Priesthood

January 28, 2021 04:49 PM MST
When I got a notification in late November in my podcasts app, it really felt like Christmas came early. A new episode from The First Vision: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast was titled, “New Podcast Mini-Series Announcement.”
10 Min Read
January 12, 2021 01:58 PM MST
This excerpt adapted from Women and the Priesthood originally ran on LDS Living in March 2018.
4 Min Read
March 11, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Camille Fronk Olson is a professor emeritus of ancient scripture and former department chair at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Her research and publications have focused on women in the Bible and Palestinian families. She loves to travel, garden, and research stories about her ancestors. She scored when she married Paul Olson, a decision that included the blessing of two children and four grandchildren.
10 Min Read
March 06, 2020 04:51 PM MST
In October 2019 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson invited Latter-day Saint women to study section 25 of the Doctrine and Covenants and “discover what the Holy Ghost will teach you” about how to access God's priesthood power. For those who accepted that invitation, President Nelson gave the following promise:
1 Min Read
December 26, 2019 10:07 PM MST
I recently sat with a number of members of the Community of Christ, previously known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as part of an interfaith dialogue. I have great love and respect for these people, those I consider brothers and sisters in the faith. We talked openly and in a friendly manner about similarities and differences between our two churches and landed squarely on the topic of women and the priesthood. One of the women in the room who had been ordained to the priesthood described her responsibilities and shared her feelings regarding the blessing it was for her to be able to perform priesthood ordinances.
5 Min Read
November 05, 2019 01:21 PM MST
Much like the beautifully crocheted and intricately designed cloths that are used to cover the altars in the temple, all of God’s children — the whole human race — are bound together by a single thread, said Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.
1 Min Read
By  Emily Abel
November 01, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading of Hebrews 1-6. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
1 Min Read
October 26, 2019 11:55 AM MDT
I recently sat with a number of members of the Community of Christ, previously known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as part of an interfaith dialogue. I have great love and respect for these people, those I consider brothers and sisters in the faith. We talked openly and in a friendly manner about similarities and differences between our two churches and landed squarely on the topic of women and the priesthood. One of the women in the room who had been ordained to the priesthood described her responsibilities and shared her feelings regarding the blessing it was for her to be able to perform priesthood ordinances.
6 Min Read
October 21, 2019 01:12 PM MDT
“I believe it will change your life.”
1 Min Read
October 12, 2019 08:34 AM MDT
One evening Lydia [Knight] requested me (Newel Knight) to go to the Prophet and get a handkerchief from him, or ask him to send her a healing blessing. And, said [Lydia], “I believe I shall be healed.” She would have been glad to have sent for him to come and lay hands upon her, but did not feel worthy to trouble him . . . as the multitude of business and care he had over the Church she knew was more than he was able to endure with the sufferings of the saints.
3 Min Read
October 10, 2019 12:54 PM MDT
President Oaks instructed that “all priesthood authority in the Church functions under the direction of the one who holds the appropriate priesthood keys.”
6 Min Read
October 07, 2019 04:00 PM MDT
"Several months ago, at the end of a temple endowment session, I said to my wife, 'I hope the sisters understand the spiritual treasures that are theirs in the temple,'" President Russell M. Nelson said during the women's session of general conference. "Every woman and every man who makes covenants with God and keeps those covenants, and who participates worthily in priesthood ordinances, has direct access to the power of God. Those who are endowed in the house of the Lord receive a gift of God’s priesthood power by virtue of their covenant, along with a gift of knowledge to know how to draw upon that power."
5 Min Read
By  LDS Living
August 14, 2019 03:14 PM MDT
As Latter-day Saints, we may know what the priesthood is, but do we know how it works?
1 Min Read
May 04, 2019 03:03 PM MDT
All patriarchal blessings come from God. They are revelations from the Father, and the patriarch is the revelator whom the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has assigned to receive that revelation. Consequently, a patriarch must be a spiritual man who is seasoned in the gospel, who knows the doctrine, and who lives a life that is beyond reproach. He is a man who, over years of faithful service in priesthood callings, has learned how to receive revelation and has developed in his personal life the gift for recognizing the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. He is wise, dignified, and mature. Because he has been ordained to the office of patriarch (in the Melchizedek Priesthood), he has a right—by virtue of his priesthood office—to receive revelation on behalf of others, so long as he lives his life in such a way so as to be receptive to God’s Holy Spirit.
