Posted by: blackfootsmj1 | May 31, 2011

The Restoration of the Priesthood

Shortly after Joseph Smith was called to be a Prophet and was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ, he began translating the Book of Mormon. As the translation continued Joseph realized he had more questions he needed answers to. One of those was how are we to be baptized. He and his assistant, Oliver Cowdery, went to a grove of trees to pray. They then asked how they were to be baptized. In answer to that prayer John the Baptist, now a resurrected being, descended in a cloud of light. And just as prophets of Old laid his hands on Joseph and Oliver’s head and gave them the authority to baptize; known as the Aaronic Priesthood. Shortly after this experience, Peter, James, and John also appeared and gave him the authority to organize the Church of Jesus Christ again. The Priesthood authority of God has been restored to the Earth. God has given that authority to men on Earth to minister in holy things. The same authority Jesus gave his apostles to perform miracles, to baptize, and to teach the Gospel has been given back to men on Earth.

I love this thought:

Watching his brother John ordain priests and ministers according to the dictates of his own whims, Charles Wesley wrote the now famous lines:

So easily are bishops made
By men’s or women’s whim?
Wesley his hands on Coke hath laid
But who laid hands on him?

The Savior spoke of this priesthood during his Sermon on the Mount.  He warned, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven…  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Clearly, the Savior takes the subject of divine authority very seriously.  We should be mindful that we are not exercising authority that we do not have – the scriptures are quite clear about that.

To be continued…

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