180 years ago today - Aug 27, 1843

Joseph Smith lectured on the three orders of priesthood, Aaronic, "Patriarchal Power" of Abraham which was "the greatest yet experienced in this church." And the forthcoming "perfect law of Theocracy": the "kingly powers" to "administer ... endless lives to the sons and daughters of Adam." This "perfect law," "the Highest and Holiest Order," was realized in new washing and anointing rituals initiated in September where Joseph and Emma were given this final "fullness of the priesthood," or "second anointing."

[Brooke, John L. The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994. p.256]

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