The power and authority of the lesser, or Aaronic Priesthood, is to hold the keys of the ministering of angels, and to administer in outward ordinances, the letter of the gospel, the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, agreeable to the covenants and commandments.
“We are a covenant people, and great are the obligations which go with that covenant. We cannot be ordinary people. We must rise above the crowd. We must stand a little taller. We must be a little better, a little kinder, a little more generous, a little more courteous, a little more thoughtful, a little more outreaching to others” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 180-181).
1847 - The first pioneer wagons left Winter Quarters for the overland journey to the Great Basin with Elder Heber C. Kimball’s six wagons in the lead. The group was led by Brigham Young and consisted of 143 men, 3 women, and 2 children.
To obtain a hope in Christ, you must learn of him. You must learn who you and those around you really are. With the knowledge and understanding that we are all beggars before the God and Father of us all, we cannot look upon the needs of others and not feel a need to help where possible. The Church shares millions of dollars every year to help those in need.
Nephi continued to admonish his brethren and their families and to lead them in the worship of their God. He found encouragement and strength in studying the scriptures and sought peace through family and personal prayer. Anger and disagreement continued to divide the family until the tension became too great. A decision had to be made for the peace and safety of Nephi, his family, and those who believed the teachings of the Lord.