1. The priesthood is the power of God. It is the power Jesus Christ used to create the earth. God also gives righteous men the power to act in His name. Jesus and His Apostles used the priesthood to teach and bless people.
2. When Jesus was about 30 years old, He walked many miles to find John the Baptist. John had the Aaronic Priesthood, which is necessary to baptize. Jesus asked John to baptize Him in the Jordan River.
3. After Jesus Christ died and was resurrected, His Apostles died. The priesthood was lost from the earth. Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, sent John the Baptist to restore the Aaronic Priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. Then they could baptize others and bless them through the power of the priesthood.
Turn back to pages 14–15 to learn more about where the priesthood was restored!