Magnify Your Priesthood

Magnify Your Priesthood by Nate Richardson

-“ if it (your Priesthood) is magnified, your priesthoodservice will bless Heavenly Father’s children more thanyou can now imagine is possible.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ I found three wonderful things in place to speedmy growth in the priesthood. The first was a presidentwho knew how to sit in council with the members of hisquorum. The second was great faith in Jesus Christ thatled to the great love we have heard of—love for eachother. And the third was a shared conviction that ouroverarching priesthood purpose was to labor for thesalvation of men.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“we prayed together, the priestsquorum and I, and I then asked each to speak. I listenedintently, and it seemed to me that they did too, to eachother. After a while, a feeling of peace settled on us…It became clear to me what the quorum was to do andnot to do…miracle for mewas to see a united priesthood council’s faith in JesusChrist bringing revelation to the man with thepriesthood keys.  (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“key to increased learning is to have love foreach other that comes from great faith. I am not surewhich comes first, but both always seem to be therewhenever there is great and rapid learning in thepriesthood.(President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Love invites the Holy Ghost to be present to confirmtruth. And the joy of learning divine truths creates lovein the hearts of people who shared the experience oflearning…Discord or jealousy inhibitsthe ability of the Holy Ghost to teach us and inhibits ourability to receive light and truth. And the feelings ofdisappointment that invariably follow are the seeds ofgreater discord and faultfinding among those whoexpected a learning experience that did not come.(President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“The priesthood holders who learn well together alwaysseem to me to have great peacemakers among them.You see peacemaking in priesthood classes and incouncils. It is the gift to help people find commonground when others are seeing differences. It is thepeacemaker’s gift to help people see that whatsomeone else said was a contribution rather than acorrection.

With enough of the pure love of Christ and a desire tobe peacemakers, unity is possible in priesthoodcouncils and in classes. It takes patience and humility,but I have seen it happen even when issues are difficultand the people in councils or classes come from vastlydifferent backgrounds. It is possible to rise to the lofty standard set by the Lordfor priesthood holders in making decisions in quorums.It is possible when there is great faith and love and theabsence of contention.

(President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Speaking of those given great priesthood trust in thislife, the Lord said, “Even before they were born, they,with many others, received their first lessons in theworld of spirits and were prepared to come forth in thedue time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for thesalvation of the souls of men. In the priesthood we share the sacred duty to labor forthe souls of men. We must do more than learn that thisis our duty. It must go down into our hearts so deeplythat neither the many demands on our efforts in thebloom of life nor the trials that come with age can turnus from that purpose.”5(President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“with great intensity he said to me, “Why am I stillliving? Why am I still here? I can’t do anything.”

I told him that he was doing something for me. He waslifting me with his faith and his love. Even in our shortvisit, he made me want to be better. His example ofdetermination to do something that mattered hadinspired me to try harder to serve others and the Lord.

(President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ time in the school of the priesthood in this life willbe relatively brief compared to eternity. But even in thatshort span, he has mastered the eternal curriculum. Hewill carry with him, wherever the Lord will call,priesthood lessons of eternal worth.  (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng

Speaking of a man eager to serve in the Priesthood by trying to convert others even in his old age etc. )

-“Not only should you be eager to learn your priesthoodlessons in this life, but you should be optimistic aboutwhat is possible. A few of us may limit in our minds ourpossibilities to learn what the Lord sets before us in Hisservice.(President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“You may have thought at one time how much betteryour life would have been if only you had beenadmitted to study in some fine school. I pray that youwill see the greatness of God’s love for you and of theopportunity He has given you to enter His priesthoodschool.

If you will be diligent and obedient in the priesthood,treasures of spiritual knowledge will be poured outupon you. You will grow in your power to resist evil andto proclaim the truth that leads to salvation. You willfind joy in the happiness of those you lead towardexaltation. Your family will become a place of learning.

I testify that the keys of the priesthood have beenrestored. President Thomas S. Monson holds andexercises those keys. God lives and knows youperfectly. Jesus Christ lives. You were chosen for thehonor of holding the sacred priesthood. In the name ofJesus Christ, amen.

(President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ sometimes, in spiteof our good intentions, we delay doing what we shoulddo or we misunderstand what we were taught. As aresult, inspired words of counsel might not have thepromised effect.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“We human beings have a strange tendency tocomplicate simple things. We set up rules, laws, bylaws,processes, and subprocesses. Eventually, we pile upload after load until we end up under a huge weight ofexpectations that are so complicated it is difficult tokeep track of them, let alone meet them. This is one of the reasons Paul said, “The letter killeth,but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).

Too often, we complicate the beauty and simplicity ofthe gospel of Jesus Christ with endless lists ofmeticulous expectations. However, when we focus onthe “why” of the gospel, much of the confusion fadesaway. Why are we here? Why are we asked to obey thecommandments? Why is the Atonement of Jesus Christof such value to us?

