President Russel M. Nelson speaks of “spiritual treasures” available in the temple. But what are they and how can we draw on them?
As women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we may find it hard to understand our role in priesthood organizations and callings. President Russell M. Nelson’s October 2019 General Conference talk “Spiritual Treasures” may help. He says, “I hope the sisters understand the spiritual treasures that are theirs in the temple.” But what are those spiritual treasures, and how can we draw upon them to better understand our role in priesthood organizations?
President Nelson explains that these spiritual treasures are the benefits of the priesthood in the lives of men and women. He says, “Because the Melchizedek Priesthood has been restored, both covenant-keeping women and men have access to ‘all the spiritual blessings of the church’ or, we might say, to all the spiritual treasures the Lord has for His children.”
President Nelson states that women are set apart in their callings and are given priesthood authority to function in those callings. Women are given priesthood authority in the temple to officiate in the ordinances of salvation and exaltation. Additionally, women have the power to call upon God to speak and teach with authority, no matter their calling or capacity in the Church.
President Nelson then invites women to study Doctrine and Covenants 84 and 107 to find those spiritual treasures and understand priesthood truths better. As we do, he says we will be “better able to help create eternal families that are united, sealed in the temple of the Lord, and full of love for our Heavenly Father and for Jesus Christ.”
Read more of President Russell M. Nelson’s counsel and promises in his talk “Spiritual Truths,” and learn to access the spiritual treasures available to us in the temple.
—Jessie Bruner, Latter-day Saint Insights
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