Therefore on that day was the priesthood of the great Mother given unto the daughters
of men. And Eve commanded the woman that she should grant this priesthood unto all
those daughters who should be born unto her, even throughout all their generations
of both mother and daughter.
True priesthood has its birth in God, and this priesthood is empowered by the manner
in which you choose to live your life. It is through the act of priesthood that we
learn to see as God sees, to feel as God feels and to understand as God understands.
No church or man can give you priesthood, for true priesthood has nothing to do with
church authority. True priesthood has to do with the inherent power of God which
lies deep within the spirit and soul of every man, woman and child who lives the
mortal life. Priesthoods which proclaim loudly the authority of the church do so
because they have nothing else to proclaim. But true priesthood seeks only to proclaim
the living presence of God. The priesthood of the church has but one overriding mandate
and that mandate is the control and manipulation of church members. But the true
priesthood which comes from God, and which is born in you already has only one mandate,
and that mandate is the revelation of God’s presence in your life, and in the lives
of those you love.
What then is priesthood? Priesthood is the inherent right of every man, woman and
child to create any number of sacred moments which will draw forth the living presence
of God through the spiritual uplifting of those you love. It is the presence of God
which validates your priesthood; it was never church authority. The priesthood of
the church is about lines of authority, it is about unquestioning obedience. This
kind of priesthood is solely about the church, the church, and nothing but the church,
so help you the church. Their doctrine is simple: “Never mind if it’s right or wrong,
follow the brethren and the lord will bless you.” It is this attitude which has separated
the church from God. However, the true priesthood of God does not permit you to abandon
your moral responsibility concerning the right or wrong of any issue. You are responsible
and you may never abandon that responsibility just because someone else says you
must! I do not ask you to obey me. I only ask that you listen to me, weigh it in
the hand and then decide for yourself. And if you truly desire the presence of God
in your life, we will not stand too far apart from each other. If you truly desire
to create for yourself the sacred life where God is always present, then you must
strive to reflect the same qualities of character as the Song of God reveals about
God, and this is the purpose of priesthood. True priesthood is meant to empower you
in the living of your life; it is never God’s intent that priesthood should prove
a burden, or an anguish of the soul.
Priesthood is the means through which you connect with your greater spiritual self,
enabling you to create a profound sense of oneness with God. And until you do create
this sense of oneness, you will continue to feel disconnected with all things eternal.
But priesthood is not only able to build a bridge between yourself and God, it would
also encourage you to build a bridge between Heaven and your fellow man. Through
priesthood you become the bridge through which others may have a glimpse of God;
and this revelation—which has its birth in the priesthood you exercise—will create
in them a desire to know and to touch God for themselves. This is the sole purpose
of priesthood: to create a profound sense of oneness between man and God (Beginnings
There is another word which would define the nature and disposition of priesthood,
and that word is “selflessness”. If you truly desire to create for yourself the sacred
life, if you truly yearn to be one with God, then begin by thinking less of yourself
and more of others. You cannot be self-absorbed and still expect to know and to touch
the heart of God. To be great in the eyes of God, you must be selfless in your daily
life. And to be truly selfless, to go beyond the taint of ‘me’ or ‘mine’ or ‘I’,
you must embrace fully the will of God and make it as your own. To aid you in this
process, your Heavenly Parents have given you the gift of the Song of God. For it
is only in this book that the true will of God is made manifest. Creating the sacred
life through priesthood would be impossible without a good working knowledge of the
scriptures. So study them, teach from them, live them and the priesthood of God shall
come alive within you, revealing before your eyes, a joy and beauty far greater than
all your dreams.
Priesthood means empowerment. It is the power which enables you to become one with
God, one with life and one with your fellow man. The beginnings of this Priesthood
are found in the everyday occurrences of your life. In the moment of your birth,
the patterns of your unfolding life begin to shape the very building blocks out of
which the priesthood of your soul is to be fashioned. And as you grow from childhood,
adolescence and into adulthood, all that is needed is for you to recognize the building
blocks which will enable you to create the sacred life. Priesthood is the art of
sacred living. It is something that is learned, tested and owned by the one who endeavors
to touch the soul of God; one who is relentless in their resolve to chase after God
until they achieve the state of oneness with their Heavenly Parents.
Priesthood is about perspective – not your perspective but God’s perspective. Priesthood
is the act of being lifted up, of being drawn closer to God and from that sublime
elevation, seeing for yourself the larger picture and your place in it. It is to
see with new eyes, causing to pass away all the shadows of your lesser self, replacing
the sum of all your fears, despair and confusion with the love, hope and faith which
is found in God alone. This divine perspective lifts you above the seeming smallness
of your life, permitting you to see something far greater than yourself, something
far greater than all your problems. When you achieve God’s perspective of things,
you become one with God. Whenever you pray or meditate, whenever you seek with eager
heart to touch the sacred, then like the small child, you are holding up your arms
to God, asking your Heavenly Parents to lift you up. In like fashion, whenever you
engage in acts of Priesthood, whenever you endeavor to live the sacred life, you
help to lift up others so that they can see as God sees and understand as God understands.
