The Power to Bless All People

Church leaders have taught us that priesthood ordinances and covenants equally bless and are equally available to all of God’s children.
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Illustration by Gail Armstrong

Elder Neil L. Andersen

“The priesthood is the power and authority of God given for the salvation and blessing of all—men, women, and children.  …

“There are special blessings from God for every worthy person who is baptized, receives the Holy Ghost, and regularly partakes of the sacrament. The temple brings added light and strength, along with the promise of eternal life [see D&C 138:37, 51].”

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Power in the Priesthood,” Ensign, Nov. 2013, 92.

Carole M. Stephens

“Priesthood ordinances and covenants provide access to the fulness of the blessings promised to us by God, which are made possible by the Savior’s Atonement. They arm sons and daughters of God with power, God’s power, and provide us with the opportunity to receive eternal life—to return to God’s presence and live with Him in His eternal family.

Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, “Do We Know What We Have?” Ensign, Nov. 2013, 12.

Elder M. Russell Ballard

“It is crucial for us to understand that Heavenly Father has provided a way for all of His sons and His daughters to have access to the blessings of and be strengthened by the power of the priesthood. Central to God’s plan for His spirit children is His own declaration: ‘This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man’ (Moses 1:39).”

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “‘This Is My Work and Glory,’” Ensign, May 2013, 19.

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