In 1832, the Lord invited church members to receive priesthood ordinances, explaining that “the power of godliness is manifest” in them (Doctrine and Covenants 84:20).
An ordinance is “a sacred, formal act or ceremony performed by the authority of the priesthood” (Gospel Topics, “Ordinances”). Some examples of ordinances are baptism, confirmation, the temple endowment, and sealing families together for eternity. With each of these ordinances, we make covenants with God. By keeping those covenants, we invite His power into our lives.
A few months ago, President Russell M. Nelson challenged us to increase our faith. He suggested five things we can do to achieve that goal. One of those is to participate worthily in sacred ordinances. “Ordinances unlock the power of God for your life,” he said (“Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains,” General Conference, April 2021).
In another talk, President Nelson referenced the same principle as he reminded us that the home is the center of faith and worship:
You and your family have received priesthood ordinances. It is “in the ordinances [of the priesthood that] the power of godliness is manifest.” That power is available to you and your family in your own home as you keep the covenants you have made.“What We Are Learning and Will Never Forget,” General Conference, April 2021
What will this power do for us? One thing it will do is to change us. The prophet Alma explained the transformational effect of God’s power in the lives of people who receive His ordinances:
They…were sanctified, and their garments were washed white through the blood of the Lamb.
Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, having their garments made white, being pure and spotless before God, could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence; and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God.Alma 13:11-12
Alma encouraged all of us to humble ourselves so that we can receive those same blessings.
Today, I will remember the power that God makes available to His children through priesthood ordinances. I will remember that this power is available to me as I worthily participate in ordinances and as I keep the associated covenants.