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There are strong indicators pointing toward the priesthood being lineal in nature, as opposed to simple confirmation by ordination of those without the blood line:

“Therefore, thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers – for ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God -”

Joseph Smith, Jr. – 6 December 1832, Doctrine and Covenants – Section 86 (Kirtland, OH: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1832), 8-9.