Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Priesthood

Doctrine & Covenants 107

When you have questions about the priesthood, this is the section to turn to. Just a couple of quick summaries:

  • The Melchizedek Priesthood holds the right of presidency and administers in spiritual things.
  • The Aaronic Priesthood is an appendage and ministers in outward ordinances. These include baptism and the sacrament.
  • Priesthood leaders work in unity and need to be upheld by the confidence, faith and prayer of others.

We're taught some of the fruits or gifts of the Spirit in verse 30 - righteousness, holiness, humility, meekness, patience, faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, godliness, kindness and charity.

This section also teaches a bit about the patriarchal order and that God's plan includes fathers passing blessings on to their children.

It ends with the reminder to work hard and be diligent. Priesthood means service. Service means work, but what a glorious work it is.

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