About the Restored Priesthood Authority
“How thankful we are for these historical events and for the supernal significance of revelation, scriptures, restoration of priesthood authority, and baptism.” —President Russell M. Nelson
How the Priesthood Was Restored
Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery’s detained firsthand accounts of the restoration of the priesthood were written several years after the appearance of John the Baptist, but both published and unpublished sources written closer to the event itself corroborate their memory.
Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood
Multiple sources describe the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
“I Will Take It in Faith”
George Rickford waited for years until all worthy men could be ordained to priesthood offices.
The Restoration of the Priesthood Authority and Organization
The Lord restored authority and organization as the Church grew.
“Because the Melchizedek Priesthood has been restored, both covenant-keeping women and men have access to … all the spiritual treasures the Lord has for His children.” —President Russell M. Nelson
Teachings of Prophets and Apostles on Restored Priesthood Authority
President Russell M. Nelson: Ministering with the Power and Authority of God
“The restoration of the priesthood of God, including the keys of the priesthood, opens to worthy Latter-day Saints the greatest of all spiritual blessings.”
President Russell M. Nelson: Spiritual Treasures
“The heavens are just as open to women … as they are to men who bear the priesthood.”
President Dallin H. Oaks: The Melchizedek Priesthood and the Keys
“The priesthood is a divine power and authority held in trust to be used for God’s work for the benefit of all of His children.”
President Henry B. Eyring: Faith and Keys
“God is persistent and generous in offering the blessings of priesthood power to His children.”
President M. Russell Ballard: Men and Women and Priesthood Power
“Let us never forget that we are the sons and daughters of God, equal in His sight with differing responsibilities and capabilities.”
Elder Gary E. Stevenson: Where Are the Keys and Authority of the Priesthood?
“Priesthood keys control the exercise of priesthood authority.”
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: The Joy of the Priesthood
“It is our sacred joy and privilege to serve the Lord and our fellowmen.”
Elder Quentin L. Cook: The Blessing of Continuing Revelation
“In addition to these great foundational scriptures, we are blessed with continuing revelation to living prophets.”
The Restored Priesthood in Your Life
Sister Jean B. Bingham: United in Accomplishing God’s Work
“When women and men work together, we accomplish a great deal more than we do working separately.”
Sister Julie B. Beck: Why We Are Organized into Quorums and Relief Societies
“Our God is a God of order, and all that He does to build His kingdom is done through His priesthood patterns.”
Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson: Do I Believe?
“Priesthood power makes it possible to make covenants … that will … enable us to return to the presence of God.”
“I was given two healthy sons, and my testimony of the power of priesthood blessings and prayer was strengthened.”
“What did come were blessings of comfort, which didn’t take the trial away but made it easier to bear.”
Witnessing the Faithfulness
Families around the world waited faithfully for priesthood and temple blessings to be available to people of all races.