Receiving Godly Power
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“Receiving Godly Power,” Liahona, August 2021

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Receiving Godly Power

Doctrine and Covenants 84

The Gate and the Path

Illustration by Bryan Beach

“In the ordinances [of the Melchizedek Priesthood], the power of godliness is manifest” (Doctrine and Covenants 84:20).

How to Progress on the Covenant Path

The priesthood ordinances we receive are more than a checklist. President Tad R. Callister, former Sunday School General President, taught that “each unleashes a godly power” in our lives.1


Materials needed: pencil, a piece of paper with two columns labeled “Name” and “Plan for next or needful ordinance.”2

Instructions: List each family member and consider what will help them prepare for their next ordinance (including the sacrament). For example, parents might have a child approaching baptismal age, or teens might have an older sibling preparing to receive temple ordinances. You could complete this activity together for home evening and create specific plans to help each other move along the covenant path.


By receiving the power of priesthood ordinances, we can become more like Jesus Christ. The gift of the Holy Ghost will enlighten our minds and soften our hearts to think and feel more like Him.3 And connecting more fully with the power of God will help your family overcome even the most difficult trials.4


How has participating in ordinances brought power into your life? How can you help members of your family prepare to receive their next ordinance?

Liahona Magazine, 2021/08 Aug