Review Luke 10:1–24. Based on these verses, write a summary of the Lord’s counsel and instructions He gave the seventy.
The Lord told the seventy to go out in pairs of two to do missionary work, but stay in one home instead of going door to door. He asked them to teach in each city and if they were accepted, leave a blessing, but if they were rejected, warn the people of the judgement of God.
Articles of Faith 1:6 states, “We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church.” Using the principles taught from Luke 10:1–2, 8–9, 17–20, write a paragraph that supports this Article of Faith.
The gospel that Joseph Smith restored is structured after Christ’s original church. Those who are members of the seventy have the same task of being sent to different cities and areas. In the areas where they serve, they watch over the members, teach the gospel (though not door to door like the missionaries), bear witness of Christ, and have power over Satan to cast him out. They have the same powers and responsibilities as Christ’s original seventy.
Go to the Church’s scripture website and read the topic of “Seventy” in the Guide to the Scriptures. Describe in one or two sentences how the scriptures show the existence of this office in the priesthood.
The Seventy are shown as an office in the priesthood in a few different ways. First off, they were called to serve by Christ and given a special role to minister over groups of people. Second, they had power to bless, curse, heal, and cast out devils, given to them when they were set apart as Seventy. This is priesthood power. Similar to the first, they act in Christ’s name and work under his direction.