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9 Insightful Books to Better Understand the Priesthood

The Melchizedek Priesthood by Dale G. Renlund, Ruth Lybbert Renlund

The concept of priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unique. A portion of God's power is delegated to "individuals who He knows perfectly well are imperfect." How does that work? As authors, Dale and Ruth Renlund ask, "How is it conceivable that His awesome, delicate power could be used by both an illiterate farmer and a rocket scientist—to equal effect—in the salvation of humankind?" Understanding the doctrine of the priesthood and the principles that govern its use is a pursuit worth of any member of the Church, but one that should be of special concern to those who hold or are preparing to hold the Melchizedek Priesthood. This careful explanation offers a perfect way to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of priesthood power and how to use it.

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Men of Valor by Robert L. Millet

This inspirational book uplifts and encourages the men of the Church, helping them to recognize the opportunities the priesthood brings to bless and enrich the lives of others. Men of Valor is a reminder that every man who leads his family in righteousness can have a powerful leavening effect on a society whose moral values are rapidly eroding, and can make a difference in a struggling world that needs the bright torch of priesthood power. All men will appreciate this call to purify their lives, to set themselves apart from things of worldliness, and to become a royal priesthood and a holy nation -- to become mighty men of valor!

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Men of Covenant by Robert L. Millet

We are a covenant-making people, but do we fully appreciate the power of the promises contained in just the twelve short verses of the oath and covenant of the priesthood? In Men of Covenant, companion to Men of Valor and Men of Influence, author Robert L. Millet invites us to explore such questions as these: What are the terms and conditions of the oath and covenant of the priesthood? What would my life be like if I were more focused on my covenants? How could my more covenant-focused life affect my family and others for whom I have responsibility? As we consider the promises Melchizedek Priesthood holders make to God and His irrevocable promise to faithful priesthood holders, we discover the glorious blessings He makes available to us all, both men and women.

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Men of Influence by Robert L. Millet

In this sequel to his bestselling book Men of Valor, Robert L. Millet describes how men can become men of influence, thereby blessing their families and neighborhoods — even their world. How are we enabled to receive the Lord's power? Brother Millet explains that maturing spiritually isn't accomplished merely by being active in the Church and holding a current temple recommend, although those are necessary. Men of Influence encourages men to achieve that connection between heaven and earth, which eventually makes a good man into a holy man, transforming a noble man into a man who can lift the world. If you feel you're living beneath your potential as a priesthood bearer (or if someone you love is), this book provides inspiration and practical advice to enable you to become one of the Lord's valiant servants.

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Priesthood Power by Larry Barkdull

Administering to the sick is a powerful ordinance, charged with symbolism and meaning that strike at the heart of our priesthood commission. This book answers many questions pertaining to this sacred ordinance. For example, what does the oil represent? Why are two or more elders typically required? How do we become the hands, arms, and voice of Jesus Christ? How should we prepare to bless? A must-have for every bearer of the Melchizedek Priesthood or for anyone preparing for the priesthood.

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Priesthood Power Unlocked by David J. Ridges

Much has been said recently by Church leaders regarding the difference between having the "authority" of the priesthood and having the "power" of the priesthood. Bestselling author, David J. Ridges provides helps for faithful, worthy men in the Church, who hold the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood, to more effectively access the power of that holy priesthood. Designed to help both men and women better understand and benefit from the power of the priesthood to bless and strengthen individuals and homes, this is a timely book that will increase the effectiveness and benefits of priesthood power in your lives.

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The Aaronic Priesthood: A Guide for Young Men by Thomas E. Johnson

Learn to serve as Christ did during His ministry using His power. This clear and concise guide is an invaluable resource to motivate young men and help them develop their spiritual potential. Beginning at baptism, this book teaches what the priesthood is by describing the specific roles and duties of each office. Perfect for teens, parents, bishops, and leaders.

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Preparing for the Melchizedek Priesthood and My Mission by Ed J. Pinegar

In Preparing for the Melchizedek Priesthood and My Mission, author Ed J. Pinegar offers a reverent and insightful exploration into this remarkable calling and answers a variety of common questions: What is the Melchizedek Priesthood? How can I prepare for my temple experience? When and how will I use this priesthood? From the restoration of the priesthood on the earth to the special privileges available to those who heed the call to serve, this thought-provoking volume will guide young men to a greater understanding of their duties as they go forth to magnify their priesthood power.

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Honoring the Priesthood: As a Deacon, a Teacher, and a Priest by John Bytheway

When you were younger, you used to explore the outdoors and bring strange things into the house (like lizards, toads or worms). Your mother would probably ask: What is that? Where did you get it? What are you going to do with it? When you receive the Aaronic Priesthood, you'll bring that home with you too (and your mother will be thrilled). Maybe she'll ask you some similar questions: What is it? Where did you get it? What are you going to do with it? This book tries to answer those questions — what the priesthood is, its origins and purpose, and what you can do to honor it. Using humor, stories, scriptures, and quotations from Church leaders, Honoring the Priesthood will help a young man learn his duty in the Aaronic Priesthood and help prepare him for advancement to the higher priesthood.

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