Understand Basic Principles
- The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God. Through this power He redeems and exalts His children, bringing to pass the “immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).
- Jesus Christ gave priesthood authority to His Apostles, but it was lost when the Apostles were killed. In our day, John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John restored the priesthood to Joseph Smith.
- Priesthood power depends on our personal worthiness.
- The Melchizedek Priesthood is received by a covenant with Heavenly Father. If we are faithful, He promises with an oath that we will receive all that He has.
- D&C 84:33–44
- Henry B. Eyring, “Faith and the Oath and the Covenant of the Priesthood,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 61–64
- Priesthood leaders in the Church hold priesthood keys. This means they have the authority to direct, preside over, and govern the work of the priesthood in the Church.
Study on My Own
Act in Faith
Learn from Others
Interview some faithful men and women (from your family, if possible). Ask them to share experiences in which priesthood service blessed them and their families. What would they recommend you do to prepare to participate in the work of the priesthood? (See Duty to God, 86.)
Invite a priesthood holder to share with you how priesthood ordinances are performed (see Family Guidebook, 18–25). Using the scriptures and other resources (such as the Bible Dictionary and institute student manuals), discuss the symbolism associated with the ordinances. Learn the procedures for performing priesthood ordinances.
Line of Authority
Learn about your priesthood line of authority or the priesthood line of authority of someone in your family. (Melchizedek Priesthood holders can receive a copy of their line of authority by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.) Consider doing research about the people in the line of authority. What do you find that inspires you to honor the power of the priesthood?
Learn Your Duty
Ponder the following statement by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, and make a plan to apply his counsel: “The holy priesthood of God … has an owner’s manual. Let us commit to reading the scriptures and handbooks with more purpose and more focus. Let us begin by rereading sections 20, 84, 107, and 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants.” (“Your Potential, Your Privilege,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 58–61).
Because service is at the heart of the priesthood, make a plan to give regular service—in your family, your community, or your ward. (See Duty to God, 26–27, 50–51, 74–75; Personal Progress, Good Works.)