Reception in Honor of Jacob and Brittney

Jake and Britt (click for high resolution)

Jake and Britt (click for high resolution)

Even though it was Father’s Day today, Jill and I and the boys went to Jake and Britt’s reception at the Main Street Chapel. Their wedding was last week.

Jake is the son of my good friend Brian. To illustrate: Brian was walking his dog this morning and saw Jill and I working (the boys were not awake yet). It must have surprised him to see me working so he investigated. When he saw that I needed panels for the shelf he offered to give me one he had spare. He also loaned me his hammer drill, compressor, and nail gun, as well as the staples.

But back to Jake. A few months ago when he came by my home he saw that I was cleaning my garage so he started to help and didn’t leave until it was all done two hours later.

I am fortunate to have neighbors like these.

JoDee and Brian (click for high resolution)

JoDee and Brian (click for high resolution)

Rickety signature.

Ordination

Today Daniel was ordained an elder. This was done by those with priesthood authority to lay their hands on his head and receive this ordinance. Present and pictured in the photograph are (left to right, top to bottom) Derek, Paul, Steven, Brian, Sarah, Jill, Rick (Rickety), and Daniel. Brian is a Stake High Counselor and a dear friend who was present as the Stake representative. I was voice for the ordinance. To have the authority to perform this act of laying on of hands, male members of the Church must receive this authority by the laying on of hands from a priesthood holder who has the proper authority. This has been passed down in the Church from the Apostles Peter, James and John, who received their authority from Christ. These Apostles then visited Joseph Smith as angelic messengers and gave him the proper priesthood authority. From Joseph Smith the priesthood has been passed down in an unbroken line from Christ. Having the authority of the priesthood is different from having the power to use that priesthood:

All of us who hold the priesthood have the authority to act for the Lord, but the effectiveness of our authority—or if you please, the power that comes through that authority—depends on the pattern of our lives; it depends on our righteousness (H. Burke Peterson, “Priesthood—Authority and Power,” Ensign, May 1976, 32).

Daniel has now transitioned from the Aaronic priesthood to the Melchizedek priesthood as he continues his preparation for his mission to Mongolia. The only sad thing in all of this is that there are now no Aaronic priesthood in the house to boss around.