The concept of priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unique. A portion of God's power is delegated to "individuals who He knows perfectly well are imperfect." How does that work?
The concept of priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unique. A portion of God's power is delegated to "individuals who He knows perfectly well are imperfect." How does that work? As authors Dale and Ruth Renlund ask, "How is it conceivable that His awesome, delicate power could be used by both an illiterate farmer and a rocket scientist—to equal effect—in the salvation of humankind?"
This helpful book "has arisen in large part from questions we have asked each other over the years," write Elder and Sister Renlund. "The quest for an understanding of the priesthood and its proper application has continued through our respective medical and legal training and our careers outside of the home. A fuller understanding and application of the priesthood power has required both of us to work together inside our home."
Understanding the doctrine of the priesthood and the principles that govern its use is a pursuit worth of any member of the Church, but one that should be of special concern to those who hold or are preparing to hold the Melchizedek Priesthood. This careful explanation offers a perfect way to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of priesthood power and how to use it.
Interesting book that gave clarity to a number of things:
1. Women have access to priesthood authority (i.e. power of God to bless others) to fulfill their callings when called and set apart by one who holds priesthood keys.
2. Evolution of the understanding that the authoritative voice of the church -- comes from both "The Prophet" or head of the church AND a unanimous voice of all 15 apostles / prophets.
3. True purpose of the priesthood is to help God in His work to save His children. The church, and specific callings, are the organization and vehicle through which that work is accomplished.
4. Also, good practical reminder that imperfect individuals are doing God's work, but that it can be done powerfully when done with humility, obedience and sacrifice.
Every Melchizedek Priesthood holder should read this book. Great doctrinal insights and essential every day applications. Chapter on responsibilities of a Melchizedek Priesthood holder in councils, quorums, etc was a great reminder of priesthood responsibilities.
Although the content is fabulous and a great resource, the tone of the book and the content can feel a bit monotone and can be a bit dry at times.