Category Archives: Priesthood

Crash Course Mormonism: Priesthood

By Eric Johnson Mormonism teaches that the authorized priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in 1829, the year before he founded his church. The priesthoods are available to eligible males but not to females. The first priesthood is called the Aaronic Priesthood. Smith and his […]

Chapter 19: Priesthood Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 During 2017, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. […]

Chapter 15: The Holy Priesthood

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, 2016 During 2017, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley. We will evaluate this book regularly, chapter by chapter, by showing interesting quotes and providing an Evangelical Christian take on this manual. […]

Unexplaining the Mormon Priesthood Ban on Blacks

Note: This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal (Vol. 39 No. 01, 2015). By Bill McKeever Synopsis For much of its history, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a fairly standard explanation as to why those of African heritage were prohibited from holding any priesthood office in the church. […]

Is the Mormon Priesthood Really of Ancient Origin?

By Eric Johnson and Bill McKeever The authority of the priesthood is so important to the Mormon that without it, male members are not enabled “to act in God’s name for the salvation of the human family” (Gospel Principles, p. 67).  Those without this authority are unable to perform any ordinances, as Apostle James Talmage explained: No one […]

LDS Church goes into defensive mode with women and the priesthood

The following was originally printed in the July/August 2014 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  A concerted effort by a woman’s group made up of Latter-day Saints has been attempting to get the LDS Church to change its doctrine that limits priesthood ordination to worthy males, forcing the leadership to deal head-on with this […]

LDS leader quotes on banning blacks from the priesthood

LDS Quotes on the ban on blacks receiving the priesthood before 1978 Standard Works “And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and […]

Review of Blacks and the Mormon Priesthood: Setting the Record Straight

By Marcus H. Martins, Ph.D. Reviewed by Eric Johnson Note: The month of June 2015 marks the 38th anniversary of Spencer W. Kimball and the members of the First Presidency deciding to allow those with black skin to begin receiving the priesthood. Let’s take a look at a book written with the intention of “setting […]

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