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Why the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood Matters to Me

“All those who receive the priesthood, receive this oath and covenant of my Father, which he cannot break” (D&C 84:40).

Do you know what blessings come from the oath and covenant of the priesthood?

The Lord revealed the oath and covenant of the priesthood in Doctrine and Covenants 84:33–44. And if we do our part, the promised blessings are pretty great.

Elder Russell M. Nelson said, “Incredible blessings flow from this oath and covenant to worthy men, women, and children in all the world.”

What are these incredible blessings? And what can we do to receive them? Why is the oath and covenant of the priesthood so important to all people?

Check out what prophets and apostles have to say about these questions!

What is the oath made by our Heavenly Father?

“Rising to the possibilities of the 
oath and covenant brings the greatest of all the gifts of God: eter
nal life. That is a purpose of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Through keeping the covenants as we receive the priesthood and renewing them in the temple ceremonies, we are promised by an oath made by our Heavenly Father, Elohim, that we will gain the fulness of His glory and live as He lives.”

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, “Faith and the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood,” Ensign, May 2008, 61.

What is your part in the covenant?

“The covenant on man’s part is that he will magnify his calling in the priesthood [see D&C 84:33], and that he will live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God, and that he will keep the commandments.”

President Joseph Fielding Smith (1876–1972), in Conference Report, 
Apr. 1970, 59.

What does it mean to have your body renewed?

“I have seen that promise fulfilled 
in my own life and in the lives of others. A friend of mine served as a mission president. He told me that at the end of every day while he was serving, he could barely make it upstairs to bed at night wondering if he would have the strength to face another day. Then in the morning, he would find his strength and his courage restored. You have seen it in the lives of aged prophets who seemed to be renewed each time they stood to testify 
of the Lord Jesus Christ and the restored gospel. That is a promise for those who go forward in faith in their priesthood service.”

President Henry B. Eyring, “Faith and the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood,” Ensign, May 2008, 62.

What does it mean to receive the Lord?

“Men who worthily receive the priesthood receive the Lord Jesus Christ, and those who receive the Lord receive God the Father. And those who receive the Father receive all that He has. Incredible blessings flow from this oath and covenant to worthy men, women, and children in all the world.”

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Covenants,” Ensign, Nov. 2011, 88.

Does this apply to young women?

“The blessings of the priesthood are not confined to men alone. These blessings are also poured out upon our wives and daughters and upon all the faithful women of the Church. These good sisters can prepare themselves, by keeping the commandments and by serving in the Church, for the blessings of the house of the Lord. The Lord offers to his daughters every spiritual gift and blessing that can be obtained by his sons.”

President Joseph Fielding Smith (1876–1972), 
in Conference Report, Apr. 1970, 59.

This article originally appeared in the July 2015 New Era.

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