- All things exist
- All things are governed
- The Plan of Salvation operates
- The Gospel is preached
- The ordinances of Salvation are performed
- We are sealed up unto eternal life
- The Lord will govern all nations of the earth.
- 1829-1845: There were no age guidelines, but Aaronic Priesthood bearers were mostly adults. Their primary duty was to visit members in their homes, to remember and nourish them as the Book of Mormon states.
- 1846-1877: After the temple endowment was broadly available, more men were ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood in order to be sealed in the temple and to serve missions. There were few men left in the Aaronic Priesthood. So a lot of times men were called to be “acting” priests, teachers, and deacons, even though they held the Melchizedek Priesthood. Deacons served as the meetinghouse custodians.
- 1877-1908: By now the quorums were on a ward level, and the First Presidency instructed that all worthy young men be ordained to the Priesthood, and schooled in its use as teens. Boys from 11-18 received the priesthood, and generally stayed as deacons until they received the Melchizedek Priesthood. The deacons were still custodians, not involved in the sacrament.
- 1908-present. The Aaronic Priesthood was restructured to be a preparatory priesthood for boys. A worthy boy was ordained a deacon at age 12, teacher at 15, priest at 18, and elder at 21. Teachers and priests began to serve as junior home teachers, an apprentice to the Melchizedek Priesthood. In the 1930s, an adult Aaronic Priesthood program was begun for converts and those returning to activity. The ages of advancement changed back and forth a little over the years, until they settled on the present guidelines of 12, 14, 16, and 18. (Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, Garr, et.al., p.1)
"While Brother Wight served in the Adam-Ondi-Ahman stake presidency, he was taken captive by the mob militia and charged with treason and murder. The leader of the mob, General Wilson, said to him, 'Colonel Wight, we have nothing against you, only that you are associated with Joe Smith. He is our enemy and a damned rascal. If you will come out and swear against him, we will spare your life.'
"Lyman defiantly replied, 'Joseph Smith is not an enemy to mankind, he is not your enemy, and is as good a friend as you have got. Had it not been for him, you would have been in hell long ago, for I should have sent you there, by cutting your throat, and no other man but Joseph Smith could have prevented me, and you may thank him for your life.'
"Wilson responded, 'Wight, you are a strange man; but if you will not accept my proposal, you will be shot tomorrow morning at 8.'
"Lyman said, 'Shoot and be damned.'” (Who’s Who in the Doctrine & Covenants, p.342-3)
He was not killed, but he was imprisoned for about a year, first chained to the prophet in the squalor of Richmond Jail, and also present in the horrible confinement of Liberty Jail.