High Priests Forever – Alma 13:8-9

8 Now they were ordained after this manner—being called with a holy calling, and ordained with a holy ordinance, and taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without beginning or end—
9 Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity, and truth. And thus it is. Amen.
(Alma 13:8-9)

The Lord told Moses that He wanted to make the children of Israel “a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). Moses caught the vision, but his people never did. On one occasion, when a young man complained to Moses that two men were prophesying in the camp, Moses replied, “Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them” (Numbers 11:29).

In the passage above, Alma teaches the rebellious inhabitants of Ammonihah about the role of the priesthood in the lives of people who choose to follow God. They receive priesthood ordinances which have eternal significance, and as a result, they “partake of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4), and are sanctified by the Holy Ghost, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Thus, they become “high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years.” Priesthood power converts us from temporal beings into eternal beings and helps us achieve the potential God desires for His children.

As President Russell M. Nelson taught last April, the power of the priesthood can bless the lives of all people who are willing to receive them:

It is a remarkable blessing to serve in the Lord’s true and living Church with His authority and power. The restoration of the priesthood of God, including the keys of the priesthood, opens to worthy Latter-day Saints the greatest of all spiritual blessings. We see those blessings flowing to women, men, and children throughout the world.
We see faithful women who understand the power inherent in their callings and in their endowment and other temple ordinances. These women know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen their husbands, their children, and others they love. These are spiritually strong women who lead, teach, and minister fearlessly in their callings with the power and authority of God! How thankful I am for them!
Likewise, we see faithful men who live up to their privileges as bearers of the priesthood. They lead and serve by sacrifice in the Lord’s way with love, kindness, and patience. They bless, guide, protect, and strengthen others by the power of the priesthood they hold. They bring miracles to those they serve while they keep their own marriages and families safe. They shun evil and are mighty elders in Israel. I am most thankful for them!
(“Ministering with the Power and Authority of God,” General Conference, April 2018)

Today, I will be grateful for priesthood power, which blesses me and my family. I will remember that God wants to give his children eternal blessings, and that the power of the priesthood enables us to receive the sanctifying power of God in our lives and to partake of His nature.

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