6 Min Read
April 23, 2019 09:04 AM MDT
Priesthood power is more than priesthood authority. With priesthood authority (authorization through someone holding priesthood keys), women and men can fulfill callings and assignments, represent the Church as missionaries, make covenants, and perform ordinances that are valid. With both priesthood authority and priesthood power, they can do these things in ways that magnify those callings, invite the Spirit, bless lives, develop spiritual gifts, and even bring about miracles. Relief Society General President Linda K. Burton affirms, “There is a difference . . . between priesthood authority and priesthood power. Priesthood authority is conferred by ordination, but priesthood power is available to all.”1
9 Min Read
By  LDS Living
March 05, 2019 03:00 PM MST
Recently the Ensign shared a beautiful article byBarbara Morgan Gardiner about connecting daughters of God to His priesthood power. This article has been shared by several apostles on Facebook, along with messages about the power of women and how they access priesthood power in their lives.
1 Min Read
February 18, 2019 10:00 PM MST
“You, my sisters, if you are faithful will become Queens of Queens, and Priestesses unto the Most High God. These are your callings.”
10 Min Read
January 10, 2019 02:18 PM MST
“Dad, can I be ordained a deacon right after midnight?” my 11-year-old, Koleson, asked me from the backseat.
3 Min Read
November 23, 2018 02:07 PM MST
It's the big day you've been waiting for. You and your spouse sit proudly in the church pew. Grandparents and family have traveled miles to attend. A member of the bishopric makes a few announcements and then asks your just-turned 12-year-old son to stand.
3 Min Read
September 14, 2018 07:49 PM MDT
Conference Talk:
4 Min Read
By  LDS Living
August 13, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
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.
4 Min Read
July 14, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
One of our sons and I were assigned as home teaching companions. Together we taught a number of families, including a divorced sister with three young daughters. Over time we developed a close and trusting relationship with the woman and her children. We appreciated the opportunities we had to serve them spiritually and temporally.
4 Min Read
June 14, 2018 03:44 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from The Melchizedek Priesthood. While Elder and Sister Renlund are addressing priesthood holders in this passage, the council is true and imperative for every member of the Church.
5 Min Read
May 30, 2018 10:27 PM MDT
With the Church's special worldwide event on June 1to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 revelation on the priesthood, now is the perfect opportunity for parents to discuss the priesthood and temple ban with their children. We hope the following article will help facilitate this important discussion in LDS homes.
8 Min Read
May 25, 2018 09:01 AM MDT
Whether on the home front or the front lines, many LDS military families are making great sacrifices on behalf of their country. As husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters are asked to serve abroad, family members are left behind to carry on at home. Here is a look at some of their personal experiences, as compiled in the book Faith in the Service.
14 Min Read
May 16, 2018 12:56 PM MDT
In a recent notice sent to priesthood, Relief Society, Young Women, and Young Men leaders on May 11, the Church answered frequently asked questions about ministering and changes to priesthood quorums, whichare also posted on ministering.lds.org.
2 Min Read
April 24, 2018 04:27 PM MDT
Now that the shock factor of so many changes announced in one short conference weekend has begun to fade, I've dived back into general conference, listening to each talk and searching for key messages and takeaways I might have missed in the initial excitement.
3 Min Read
April 19, 2018 07:42 PM MDT
When I was ordained an Elder I remember being taught this truth by Elder Bruce R. McConkie: “We are his agents; we represent him; we are expected to do and say what he would do and say if he personally were ministering among men at this time.” It struck me, I need to prepare and be worthy at any minute to act and stand in the place of the Savior.
1 Min Read
April 18, 2018 04:58 PM MDT
Do you know a young Latter-day Saint who will soon be turning 12? Meridian Magazine shares five things every young man and woman should understand about the Aaronic priesthood.
