Ye Shall Call on the Father in My Name – Moroni 2:2

2 And he called them by name, saying: Ye shall call on the Father in my name, in mighty prayer; and after ye have done this ye shall have power that to him upon whom ye shall lay your hands, ye shall give the Holy Ghost; and in my name shall ye give it, for thus do mine apostles.
(Moroni 2:2)

In the passage above, Moroni records the words the Savior used when he gave his twelve disciples authority to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. In the prior verse, we learn that he said these words with His hands on them, and the beginning of this verse tells us that He called them each by name. He apparently used the same words for each of them.

The most striking thing to me about this blessing is the instruction to “call on the Father” in the Savior’s name “in mighty prayer.” Only after doing this is the disciple promised power to give the Holy Ghost to another person. So even though they were now authorized to perform this ordinance, they still needed to reach out to God for help every time they were called upon to do so.

Earlier this year, President Nelson counseled priesthood leaders to ensure that everyone they lead “understands how to give a priesthood blessing—including the personal worthiness and spiritual preparation required to call fully upon the power of God” (“Ministering with the Power and Authority of God,” General Conference, April 2018).

Today, I will be grateful for the priesthood authority I have been given. I will remember that I must prepare myself by calling upon God in mighty prayer in order to have the power to exercise that authority effectively.

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