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 […]
By Sharon Lindbloom 30 May 2017 In its “Until We Meet Again” feature, the April 2017 issue of the LDS Church’s Ensign magazine includes an article titled, “The Power of God.” This is a 500-word excerpt from a longer (2300-word) General Conference address titled, “The Doctrine of the Priesthood.” Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie delivered […]
Melchizedek Priesthood. A special authority given to Mormon men eighteen years and older, designed to enable them to gain exaltation in the highest heaven. It is taught that this priesthood was restored sometime between May 15, 1829 and April 6, 1830, although there is no written documentation for such an event prior to late 1834. Peter, James, and John appeared to both Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, and bestowed the Melchizedek (also spelled Melchisedec) Priesthood on them. It is named after Melchizedek, King of Salem (Genesis 14:18).