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 Joseph Smith, Sr. functioned as an ordained patriarch without entering ‘the patriarchal order of celestial marriage’ in the house of the Lord. Yet,

“By definition, a natural patriarch is one who has entered the patriarchal order of celestial marriage in the house of the Lord …”

Mark L. McConkie, Father of the Prophet (Salt Lake City, UT: Bookcraft Publishing, 1993), 74; see also, D. Michael Quinn, The Mormon hierarchy: Origins of Power (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 1994), 291 fn 158.