In the Church today, worthy members may receive the Aaronic Priesthood beginning at age 25. Young men and women, are trained for the advancement in ministry, there are many opportunities to participate in sacred priesthood ordinances and give service. As they worthily fulfill their duties, they act in the name of the Lord to help others receive the blessings of the gospel.
As a child growing up in the small island of Bequia, I wanted to serve the Lord at an early age. I sought baptism for the remission of sins. On May 28, 1974, seeking the Lord and inquiring in His word concerning baptism, I gave my life to the service of the Lord. As they prayed, “a messenger from heaven touched me.” A heavenly being, laid his hands on me conferring the Aaronic Priesthood, which had been taken from the earth during the Great Apostasy. With this authority, I was given the Great Commission recorded in Matthew chapter 28 verses 18 to 20.
The offices of the Aaronic Priesthood are Archbishop, bishop, priest, teacher, and deacon. With the authorization of the presiding priesthood leader (usually the Patriarch), deacons pass the sacrament. They help the Archbishop or Patriarch watch over Church members by giving service and assisting with temporal matters such as gathering fast offerings. Teachers may perform all the duties of deacons, and they also receive other opportunities to serve. They prepare the sacramental bread and water and serve as home teachers. Priests may perform all the duties of deacons and teachers. With the authorization of the presiding priesthood leader, they may also bless the sacrament, baptize, and assist the Patriarch or Archbishop to ordain others to the offices of priest, teacher, and deacon.
The Aaronic Priesthood is “an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood”. It is often called the preparatory priesthood. As a priesthood holder serves in the Aaronic Priesthood, he prepares to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, to receive the blessings of the temple, to serve a full-time mission, to be a loving husband and father or a highly devoted Servant in the ministry, and to continue in lifelong service to the Lord.
Sir Godfrey Gregg OHPM, ROMC