Daily Messages

Words for You to Ponder Today


Priesthood

  • "The blessings of the priesthood are available to everyone. Indeed, the Father “inviteth … all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; … all are alike unto God” (2 Ne. 26:33) (Robert D. Hales, "Blessings of the Priesthood," October 1995 general conference)."

    —Robert D. Hales, "Blessings of the Priesthood"
    Topics: Priesthood

  • "I have observed three common characteristics of the priesthood holders who are my heroes. One is a pattern of prayer, the second is a habit of service, and the third is a rock-hard decision to be honest."

    —Henry B. Eyring, "The Priesthood Man"
    Topics: Priesthood

  • "In the eyes of God, whether in the Church or in the family, women and men are equal, with different responsibilities."

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood"
    Topics: Priesthood

  • "The greatest power God has given to His sons cannot be exercised without the companionship of one of His daughters, because only to His daughters has God given the power “to be a creator of bodies … so that God’s design and the Great Plan might meet fruition.”"

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood"
    Topics: Priesthood

  • "We are not accustomed to speaking of women having the authority of the priesthood in their Church callings, but what other authority can it be? When a woman—young or old—is set apart to preach the gospel as a full-time missionary, she is given priesthood authority to perform a priesthood function. The same is true when a woman is set apart to function as an officer or teacher in a Church organization under the direction of one who holds the keys of the priesthood. Whoever functions in an office or calling received from one who holds priesthood keys exercises priesthood authority in performing her or his assigned duties."

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood"
    Topics: Priesthood

  • "The divine nature of the limitations put upon the exercise of priesthood keys explains an essential contrast between decisions on matters of Church administration and decisions affecting the priesthood. The First Presidency and the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, who preside over the Church, are empowered to make many decisions affecting Church policies and procedures—matters such as the location of Church buildings and the ages for missionary service. But even though these presiding authorities hold and exercise all of the keys delegated to men in this dispensation, they are not free to alter the divinely decreed pattern that only men will hold offices in the priesthood."

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood"
    Topics: Priesthood

  • "Ultimately, all keys of the priesthood are held by the Lord Jesus Christ, whose priesthood it is. He is the one who determines what keys are delegated to mortals and how those keys will be used. We are accustomed to thinking that all keys of the priesthood were conferred on Joseph Smith in the Kirtland Temple, but the scripture states that all that was conferred there were “the keys of this dispensation” (D&C 110:16). At general conference many years ago, President Spencer W. Kimball reminded us that there are other priesthood keys that have not been given to man on the earth, including the keys of creation and resurrection."

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood"
    Topics: Priesthood

  • "Priesthood power blesses all of us. Priesthood keys direct women as well as men, and priesthood ordinances and priesthood authority pertain to women as well as men."

    —Dallin H. Oaks, "The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood"
    Topics: Priesthood

  • "You young men cannot know what acts of priesthood service the Lord is preparing you to give. But the greater challenge for every priesthood holder is to give spiritual help. All of us have that charge. It comes with being a member of a quorum. It comes with being a member of a family."

    —Henry B. Eyring, "Bind Up Their Wounds"
    Topics: Priesthood

  • "Home teaching is more than a mechanical visit once per month. Ours is the responsibility to teach, to inspire, to motivate, and where we visit those who are not active, to bring to activity and to eventual exaltation the sons and daughters of God."

    —Thomas S. Monson, "True Shepherds"
    Topics: Priesthood, Prophetic Messages, Home Teaching