The proper “why” questions will lead us to the proper“who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and “how” decisions.

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“There are many ways to enhanceour precious council time, like always coming wellprepared. We could handle scheduling or otherorganizational matters by memo, phone, e-mail, or text.When we allow organizational matters to dominate ourefforts and time in our councils, we run the risk ofmissing the mark of why the Lord has called us tominister in His Church. We meet in councils to seek the inspiration of the Spiritin building the kingdom of God. We meet to seek theanswers to two basic questions:

  • 1. How can we help our members better love the Lord our God with all their heart, soul, and mind?
  • 2. How can we help our members better love their neighbors as themselves?

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“By simplifying and strengthening the council processand by inviting the Spirit, we will find the life and fire ofthe Holy Spirit, who provides guidance and heavenlysupport for our efforts.

Some may be tempted to say, “Just tell us what to do,and we’ll do it.” While we commend a righteous desireto be obedient, there is more to leadership in theChurch (and more to life) than simply checking items offan assigned to-do list.

As you have noticed, the new handbooks do not specifyin great detail every action you are to take in yourcalling. These handbooks were provided for the rightamount of structure without regimenting every detail. Itmight be wise to look at the handbooks and even thescriptures not as checklists or detailed scripts but ratheras opportunities to prepare our minds and hearts toreceive divine inspiration for our responsibilities.

Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t seek revelation oranswers from the scriptures or the handbooks becausewe think we know the answers already.

Brothers and sisters, as good as our previousexperience may be, if we stop asking questions, stopthinking, stop pondering, we can thwart the revelationsof the Spirit…We can block the growth and knowledgeour Heavenly Father intends for us. How often has theHoly Spirit tried to tell us something we needed to knowbut couldn’t get past the massive iron gate of what wethought we already knew?

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“Real growth, however, is defined as growth inthe number of active members…Perhapsthe more accurate indicators of real growth in thegospel of Jesus Christ are those that we can’t measureas easily, such as daily prayer, scripture study, familyhome evening, love at home and for our neighbor, andpersonal experiences with Christ’s Atonement. Theseare recorded not by a clerk in Church records but in ourhearts and in heaven.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“ missionary efforts are compromised if we baptizeGod’s children but do not maintain love and friendshipwith these precious new members who are excited tofind fellowship with the Saints and a place of belongingin the household of God…our councils can deliberate on the spiritualand temporal welfare of every member—taking specialcare to consider each new convert. Our work as acouncil is to help our members grow in their love forHeavenly Father and their fellowman. If we focus ourefforts here, one-on-one, many more members will feelthat they have found a home in the Church—that theyhave found the “why” of the gospel.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“ if you are focused on the “why” of thegospel, the Spirit will direct your humble efforts.

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“If your circumstances are less than ideal, please takecomfort in knowing that the Lord will support andenhance your efforts, sanctify your decisions andactions, perfect them through the tender mercies ofChrist, and “consecrate [your] performance … , that [it]may be for the welfare of [your] soul” (2 Nephi 32:9) andthe souls of those you serve.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“there is little good in hearing theword of God if we do not translate what we hear intoour lives. Consequently, we ask that you take thefollowing steps without hesitation and continue to doso throughout your service in your callings.

First, individually and as councils, prayerfully considerthe instruction you have received. Think of priesthoodpower in the home, honoring divine covenants,rescuing others, focusing on the one, strengthening ouryouth, and building eternal marriages and families byapplying gospel principles in our daily lives.

As you consider these topics, ask yourself about the“why” of your service and ministry and the resulting“therefore what” in your responsibilities as individualsand as councils. In this process, please open yourhearts and minds to the will of heaven, and I promisethat the Spirit will reveal the things that matter most—for you, your family, and your responsibilities in theChurch.

Second, as a result of pondering and discussion,determine a few specific actions you will commit toimplement. Please keep in mind that the actions of eachorganization, ward, stake, family, and individual may bedifferent. They should fit your circumstances andneeds. The unity we seek is not necessarily that we alldo exactly the same things at the same time but that weeach listen to and always follow the direction of thesame Holy Spirit.

Third, once you have made these commitments, followup on them within the scope of your responsibilitiesand callings at each of your council meetings. Please dothis. We ask you also to bring your decisions and effortsbefore the Lord in your daily prayers and ask for furtherlight and direction. Trust Him. He knows you, and Heloves you.

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

President Harold B. Lee has said to the teachers of theChurch that it is not only important to be understoodbut also not to be misunderstood. (Harold B. Lee, in Teaching, No Greater Call(1999), 52.)

“We are here to assist our[Heavenly] Father in His work and His glory, ‘to bring topass the immortality and eternal life of man’ (Moses1:39). Your obligation is as serious in your sphere ofresponsibility as is my obligation in my sphere.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, “This Is the Work of the Master,” Ensign, May 1995, 71.)

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