I Want a POWERFUL Man

father 7I quickly weary of all the male bashing from many women in society today. I don’t agree at all that females are demeaned by a gentleman opening a door for them, offering his arm or hand as a means to help steady their steps, or motioning for a lady to enter through a door before he does. To me those things are gallant and show respect. I do believe that women are as capable as men, but not divinely designed equally across the board. There are wonderfully intentional differences.

I tire even more quickly with the few shrill, or low murmuring, female voices from within the ranks of our Church members who feel they are diminished by the role God gave his daughters, not including the holding of His priesthood. The ‘bearing’ of children must be seen by them as somehow lesser than the ‘bearing’ of the priesthood. In this they are misguided at best. Each gender has a divine purpose assigned, as a son or daughter of God, as revealed in ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World.’  As the Creator, God defined the proper and perfect roles for His children.

The ‘bearing’ we each do in our divine roles as women and men, requires the support of the companion and opposite role for its best success.

What does it mean, ‘to bear’?

For women, in general, the most obvious definition of bearing for us comes as:

“to bring forth (young); give birth to: to bear a child” [1]

father 8I relied heavily on the support of my husband as I bore our children and bore the major responsibility of the daily, many times mundane tasks that my role as mother and homemaker required. Our decisions dictated that I would do the bulk of the heavy lifting in these areas, but he was wonderful to readily pitch in, emotionally and physically. I was, and still am, very grateful for his love and help.

For male members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what is meant when we use the term “bear” the priesthood concerning their divine responsibility? The dictionary gives these possible definitions:

“to hold or carry;” and “to hold or remain firm under (a load): The roof will not bear the strain of his weight.” [2]

President Russell M. Nelson addressed the topic of priesthood power and taught exactly what the term means:

“To bear means to support the weight of that which is held. It is a sacred trust to bear the priesthood, which is the mighty power and authority of God.” [3]

“The Weight”

father 4It is a heavy weight to be ordained to any office of the Lord’s priesthood. To commit one’s self to live above the world’s ideas and practices so as to be available to the Lord to act as His hands, and heart, and voice in blessing His children. Especially in our day. The pressures to provide the necessities for a family take our husbands and fathers out from their safe homes and away from their loving families, into a world void of shame day after day.  The abundance of pornography, the acceptance of indulging one’s own personal desires, and the constant and loud degrading of masculinity only add to strengthen the current that righteous men must walk upstream against. But walk against it they must.

Our sons and young men face similar pressures, and without the added strength of maturity and lesser spiritual experience their fewer years afford them.

The Price for the Power

father 5Their priesthood power is not for their own benefit, but is to be available, at a moment’s notice if need be, to bless their family and others. He must be able to tap into the quiet communication of the Spirit as voice for the Lord while administering a priesthood blessing. He must be clear-minded and pure-hearted to receive revelation for someone he may be counseling at Church, or at home. His hands must be clean to help facilitate essential ordinances and oversee the making of sacred covenants. His tasks as a priesthood bearer require his best efforts each day if he is to be able to function in the roles of priesthood bearer in the kingdom, and in their family. (I’m exhausted, and humbled, just thinking about this charge. That some women feel they want to add this great weight to their already heavy roles is honestly, beyond me).

President Nelson gave these priesthood power-producing suggestions:Pres Nelson

  • Develop the qualities of faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity, and diligence [4]; along with humility.
  • “Pray from our hearts”
  • “Search the scriptures and feast on the words of Christ”
  • “Worship in the temple regularly”
  • “Follow President Monson’s example of serving others”

Though given at that time to the men of the Church, this list will provide each son or daughter of God with the power they need to fully engage in their equally divine, yet different, bearing.

A Plea and a Promise

fathers“I urgently plead with each one of us to live up to our privileges as bearers of the priesthood. In a coming day, only those men who have taken their priesthood seriously, by diligently seeking to be taught by the Lord Himself, will be able to bless, guide, protect, strengthen, and heal others. Only a man who has paid the price for priesthood power will be able to bring miracles to those he loves and keep his marriage and family safe, now and throughout eternity.” [5]

And then this promise:

“In these latter days, we know there will be earthquakes in diverse places. Perhaps one of the diverse places will be in or own homes, where emotional, financial, or spiritual earthquakes may occur. Priesthood power can calm the seas and heal fractures in the earth. Priesthood power can also calm the minds and heal fractures in the hearts of those we love.” [6]

Supporting the Priesthood

father 9I’m absolutely counting on my husband, my sons, and the other men close to me in my life, for the blessings promised by a servant of the Lord in this statement. Those blessings are dependent on their worthily bearing the priesthood. So I am determined to do all I can to help him and them, bear the weight of their responsibility. I invite you to do the same. What that help looks like will be different for each of us. Reflect on what you can do more of, or do less of; begin doing or stop doing, in supporting the priesthood holders in your life. As we offer our love and support in their roles – as men, husbands, fathers, and priesthood holders – our lives, and the lives of our family members, Church family members, and communities, will be blessed by their Christ-like love and service. They are the conduit to some of the powers of heaven available to us only through the priesthood.

Thank you, all you wonderful men and boys, husbands and sons, fathers and friends, who are striving to serve us and others through the righteous bearing of your holy priesthood. We know you are not perfect, for neither are we. We are grateful that you are trying to be the men of God you are called to be. We thank you for your patience and support in our ‘bearing’ responsibilities. And we in turn offer you ours.

 

[1] Dictionary.com, ‘bear’

[2] Ibid.

[3] “The Price of Priesthood Power”, President Russell M. Nelson, April 2016, General Conference

[4] 2 Peter 1:5-10

[5] “The Price of Priesthood Power”, President Russell M. Nelson, April 2016, General Conference

[6] Ibid.

 

 

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Bethany Packard

Bethany Packard

Bethany Packard is absolutely in love with her wonderful husband, Chad. They live in the Dallas, TX area where they raised six amazing childrenand operate a business. They have 18 terrific grandchildren. At age 49, they were called to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a 'Senior' couple, and assigned to the Russia Moscow Mission. Leaving their family and business - before they were retired - took faith, but it also created the opportunity for God to perform many miracles in their lives. She loves music, interior design, cooking, sports, fall, and macaroni & cheese.
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Bethany Packard is absolutely in love with her wonderful husband, Chad. They live in the Dallas, TX area where they raised six amazing children and operate a business. They have 18 terrific grandchildren. At age 49, they were called to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a 'Senior' couple, and assigned to the Russia Moscow Mission. Leaving their family and business - before they were retired - took faith, but it also created the opportunity for God to perform many miracles in their lives. She loves music, interior design, cooking, sports, fall, and macaroni & cheese.

4 thoughts on “I Want a POWERFUL Man

  1. Marlene C.

    Oh how I love this article! The phrase “wonderfully intentional differences” says it so well. As the wife of a gallant and respectful man who has helped me raise what I hope are gallant and respectful young men, I appreciate your thoughts. My good husband is not a member and does not hold the priesthood, but his lessons and examples of honesty, integrity, and love have helped my boys understand what a man should be, and with the added blessing of the priesthood they bear, I know they can be Powerful men in their homes.

    1. Bethany Packard Post author

      Marlene, what a lovely tribute you pay to your companion. You both are so very lucky to have each other as loving and respectful companions. No doubt your good husband has set a wonderful example for your sons. I wish you the best. And thank you for sharing your thoughts and following us here at MWS.

      Blessings,
      ~Bethany

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