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ANNVER - If the first and great commandment is to love god, and 2nd is like unto it which is to love others, then obviously their would be a 3rd, 4th, 5th commandment? there seems to be different levels or priorities of commandments/laws? please would you know what this order(list) of commandments and laws are? is that why the lord gave the 10-commandments in that order because of its importance?
JOEL - What is obvious to you is not the same for God. There are of course other commandments besides those first two. But God wants us to live all His commandments equally, so besides those first two there really isn't much priority with all the remaining ones. In fact all the remaining commandments are pretty much covered by those first two.
There is some order in the Ten Commandments (Ex 20), but not necessarily an order of importance. The first four concern our relationship with God (Love God):
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
The last six cover how we should treat other people (Love others):
Honour thy father and thy mother
Thou shalt not kill
Thou shalt not commit adultery
Thou shalt not steal
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet
President Harold B. Lee once said "The most important commandment of God, is that one that you're having the most difficulty keeping today."
SALA - Are there any scriptural references or any readings materials to explain why H.Father would have John the baptist confer Aaronic priesthood on Joseph Smith?
JOEL - God never specifically said why He did this but a logical reason for Him to choose John the Baptist to appear and confer the Aaronic priesthood was because he held that priesthood by virtue of being a direct descendant of Aaron and he was the last legal administrator holding the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood in the Mosaic dispensation until the coming of Christ.
According to Joseph Smith, "John the Baptist was a descendant of Aaron and held the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood. Zacharias, his father, was a priest of God and officiated in the temple. "John was a priest after his father, and held the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood, and was called of God to preach the Gospel of the kingdom of God." John received a special ordination: "For he was baptized while he was yet in his childhood, and was ordained by the angel of God at the time he was eight days old unto this power, to overthrow the kingdom of the Jews, and to make straight the way of the Lord before the face of his people, to prepare them for the coming of the Lord, in whose hand is given all power."(D&C 84:26-28.) (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 272-73)