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“Alma does not bestow authority on his priests to ordain others; all church officers are Alma’s subordinates and dependent on his reception of charismatic authority [much as Joseph Smith expected]. How this theocracy was less susceptible to unrighteous dominion than a monarchy [Mosiah 23:7] is not explained.”

~Dan Vogel, Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet, page 194; 2004~