Greg, there is at least one famous story from church history where a sister laid her hands on her dead oxen and commanded them , in the name of Jesus, to stand and walk. Those oxen brought her family all the way to the Salt Lake Valley.
I seem to recall another story, maybe from Haun’s Mill? Where a mother laid hands on her child and called upon Heaven to heal him of his fatal injuries.
I personally know a woman who did this when she was in a desperate situation. Just some thoughts.
Sister White, thank you for sharing a wonderful discourse on the "Power and Authority of the Priesthood".
At my recent Stake Conference in September, the visiting General Authority taught that the advancements we are currently witnessing, is the Lord removing the scaffolding of the church that surrounds the family. The family, as it is led by a united mother and father, sealed under proper authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
I might suggest that the expansion of those who can witness ordinances and Ward Youth Councils is the Lord taking down a whole wing of scaffolding.
This is how I understand the role of the family supported by the church in the Lord's Kingdom.
Patriarchal Order - Priesthood, as an eternal family matter - Home Centered, Mother & Father united - we know this order began in the garden with Adam & Eve and is the order we will live by when the Savior returns.
Apostolic Order - the administrative authority we tend to think of as "the priesthood" - Church Supportive - this order began with the Savior, first in Galilee, then again in the sacred grove. This order is the means by which the Lord facilitates and teaches us, His children. This order is His light in the wilderness. (1 Ne 17:13)
I didn't to realize until reading this article that I, too, had actually used the Savior's power when raising my children in the gospel. My husband was not a member and I can vividly remember the strength of my prayers, the Spirit in our home, in guiding me to do what was needed to assure my husband felt loved and that my children would grow up with testimonies. It was through the Savior's priesthood power that the Holy Ghost was able to stir up my husbands thoughts and heart to accept the gospel. Now many years later, and with my husband and I having served a mission and our children in faithful homes, I can see where women can utilize the Priesthood when it is not available through a faithful husband. My heart feels so grateful for this new knowledge.
Near the end of your article, you say "These statements can be puzzling in the context of a church where women do not officiate in any ordinances ..." In the Temple women do officiate in ordinances. Sisters are called and set apart as Ordinance Workers specifically so that they can officiate in Temple ordinances. It's important to realize that. I love the article, and have had similar experiences in my own life.
wonderful article; I have one area of confusion. Paul says a bishop must be the husband of one wife and be a good and righteous father. So I am not sure about the idea of a single bishop. That would violate Paul's rule. Has there ever been one?
I can't thank you enough for this article! It's so enlightening and gratifying to have it explained the way you did - to see the difference between the two. I have read several things from early church history that the Prophet Joseph Smith has taught about women having priesthood power, but for whatever reason, seems to have been buried and is finally coming into the light again. We are being told to "learn more about this power and how we can wield it", but there is nothing published that I am aware of to teach us exactly what we can do and how to use our family priesthood in behalf of our family members. My husband is inactive at this time and because of choices he is making, is not a worthy priesthood holder. Other than praying for my family members, what am I blessed to be able to do? Because it isn't being taught to us, it continues to frustrate me and other women. We strive to be humble and teachable and patient. The brethren have alot of printed direction in "wielding" their priesthood. Where is our help and direction?
I am married to a non member who has not given permission for me to go through the temple and be endowed. Am I then not eligible, or, as a mother do I still receive the blessing of Priesthood Power to bless my family?
That is a most significant, explanatory article of priesthood power held by women. What you shared is another testimony of the validity of my understanding concerning the relationship between women and the priesthood and between women and men in the marriage and family relationship. I have learned much from your article and my wife also is impressed.
Thank you for sharing your insight,
Thank you so much for sharing your story! There were many truths revealed to me as I read, I will be printing it off and sharing with my husband, and anyone who would benefit from reading it
This is so true and awesome. Thank you Sister
Great article. Question arises…does a child ever need a’priesthood blessing’, or will a faithful prayer be sufficient, which it was in this case?
Fabulous article! Things I never had known or thought about. Thank you for sharing!
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