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    • Priesthood: What It Is, Chapter 25How It WorksIntroduction 3. Priesthood holders are called to build up, to strengthen, and to bless the Church (see D&C “Members of the priesthood belong to the 42:11; 20:38–60; 107:33–39; Ephesians 4:11–12).greatest fraternity, the greatest brotherhood in all 4. Those who hold the priesthood administer gospelthe world—the brotherhood of Christ—and they ordinances and spiritual blessings (see 3 Nephihave the obligation to do their best each day, all 11:21; 18:5; D&C 20:38–51; 107:18–20, 23, 25).day, and to maintain the standards of the E. Through the keys of the priesthood, God directspriesthood” (David O. McKay, “Priesthood,” and coordinates His work.Instructor, Oct. 1968, 379). 1. The keys of the kingdom are the rights of presidency (see D&C 81:2; 107:21).Doctrinal Outline 2. John the Baptist descended from Aaron and received his keys as a firstborn son (see D&CA. The priesthood is divine power and authority. 68:16–18; 84:26–27).1. Priesthood is the power and authority to act for 3. John the Baptist bestowed the keys of the Aaronic God (see D&C 112:30; 121:36; 107:8). Priesthood upon Joseph Smith and Oliver2. The power to bind and seal on earth and have it Cowdery (see D&C 13; Joseph Smith—History correspondingly bound and sealed in heaven 1:68–69). requires priesthood authority (see Matthew 16:19; 4. Peter, James, and John received keys of the higher D&C 128:8–9; 132:46; Helaman 10:7). priesthood from Jesus Christ (see Matthew 16:19;B. Priesthood authority is conferred only by the D&C 7:7).laying on of hands. 5. Peter, James, John, and others bestowed keys of the1. Divine authority is received only by ordination higher priesthood on Joseph Smith and Oliver through the laying on of hands by commissioned Cowdery (see D&C 27:12–13; 110:11–16; 128:20–21). servants of the Lord (see Articles of Faith 1:5; 6. The keys of the priesthood are held by Church Alma 6:1). leaders and are exercised in the Church today (see2. Those who hold priesthood power are D&C 112:30–32; 65:2; 68:19; 81:2; 28:7). commissioned to act in God’s name for the salvation of mankind (see D&C 20:73; 138:30). Supporting StatementsC. There are two orders of priesthood.1. The Aaronic Priesthood is called the lesser A. The priesthood is divine power and authority. priesthood because it is an appendage to the ■ “What is the Priesthood? It is nothing more nor Melchizedek Priesthood (see D&C 107:13–14; less than the power of God delegated to man by Joseph Smith—History 1:70). which man can act in the earth for the salvation of2. The Aaronic Priesthood administers outward the human family, in the name of the Father and ordinances and is a preparatory priesthood (see the Son and the Holy Ghost, and act legitimately; D&C 84:26; 107:20; 13). not assuming that authority, nor borrowing it from3. The Melchizedek Priesthood is a greater power, generations that are dead and gone, but authority a priesthood of presidency, holding the right to that has been given in this day in which we live by administer in spiritual affairs (see D&C 107: 8–9, 18). ministering angels and spirits from above, direct4. The Melchizedek Priesthood holds the keys to the from the presence of Almighty God. . . . It is the mysteries of the kingdom of God and performs same power and Priesthood that was committed to the ordinances that pertain to godliness (see D&C the disciples of Christ while he was upon the earth, 84:19–22; 107:18–19). that whatsoever they should bind on earth shouldD. The work of God is performed by the power of be bound in heaven, and that whatsoever theythe priesthood. should loose on earth should be loosed in heaven”1. Those who hold the priesthood may preside over (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 139–40). ■ “What is priesthood? . . . It is the government and direct the affairs of the kingdom of God on earth (see D&C 107:8, 60–66, 85–95; 102:9–11; of God, whether on the earth or in the heavens, Alma 6:1). for it is by that power, agency, or principle that2. Bearers of the priesthood teach and instruct all things are governed on the earth and in the others in the truths of God (see Alma 17:3; D&C heavens, and by that power that all things are 28:3; 42:12; 2 Nephi 5:26; Ezekiel 3:17). upheld and sustained. It governs all things—it directs all things—it sustains all things—and has 67
