AuthoritySee also Call, Called of God, Calling; Keys of the Priesthood; Ordain, Ordination; Power; PriesthoodThe permission granted to men on earth called or ordained to act for and in behalf of God the Father or Jesus Christ in doing God’s work.I have sent thee, Ex. 3:12–15.Speak all that I command thee, Ex. 7:2.He gave the twelve disciples power, Matt. 10:1.Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, John 15:16.Nephi and Lehi preached with great authority, Hel. 5:18.Nephi, the son of Helaman, was a man of God, having great power and authority from God, Hel. 11:18 (3 Ne. 7:17).Jesus gave power and authority to twelve Nephites, 3 Ne. 12:1–2.Joseph Smith was called of God and ordained, D&C 20:2.No one shall preach my gospel or build up my Church unless he is ordained and it is known to the Church that he has authority, D&C 42:11.Elders are to preach the gospel, acting in authority, D&C 68:8.The Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to administer in spiritual things, D&C 107:8, 18–19.What is done by divine authority becomes law, D&C 128:9.Any who preach or administer for God must be called of God by those in authority, A of F 1:5.