Joseph Smith holds the keys – says Brigham Young

Joseph Smith holds the keys of this last dispensation, and is now engaged behind the vail in the great work of the last days…no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are–I with you and you with me. I cannot go there without his consent. He holds the keys of that kingdom for the last dispensation–the keys to rule in the spirit-world; and he rules there triumphantly, for he gained full power and a glorious victory over the power of Satan while he was yet in the flesh, and was a martyr to his religion and to the name of Christ, which gives him a most perfect victory in the spirit-world. He reigns there as supreme a being in his sphere, capacity, and calling, as God does in heaven. Many will exclaim–‘Oh, that is very disagreeable! It is preposterous! We cannot bear the thought!’ But it is true.

Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, volume 7, 289 (9 October 1859)

It’s not just ‘very disagreeable’ and ‘preposterous’ – it’s blasphemous. John 14.6 says Christ is the way. “I am the door of the sheep.” says the Lord Jesus in John 10.7 – he didn’t mention another one who would bar the way once through Christ the door.

And thus, for this dispensation of grace, we come to Joseph Smith. He was called of God to reveal anew the doctrines of salvation. He was called of God to stand as the Lord’s legal administrator, dispensing salvation to all men — repeat: all men — in the last days. Christ is the True Vine; Joseph Smith is the chief branch for our day.

Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, 333 – 334

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