The vision of Elijah is one of the most important Church history events in all of the Doctrine & Covenants. It’s the vision where Elijah came to Joseph and Oliver and restored the sealing power. Did you know that Joseph was sealed to his first plural wife, Fanny Alger a year or two prior to that? We asked LDS Anthropologist Dr. Mark Staker how to explain that, and I think you’ll find his explanation very interesting.
I believe that Joseph Smith received from Peter, James and John all the authority that he needed, including the sealing power. He holds all those through Peter, James, and John. What Elijah brings is keys; keys to enact those sealing powers on behalf of other individuals.
I don’t think that’s what we typically learn at church. Do you agree? Did Joseph get the sealing power in 1830, and the keys to share with others in 1836? What do you think of this distinction between sealing and sealing keys?