21 februarie 2016

17 februarie 2016

Alma's discussion of the high priesthood

I am rereading the book of Alma, and came across a chapter that in the past, never made much sense to me. In retrospect, I think it's because I had an incorrect understanding of the priesthood.

I now believe that the priesthood is simply a fellowship--Aaronic priesthood is a fellowship with angels, and Melchizedek priesthood is fellowship with God. Let's look at this definition of the Melchizedek priesthood from D&C 84:19-22: "And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God. Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest. And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; for without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live."