We ignorantly and arrogantly lay claim to holding all the “keys” in these latter days. If you have any “key,” you must perform. You must act upon what you have been given, or else not get the blessings upon which was predicated. When you lay hold of a blessing at the hand of God, that is yours eternally. Because to lay hold of it is to “become it,” not just to claim something.
“20. There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
21. And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”
Obedience to the law is to become that law. You cannot go in and out, or be on sometimes and off sometimes, and still be considered obedient to the law. It requires becoming a new creature in Christ, not going back and forth, and nothing less.
Joseph Smith did not surrender any keys of this dispensation upon his death, as tradition would have it. That would be like one person doing the exercise, while the next person gets all the muscles. You can’t share the oil. Joseph didn’t have the ability to pass on keys of the dispensation. The keys of the dispensation was given to Joseph because of what he did. He opened it, and obtained a connection to the heavens, and was given the ability to seal people to himself, and thus to the heavens. Joseph was the link to the heavens, so others could bear the same testimony as he did, that they know Christ themselves. Zion’s people all know the Lord personally, or else they are not members of Zion.
Brigham Young took control over the quorum of the twelve, upon Joseph’s death, and sat himself in Joseph’s seat. Brigham Young expressed a year before dying that he had never seen angels, or Christ, but he would- once he turned 80 yr old (he died at 76). He also exclaimed that he didn’t know what Joseph was up to, sealing people to himself. Despite not understanding the sealing, Brigham went ahead and began sealing himself to women as sexual partners, and claimed that it was the religion, when he knew nothing of what Joseph was doing.
If anyone obtains keys from God, it will be because they are consistently obedient to the laws of heaven upon which it is predicated. To lay hold upon the sealing keys requires any holder of that to be exactly what Joseph Smith was, tied to the heavens. When someone is tied to the heavens, they seek to tie everyone else who will be to be connected to Christ as well. Thus, when Zion returns, and Adam-ondi-ahman is re-established, all will be returned to Adam, and from Adam to Christ, and from Christ to the Father. That is the family of God. That is what is meant to be sealed up!
Conclusion: Now is the time to awake and arise. Without the words of Christ, you are lulled into a deep sleep, and cannot awake. Once you are awake, you must arise by being obedient to the law upon which all blessings are predicated before the foundations of the earth, despite what it means to the popular crowd on earth. That law will require that you become a stranger in a strange land, just as all the fathers of old. But it doesn’t mean that we must be alone. Zion is a people, who are of one heart and one mind, who dwell in righteousness, and have no poor among them. Lets be that!