The Church Of Jesus Christ Essays

1457 Words Mar 26th, 2016 6 Pages
One of the most important concepts for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the idea of the priesthood. The priesthood was restored in May of 1829, with the Aaronic priesthood being restored in the house of David Whitmer, and the Melchizedek priesthood being restored in a variety of events over a thirteen day period (Porter). Since its restoration, the priesthood has been an integral part of the lives of members of the church. Women are told to seek worthy priesthood holders for husbands, men are supposed to live life as a worthy priesthood holder, and children are supposed to be raised with the priesthood influence in their life. While all of these ideals are modern in thought, some of the ideals held by members earlier in church history are quite different from the ones members today believe. Through documentation of statements and doctrinal passages, the history of the church can be more easily analyzed. Compared with modern interviews, these documents can show the commonalities and the differences that exist in the perception of the priesthood from Joseph Smith’s day to the modern world. The definition of the term “priesthood” can vary from member to member, which makes it difficult to analyze the word. However, the LDS website gives a good definition of the word. It states,
The word priesthood has two meanings. First, priesthood is the power and authority of God. It has always existed and will continue to exist without end. Through the priesthood, God…

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