Aaronic priesthood. The authority to perform certain ecclesiastical tasks, allegedly bestowed by John the Baptist onto Joseph Smith and his friend Oliver Cowdery on May 15, 1829. Baptized Mormon males 12 years and older are eligible to receive this priesthood. Known as the lesser of two priesthoods held by Mormon males (Priesthood and Church Government, p. 106). The Mormon Aaronic Priesthood holds the “keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins” (Doctrine and Covenants 13:1). According to the Bible, the Aaronic priesthood is reserved only for those who were direct descendants of Aaron, the brother of Moses. Numbers 3:6-12 makes it clear that only those in the line of Aaron were to hold the Levitical Priesthood.
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