A priesthood is a body of priests, shamans, or oracles who are thought to have special religious authority or function. The term also refers to the office, dignity, authority, or character of a priest.
By asserting that priesthood is not to be regarded as isolated, but as an event which must be taken in close connection with the fact itself of Christ, we mean that the primary content of priesthood is neither individualistic and functional, in the narrow sense of the term, nor a moralistic but essentially Christological.
Christian priesthood and the priesthood of Christ belong together and should never be conceived as individually apart, given that the Holy Spirit fills with His presence the Church and manifests to all Christ.
Priesthood is indeed intrinsically related to the eucharistic sacrifice, which is the central empowering event and the source of unity of the ecclesial community.
Although several fls were ordained to the priesthood in the 1830s, there is no evidence that Joseph Smith authorized new ordinations in the 1840s, and between 1847 and 1852 Church leaders maintained that fls should be denied the priesthood because of their lineage.
However, the limitations on the priesthood were a source of great pain for fl members of the Church, and the burden of that unexplained past policy continues to weigh upon many fl members and fl investigators of the Church.
Priesthood leaders are instructed to follow the policy of carefully interviewing all candidates for ordination to either the Aaronic or the Melchizedek Priesthood to insure that they meet the established standards for worthiness.
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