Selected Quotes Concerning
Kings and Priests

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John Taylor (1808-87)  President

What is a King and Priest?

D&C 76

55 They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things--

56 They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;

57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

58 Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God--

59 Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

Joseph Smith (1805-44) President

Brigham Young (1801-77)  President
John Taylor (1808-87)  President
Bruce R. McConkie (1915-85)  Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Teachings Concerning Becoming
Kings and Queens and Priests and Priestesses

Hugh B. Brown (1883-1975) First Presidency

Celestial Marriage enables worthy parents to perform a transcendentally beautiful and vital service as priest and priestess in the temple of the home.  This training will help to prepare them for the exalted position of king and queen in the world to come, where they may reign over their posterity in an ever-expanding kingdom.  (You and Your Marriage [1960], p. 193)

Melvin J. Ballard (1873-1939) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Whatever disappointments may come, still be true to him and I promise you, in the name of the Lord, that if not in time, in eternity, you shall have like honors and glory and privilege. If you are faithful over a few things here, you shall be ruler over many things there, and become kings and priests unto God. And you sisters who have dwelt in reflected glory will shine in your own light, queens and priestesses unto the Lord forever and ever. (Conference Report, October 1934, p.121)   

Joseph Fielding Smith (1876-1972)  President
The main purpose for our mortal existence is that we might obtain tabernacles of flesh and bones for our spirits that we might advance after the resurrection to the fulness of the blessings which the Lord has promised to those who are faithful. They have been promised that they shall become sons and daughters of God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and if they have been true to the commandments and covenants the Lord has given us, to be kings and priests and queens and priestesses, possessing the fulness of the blessings of the celestial kingdom.  (Answers to Gospel Questions [1971], 5 vols., 4:, p.61)

Spencer W. Kimball  (1895-19085)  President

In June, 1894, three babies were born. Twins landed in Arizona, and the third, a man-child also, was delivered in England, where his birth was heralded on front pages of every newspaper of the realm, for he came to a royal home where town criers announced hourly the progress of the delivery. In pompous ceremony in the great cathedral, this little fellow was given the name of Edward VIII. His father was George V, the crown prince; his grandfather, Edward VII, King of England and Wales and Emperor of India.

Young Edward was born heir to an earthly kingdom of many centuries duration, and his destiny would bring him to the throne with crown and scepter, under the Divine Right of Kings. Divinely called by the Lord, supposedly, he would not be responsible to his subjects for his governing nor to any human court of appeal. Some thought that such a representative of God "could do no wrong."

As a child, Edward knew that, barring unforeseen circumstances, he would someday sit on the throne, wear a crown and hold a scepter, where now his grandfather, Edward VII, ruled and where later his father, George V, would reign. He learned that, in addition to being King and Emperor, he would also be the head of the Church of England-born to it, not called to it.

Across the sea in sunny Arizona, the twin boys were born the same day and month and year. The first to come into the world would be called John, and he who came fifteen minutes later would be called Peter. These names,  John  and Peter, were given them in the sacrament meeting by a proud father. There were no bulletins, no town criers, no hospitals, not even a doctor to deliver them. A midwife, experienced and kindly, assisted in the birth. Few luxuries did this family have. The father was a good, common country farmer and his wife, just a sweet, personable country girl; but both had character, ambition, and intelligence.

Humble their birth, lowly their circumstances, and goodly their parents, these twins were born "under the covenant" and were at once princes to heavenly kingdoms under the rule of the divine opportunity for kingship. Heirs they were to the same kind of kingdoms as their father and forefathers Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, Noah, Adam, and numerous others.

These permanent eternal kingdoms must be earned, not only be born to; but if attained, would never end and the glory would be most spectacular.

Early in their lives, they were likewise told of their destiny in Primary, Sunday School, seminary, sacrament meetings, stake conferences, and in their home by faithful parents.

They learned that they would not become  kings  merely by the death of an ancestor, but by living all of the commandments and having performed all the proper sacred ordinances.

They read the scriptures which said:

That . . . they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands . . .

And . . .overcome by faith, . . . sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.  (D&C 76:52-53.)

Peter  and  John  came to know that such totally faithful people . . . are they who are the church of the Firstborn.

. . . into whose hands the Father has given all things--

They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;

And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

Wherefore, . . . all are theirs and they are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

And they shall overcome all things.  (D&C 76:54-60.)

It must have been vague and complex to the little boys, but gradually they became aware that they could dwell in the presence of God and His Christ forever and ever and that they could be just men made perfect through Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant.

They eventually came to know they could become celestial, having a glory like that of the sun, even the glory of God, the highest of all.  (“Kings and Priests,” BYU Devoltional Talk, February 15, 1966, BYU Speeches of the Year, 1966, pp 3-4)