The priesthood is the power of God, which is given to man to act in His name.
A loving Father in Heaven has sent His sons and daughters here to mortality to gain experience and to be tested. He has provided the way back to Him and has given us enough spiritual light to see our way. The priesthood of God gives light to His children in this dark and troubled world. Through priesthood power, we can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost to lead us in truth, testimony, and revelation.
This gift is available on equal basis to men, women, and children. Through the blessings of the priesthood, we can be equipped with "the whole armor of God, that [we] may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." This protection is available to every one of us. The priesthood is the power of God which is given to man to act in his name.
The priesthood of God is timeless. It "was in the beginning, [and] shall be in the world and the end also." The formation of the universe and the world upon which we live was brought to pass not by chance, but through the power of the priesthood. The great Creator spoke, and the elements obeyed.
Think of it, brothers and sisters, the priesthood has been restored. It's here on earth today. The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are modern-day Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. Under the direction of these prophets, seers, and revelators who hold the keys in this dispensation, priesthood holders in the Church today have a legitimate right to act in the name of God. As His authorized agents they are commissioned to go forth and bless others through the power and authority of the priesthood, making all priesthood covenants, ordinances, and blessings available today.
And the blessings of the priesthood are available to everyone. Indeed, the Father "inviteth ... all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black or white, bond or free, male or female; ... all are alike unto God." My brothers and sisters, I have witnessed this remarkable power of the priesthood to lift, to bless, to heal, to strengthen and empower men, women, and children throughout the world. With all the sincerity in my heart, I desire to see the blessings of the priesthood made accessible to all. I promise that all of the magnificent eternal blessings that God makes available to men, women, and families upon this earth can be ours through the power of the priesthood. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.