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The Priesthood of Our Lord - Hymn Number 320
Performed by:
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Text & Music by:
John Craven, 1929-1993 1985 IRI
Brethren, pow'r by earthly standards Comes by rank or wealth or sword;
But the pow'r above all others Is the priesthood of our Lord.

It is ours, the total armor -- Priesthood held by Christ, our Lord --
If, as brethren, we are worthy Of the Spirit's whispered word.

Let us venture forth in freedom With the priesthood as our guide --
Deacons, teachers, priests, and elders, Seeking virtue side by side.

 Our vision of you and your work looks beyond the outward appearance of a boy and sees instead a bearer of the holy priesthood outfitted with its attendant powers, duties, and blessings.

In my mind I can hear you of the Aaronic Priesthood saying, with a fervor and conviction characteristic of men like Mormon and Joseph Smith: 'We are sons of our Heavenly Father and disciples of Jesus Christ. We act in faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God.' As a bearer of the Aaronic Priesthood:

I will live the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I will magnify priesthood callings.
I will give meaningful service.
I will prepare to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood.
I will commit to, prepare for, and serve an honorable full-time mission.
I will live worthy to receive temple covenants.
I will prepare now to become a worthy husband and father.

In the eyes of God, there is more power and authority in the hand of an Aaronic Priesthood bearer than there is among all of the world’s rich, famous, and influential people. Their works will end; his will not. They can do nothing in the name of the Lord; he can do whatever the Lord requires of him, for he is on the Lord’s errand. 

Bishop Keith B. McMullin
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric 1995-2012