What is a priesthood ordinance’s method of action? What Hyde describes in this short article seems to be both less direct, and to emphasize the mediation of the priesthood and the priest conducting an ordinance, more than we typically would today.
The gift of the Holy Ghost also seems conspicuously absent.
On confirmation after baptism by the laying on of hands.
This is an ordinance that is carefully observed in our church, and no one can be regarded as a member of it unless he has been confirmed by the laying on of hands of the elders. After the candidate has been baptized, it is the duty of the priest exercising his office to explain to him the benefit and the specific nature of this ordinance, and to make it understandable to his intellect. After this happens, he must proceed to turn to Almighty God in solemn prayer and lay hands on the candidate in the name of Jesus so that he may thus dedicate him to the service of the Lord and confirm upon him the blessings of the Holy Ghost.
Now if everything has been done in a sober, clear, and reverent way, then we have cause to expect the approval of Heaven, which will graciously preserve the fruits of our labor for us for eternal life after we have been faithful devotees of virtue and righteousness. Since those who exercise the office of priesthood comprise the connecting link, so to speak, between Christ and his people, then by the laying on of their hands, we are given a part of that spirit that flows from the bosom of the most high God. And just as the branches of the vine draw their nourishment from the sap that rises from the roots and brings life and vigor to their farthest ends, so also the Spirit of God, which flows from the eternal source, conducts life, health and joy to all members via the channel of the priesthood and imparts to them those feelings that create a glorious and heavenly bond among them and with their eternal Head, where they in this way become one with Christ, just as Christ is one with the Father. For when one member suffers, they all suffer, and when one member is honored, they rejoice together. About this, Christ says to his disciples: “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the Father who sent me. And those who despise you despise me, and in despising me they also despise Him who sent me.” And again he said: “Whatever you have done to one of the least of my brothers, you have done it to me.” —