The Higher priesthood is given by Christ himself. Those who have the higher priesthood have been authorized of Christ to both baptize and convey the Holy Ghost. Until Christ has appeared to you, to authorize you personally, you live according to The Lesser Law.
Law of Moses Fulfilled: Moses tried to get Israel to enter into the presence of Christ on Mt. Sinai. They refused, and were cursed to wander for forty years, and were unable to enter into Christ’s rest, which is the fullness. However, Christ gave Moses a law, on Mt. Sinai, for future generations to be given the same chance as their progenitors. That law is what Christ comes to fulfill.
The law of Moses is only fulfilled by Christ’s presence in the flesh. Those who are given the law of Moses, and receives that invitation, naturally enter into the presence of Christ, in the flesh. Christ said, “…the law in me is fulfilled.” Christ also says that “…the law given unto Moses hath an end in me.” It is Christ alone that can fulfill the law of Moses.
Yet Unfulfilled: Since we are yet unfulfilled, being left without the presence of Christ in the flesh, it is the Lesser Law that governs us still. Only when Christ reveals Himself to you, then is the law of Moses fulfilled in you. Then you are authorized to give the Holy Ghost, and to baptize, as were the twelve disciples in 3 Nephi (Moroni 2). Until then, you are yet unfulfilled.
Conclusion: The Lord has promised that our tithes would be the way that we would return to Christ, and Christ would then return to us, to fulfill the law of Moses. Then, since all know the Lord, “…no man need say ye, know ye the Lord, for all will know Him.” In our condition of seeking the treasures of the earth, our tithes have been unfruitful, and poverty grows rapidly. We have not returned to the prescribed tithes, as stated by Joseph Smith. We have once again strayed from the ordinances.
As I read D&C 51:11, I am left to wonder what was being instructed during the time of Joseph Smith, differently from what it has become today. It seems like the ward was independently operated by the saints of that ward. The bishop was elected by the saints, and he was accountable for the collection and distribution of the tithes in the storehouse, according as the saints would agree. If I understand correctly, one church (ward) could loan their tithes and offerings to another church (ward), on their agreeable terms. (D&C 51). And, if there were any disputes, the stake high council would convene to discuss the best outcome, according to their degree of light (D&C 102). The people were left to call their own conferences, to call for a new bishop or council, and to govern their own finances, to care for the poor immediately among them. The stake held little or no power, until their was a conflict. The ward was ultimately responsible for all it’s members, and the saints were left to govern themselves.
Bring it back! Bring it back! Bring it back!