Saturday, August 15, 2015

Receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood and Going Through the Temple

Receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood

In the Church today, worthy male members may receive the Aaronic Priesthood beginning at age 12. These young men, typically ages 12–17, receive many opportunities to participate in sacred priesthood ordinances and give service. As they worthily fulfill their duties, they act in the name of the Lord to help others receive the blessings of the gospel. 
Upon reaching the age of 18, the higher priesthood, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is conferred upon faithful male members of the Church.  Through the laying on of hands, the office of "Elder" was conferred upon the new "Elder Wilde."  Through this office of the Melchizedek Priesthood, he may administer in higher ordinances such as giving the gift of the Holy Ghost to newly baptized members, healing the sick, and naming and blessing children.  

Elder Wilde's father, John Wilde, conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood and ordained him to the office of Elder by the laying on of hands with other Melchizedek Priesthood holders.  This line of authority dates back to Jesus Christ.
Those included in the ordination were Elder Wilde's Uncle Tyler Nevenner, his dad, his Grandpa Copeland, and a member of the Stake Presidency
Elder Copeland with his parents on the day of his ordination, August 8, 2015

Elder Copeland with his grandparents, George and Laura Copeland

Attending the Temple for the First Time
Elder Wilde attended the Oakland Temple on August 8, 2015.  In addition to his parents, his Grandparents George and Laura Copeland, and his Uncle and Aunt Chad and Bethany VanSweden, and his Uncle and Aunt Tyler and Carrie Nevenner, also attended with him.

Elder Wilde at the Oakland Temple

Elder Wilde with his Grandparents Copeland
Elder Wilde with his uncles and aunts

For a better understanding of why temples are so important in the lives of every individual, please click on the link below:

Why Mormons Build Temples

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