The High Priesthood of the Holy Order of God – Alma 4:20

20 And thus in the commencement of the ninth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, Alma delivered up the judgment-seat to Nephihah, and confined himself wholly to the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to the testimony of the word, according to the spirit of revelation and prophecy.

Alma held two important leadership positions prior to this time. He was the chief judge–the highest political leader in the government–and he was the high priest–the highest ecclesiastical leader in the church. Recognizing that the church needed more of his time and energy, he resigned as chief judge, delivering the responsibility to a man named Nephihah. He did this so that he could dedicate all of his time to the church.
I like the way that the verse above describes Alma’s priesthood responsibilities. It uses the following three phrases:
  1. The holy order of God – The priesthood is the way God organizes His work on earth. By participating in priesthood-directed activities, we become aligned with God’s way of doing things, just like a piece of metal becomes magnetized when it is exposed for an extended period of time to a strong magnet.
  2. The testimony of the word – The priesthood gives us authority to act in the name of God and to stand as His witnesses. This gives us not only the authority but also the responsibility to bear testimony of the truths we know, so that others can be blessed by those truths as we have been.
  3. The spirit of revelation and prophecy – When we act under priesthood authority, we are doing the work of the Lord. We simply can’t do that work on our own. It is too important and too difficult for mortals to do alone. Fortunately, as Thomas S. Monson has taught us, “when we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help” (“To Learn to Do, to Be,” General Conference, October 2008). We can receive revelation to understand how to fulfill our responsibilities.
Today I will renew my commitment to fulfill my priesthood responsibilities. I will align my life with the priesthood order. I will bear my witness of the things I know to be true. And I will seek the Lord’s help to understand how to do His work.
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