1 Min Read
April 16, 2018 03:08 PM MDT
When faith and faithfulness are added to priesthood authority, marvelous things can happen in the lives of men, women, and families. We learn in the scriptures that after the Lord "called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease" (Matthew 10:1; see also Mark 3:14; Mark 6:7; and Luke 9:1). . . .
3 Min Read
By  LDS Living
April 09, 2018 09:43 PM MDT
On June 1, 2018, a worldwide celebration will be held celebrating the 40 year anniversary of the 1978 revelation that extended the priesthood to all worthy male members of the Church. The First Presidency announced the celebration on April 9, which will be held in Salt Lake City.
1 Min Read
March 31, 2018 10:16 PM MDT
During the Saturday priesthood session, President Russell M. Nelson announced major organizational changes to the adult priesthood quorums.
2 Min Read
March 31, 2018 09:51 PM MDT
During the priesthood session of general conference, President Nelson announced major changes to the organization of adult priesthood quorums.
1 Min Read
March 24, 2018 01:21 PM MDT
All blessings come from God’s total priesthood power and authority. Priesthood power and blessings, by that expanded definition, have been and always will be available to all who qualify for them, without restriction based on gender, birth order, or lineage. This principle can readily be seen from multiple examples in which God’s power was manifest at a time when conferred priesthood did not exist on the earth. Many spiritual and devoted individuals complied with laws that govern reception of God’s blessings, without having received any priesthood ordination. Christian reformers such as William Tyndale, Martin Luther, and John Calvin received God’s power as they translated the Bible and participated in other inspired activities.
4 Min Read
March 17, 2018 01:07 PM MDT
The concept of priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unique and perhaps confusing for those who are unfamiliar with it. Even many members of the Church who accept, love, and appreciate the priesthood may find themselves “fuzzy” on the doctrine and principles. Perhaps that is because the term priesthood is used in at least two ways. First, priesthood is the term used to describe the total power and authority of God. Second, priesthood is also the term used to describe the power and authority that God gives to ordained priesthood holders on earth to act in all things necessary for the salvation of God’s children. 1 This second usage is the widely accepted definition of the priesthood. For example, Preach My Gospel defines priesthood as the authority and power that God gives to man to act in the name of Jesus Christ in all things for the salvation of mankind. 2 Thus, the same word, priesthood, refers both to God’s total power and authority and to that portion of His power and authority that He delegates to man on earth.
4 Min Read
March 08, 2018 02:35 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Elder and Sister Renlund's new book, The Melchizedek Priesthood Understanding the Doctrine, Living the Principles. In the book, the Renlunds defines the priesthood as follows: "The term priesthood is used in at least two ways. First, priesthood is the term used to describe the total power and authority of God. Second, priesthood is also the term used to describe the power and authority that God gives to ordained priesthood holders on earth to act in all things necessary for the salvation of God’s children. . . . Thus, the same word, priesthood, refers both to God’s total power and authority and to that portion of His power and authority that He delegates to man on earth."
6 Min Read
February 23, 2018 05:00 AM MST
Conference Talk:
3 Min Read
February 09, 2018 03:33 PM MST
Fourth Sunday Relief Society and Priesthood teachers have a fascinating new task presented to them this year—teaching about the same topic for every month between general conferences.
8 Min Read
December 19, 2017 03:10 PM MST
The Deseret News recently compiled a number of interviews to help answer questions Church members might have about the new Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood curriculum set to begin in just a few weeks.
1 Min Read
November 29, 2017 04:57 PM MST
For a more in-depth look at this topic, check out, "5 Ways Women Are Already Given Priesthood Authority and Officiate in Priesthood Ordinances in the Church."
3 Min Read
October 27, 2017 08:50 AM MDT
Conference Talk:
3 Min Read
October 09, 2017 01:57 PM MDT
In the recent issue of the Ensign, the Church published additional information about the new Relief Society and Priesthood curriculum for next year.
1 Min Read
September 15, 2017 02:21 PM MDT
The Church has announced the 2018 curriculum for children, youth, and adults, which includes the new Come, Follow Me curriculum for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society beginning in January.
1 Min Read
August 25, 2017 03:30 PM MDT
The Church announced some big changes for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society Sunday meetings in 2018. The Church announced some big changes for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society Sunday meetings in 2018. As we wrap up the last year using the "Teaching of the Prophets" manuals, Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood meetings moving forward will focus on counseling together about local needs in addition to teaching gospel-centered lessons.
