Priesthood: “The Power of Godliness”
We have already talked about the Restoration of the Priestood, and this lesson is the chance to dig into the nature of the priesthood. What exactly is it? What principles govern “the power of godliness”? During this lesson and discussion we will address:
- The role of the priesthood in LDS culture
- What the scriptures teach about priesthood
- What exactly is priesthood?
- Principles that govern priesthood
- The relationship of women and the priesthood
One Time Donations:
Class member reading: D&C 84:33–44; D&C 107; D&C 121:34–46; D&C 20:38–67; D&C 41:9–12; D&C 90:1–6; D&C 102:1–2
Additional teacher reading: Ephesians 4:13; Ephesians 4:10–12; D&C 13; D&C 128:20; D&C 52; D&C 81; D&C 90; D&C 102; Alma 32:23; Jacob 1:17–19; 3 Nephi 17:3; Abraham 2:9–11; D&C 27:15–18; D&C 112:30–32
Join an illuminating discussion with Maxine, Jessica, and Dave.
You can access my Reading Notes here
You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF)
- President Packer, A Priesthood Primer
- Elder Oaks, Healing the Sick
- President Hinckley, Worthiness to Exercise the Priesthood
- President Uchtdorf, Joy of the Priesthood
- President Uchtdorf, The Why of Priesthood Service
- A leadership training video about the priesthood
- By Common Consent’s blog on this lesson
- Exponent post about referring to men as “the priesthood”
Relationship of Women to the Priesthood
- Julie Beck, The Vision of Prophets regarding Relief Society
- Julie Beck, Lessons from Relief Society History
- Julie Beck, Choose Ye This Day to Serve the Lord (BYU Women’s Conference 2010)
- Transcript from an interview with Presidents Dalton, Burton, and Wixom
- Linda King Newell, A Gift Given, a Gift Taken: Washing, Anointing, and Blessing the Sick among Mormon Women
- A Wheat & Tares post summarizing the above article
- A Salt Lake Tribune article about healing by women in the early Church
- Wheat & Tares post about women leaders in Early Christianity (I personally think “Women with the Priesthood in Early Christianity” is a misleading title, but it brings up interesting issues for reflection)
- BYU Publication on Joseph Smith and the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo
- Carol Cornwall Madsen, Mormon Women and the Temple
- Carol Lynn Pearson, Daughters of Light
- Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book
- Maxine Hanks, ed., Women and Authority
Many thanks to Devin Roth for the beautiful bumper music. Check out his arrangement of hymns and other work at DevinRothMusic!
Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his timely and high quality post-production.
Fascinating and informative discussion.
Have Dave been able to provide a source for Joseph Smiths quote about ” willing degrade himself is folly”
Have researched but can’t find it.
Have listened to a couple of podcasts and will subscribe in the near future