    • Chapter 25to do with all things that God and truth are D. The work of God is performed by the power ofassociated with. It is the power of God delegated the priesthood.to intelligences in the heavens and to men on the ■ “The Priesthood after the order of the Son ofearth” (John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom, 129). God is the ruling, presiding authority in theB. Priesthood authority is conferred only by the Church. . . . In other words, there is no governmentlaying on of hands. in the Church of Jesus Christ separate and apart,■ “God’s ministers are ordained. They have above, or outside of the holy Priesthood or itsthe holy priesthood conferred upon them and are authority” (Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 144).ordained by the laying on of hands to officiate in ■ “The priesthood or authority in which we standspecific offices and callings” (Bruce R. McConkie, is the medium or channel through which ourDoctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:748). Heavenly Father has purposed to communicate■ “Ordination of men to the ministry, as light, intelligence, gifts, powers, and spiritual andsanctioned by scriptural precedent and established temporal salvation unto the present generation”by direct revelation of God’s will, is to be effected (Lorenzo Snow, The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, 85).through the gift of prophecy and by the imposition ■ “Our lives are wrapped up with the lives ofof hands by those who are in authority” (James E. others. We are happiest as we contribute to theTalmage, The Articles of Faith, 182). lives of others. I say that because the priesthoodC. There are two orders of priesthood. you hold means that you are to serve others. You represent God in the field to which you are■ “The Aaronic Priesthood is named after Aaron, assigned” (David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals, 168).who was given to Moses as his mouthpiece, to act ■ “What is the priesthood for? It is to administerunder his direction in the carrying out of God’s the ordinances of the gospel, even the gospel of ourpurposes respecting Israel. For this reason it is Father in heaven, the eternal God, the Eloheim ofsometimes called the Lesser Priesthood; but the Jews and the God of the Gentiles, and all he hasthough lesser, it is neither small nor insignificant” ever done from the beginning has been performed(Talmage, Articles of Faith, 204).■ “The Church has two characteristics—the by and through the power of that priesthood” (Wilford Woodruff, The Discourses of Wilfordtemporal and the spiritual, and one is not without Woodruff, 67).the other. We maintain that both are essential andthat one without the other is incomplete and E. Through the keys of the priesthood, God directsineffectual. Hence, the Lord instituted in the and coordinates His work.government of the Church two Priesthoods—the ■ “It is necessary that every act performed underlesser or Aaronic, having special charge of the this authority shall be done at the proper time andtemporal, and the higher or Melchizedek, looking place, in the proper way, and after the proper order.to the spiritual welfare of the people” (Smith, The power of directing these labors constitutes theGospel Doctrine, 150). keys of the Priesthood. In their fulness, these keys■ “The lesser priesthood is a part of, or an are held by only one person at a time, the prophetappendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek and president of the Church. He may delegate anypriesthood, and has power in administering portion of this power to another, in which case thatoutward ordinances. The lesser or Aaronic person holds the keys of that particular labor”priesthood can make appointments for the (Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 136). ■ “[Joseph Smith] lived until he received every key,greater in preaching; can baptize, administer thesacrament, attend to the tithing, buy lands, settle ordinance and law ever given to any man on thepeople on possessions, divide inheritances, look earth, from Father Adam down, touching thisafter the poor, take care of the properties of the dispensation. He received powers and keys fromchurch, attend generally to temporal affairs; act as under the hands of Moses for gathering the housecommon judges in Israel, and assist in ordinances of Israel in the last days; he received under theof the temple, under the direction of the greater hands of Elias the keys of sealing the hearts ofor Melchizedek priesthood. They hold the keys the fathers to the children, and the hearts of theof the ministering of angels and administer in children to the fathers; he received under the handsoutward ordinances, the letter of the gospel, and the of Peter, James and John, the Apostleship, andbaptism of repentance for the remission of sins” everything belonging thereto; he received under the(Taylor, Gospel Kingdom, 155). hands of Moroni all the keys and powers required■ “The Melchizedek priesthood holds the of the stick of Joseph in the hands of Ephraim; hemysteries of the revelations of God. Wherever that received under the hand of John the Baptist thepriesthood exists, there also exists a knowledge of Aaronic Priesthood, with all its keys and powers,the laws of God; and wherever the gospel has and every other key and power belonging to thisexisted, there has always been revelation; and dispensation, and I am not ashamed to say that hewhere there has been no revelation, there never was a Prophet of God, and he laid the foundation ofhas been the true gospel” (Taylor, Gospel the greatest work and dispensation that has everKingdom, 139). been established on the earth” (Wilford Woodruff, in Journal of Discourses, 16:267).68