Topical Guide/Doctrinal issues/Priesthood/Restoration

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Date of the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood

Summary: It is claimed that the restoration of the priesthood was "back dated" later by Joseph Smith to justify his desire to dominate the Church. It is claimed that no one seems to know "when or how" Joseph Smith received the Melchizedek priesthood.

Priesthood restoration

Summary: It is claimed that no restoration of priesthood authority was required, that the "laying on of hands" is not necessary in order to receive priesthood authority, and that the concept of priesthood authority and ordinations came from Sidney Rigdon.