“From Generation to Generation”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Because of the sacred nature of these holy instruments, they have not been viewed by most men, and even the times and circumstances under which they have been held by mortals are not clearly set forth. Undoubtedly they were in use before the flood, but the first scriptural reference to them is in connection with the revelations given the Brother of Jared. (Ether 3:21-28.) Abraham had them in his day (Abraham 3:1-4), and Aaron and the priests in Israel had them from generation to generation. (Exodus 28:30; Leviticus 8:8; Numbers 27:21; Deuteronomy 33:8; 1 Samuel 28:6; Ezra 2:63; Nehemiah 7:65).“ (Mormon Doctrine, p. 818.)”

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2