So...some initial questions...because I guess I can see these ideas make sense at a broad level...but going a bit deeper on the subject...The word priesthood has two meanings. First, priesthood is the power and authority of God. It has always existed and will continue to exist without end (see Alma 13:7–8; D&C 84:17–18). Through the priesthood, God created and governs the heavens and the earth. Through this power, He exalts His obedient children, bringing to pass “the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39; see also D&C 84:35–38).
Second, in mortality, priesthood is the power and authority that God gives to man to act in all things necessary for the salvation of God’s children. The blessings of the priesthood are available to all who receive the gospel (“Priesthood Authority,” Handbook 2, Administering the Church).
What does it mean "Through the priesthood, God created and governs the heavens and the earth. Through this power, He exalts His obedient children, bringing to pass “the immortality and eternal life of man”?"
- Does this mean some people hold the priesthood and help God create things, and others didn't have the priesthood in the pre-existance and just hung around and watched and weren't involved?
Second, what blessings come to those who receive the gospel, for which priesthood is needed? What are specific examples?
What exactly IS the priesthood and why is it needed?
[Maybe this can be our sunday school class...and we can discuss together??]