The Blessings and Power of the Priesthood

    The Blessings and Power of the Priesthood
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    By Elder Joaquim Moreira, Portugal
    Area Seventy


    Area Seventy

    Recently our daughter Ruth began her mission in the São Paulo South Mission. Before
    she went to Brazil, we went as a family to the Madrid temple so that she could receive
    her endowment ordinances. We had an experience that united our whole family.



    In preparation for our temple trip, we gathered the family with the main purpose of
    organizing the names of our ancestors in order to perform the salvation ordinances in
    their behalf.



    Through this experience we lived some unique family moments. We felt a very strong
    love for each one of them and the desire to be together with them one day in eternity,
    sharing with each other the experiences we had on this earth.



    Temple ordinances are a sacred and formal act performed by priesthood authority and
    are essential to our exaltation. Our Heavenly Father never forgets His children,
    remembering equally the ones that are still in this life and the ones that have passed away.



    Through this experience we confirmed that “We are His children. He loves us. He wants
    to communicate with us, and we can communicate with Him through sincere prayer.”  
    We also felt the fulfilling of the scripture, 'Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the
    power of godliness is manifest.'




    In this last dispensation, great are the expectations regarding the establishment of Zion.
    Enjoying the blessings and the power of the priesthood is an essential step for these
    important events.



    The blessings pertaining to the priesthood that benefit all humanity in this dispensation
    include:


    The restoration of the gospel
    The true knowledge of God, our Eternal Father
    The importance of understanding moral agency in our lives

    The restoration of the gospel
    The true knowledge of God, our Eternal Father
    The importance of understanding moral agency in our lives

    In order for all of His children to obtain this knowledge, the Savior has said:
    “Behold, I will hasten my work in its time.”


    For us to hasten His work, it is crucial to perform the ordinances of salvation here on
    earth.  It is through sacred ordinances, such as baptism and confirmation, that we learn
    about God´s power and love and thus feel His influence in our lives.



    The priesthood power only can be seen in action, “Behold, I will reveal unto you the
    Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful
    day of the Lord. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the
    fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole
    earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.”





    Included in the fulfillment of this promise of Elijah the prophet, we have the
    appearance of the Book of Mormon, which mentions in its cover page:
    “Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord
    Hath done for their fathers; (...) and that they may know (...) that they are not
    cast off forever.”





    Because of these promises, I have studied all the great things the Lord has done unto
    Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, our fathers, so that I could better
    understand the present time and act in the work of salvation of both the living, and the
    dead. Thus my heart developed a great desire to participate in missionary work, and in
    the rescuing and laboring for the performance of the salvation ordinances in behalf of
    my ancestors.






    I have a vivid remembrance of the day when I was baptized and confirmed a member of
    the Church.  And the first action taken by me and my brother was to do our family´s
    genealogy.  As we discovered their accomplishments and their sacrifices, the love we felt
    for each one of them was something unforgettable. The faith that led us to visit civil
    registry offices and acquire new data increased our testimonies and faith in Jesus Christ
    and created a sense of eternal family unity.






    I am eternally grateful to know that a 14-year-old Joseph Smith decided to ask God the
    Eternal Father “... which of all the sects was right.”   Thus I have been able to enjoy the
    blessings and power of the Priesthood in my life and in my family´s life.



     


    [1] Preach My Gospel, page 31

    [2] D&C 84:20

    [3] D&C 88:73

    [4] D&C 2: 1-3

    [5] Book of Mormon Title page.

    [6] Pearl of Great Price J.S.H. 1:18