Joseph Smith–Holds These Keys Forever
Part 2 of Chapter 8 of Holy Priesthood Volume 6
Pages 148 to 154
Among the keys that Joseph Smith held were the powers of communication between the living and the dead. The doctrine of the Lord is that the “rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven” (D & C 121:36). If those who suppose all the keys of the Priesthood have to be confined to some mortal, then they do not understand these keys. Joseph Smith (1) was ordained to hold the keys of this dispensation before he was born, (2) he had them while he was on earth, (3) he still holds them, and (4) he will hold them for eternity.
On the 8th of March the assurance by revelation was given to the Prophet that–“The keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from thee while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come.” (Sec. 90:3) This confirms upon the head of Joseph Smith the presidency of the great dispensation he was the instrument in the hands of God in introducing into the world. Henceforth he stands at the head of it, whether in heaven or in earth.*