Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood and Attending the Temple for the First Time

In the Church today, worthy male members may receive the Aaronic Priesthood beginning at age 12. These young men, typically ages 12–17, receive many opportunities to participate in sacred priesthood ordinances and give service. As they worthily fulfill their duties, they act in the name of the Lord to help others receive the blessings of the gospel. 

 Upon reaching the age of 18, the higher priesthood, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is conferred upon faithful male members of the Church.  Through the laying on of hands, the office of "Elder" was conferred upon the new "Elder Copeland."  Through this office of the Melchizedek Priesthood, he may administer in higher ordinances such as giving the gift of the Holy Ghost to newly baptized members, healing the sick, and naming and blessing children. 

Elder Copeland's father, Kyle Copeland, conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood and ordained him to the office of Elder by the laying on of hands with other Melchizedek Priesthood holders.  This line of authority dates back to Jesus Christ.

Attending the Temple for the First Time

Elder Copeland attended the Mt. Timpanogos Temple on July 8, 2016.  In addition to his parents, his Grandparents Scott and Patrice Harmer, and his Aunt Angie and cousin Connor Copeland, his Uncle and Aunt Andy and Bethany, Uncle and Aunt Alyse and Ryan, and his best friend Sam and his mother, Becca.

 Elder Copeland with his parents.
 Elder Copeland with his cousin, Connor Copeland, who just returned from 
his two-year mission to Nicaragua Managua South on June 15th.
 Aunt Angie, Cousin Connor, Elder Copeland, and Elder Copeland's mother, Kim

Uncle Andy and Aunt Bethany; Aunt Alise and Uncle Ryan
Elder Copeland, and Parents Kyle and Kim
 Elder Copeland and Elder Johnson.  Elder Johnson will be 
leaving soon for his two-year mission to Quito, Ecuador.  
They have been best friends since they were babies!

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