Elder D. Lee Tobler: Homes need Melchizedek Priesthood
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Elder D. Lee Tobler encouraged priesthood leaders particularly in stake and ward councils to give more attention to families that do not have the Melchizedek Priesthood in their homes.
Speaking at the priesthood session Saturday evening , Elder Tobler of
the Seventy said: "As children we were raised in a home where it was
clearly understood that the priesthood was as essential to life as was the
water we drank to satisfy our thirst
"Early on we learned of the healing power of the priesthood as father,
sometimes alone and at other times assisted by men of the ward, exercised
that priesthood in our home. In the 1930s, in that small Nevada pioneer
town, there were no doctors
Such security is sorely needed today, he affirmed, citing "unprecedented challenges that are tearing at the fabric of the family that are taking away from the home a sense of peace and confidence about the future."
He added: "These conditions, coupled with the steady erosion of moral values, can best be dealt with in the family. This is achieved when the powers of righteousness are marshaled in the home under the worthy priesthood leadership of the father, equally yoked with a good and righteous mother."
In every ward and branch, Elder Tobler observed, are many families without the priesthood, with husbands and fathers "simply waiting for a supportive invitation to become prepared to bear the Melchizedek Priesthood. Their wives pray and wait for that outstretched hand. These are men, who through our teaching and nurturing, can be made capable to bear that priesthood."