Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Summary from Heidi Yeates lesson Jan. 27th

Lesson 26: Elijah and the Restoration of the Sealing Keys
This lesson details the appearance of Elijah to the prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. Elijah committed to Joseph and Oliver the keys of the sealing power - the power to bind and validate in the heavens all ordinances performed on earth. This restoration of the sealing keys - and the turning of the hearts of the children to the fathers - was crucial to Heavenly Father's plan, and was necessary to prepare the world for the Savior's second coming.
What does this mean to us? It means that we have the opportunity to receive all of the gospel ordinances and be sealed to our families. It also means that we need to do the work - perform these saving ordinances - for our ancestors. If you think about it, never before, in the history of the world, have the Lord's people had these most important keys AND the technology to research vital records worldwide. We live in a time when modern conveniences, such as washing machines, automobiles and Target, give us the time to do this work. It is our responsibility to do this work.
If you haven't yet read this lesson, it would be worth your time. I would also recommend reading Doctrine and Covenants sections 110 and 128, especially 128:22.

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