Robes of the False Priesthood

Hugh W. Nibley, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Scripture, BYU Commencement, 19 Aug. 1983:Twenty-three years ago on this same occasion, I gave the opening prayer, in which I said: ‘We have met here today clothed in the black robes of a false priesthood.’ Many have asked me since whether I really said such a shocking thing, but nobody has ever asked what I meant by it.” (“Leaders and Managers,” Brigham Young University 1982–83 Fireside and Devotional Speeches [Provo, Utah: University Publications, ©1983], p. 184.)

Joseph Smith Jr., President of the Church:  “You will live to see men arise in power in the Church who will seek to put down your friends and the friends of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Many will be hoisted because of their money and the worldly learning which they seem to be in possession of; and many who are the true followers of our Lord and Savior will be cast down because of their poverty.” (In Mosiah Hancock, “Autobiography of Mosiah Hancock (1834–1865)” [typescript], compiled by Amy E. Baird, Victoria H. Jackson, and Laura L. Wassell, p. 19, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.)


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  1. “And it came to pass that after much labor among them, they began to have success among the poor class of people; for behold, they were cast out of the synagogues because of the coarseness of their apparel—Therefore they were not permitted to enter into their synagogues to worship God, being esteemed as filthiness; therefore they were poor; yea, they were esteemed by their brethren as dross; therefore they were poor as to things of the world; and also they were poor in heart. Now, as Alma was teaching and speaking unto the people upon the hill Onidah, there came a great multitude unto him, who were those of whom we have been speaking, of whom were poor in heart, because of their poverty as to the things of the world. And they came unto Alma; and the one who was the foremost among them said unto him: Behold, what shall these my brethren do, for they are despised of all men because of their poverty, yea, and more especially by our priests; for they have cast us out of our synagogues which we have labored abundantly to build with our own hands; and they have cast us out because of our exceeding poverty; and we have no place to worship our God; and behold, what shall we do?”
    (Alma 32:2-5)

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