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    Ordained as Elders

    Though Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James, and John prior to the formal organization of the Church, it wasn’t until the first Church meeting on April 6, 1830, that they were ordained as elders. Why? They waited for the consent of Church members before officially ordaining each other to the office.

    Jeffrey G. Cannon, “Build Up My Church,” history.lds.org