RS/MP Lesson 13: “The Priesthood” (Gospel Principles Manual)

This lesson provides a transition from discussing the basis of the plan of salvation to how the plan is fulfilled in our lives. We will discuss the priesthood this week and the organization of the priesthood next week.

What is the priesthood?

“The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God. Through the priesthood He created and governs the heavens and the earth.” In the first lecture on faith Joseph Smith discusses that faith is the principle of power which existed by which the Father framed the world. We also see that in John 1:3 “All things were made by [the Word]; and without him was not any thing made that was made. It seems for us to understand the priesthood we must understand how it is connected with faith as well as to the Word or to Jesus Christ. This has been difficult for me to put together in a simple manner, which I’ll try to show examples of my difficulty in the following sections.

The creation gives a model of what one of the fundamental aspects of the priesthood is. The account of the creation in Abraham uses the word “ordered” several times. The priesthood seems to be a power to organize or order. This is the power, as the manual states, allows God to accomplish his purposes in bringing about his eternal purposes.

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