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"all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel"

The ordinances of the temple are governed and administered by the power and authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Discusses the importance of temple ordinances. Defines what an ordinance is.

  • Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 57-59

Ordinances have existed from the beginning.

The power of godliness is made manifest through the ordinances of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Without the Melchizedek Priesthood and its ordinances, nobody could behold the face of God and live.