Church Doctrine 05, Priesthood, Beginner Level 100

August 29, 2021

In the New Testament, the Savior told His disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16). In other words, God calls His servants. After Jesus ascended into heaven following His resurrection, His disciples called and ordained others under divine direction. (See, e.g., Acts 1:15‒26.) You too, can be called and blessed by this power.

By Study

The fifth Article of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirms this doctrine: “We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.” (The Pearl of Great Price, The Articles of Faith 1:5.)


Study the following chapters from the Church manual Gospel Principles, which is available free online in electronic form or in hard copy for members at the Church’s online store and for anyone else here (the chapters listed below all have links to the online version):

Chapter 13: The Priesthood

Chapter 14: Priesthood Organization

Study also the following article from the Church’s website:

“Women and Priesthood”

By Faith

Both women and men enjoy the blessings of priesthood power. The Church’s General Handbook of Instructions says, “The Melchizedek Priesthood is ‘the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God’ (Doctrine and Covenants 107:3). It is the power by which the sons and daughters of God can become like Him (see Doctrine and Covenants 84:19–21; 132:19–20).”


Read Alma 13, which talks about people who were called of God and then became sanctified through their exceeding great faith righteousness. Ponder about how you can become more righteous and serve the Lord better. Select one thing you can do to become and serve better. Then do it this week.

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Author: Richard E. Turley Jr.

Richard E. Turley Jr. served for twenty-two years as managing director of the Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and eight years as Assistant Church Historian and Recorder. He also served as managing director of the Family History, Public Affairs, and Church Communication Departments.

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