Entering the Holy Order (Part 1)


By far the most wonderful thing about “entering the holy order” is that we possess all of the keys and priesthood necessary to do so in this life.

JST Genesis 14:31 quoted below includes “stand in the presence of God,” as a power that belongs to this higher priesthood order.

31 To put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God; to do all things according to his will, according to his command, subdue principalities and powers; and this by the will of the Son of God which was from before the foundation of the world.

(JST Genesis 14:31.)

And, enjoying the presence of God is elsewhere clearly defined as a potential blessing that is a part of the Melchizedek priesthood common among us today.

The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the Church—To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant. (D&C 107:18-19)

Thus, our present Melchizedek Priesthood is the doorway to entering the Holy Order. Our present priesthood gives us the right, and the ability, to seek the presence of Deity, and the Holy Order is a society of those who have thus obtained.

Obtaining the Melchizedek Priesthood is an ordinance performed by the laying on of mortal hands, and, as we have discussed previously, entering the Holy Order is an ordination performed by God Himself.

We have discussed the following verse at some length previously, but let us look at it again in a new light. The promise of this verse is that we may become ordained of God—which is viewed in this context as being an ordination by God, under His hands, and by the calling of His own voice. (see JST Genesis 14:29)

26 He that is ordained of God and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest, notwithstanding he is the least and the servant of all.

27 Wherefore, he is possessor of all things; for all things are subject unto him, both in heaven and on the earth, the life and the light, the Spirit and the power, sent forth by the will of the Father through Jesus Christ, his Son. (D&C 50:26-27, italics added)

By this ordination “of God” we become possessors of all things because all things are subject unto us. The Lord personally ordained Noah and Enoch this same way, and they both possessed miraculous priesthood power.

19 And the Lord ordained Noah after his own order, and commanded him that he should go forth and declare his Gospel unto the children of men, even as it was given unto Enoch. (Moses 8:19)

Elder Oliver Cowdery made this powerful statement to the early apostles:

Never cease striving until you have seen God face to face. Strengthen your faith; cast off your doubts, your sins, and all your unbelief; and nothing can prevent you from coming to God. Your ordination is not full and complete till God has laid his hand upon you. We require as much to qualify us as did those who have gone before us; God is the same. If the Savior in former days laid his hands upon his disciples, why not in latter days? . . . (Oliver Cowdery, HC, 2:192-98)

Commenting upon Elder Cowdery’s statement, Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:

Few faithful people will stumble or feel disbelief at the doctrine here presented that the Lord’s apostolic witnesses are entitled and expected to see his face, and that each one individually is obligated to “call upon him in faith in mighty prayer” until he prevails. But the Twelve are only a dozen in number. There are seldom more than fifteen men on earth at a time who have been ordained to the holy apostleship, which brings us to another statement made by Elder Cowdery in his apostolic charge: “God does not love you better or more than others.” That is, apostles and prophets do not gain precedence with the Lord unless they earn it by personal righteousness. The Lord loves people, not office holders. Every elder is entitled to the same blessings and privileges offered the apostles.  . . . All of the elders in the kingdom are expected to live the law as strictly as do the members of the Council of the Twelve, and if they do so live, the same blessings will come to them that flow to apostles and prophets.

(Bruce R. McConkie, TPM, 594., italics added)

This is the second comforter, the great personal appearance of Christ to those who enter the Holy Order. While in His glorious company, He will lay his hands upon our heads and ordain us to the new and grand order.

How can mortal men and women arise to an accomplishment which is so unthinkably wonderful that it can only reside in the human psyche by virtue of powerfully revealed truth? The answer is supremely simple:

Begin where you are. Take the Holy Spirit for your guide. Be faithful in all things. Be as fearless and constant in obedience as you are able, constantly moving toward the light. Do this, and you will, in the due time of the Lord, arrive in His presence.

24 That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. (D&C 50:24)

The “perfect day” will dawn when we become perfect by the continual reception of light, which grows brighter and brighter within us until we are like unto God, purified and worthy. Then, all darkness will depart, and the pure in heart will see God. The very next verse states:

25 And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you; (D&C 50:25)

And in that purified and rarified atmosphere of light and total absence of darkness, we will be:

26 . . . ordained of God and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest, notwithstanding he is the least and the servant of all.

27 Wherefore, he is possessor of all things; for all things are subject unto him, both in heaven and on the earth, the life and the light, the Spirit and the power, sent forth by the will of the Father through Jesus Christ, his Son. (D&C 50:26-27)

Such a powerful and incredible outcome to mortality! We shall be changed into the Christ pattern (which is godliness), be ordained to the Holy Order (of Enoch and Zion), and be sent forth by the will of the Father, through Jesus Christ, His Son, to become and to build Zion.

And according to JST Genesis 14:30 quoted above, the privilege of being in the presence of God belongs to this higher order and calling of the priesthood.

