Times and Seasons article discusses the importance of obeying Church leaders who are endowed with authority.

Sep 1, 1842
W. W. Phelps

"Baptism," Times and Seasons 3, no. 21 (September 1, 1842): 905

Times and Seasons
W. W. Phelps, Joseph Smith, Jr.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

the angel told good old Cornelius that he must send for Peter to learn how to be saved: Peter could baptize, and angels could not, so long as there were legal officers in the flesh holding the keys of the kingdom, or the authority of the priesthood. There is one evidence still further on this point, and that is that Jesus himself when he appeared to Paul on his way to Damascus, did not inform him how he could be saved. He had set in the church firstly Apostles, and secondly prophets for the work of the ministry, perfecting of the Saints, &c ; and as the grand rule of heaven was that nothing should ever be done on earth without revealing the secret to his servants the prophets, agreeably to Amos 3: 7, so Paul could not learn so much from the Lord relative to his duty in the common salvation of man, as he could from one of Christ’s ambassadors called with the same heavenly calling of the Lord, and endowed with the same power from on high—so that what they loosed on earth, should be loosed in heaven; and what they bound on earth should be bound in heaven

BHR Staff Commentary

William W. Phelps probably wrote this under the (loose) supervision of Joseph Smith. See Van Orden, Bruce A. We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps. Provo, UT and Salt Lake City, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University and Deseret Book, 2018, pp. 326–330.

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