While it might be surprising to some, the first three LDS prophets were secretly anointed to an office described as the “Ruler over Israel” and the “Prophet, Priest, and King” over the Kingdom. In recent years, new sources about this ordinance have come to light, including a revelation in John Taylor’s own handwriting to be anointed to this office. This new document and others illuminate the history and significance of this ordinance. The never fully implemented office of the Queen over the Kingdom, originally intended to preside alongside the Prophet, Priest, and King, will also be discussed.
Jacob Vidrine, Christopher C. Smith