For those who are not of our faith, there is an important aspect of our church that isn’t always brought across in regular religion conversation; this is the Priesthood. Hopefully throughout this message, I will be able to define and explain this aspect clearly for those who don’t understand this doctrine fully. The Priesthood is the authority given to man by God to act in His name. The Priesthood is the power to serve, protect and assist those in need. God gave the priesthood to his twelve apostles during his sojourn on the earth. This power still exists today; it’s real and effects many people today. The Priesthood is God’s authority, so it is very powerful. The Priesthood has the power to heal the wounded, administer sacred ordinances (Sacrament, Baptism, Confirmation etc.) and even calm the troubled soul. The Priesthood is open to anyone who needs help or is afflicted in any way. There are many offices in the priesthood; they all hold different powers and duties.
The Priesthood isn’t a fun and jolly power to be used when one feels it would be fun. The priesthood is only to be used for God’s purposes and intent. When holders of this sacred power feel impressed to use it for a good and righteous cause, the power can truly be administered to the cause. There are specific duties for each office, or level of the priesthood. One must fulfill these duties in order to hold this power worthily. It is different to just hold the priesthood office, than to be able to administer the power which it holds. One must be exercising this power worthily and for a good cause for the spirit to confirm that the power may be executed.
The Priesthood is sacred, and can only be held by worthy members. Only men hold the Priesthood. We are not sure why this is the case, but in no way does this mean that women in the church wouldn’t be worthy or capable of completing its duties. Priesthood holders must be living their lives worthy of God; staying clean from any evil. They don’t have to be perfect because nobody is, but a very good person.
God’s power is sacred and dominant. It blesses the lives of all those who hold it and receive it’s influence. The Priesthood is a gift and a blessing whose power can bless anyone humble enough to receive it.