... "It was from him that I learned that the wife of my bosom might be secured to me for time and all eternity; and that the refined sympathies and affections which endeared us to each other emanated from the fountain of divine eternal love. Explain that there is a covenant that a man makes with God when he receives the priesthood. The Lord has made those consequences clear.  McConkie, “The Doctrine of the Priesthood,” 32; D&C 131:1–4. The president of the United States had called to thank President Hinckley for what priesthood holders had done in the aftermath of a hurricane. What experiences have we had with applying what we learned? 0000030658 00000 n Our lives: Remind the quorum of the discussion from the last meeting. When you increase your power to teach the gospel, you are qualifying to help Heavenly Father in gathering His children. Click Here To 'Like' Meridian Magazine on Facebook, Listening to Heaven: God is Determined to Reach Us, A Response to Jana Riess’s “The Next Mormons”: The Importance of Disentangling Data from Argument, Latter-day Saint Fiction: Sweet Tooth Stories. But the greater reason for the miracle was that hundreds and perhaps thousands of priesthood holders had such faith in the oath and covenant of the priesthood. There are at least two reasons why you should be confident rather than discouraged with the penalties that would follow either failing to keep the oath and covenant or deciding not to accept it. But he somehow found out about her illness and her great age. This is God’s marriage, eternal marriage, the establishment of a new eternal kingdom in the pattern of godliness, to do the supreme work of godliness eternally. 0000118693 00000 n It is that priesthood with which God has honored you. When was the last time you read the oath and covenant of the priesthood? Go forward in faith in keeping your covenants with God and so claim the promise He has made to you with an oath. 76 0 obj <>stream They are the words of the Savior Jesus Christ given to us through the Prophet Joseph Smith: âAnd also all they who receive this priesthood receive me, saith the Lord; âFor he that receiveth my servants receiveth me; âAnd he that receiveth me receiveth my Father; âAnd he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Fatherâs kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him. Let me quote from his talk, with just a few side notes from me. The third part of the oath and covenant of the holy priesthood is to receive the covenant of marriage in the temple. Led by a leader or teacher or a member of the quorum; approximately 25â35 minutes. Go forward in faith in keeping your covenants with God and so claim the promise He has made to you with an oath. There is another wonderful blessing that will encourage you as you keep your priesthood covenants. That happened to Parley P. Pratt when the Prophet Joseph Smith first taught him the doctrine of eternal families. 0000142940 00000 n  Additionally, we agree to receive Christ and his Father and live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Parley P. Pratt Jr. (1938), 259â60. 0000032069 00000 n He has known you since you were with Him in the spirit world. . I testify to you that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. @`8 h0 X0�(2 �r �0L��p�� � � D � 1 , ��0@&@@. %PDF-1.6 %���� In it are the keys of the priesthood. "And I now give unto you a commandment to beware concerning yourselves, to give diligent heed to the words of eternal life."1. There are at least two reasons why you should be confident rather than discouraged with the penalties that would follow either failing to keep the oath and covenant or deciding not to accept it. 0000077511 00000 n Ask the young men to discuss any feelings or impressions they had during the meeting. �����(�p�4��aŦLK�^�?`^����r��G���A_��d���n�%����sѪa��[֢��tj��Ma,`�av�0�_(���4+�F �ĚpQ9V�h1@� jmA Ultimately, the one who is faithful to the oath and covenant will have the body renewed in celestial glory in the Resurrection (see D&C 88:28–29). Building the Kingdom of God in the Latter Days. Our responsibility is to qualify by becoming worthy of the honor. Note: Priests may take the lead in meetings in the absence of an elder (see D&C 20:49). For example, they could read a talk, watch a video, or study a scripture related to this doctrine. My prayer is that you will decide tonight, and then every day, to go forward in faith in keeping your covenants with God and so claim the promise He has made to you with an oath. 76 0 obj <>stream Through keeping the covenants as we receive the priesthood and renewing them in the temple ceremonies, we are promised by an oath made by our Heavenly Father, Elohim, that we will gain the fulness of His glory and live as He lives. âTherefore, go ye into all the world; and unto whatsoever place ye cannot go ye shall send, that the testimony may go from you into all the world unto every creature.â4, And with that promise the Lord has honored you by saying of you, âYe are they whom my Father hath given me; ye are my friends.â5. You can study the word of God, not for yourself alone but to be an emissary of the Lord Jesus Christ to all the world. And so have many outside the Church. 0 He spoke briefly on the phone and then returned to our conversation. May 2008, You are also promised that you will be given the power to bear testimony and that in the process you will be cleansed and made fit for the eternal life which you have been promised: "For I will forgive you of your sins with this commandment-that you remain steadfast in your minds in solemnity and the spirit of prayer, in bearing testimony to all the world of those things which are communicated unto you. Our agreements in the oath and covenant of the priesthood are faithfulness, obtaining the Aaronic Priesthood and Melchizedek Priesthood, and magnifying our calling in the priesthood.  Smith, “Our Responsibility As Priesthood Holders,” 49. When you meet with your quorum, you can decide to see them as brothers in the family of God. What assignments have we fulfilled? The president of the United States had called to thank President Hinckley for what priesthood holders had done in the aftermath of a hurricane. The president of the United States had said that it was a miracle that we were able to get so many people, so quickly, working together so well. So have many of you. Our duties: What assignments do we need to make? In the October 1985 Priesthood session, Carlos E. Asay spoke on the oath and covenant of the priesthood. It was not how they were organized that made the difference: faith in the oath and covenant of the priesthood impelled them to go long distances, stay long hours, and endure hardship as representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ in caring for those in great need. I testify that God the Father lives. . 0000007139 00000 n 1�b� �� p�"�� �� 6�J&���L^z����A�h��/|�/� &xA Think about times when you have magnified your calling as a priesthood holder.