I Have So Much to Learn about the Priesthood
March 2019

“I Have So Much to Learn about the Priesthood,” Liahona, March 2019

I Have So Much to Learn about the Priesthood

As a young woman and later as a missionary, I remember wondering if certain verses in the scriptures applied to me as a female, especially those which referred to missionary work and priesthood. Now in my various Church callings and as a religion teacher, others have asked me similar questions about how the priesthood applies to them.

As I note in my article on page 34, Church leaders in the last few years have asked members to better understand the priesthood. President Russell M. Nelson voiced a concern that “too many of our brothers and sisters do not fully understand the concept of priesthood power and authority.”1

The saying is true that “information inspires inspiration.” As I have studied the priesthood and taught university students about it, I have not only come to realize how little I know but have also had my mind and heart opened to eternal truths regarding the priesthood.

I hope that as you learn more about the priesthood in this issue, you’ll come to understand that our Heavenly Parents desire to bless us with the priesthood and that latter-day prophets are pleading for us to take advantage of these privileges—perhaps especially those given to worthy men and women in the temple.


Barbara Morgan Gardner


  1. Russell M. Nelson, “Ministering with the Power and Authority of God,” Liahona, May 2018, 69.