Elder Keith B. McMullin: 'The Power of the Aaronic Priesthood'
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Bishop Keith B. McMullin addressed the priesthood session in the spirit of President Thomas S. Monson's recent emphasis, given in General Authority training, on the duties and opportunities for Aaronic Priesthood bearers.
"It has been my experience that you who serve as deacons, teachers and priests are as willing, reliable and capable in doing your duty as we expect you to be," said Bishop McMullin, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. "Our vision of you and your duty looks beyond your age."
Posing the question "What can a deacon, teacher or priest do to receive the spirit of revelation and magnify his calling?" Bishop McMullin declared, "He can so live as to enjoy the cleansing, sanctifying and illuminating power of the Holy Ghost."
He called upon young priesthood bearers to "shun profane and foolish chatter, flee all evil, avoid contention and repent where needed."
"This will help you rise to the noble stature of your manhood," he said. "The qualities of courage, trustworthiness, humility, faith and goodness will be yours. Friends will admire you, parents will praise you, brethren in the priesthood will depend on you, and the young women will adore you and become even better because of you. God will honor you and endow your priesthood service with power from on high."
He pledged, "The rest of us will do our part." As their brethren, he said, "we will be examples for you to emulate. We will increase the strength of your quorums. We will sustain your quorum presidencies as they exercise their presiding keys. We will provide you opportunity to fully shoulder the duties of the Aaronic Priesthood and to magnify your calling therein."
Bishop McMullin said blessings will come to the Church through the young men's ministry. "As you speak by the power of the Holy Ghost and administer the sacred emblems of the sacrament, men and women, boys and girls will strive to repent, to increase their faith in Christ and to have the Holy Spirit with them always.
"As you fast and collect fast offerings, members will be moved to pattern their works after the Savior. …
"As you visit the house of each member, be not fearful or bashful. The Holy Ghost will supply you in the very moment the words to say, the testimony to bear, the service to render."