Moroni 3 – Priesthood of God

This short chapter follows the one on how the gift of the Holy Ghost would be given. In this one, the Holy Ghost is used to ordain priests and teachers to their offices in the priesthood. So the chapters seem to be building on one another.

“The priesthood is the authority and power of God. It has always existed and will continue to exist without end (see Alma 13:7–8; Doctrine and Covenants 84:17–18). Through the priesthood, Heavenly Father accomplishes His work “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). God grants authority and power to His sons and daughters on earth to help carry out this work.” (General Handbook)

The first thing Moroni points out again that they should do is pray to the Father first, in the name of Jesus Christ. That is vitally important. Then they laid their hands upon the one to whom they would confer the priesthood and say these words:

In the name of Jesus Christ I ordain you to be a priest, (or, if he be a teachers) I ordain you to be a teacher, to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on his name to the end. Amen.

Moroni 3:3

Moroni points out that this is not only a calling, but a gift from God (4). Ordaining is done “by the power of the Holy Ghost which was in them.” (4) The Holy Ghost seems to be the vehicle by which priesthood power is conferred on this earth.  Without the Holy Ghost, man could not do the Father’s work.



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