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Priesthood Power Is Greater

In conjunction with the articles "Priesthood Power vs. Keys" and " 'He Ain't One Bit Better' ":

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote:

The priesthood is greater than any of its offices. No office adds any power, dignity, or authority to the priesthood. All offices derive their rights, prerogatives, graces, and powers from the priesthood. This principle may be diagramed by dividing a circle into segments. The priesthood is the circle; the segments of the circle are the callings or offices in the priesthood. Anyone who serves in a segment of the circle must possess the power of the whole circle. No one can hold an office in the priesthood without first holding the priesthood.

“Thus it is that priesthood is conferred upon worthy individuals, and they are then ordained to offices in the priesthood; and thus it is that all offices in the priesthood and in the Church are specifically designated as appendages to the priesthood; that is, they grow out of the priesthood, they are supplemental to it, they are less than the priesthood in importance. ( D. & C. 84:29–30 ; 107:5 .) It follows that it is greater and more important to hold the Melchizedek Priesthood, for instance, than it is to hold any office in that priesthood. . . .
“Further, there is no advancement from one office to another within the Melchizedek Priesthood. Every elder holds as much priesthood as an apostle or as the President of the Church, though these latter officers hold greater administrative assignments in the kingdom. It follows, also, that any holder of the Melchizedek Priesthood could perform any priestly function he was appointed to do by the one holding the keys of the kingdom.” ( Mormon Doctrine, pp. 595–96.)

Discussion: What does this quote tell you about how we should view the priesthood?

Comments

DAD said…
i just got called again as 1st counselor in the EQ presidency after serving 1 yr as secretary- love serving the priesthood

DAD
Anonymous said…
Brethren, pow'r by earthly standards
Comes by rank or wealth or sword:
But the pow'r above all others
Is the priesthood of our Lord.
John Craven, Hymn #120)

Mom

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