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What is the priesthood?

Official Answer

The priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name. The same priesthood authority that existed in the original Church established by Jesus Christ exists in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. The Church is directed and led through this authority.

All male members of the Church who are prepared receive the priesthood in order to help lead the Church and serve Heavenly Father’s children. A man with the priesthood might serve in some of the following ways:

  • Leading congregations of the Church
  • Performing the ordinances of the Church, such as baptism
  • Blessing those who are sick

God expects those who hold this sacred priesthood authority to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve with love, gentleness, and kindness.

  • Official Church Answer The priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name. The same priesthood authority that existed in the original Church established by Jesus Christ exists in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. The Church is directed and led through this authority. All male members of the Church who are prepared receive the priesthood in order to help lead the Church and serve Heavenly Father’s children. A man with the priesthood might serve in some of the following ways: ■Leading congregations of the Church ■Performing the ordinances of the Church, such as baptism ■Blessing those who are sick God expects those who hold this sacred priesthood authority to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve with love, gentleness, and kindness. Show more

  • The priesthood is the power on Earth for worthy men over the age of 12, to act in God's name. We are his tools on Earth, and we carry on his work. The priesthood is used while blessing, preparing, and passing the sacrament. We give priesthood blessings to call upon our Heavenly Fathers power, for any problem somebody might have in their life. However, if one becomes unworthy through lack of obedience to the teachings of this gospel, you lose the priveledge to act in God's name, until you are again ready to have such a power. As a 17 year old boy, it's my job to use the priesthood effectively, and learn as much as i can about and from it, and prepare to go on a mission. Priesthood can move mountains. But only if our Heavenly Father wants it to. We are His hands. Show more

  • The best analogy I have ever heard in answering this question came from one of the modern-day apostles. Elder David A Bednar spoke about the priesthood, or the power/authority of God, as being an umbrella that covers and protects HIs children. It is the men's job to hold the umbrella and make sure it covers us all. Show more

  • The priesthood is one of the biggest blessings God has given His children. It allows worthy-male members who live according to God's commandments to perform actions to bless the life of others in the name of God. Some ways priesthood holders might serve with this authority is by leading a congregation of the Church, performing ordinances of the Church like baptism, and blessing those who are sick. The priesthood was present in Christ's orginal Church during His life, and the priesthood is also present in Christ's restored Church today: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more

  • The Priesthood is Authority to Act in God's name.The same priesthood authority that existed in the original Church established by Jesus Christ exists in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. The Church is directed and led through this authority. Show more

  • It is a power and authority given to men to act upon the Lord's name. Show more

  • The priesthood is the authority to act in God’s name. The same priesthood authority that existed in the original Church established by Jesus Christ exists in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. The Church is directed and led through this authority. All male members of the Church who are prepared receive the priesthood in order to help lead the Church and serve Heavenly Father’s children. A man with the priesthood might serve in some of the following ways: Leading congregations of the Church Performing the ordinances of the Church, such as baptism Blessing those who are sick God expects those who hold this sacred priesthood authority to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve with love, gentleness, and kindness. Show more

  • The Priesthood is the Authority to act in the name of God. To do what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would do if they were here on the Earth. It is the power that was given to the Prophets of the Old Testament, and to the Apostles of the New Testament. It allowed them to heal the sick, give sight to the blind and do all manner of miracles according to the faith of the Prophet and Apostle who was using it, and the person for whom it was used. It was given from Christ in Jerusalem to the original twelve Apostles and was restored to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the 1800's. Since then the authority to use the Priesthood has been given to the worthy men of the church. It is a power that allows us to serve and bless those around us and to learn better how to live Christ like lives. I have had the opportunity to see miracles in the lives of members of my family because of the Priesthood, and have been able to use the authority that I have received to bless those around me. It allows us to be able to perform ordinances in the Church, such as Baptisms. With the proper Priesthood authority on the Earth again we are able to receive all the blessings that were had in the days of Christs Earthly ministry. Show more

  • I like to approach questions by looking at the words of things "priest" has reference to either the concept of one who leads, one who is elder, or one who is holy I like to remember that the words 'holy' and 'whole' are linked by a common ancestry. When something is 'holy' it's essentially saying that it's complete, that it's healthy.. And "-hood" makes reference to the state of being, and not just any state of being but a state of being that's worthy or correct for it's placement. That is, that it's done properly. So one could say the priesthood is leadership or a point of reference that's completely suited to the position in which it's been placed. Another way to look at it is to say it's God's perfect order. That is, it's God's perfect arrangement. In our Church we often give a definition of priesthood as being "the authority to act in God's name" and that's exactly what it means to be a part of God's perfect order. If God commands something to be done by you, and you do it, then you are acting under, and with that portion of God's authority that he's permitted you to exercise within his perfect order. Just as with any instance where someone tries to act in the name of someone else there are bound to be those who try and do so falsely. That's why God has things ordered in such a way that one can know for certain if someone has His God's authority, or not. Show more

  • Priesthood is a power and authority that god given to men to act on his name. Show more

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