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There are strong indicators pointing toward the priesthood being lineal in nature, as opposed to simple confirmation by ordination:

“[S]on of Promise … on whoom the Priasthood shall rest from his birth to all Eternity even so Amen.”

Brigham Young – 29 January 1845, Blessing given to Brigham Willard Kimball at birth, recorded in On the Potter’s Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 1987), 95.