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

“It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time … even the right of the firstborn.”

Joseph Smith, Jr., Pearl of Great Price, The Book of Abraham – Chapter 1 (Kirtland, OH, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, circa 1835), 3.