Remember that priesthood is born in you already. It is a gift from God, and no church
can give it to you. If you are a man, your priesthood comes through your Heavenly
Father and it is passed to you through procreation. If you are a woman, your priesthood
comes through your Heavenly Mother and it is passed to you through procreation also.
Heavenly Mother DOES NOT receive her priesthood from your Heavenly Father. To even
think such a thing is an insult to your Heavenly Parents. The priesthood of God has
nothing to do with the Melchizedek or Aaronic Priesthood of the church. These priesthoods
involve more wishful thinking than actual substance. The true priesthood of God is
Patriarchal or Matriarchal in nature and they derive their power from your Heavenly
Parents. There is no other priesthood. Priesthood is about family – not church!
As the father or mother of your family, your priesthood authority is total and absolute
within your family. No man, regardless of their title or position can tell you how
to use priesthood within your own families. Yet do keep in mind that true priesthood
is the right to create sacred moments in your family which will draw forth the presence
of God. Go now my children and think on these things, for herein you shall find great
“The priesthood of God is available to all men and women equally, and that the offices
of this priesthood are: son/daughter, husband/wife, father/mother, grandfather/grandmother,
4. Consider then that sacred power which lies most deep within you, a power which
is born of God, a power wrapped in priesthood; for this priesthood was given you
at the moment of your birth, waiting quietly deep within, eager that you should use
5. What then is this priesthood which waits to be revealed? What is the power within
your soul that would make you one with God? How must you live, how must you speak,
how must you rightly act, to awaken within you the Light of God and fill the world
6. For the priesthood of God can no man give, neither is it appointed that any church
should guard it or bind it with restrictions; for the priesthood which comes from
God is found in you already and lies most deep within, a hidden treasure within the
soul which waits upon your faith.
7. This then is the power of priesthood that you should be enabled to create some
sacred moment for the sake of those you love, which sacred moment proves the power
which draws forth the presence of God the Mother and the Father.
8. For the power of priesthood does not command but loves instead, neither does it
seek to judge or punish, but to heal and quick restore; proving itself not as something
exclusive but rather as that which quick includes even all who would embrace the
things which come from God.
9. Think not therefore that the priesthood of God is bound by law, neither can any
church constrain it, to keep it in their power; for that which has its birth in God
is yours by right of birth, becoming itself the tie which binds you closely unto
God, having as its only mandate the creation of sacred moments.
10. For the world needs most that sacred moment where God is deeply felt, to be themselves
inspired by goodness, to be themselves uplifted and to feel themselves as blest,
a sacred moment where God draws near to touch the heart and mind.
11. Such then is made the priesthood which comes from God above, not come from men
nor come from church as others quick would tell you, but comes instead from deep
within where the heart and soul do meet, lying there within yourself for you to quick
take hold and draw to you the heart of God through the making of sacred moments.
12. If then you would awaken the priesthood of your soul then take you now this Song
of God and learn it deeply well, committing to your memory the words of life and
joy, becoming yourself as one made holy by seizing hold of God.
7th Endowment 7:4-12
71. For, behold, through the covenant of priesthood are the children of men, both
male and female, made imitators of God. By his holiness are the children of men made
partakers of his glory, that they might receive unto their souls the very presence
of God and live.
72. Now consider how that the children of men are separated from God by reason of
their many follies. By great sin is there made a gulf wide and deep, which would
separate forever the Father from the children of men.
73. Seeing, therefore, that God desires that he should restore unto himself the children
of his soul, he has prepared a way by which the children of men might approach nigh
unto the Father; which way is sure and safe, having been founded in the holiness
74. For whosoever obtains this priesthood, whether male or female, shall find unto
their soul an abundance of strength; they shall mount the wind as an eagle; they
shall run and not be weary; in the pathway of his righteousness shall they walk and
75. In them shall God put forth the hand of blessing unto all the children of men,
that all who should have desire might come to a knowledge of God.
76. Therefore, unto whatsoever person God shall grant the power of this priesthood,
even that one shall have power to make intercession for the children of men, that
all might come to an understanding of the mercies of God.
77. Unto them shall the bearers of priesthood go. And they shall lay themselves down,
even as a sure pathway in a lone and weary land where no safety is, that all who
should walk therein might find to their greater joy the deliverance of God.
78. And to all those who shall be faithful to do the works of priesthood shall God
fulfill the promise of every good thing, for he shall grant unto them both exaltation
and increase in the kingdom of the Father.”
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The content provided in this “Priesthood” entry can be found in Azrael’s Commentary
(Song of God; 2nd edition 2012). An earlier version of this entry was included in
the 2008 edition, and is available in the article: What is True Priesthood?