The priesthood is the authority and power of God. Through the priesthood, Heavenly Father accomplishes His work “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). God grants authority and power to His sons and daughters on earth to help carry out this work (see chapter 1).
What is the Priesthood?
In this Come Follow Me video learn how Jesus is the author of eternal salvation and what priesthood authority, power, keys, ordination, and setting apart mean. This is a great video to prepare your primary-aged boys that will be getting the priesthood soon.
Restoration of the Priesthood
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only organization on earth with priesthood authority. The Prophet Joseph Smith received the Aaronic Priesthood and its keys from John the Baptist (see Doctrine and Covenants 13:1). He received the Melchizedek Priesthood and its keys from the Apostles Peter, James, and John (see Doctrine and Covenants 27:12–13).
In the Kirtland Temple, Moses, Elias, and Elijah appeared to Joseph Smith and committed to him the further authority necessary to accomplish God’s work in the latter days (see Doctrine and Covenants 110:11–16).
Each member of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles holds all these priesthood keys today. These leaders call and authorize other Church members to use God’s priesthood authority and power to assist in His work of salvation and exaltation. (Church Handbook)
Priesthood Restoration Site
Watch part of one of our Come Follow Me videos where we take you on our month long trip to Pennsylvania to see where the Priesthood was restored.
Blessings of the Priesthood
Through covenants and priesthood ordinances, God makes great blessings available to all His children. These blessings include:
- Baptism and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- The gift of the Holy Ghost.
- Partaking of the sacrament.
- Authority and power to serve in Church callings and assignments.
- Receiving patriarchal blessings and other priesthood blessings of healing, comfort, and guidance.
- Being endowed with God’s power in the temple.
- Being sealed to one’s family members for eternity.
- The promise of eternal life.
God’s children can receive these blessings of the priesthood and experience great joy as they live the gospel of Jesus Christ.
My Dad’s Brain Tumor
Click on the video below to go to the part of this video where I tell you how my family was blessed by a priesthood blessing.
Watch this short story about Abbie receiving a blessing the day before she was baptized.