Doctrine & Covenants 20:1
“The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April—”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on April 6, 1830. In Doctrine & Covenants section 20, the basic doctrine and organization of the church is described. We learn the importance of the Book of Mormon in the Restoration, and that “God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old.” (D&C 20:11) We learn about the nature of God, that He is infinite and eternal, and the creator of heaven and earth, and of all men, male and female, and that we are created in His likeness. We learn that His Only Begotten Son is our Savior and that if we are baptized and believe in His name and endure in faith, we should be saved through His grace.
We are also taught about baptism, including who should be baptized, how we should be baptized, and who has authority to baptize. We learn about the sacrament, who should administer it, and the prayers that should be used.
In this section we learn the duties of elders, priests, teachers, and deacons. Each priesthood office has specific duties and keys that pertain to that office, and members of all priesthood offices should “warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.” (D&C 20:59)
“Priesthood is the greatest power on earth. Worlds were created by and through the priesthood. To safeguard this sacred power, all priesthood holders act under the direction of those who hold the keys of the priesthood. These keys bring order into our lives and into the organization of the Church. For us, priesthood power is the power and authority delegated by God to act in His name for the salvation of His children. Caring for others is the very essence of priesthood responsibility.” James E. Faust
The keys of the priesthood are spiritual keys that we can not see — given to worthy priesthood holders by the laying on of hands. Play the PRIESTHOOD KEYS GAME to learn about how the priesthood and a few of the priesthood keys work together.
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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