“I will make of this Society a kingdom of priestesses as in Enoch’s day— as in Paul’s day.” –Joseph Smith Jr.
The office of Priestess is a part of the Levitical Priesthood of outer ordinances. For the women of the Fellowship, Priestesses are a part of the Sisterhood of Miriam. Priestesses may work with the Teachers within the Order of the Ministry to teach Christ’s gospel, according to the power of the Holy Ghost which is in them, and according to the callings and gifts of God (Book of Avahr 25:51).
If a woman over the age of 18 wishes to join the Sisterhood, she should read Paul’s council of personal worthiness found in 1 Timothy 3: 8-13. She should prayerfully work with her local Pastor/Bishop to see if she should enter as a Deacon or a Priestess. A Priestess is both a Deacon and a Teacher, yet has the added role of leadership and may perform sacramental ordinances. If a Teacher is at least 16 years of age, and feels the call from the Holy Spirit to further her endowments and progress in the Sisterhood, she should petition to become a Priestess.
The Lord has commanded the Fellowship to ask all prospective priestesses the following:
- Do you take upon yourself the name of Christ?
- Have you been born again unto your redeemer, Jesus Christ?
- Do you desire to serve the Lord in the office of priestess?
- Will you strive to move forward in Christ, that the Holy Spirit may be in you and with you even unto the end of your life?
- Are you obedient to the laws of your land (or of your country), in the kingdom of men?
If she answers in the affirmative to all of these, is willing to rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those that mourn, and she does not cause that harm come to another; she may partake of the Lord’s ordinances and take upon herself the role of a priestess of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Fellowship. Any later found unworthy may still be stripped of their title.
A Priestess is still a Deacon and a Teacher, but has taken upon themselves greater responsibilities in the Ministry. Like Deacons and Teachers, Priestesses are to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ. Being a Priestess is not a full time job, but an unpaid service to the Fellowship. A Priestess, like a Deacon and Teacher, must be baptized and worthy of representing Jesus Christ and teach that same Gospel found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. A Priestess will be called at times to travel, and thus should carry a certificate with her at all times authorizing her to perform the duties of her calling.
A Priestess’s duty is to:
- preach, teach, expound, exhort, oversee and bless the Sacrament of Communion, and baptize
- visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties
- ordain other priestesses, teachers, and deacons.
In addition to these duties, the priestess is to assist the Elders and High Priestesses as occasion requires. She is to take the lead of meetings when there is no Elder or High Priestess present.
There may be up to 48 priestesses in an assembly, and the head of the assembly is the local elect lady.
If you have a question, or feel the call of the Holy Spirit to join the Benevolent Society as a priestess, please contact us: