I was baptized for the dead last week, and for the first time I noticed during the confirmation process that the words “Melchizedek Priesthood” are completely absent from the ordinance.  Then I noticed those words are absent from the initiatory ordinance, and all other temple ordinances.  A counselor in the temple presidency said when he ordains new temple workers, he does not use those words either.  Why are those words missing?  When men perform nearly all ordinances (minus baptism, which states “having been commissioned by Jesus Christ), such as blessings, practically the first words a man says are “By the power of the Melchizedek Priesthood which I/We hold….”  Why do we make such a big deal about Melchizedek Priesthood for the living, but not for the dead?  By what authority are temple ordinances performed?