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The Priesthood Reform Movement, 1908-1922
December 17, 2018
Article of the Week
The Priesthood Reform Movement, 1908-1922
Author William G Hartley,

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by William G Hartley that was published in issue 13:2. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Most Latter-day Saints know a good deal about the duties and functions of the various priesthood quorums, but few appreciate the great effort required of past Church leaders to produce the well-ordered priesthood programs which characterize the Church today. Since the restoration of the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthood, the various quorums have been alive and functioning to a greater or lesser degree. But organized and systematic priesthood work as we know it today actually dates from the period of 1908–1922, when a specially called General Priesthood Committee instituted a Churchwide priesthood reform and reorganization movement under the direction of president Joseph F. Smith.