Wednesday, April 11, 2012


David A. Bednar, The Powers of Heaven, April 2012 General Conference
"Priesthood is the means whereby the Lord acts through men to save souls."

President Thomas S  Monson, Willing and Worthy to Serve, April 2012 General Conference
The priesthood is not so much a gift as it is a commission to serve, a privilege to lift, and an opportunity to bless the lives of others.”

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor (2001), 119
“What is priesthood? … It is the government of God, whether on the earth or in the heavens, for it is by that power, agency, or principle that all things are governed on the earth and in the heavens, and by that power that all things are upheld and sustained. It governs all things—it directs all things—it sustains all things—and has to do with all things that God and truth are associated with.”

Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. (1939), 139–40; emphasis added
“The priesthood … is … the power of God delegated to man by which man can act in the earth for the salvation of the human family, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, and act legitimately; not assuming that authority, nor borrowing it from generations that are dead and gone, but authority that has been given in this day in which we live by ministering angels and spirits from above, direct from the presence of Almighty God.”

Spencer W Kimball, The Miracle ofForgiveness [1969], 96
“One breaks the priesthood covenant by transgressing commandments—but also by leaving undone his duties. Accordingly, to break this covenant one needs only to do nothing

President Ezra Taft Benson, So Shall Ye Reap [1960], 21
“It is not enough to receive the priesthood and then sit back passively and wait until someone prods us into activity. When we receive the priesthood, we have the obligation of becoming actively and anxiously engaged in promoting the cause of righteousness in the earth, because the Lord says:
“‘… He that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned’ [D&C 58:29]
Article of Faith 5
 We believe that a man must be acalled of God, by bprophecy, and by the laying on of chands by those who are in dauthority, toepreach the Gospel and administer in the fordinances thereof.

Elder David A Bednar, The Powers of Heaven, April 2012 General Conference
The priesthood is the authority of God delegated to men on the earth to act in all things for the salvation of mankind.”
"The priesthood is inherently active rather than passive."

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