Thursday, May 21, 2009

Male and Female Equal (part 4)

We are taught in the Doctrine and Covenants that the power of Godliness in contained in the ordinances,

D&C 84:19-21 19 And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God. 20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest. 21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; (emphasis added)

From the beginning of time trough the Lord's instruction to Adam, we have learned how much power was in the ordinance of receiving the Holy Ghost,

Moses 6:61 61 Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.

In early Church History the Lord referred to the endowment as being endowed with power from on high (see D&C 38:32, 38; D&C 105:11). The Prophet Joseph Smith further elaborated on the power that the endowment would bring,

Remember, you are not to go to their nations till you receive your endowments. Tarry at Kirtland until you are endowed with power from on high. You need a fountain of wisdom, knowledge and intelligence such as you never had. Relative to the endowment, I make a remark or two, that there may be no mistake. The world cannot receive the things of God. He can endow you without worldly pomp or great parade. He can give you that wisdom, that intelligence, and that power, which characterized the ancient saints, and now characterizes the inhabitants of the upper world. (Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts, 2:, p.197)

Our Father in Heaven has made both male and female equal under the priesthood so that if either wants a blessings or an ordinance they must go to one who holds the priesthood to receive it. Even if the man holds the priesthood he is not allowed to bless himself or perform an ordinance on himself, he too must go to another to receive the blessing or ordinance.

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