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Dear Gramps,

I have heard it said that the Savior brought the Melchizedek priesthood with him from the pre-existence, that he wasn’t ordained here on earth. Is there any reference or information on this topic at all that you know of?

FH, from California

Dear FH,

The Melchizedek priesthood is the authority for men to act officially in the name of God. Of course, it was not necessary that the Savior be ordained to his own authority that was delegated to man. Neither, since he was the only perfect man, was it necessary for him to baptized for the remission of sins. Nevertheless, he said, “Suffer it to be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness,” and he submitted himself to the ordinance of baptism.

Although it is not specifically mentioned in the scriptures, the indications are that the Savior was ordained to the priesthood from the following scriptures in Hebrews.

[Jesus Christ] called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec Hebrews 5:10

Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 6:20).


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