"As surely as we know that God’s love is “alike” for His sons and His daughters, we also know that He did not create men and women exactly the same. We know that gender is an essential characteristic of both our mortal and eternal identity and purpose. Sacred responsibilities are given to each gender."
"[Priesthood] authority is a vital source of righteous power and influence for the benefit of God’s children on earth and will last beyond the veil."
—L. Tom Perry, "The Doctrines and Principles Contained in the Articles of Faith"
"The blessings of the priesthood are infinitely greater than the one who is asked to administer the gift."
"Miracles are everywhere to be found when the priesthood is understood, its power is honored and used properly, and faith is exerted."
"There exists today a great need for men and women to cultivate respect for each other as sons and daughters of God and reverence for our Father in Heaven and His priesthood—His power and authority."
"The priesthood is the power and authority of God given for the salvation and blessing of all—men, women, and children."
"The priesthood is not so much a gift as it is a commission to serve, a privilege to lift, and an opportunity to bless the lives of others. ... Yours is the privilege to be not spectators but participants on the stage of priesthood service."
"We cannot afford to have those who exercise the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God, waste their strength in pornography or spend their lives in cyberspace (ironically being of the world while not being in the world)."
"It is priesthood authority in the Church that provides for sacred ordinances and covenants that bind families together and qualify each of us to return to God the Father and Jesus Christ in the celestial kingdom. These ordinances bring peace because they are covenants with the Lord."
"Priesthood power depends upon personal righteousness. . . . [The blessings of priesthood power are] available to men and women alike. . . . [Families are the] image and forerunner of exaltation in the celestial kingdom."
—Dallin H. Oaks, "Strengthening the Family and the Church through the Priesthood"
Topics: Priesthood, Family