1 Min Read
August 24, 2017 01:31 PM MDT
In the early days of the Church, it was not uncommon for women to participate in giving blessings of healing (see the Church's Gospel Topics essay "Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women"). In fact, by 1880, women had developed a ritual to help those who were about to give birth, often calling this a "washing and anointing previous to confinement" (The First Fifty Years of the Relief Society, 539).
7 Min Read
Fun
June 10, 2017 09:40 AM MDT
How many ways are there to tie a tie? Turns out there's quite a few! Check out these really snazzy tie knots!
1 Min Read
By  LDS Living
June 02, 2017 12:58 PM MDT
This month's visiting and first presidency messages remind us of the importance of keeping covenants with the Lord, relying on priesthood power, and doing missionary work.
2 Min Read
May 20, 2017 11:34 AM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Sheri Dew's Worth the Wrestle.
7 Min Read
By  LDS Living
May 16, 2017 07:51 PM MDT
The Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood took place on May 15, 1829. For nearly 200 years, different depictions of this event portrayed in film and art, as well as in photographs that claim to represent its location, have led to confusion about its true location. This recent video from Book of Mormon Central explains historians' current understanding regarding where the Aaronic Priesthood was restored.
1 Min Read
By  LDS Living
April 03, 2017 09:50 AM MDT
As sisters in the gospel, it is important to remember that all of the blessings of the priesthood apply to us as well. Help those you visit teach to see how they can be worthy to receive the blessings that come through the priesthood.
1 Min Read
By  LDS Living
March 18, 2017 04:15 PM MDT
When did you first gain a testimony of priesthood blessings? Jeff, who served a mission in the Phillippines, shares the mission miracle that saved one man's life and changed his own understanding of priesthood power.
1 Min Read
January 20, 2017 10:37 PM MST
A new year, a new opportunity to learn and grow! In 2017, the Relief Society and priesthood manuals will focus on the life and teachings of President Gordon B. Hinckley, who served as the 15th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 13 years. The teachings in the new course manuals come from his many sermons and articles as he faithfully served in the Church. Because of President Hinckley’s wonderful sense of humor and positive outlook on life, many members have very fond memories of the prophet that can add to our excitement as we dive into a new lesson manual this year.
4 Min Read
Fun
January 10, 2017 10:00 PM MST
As a new year of Church curriculum begins, take a look at these awesome resources meant to help you get even more out of each lesson this year. Many of these resources will be helpful to you in preparing lessons, teaching your children, and finding new insights for yourself.
1 Min Read
December 12, 2016 11:22 AM MST
Mitt Romney has never shied away from sharing his faith on social media. After the passing of a close friend, Senator Bob Bennett, Mitt Romney wrote on Facebook, "What I will remember most about Senator Bennett is his unwavering commitment to principle; his is an example of integrity and character that will long live in the memories of all of us who knew him. God be with you, Bob, till we meet again at Jesus' feet."
1 Min Read
The following article is excerpted from John Bytheway's "The Best Three Hours of the Week" available at deseretbook.com.
9 Min Read
October 22, 2016 12:46 PM MDT
The following is a segment of an address originally given by Latter-day Saint Wendy Ulrich, Ph.D., at the FAIR Mormon conference and reposted with permission. To access the first part of the address, click here.
7 Min Read
October 17, 2016 06:00 PM MDT
The following is a segment of an address originally given by Latter-day Saint Wendy Ulrich, Ph.D., at the FAIR Mormon conference and reposted with permission:
5 Min Read
October 05, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
The following is a segment of an address originally given by Latter-day Saint Wendy Ulrich, Ph.D., at the FAIR Mormon conference and reposted with permission:
7 Min Read
By  LDS Living
September 19, 2016 04:00 PM MDT
A recent Mormon Channel Daily podcast discussed the topic of women and the priesthood, sharing quotes from LDS leaders about the "true rights and responsibilities" women have in connection with the priesthood.
3 Min Read
August 09, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the curriculum that Church members of all ages will be studying in 2017.
1 Min Read