May 15, 2017
F. E. Bording, The Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood (After C.C.A. Christensen), c.1880, lithograph, 12 1/16 x 8 7/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.
On this day in 1829, John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and conferred upon them the Aaronic Priesthood. The account of this miraculous event is recorded in Section 13 of the Doctrine and Covenants. The Prophet Joseph Smith recorded,
“He said this Aaronic Priesthood had not the power of laying on hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, but that this should be conferred on us hereafter; and he commanded us … that I should baptize Oliver Cowdery, and that afterwards he should baptize me.
“Accordingly we went and were baptized. I baptized him first, and afterwards he baptized me—after which I laid my hands upon his head and ordained him to the Aaronic Priesthood, and afterwards he laid his hands on me and ordained me to the same Priesthood—for so we were commanded.