Just a few thoughts.
Reading Alma 13 today, something about verse 1 struck me:
Alma 13: 1:
And again, my brethren, I would cite your minds forward to the time when the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children; and I would that ye should remember that the Lord God ordained priests, after his holy order, which was after the order of his Son, to teach these things unto the people.
But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent; and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days; therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father.
Now, there were many before him, and also there were many afterwards, but none were greater; therefore, of him they have more particularly made mention.
And what did he do? He taught, and people repented. That was the great thing that he did.
Not popularity. Not social status. Not crazy unusual miracles. He taught, and do so in a way that his whole city repented.
Can we sum up the mission of the priesthood in that? Teaching in such a way that a family or a person or a nation can receive all the Father wants to give?
I’m thinking of Abraham 2:11 & D&C 84 here as well.
Interesting how much emphasis Alma gives to teaching when that would not have been the first thing that popped into my head.
But even Moses was trying to teach see D&C 84:
23 Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;
24 But they hardened their hearts and could not endure hispresence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.
And D&C 84 uses the word “teach” about God himself:
47 And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father.
48 And the Father teacheth him of the covenant which he has renewed and confirmed upon you, which is confirmed upon you for your sakes, and not for your sakes only, but for the sake of thewhole world.
Which is of course what Abraham 2:11 says – the priesthood power is what goes out to all the families of the earth, so they too can have the blessings of the gospel.
Nothing radical in one sense, but on the other hand it is a different way of approaching this topic.