Today’s story that is linked up to the collection of LDS based stories in my family devotional ebook is in honor of the restoration of priesthood power. Today, May 15, is the anniversary of the restoration of the Aaronic priesthood to the earth. So I am celebrating tonight with my family with some cake after dinner! First time I’ve done this. (I didn’t plan it this way, we just happened to have leftover cake from my perfecting my Wheat-free Basic White/Yellow Cake.)
On May 15, 1829, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were ordained by John the Baptist, to hold the Aaronic Priesthood. With this power, Joseph and Oliver now had authority from Jesus Christ to baptize. See Joseph History 1:65-73. The Melchizedek Priesthood was given to them sometimes after that. We are not sure of the exact date for that event.
So this week I am going to take a break from sharing stories about moms here on the blog and share stories about priesthood power. The priesthood power is God’s power, and because of that, it is amazing. The April 2018 issue of the Friend has a beautiful song that my children and I are learning this week in our devotional that reminds us of all the wonderful things the priesthood power can do: create light, stars, the moon, the sun, create worlds with land and sea, cause people to see, raise the dead back to life, heal the sick, guide, lift, and bless, among all things. I know this is true!
Today’s story is called, “The Letter.” It is about a young missionary serving in Austria who was imprisoned because of false understanding of his purpose as a missionary. While in prison he got word that his companion was sick. He wasn’t able to visit his companion to give him a priesthood blessing, but God made up for that inability, through priesthood power. You can read the whole amazing story here. I know that priesthood power is true and real and blesses us all in many ways.