In the Church video “How the Priesthood Works,” Elder Dale G. Renlund explains the purpose and function of the priesthood by comparing it to a rocket. The payload or cargo of the rocket is like the power of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice. All of God’s children are in need of this sacred healing power. The true purpose of the priesthood is to launch and deliver the opportunity to benefit from Christ’s atoning power to all of God’s children.

“The priesthood is essential because of the necessary ordinances and covenants on earth are administered only by its authority. For Heavenly Father’s purposes to be accomplished, Christ’s atoning power needs to be available to God’s children.”

“The atoning power of Jesus Christ is essential because none of us can return to our heavenly home without help. In mortality, we invariably make mistakes and violate God’s laws. We become stained by sin and cannot be allowed back to live in God’s presence. We need the Savior’s atoning power so that we can be reconciled to Heavenly Father. … We have the priesthood so that we can help Heavenly Father’s children be relieved of the burden of sin and become like Him.”

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