com, "elyza2012" <adohni@...> wrote:
> I've often wondered if Patriarch Smith continued with the sealing keys after he was retired (LDS Church) and they only pretended publicly that he didn't perform the higher ordinances. Is it possible that the LDS Church continues the underground unbeknownst to you and me? With only those needing to know or called to know,,,,having that information?