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p. 494. Priesthoodlocked

  • Richard Lyman Bushman

Abstract

‘Priesthood’ explores Mormonism's links to the priestly authority of the New Testament. The aim is to confer priesthood authority on all the adult male members of the church. Only priesthood holders can administer sacraments. There is no professional clergy; all offices in the congregation are staffed by volunteers. Women cannot be priests, though they pray, preach and are very active in the church. Mormons claim that only they have an authorized priesthood and only ordinances performed by that priesthood are valid in eternity. Exclusive authority does not mean exclusive access to heaven, however. Mormons have assumed responsibility for baptizing and for sealing the marriages of every person who ever lived

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