Skip to comments.Holding Aaronic Priesthood is an extraordinary privilege - Mormon (Open)
Posted on 03/17/2010 2:50:32 PM PDT by reaganaut
I write today for my son and other young men about what an extraordinary privilege it is to be an Aaronic Priesthood holder. You have been ordained and given POWER, by someone with authority from God, to act in Gods name on the earth today.
You know all about superheroes. Its fun to watch movies and see the powers superheroes like Spiderman, Batman and Superman have. But thats just the movies and not real.
However, from the moment you are ordained a deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood, you are given more power than all the superheroes in the world combined -- and it is REAL power. Its a special power, of course, and it can only be used if you are living the commandments.
Its also a power that lets you help others, but you cant use it for selfish reasons: to get things or do things that Heavenly Father doesnt want done. However, when you use your priesthood power righteously, wonderful things will happen and you will see miracles, from simple to awe-inspiring, in your life.
What does it mean to be ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood? First, it means God has enormous confidence in you. Imagine a powerful king who rules over millions of people telling you he trusts you so much that he is going to give you his signet ring.
When you have his ring you have the authority and power to do things in the kings name. That king would have to love you very much and he would have to have enormous faith that you will make good decisions and do what is right.
But this is not a make believe situation; its real. Priesthood is the greatest power in the universe and our Heavenly king, God, will trust you with his power throughout your life as long as you remain worthy. He expects you to be sober, to keep the commandments, share the gospel and use priesthood power to help and serve others.
Second, more than the fact that you have power, being an Aaronic Priesthood holder means that you have duties and responsibilities given you. God requires you to do certain things and you will answer to him somedayabout how well you did what he asked you to do.
You can still have fun and enjoy life, but he wants you to be serious in representing him, honoring the priesthood and setting a righteous example for others.
A good way to understand what it means when you are ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood is to consider some of the responsibilities and blessings that come to you as a deacon, a teacher and a priest. All young men ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood hold the keys of the ministering of angels.
This is a literal promise and at times angels with attend and watch over you although you will not necessarily see them.
As a deacon you are to pass the sacrament, watch over the church, bear testimony of Christ, warn, expound, exhort and invite all members to come unto Christ. To do this you will need to keep the commandments, and carefully study the scriptures and the teachings of todays prophets and apostles.
You are charged with helping the bishop by gathering fast offerings, caring for those in need, fellowshipping quorum brethren, and strengthening and uplifting the members.
When you become a teacher, under the direction of your priesthood leaders, you are to prepare the sacrament and are charged with speaking well of others and strengthening members by encouraging them to live the commandments.
You too warn, expound, exhort, teach and invite all to come unto Christ by home teaching, speaking in church, being an example of righteousness and integrity, and speaking kindly about others.
A priest adds to these duties baptizing and administering the sacrament. He is commissioned to visit members in their homes and to urge them to pray and attend to their family duties.
Isnt it amazing how much the Lord trusts the young men in the church and how much he depends on them?
When Wilford Woodruff went on his first mission, he "went out as a priest, and my companion as an elder, and we traveled thousands of miles, and had many things manifested to us.
"I desire to impress upon you the fact that it does not make any difference whether a man is a priest or an apostle, if he magnifies his calling. A priest holds the key of the ministering of angels. Never in my life, as an apostle, as a seventy, or as an elder, have I ever had more of the protection of the Lord than while holding the office as a priest.
"The Lord revealed to me by visions, by revelations, and by the Holy Spirit, many things that lay before me.
What a wonderful honor it is to hold the Aaronic Priesthood and how important it is to do everything in your power to always be worthy of this great privilege given you by God.
That is just sick.
Very true. One of the LDS, one we usually don’t see here, sent me a freepmail about how sorry they felt for me.
Isn’t Christianity by Definition a perversion of Jewish Law?
Christians consider it a FULFILLMENT of Jewish Law.
Where were you in 1623
Where were you yourself ???
I had ancestors arriving here that year...
how about you ????
My ancestors have been here since 1680’s on my mother’s side. My father was a (LEGAL) immigrant from Germany.
And I have on my Grandfathers side, connections back to the LDS all the way back to 1844. A direct descendant was on in the Grand Lodge that kicked Smith out of the Masons and used to go on witnessing runs to Winter Quarters.
But if you are interested in LDS history (I was LDS and I am a professional historian), I can give you a few good (and objective) resources.
Never cast aspersions.
You upset because my 2,000 years of Christian history is more than TEN times as long as your boasted 170 years of mormon history ???
Kid if you dont want someone to answer you dont toss out bombs...
This is America not theocratic dictatorial Utah of 170 years ago...
I’m a free Christian not an enslaved mormon female...
You toss bombs...I pick em up add some paint and toss em back...
BTW the color you notice will always be RED...
To symbolize the Blood that Jesus shed on the Cross...
P.S. The Church was restored.
Somebody stole your church ???
You got it back ???
Jesus of the Christian Bible has a church...
He wasnt careless and lost His...
Not was she stolen...
Nor did He have to hide her...
He has always had her right here on Earth...
She has been here on Earth for 2,000 years...
The Lds Church at one time did use wine vs. water for communion. In fact, the Lds church office in St. George even had a "wine office" in the 1890s & set up its own wine press. Here's the way George Givens wrote about it:
"By 1890 the Church in St. George realized it had made a big mistake in accepting wine and grapes in its tithing office. In fact, there were so many grapes that the wine office set up its own press and became the chief single producer of wine in the Dixie area. [Dixie = Southern Utah] In spite of Brigham's advice to trade the wine out of the community, the St. George brethren drank so much of their wine that drunkeness became a concern among its leaders. The solution was to stop accepting wine as tithing and to abandon its own presses. It took a while, but by 1900 grape growers had gone out of the business and not drinking wine part of the Word of Wisdom in St. George." (Givens, 500 More Little-Known Facts in Mormon History, p. 190)
We realize that (1) stick around long enough, and Mormon theology & Mormon practices will change...(the "Word of Wisdom" has been very "bendable"...what's been "wise" in some eras, apparently not so "wise" in others...);
and (2) It's frankly a sad state of commentary when the church had to boot wine out of communion simply because those Mormons with access to church-produced wine in St. George were getting drunk. The drunkards were dictating communion policy to the church!!!
Thanks for posting that, I remember that the D&C said they used wine but I forgot why they went to water.
Glostershire and Bath. We were Late in the Game, it seems 1628.
What does then even mean?
A Grand Lodge in IL. Master was Hoyt, iirc.
Currently working on transcription of the diaries.