Elder
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    Elder

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    An office of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Also used as a title for male missionaries or General Authorities of the Church. Elders have authority to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands and to bestow priesthood blessings.

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    “Elder, Melchizedek Priesthood,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism

    “How the Church Is Organized,” LDS.org

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