Walk in the Ordinances

As Brigham Young led thousands of church members into an unknown frontier, he received a revelation teaching them how to organize themselves for the journey. Near the beginning of that revelation is a concise statement encapsulating the standards of behavior expected of this group of travelers: And this shall be our covenant—that we will walk in all the ordinances of... Continue Reading →

The Power of Godliness

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... Continue Reading →

“Mine Ordinances”

There is power in choosing to do things the Lord's way. After the children of Israel were rescued from slavery in Egypt, the Lord emphasized that He wanted them to worship Him according to His instructions, not according to the religious traditions of their former taskmasters nor of their future neighbors: After the doings of the land... Continue Reading →

Why Are Ordinances Important?

Yesterday, I wrote that to be ordained is to be set in order. An ordinance is the mechanism used to create order. It is an action that is formally prescribed by God which we perform to show our devotion to Him and draw closer to Him. The prophet Nephi urged his people to "keep the... Continue Reading →

Return Unto Me – 3 Nephi 24:7

7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of Hosts. But ye say: Wherein shall we return?(3 Nephi 24:7)I have gained a greater appreciation this week for the ordering function of... Continue Reading →

After the Order of the Son – 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... Continue Reading →

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