Then in the next verse the promise of power in the priesthood is given. We shall ask whatsoever we will in the name of Jesus and it shall be done!

28 But no man is possessor of all things except he be purified and cleansed from all sin.

29 And if ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus and it shall be done. (D&C 50:28-29)

And in that state of righteousness, with our hearts and souls, mind and might dedicated to Christ, with the fullness of priesthood power, as members of the Holy Order, as citizens and practitioners of Zion, we shall not ask amiss because we shall know the will of Christ with perfect clarity:

30 But know this, it shall be given you what you shall ask;

(D&C 50:30)

Then, we shall have this greater priesthood power that Moses exhibited when he divided the Red Sea, which Enoch employed to move mountains and protect his people; which Christ used to walk upon the water and raise the dead, and which all the righteous of every dispensation have enjoyed when they climbed the mountain of unbelief and arrived at the face of God.

Those who do surmount this one grand priesthood precipice will become a member of an eternally elite and very exclusive order of those who have been ordained under the hands of God in mortality. They will be members of The Holy Order after the Son of God.

It follows that the priesthood is the power, authority, and means that prepares men to see their Lord; also, that in the priesthood is found everything that is needed to bring this consummation to pass. Accordingly, it is written: “The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the Church—To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.” D&C 107:18-19) (McConkie, TPM, pp. 587, italics added)

Brother John

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6 Responses to Entering the Holy Order (Part 1)

  1. Pearl says:

    Following up with Donald’s question and your answer… the “vanishing” seems to be a clue (although possibly arguable that you just got tied up in your thoughts and missed them leave…or you were distracted… or..?) as to their identity, but is there more? Do they ever present themselves as messengers? Do they declare they have a message to give you?

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    • John Pontius says:

      Yes. Each time there was a message.

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      • Pearl says:

        Thank you, that is what I suspected.

        I am now working my way through the firesides (in order) from your http://www.followingthelight website. Just marvelous! So often I need to pause the recording, let the words settle… chew on them… ponder on them…get up and walk around and marvel at them… so much gels with what I’ve always believed I find myself thinking, “Yes! That is right!”

        Thank you, brother.

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  2. cheyenne brashear says:

    After reading these words, I feel much like brother Donald,I too can scarcely contain my feelings. I feel a certain love and kinship for you brother John for these things that you share with us,and for all my brothers and sisters on this unblog for sharing their thoughts and feelings. Having a growing knowledge of these truths and blessings puts a “spring in my step” in my daily walk that the world and all its darkness can’t seem to drive away. How blessed we are to know the kind of Beings our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ are: full of love,supreme goodness, power, knowledge, wisdom, mercy, and justice, and a great desire to bless all of us as much as we will permit them to in each of our lives. How wonderful it is that we live in a day and time when the church of Jesus Christ is again on the earth, having within it the fullness of the gospel to bless, empower, and enlighten us in every needful thing to such a degree that we can stand in the presence of God and have communion with both the Father and the Son. The more I search the scriptures, the more I see these truths that you mention in your books and here on your unblog. One of the most comforting truths that I have learned from my studies in the scriptures, and from your book,”The Triumph of Zion”, is the fact that the 144,000 will be ordained and commissioned directly by God to go out into the world to gather the elect into the safety of Zion. About a week before I bought your book TTOZ, I was reading Revelation chapter 7 and the Doctrine and Covenants section 77, verse 11 when I first discovered these truths. Even though I had read these scriptures many times before, I didn’t notice these profound truths before. After reading D&C 77:11, I went back to Revelation 7:9 and was completely blown away; the first 8 verses in this chapter talk about the calling of the 144,000, but what I now noticed was that verse 9 speaks about those who are the fruits of their labors!! when I finally recieved your book TTOZ, it amplified and clarified these truths I had just learned, and brought up new truths to me about Zion, the holy order of the priesthood, and other things that I have since found in the scriptures. I feel like Ammon that I can’t say the smallest part of what I feel, but I can say that my heart’s prayer and desire is that you, me, and all of our brothers and sisters on this unblog and elsewhere that desires these things will become a part of Zion and will be a part of those who will gather out the elect. Thanks again brother John for taking the time to share these truths that have blessed your life so much, they are really starting to bless mine. Brother C.

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  3. Donald says:

    Thank you for this blog. I can scarcely contain my feelings. I have not found many places where these joyful doctrines can be discussed. If possible to reply: have you known anyone who has entered into this sacred order? I believe I know of one living person…. and two from my family history (from the Nauvoo period)…. but as one would suppose, it seems the living cannot reveal such a thing…. and the spirit has not yet revealed it to me either. So pardon my question if it seems too forward. If this post is too indelicate, please feel free to delete it.

    Thank you again.
    Donald

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    • John Pontius says:

      I dont believe someone so blessed could say directly. I have met two people I knew were members because they vanished when I glanced away. Before that I shook their hands and conversed for about 10 minutes. It is very real.

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