After Christ and Moses and Elias appeared, Elijah appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and restored the Sealing Power "After this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:
Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—
To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—
Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors." (Doctrine and Covenants 110:13-16 online at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/110.13-16 )
The Sealing power restored by Elijah is present throughout all the work we do in the temple. It is the power by which the ordinances become binding on earth and in heaven. As the Book of Revelations speaks about people being sealed unto the Lord in the Latter-Days, so this is happening in temples, through all of the ordinances there, and the crowning ordinance being Sealed to Christ, to our families, to our ancestors, and our posterity to come.
May we ever be grateful for that.
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