Sunday was Stake Conference. We got to sleep in an extra hour because it started at noon. The entire building was full and we ending up sitting in the back. Shortly after the first hymn and the invocation they began to read the names of members who were to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. My name was read from the short list and I felt exceedingly great joy as I stood there and was sustained by the entire Stake.
It has been a whirlwind: receiving the Aaronic Priesthood and learning, serving and growing in that capacity and now being able to be a Melchizedek Priesthood holder. And now more than ever, I will strive to be humble and obedient. As a husband and father, I understand the many responsibilities and blessings that come with the Melchizedek Priesthood: the ability to greater serve my family and others with blessings for direction, healing and comfort.
That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness. (D&C 121:36)
Though he may not know it, a home teacher of mine set a great example in my early membership as I asked him on the spot to offer a blessing for my children. I watched him bless my children for the coming school year. I am glad to be able to be able to do as he once did.
And once again I have put my friends on the spot in asking them to confer the Melchizedek Priesthood by the laying on of hands. I also see the importance of remaining worthy-as my home teacher was able to exercise his priesthood at a moments notice and as my friends are able to confer the Melchizedek Priesthood in such short notice as well.
2 Replies to “Sustained”
Hey there Ldspad,
Once again I have questions for you –
How long after you received the Aaronic Priesthood did you receive the Melchizedek Priesthood?
I know that the times could be different ward to ward and person to person, but I was just wondering.
This isn’t an official answer, but from what I gather as you grow in the Aaronic Priesthood every week you will get closer to receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood. I’ve learned that the Aaronic Priesthood is a preparatory priesthood for the greater Melchizedek.
It will probably be at least three months depending on when your Stake Conference is as the Stake President is in charge of the greater priesthood as the Bishop of your ward is in charge of the lesser priesthood. I think I got lucky that when three months passed that the Stake Conference was around the corner. 🙂