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Dear Gramps,

Did John the Baptist have the Aaronic or Melchezidek priesthood when he ordained Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic priesthood? I’ve been curious about this for a long time.

Robert

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Robert,

If we read D&C 13, we read that “the one who is referred to as John the Baptist in the John the Baptist Aaronic Priesthood MormonNew Testament” conferred the keys and powers of the Aaronic Priesthood.

I have no doubt in my mind that John the Baptist has the Melchezidek Priesthood, but he held and conferred the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood and conferred them upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery as instructed and directed by Peter, James & John.

-Gramps

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