Priesthood session is a chance to strengthen ties

Brotherhood. Duty. Spirit. Tradition. No, it's not a marketing slogan for BYU football.

They are words that describe the purpose of attending general priesthood meeting, a semiannual event for male members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," President Kimball says the purpose of general conference is to strengthen the members: "We meet together often in the church in conferences to worship the Lord, to feast upon the words of Christ, and to be built up in faith and testimony."

The priesthood session -- broadcast to holders of the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthood (ages 12 and older) all over the world on Saturday at 6 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) -- is no different. But there is an added element of bonding and brotherhood that should exist, according to Brad Wilcox, a former seminary teacher, mission president, popular speaker and LDS author.

"Part of the reason we go to priesthood isn't just to listen to the speakers. It is also to connect with the people sitting around us," Wilcox said. "If (priesthood holders) come in late, sit in the back, listen and leave early to beat the traffic, then they are kind of missing the point of the meeting."

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