by Earl R. Curry
Characteristic No. 10: There shall be an endowment in which Christ, our
heaven-sent leader and commander, shall delegate
and bestow vast spiritual power upon His servants.
The Lord of Hosts, who
yearns with a great yearning for His ministry and His people to come to this
day of bestowal and reception,
pleads with you to open the windows and doors, as it were, of your minds and
spirits to a growing perception of how truly vast this bestowal can be.
He would also have you perceive that
it is only thru this bestowal that the promises of His servants,
and of Jesus himself, can find glorious fulfillment; that
it is only thru this Spirit that satanic evils and forces can be
that only thus can peace and brotherhood come to earth.
The Holy One of Israel has, from the beginning of human life on earth,
sought to have His priesthood, in particular,
realize what great things they could do
if they could arise to the place
where He could endow them with great spiritual power.
It is altogether amazing to Him that, when thru
and all such,
men may share this great power, this unlimited power of your
yet men have turned away as if blinded to this glory,
and have chosen the low way, the way of the world.
Ye men of the priesthood of this day,
what do you choose?
What can He do more to help you, to remove the veil that clouds
your vision of this His power?
Again and again you are reminded, and will be reminded, that
the Eternal Father has not left himself without witness concerning the
possibilities of exercise of His mighty spiritual power by His servants.
Is it not written of Enoch
that wicked people could not stand in his presence and they trembled?
That the enemies of righteousness were affrighted because the earth trembled
and the mountains fled at His word?
That even rivers were turned out of their course by the word of the Almighty?
Is it not written concerning the Melchisedec priesthood,
that the Creator of heaven and earth intended, and still intends,
that man after this order shall,
thru strong and mighty faith in Him, and
thru the power of the Holy Ghost, which He in response shall
share with them--
that these men shall,
if it glorify God,
if it be necessary, and
if it will save His people, shall
divide the seas,
dry up waters, or
turn them out of their course,
put at defiance powerful armies of any nation, regardless of the
destructiveness or deadliness of their instruments of war?
That they may
break restraining bonds with which evil men and evil forces would
thwart the Almighty and
stand in the very presence of God--understanding His will and therefore
doing all things according to His will and His command, thus
subduing principalities and powers, and
doing many mighty things in the name and power of the eternal
Remember how the waters rolled back for Israel to cross.
Remember how scores of thousands of the army of pagan Assyria were slain in the
night and how time after time, when Israel was faithful,
He delivered them from those who would destroy.
Or can you forget how Jesus taught His disciples to have great faith,
and even said that if they had faith as a grain of mustard seed they could say
unto the mountains, be thou removed and cast into the sea?
Can you forget the great miracles Jesus did and the disciples did in His name and
Were prison bars able to hold Peter and Paul and Silas?
Behold the record of God's great power to do great things thru His servants and people
is a vital part of the Book of Mormon.
Alas, alas, alas, that years and centuries and millenniums lie between these great
Read the history of these things,
think about them,
have faith in the Lord of this mighty power, and lo,
again shall He manifest Himself in extraordinary demonstrations
among you, and before the eyes of all nations.
For this reason there must be the bestowal and delegation of the power
of the endowment.
Oh, my people, my brethren, my fellow servants,
can we not see that this great power is needed to the uttermost in this day?
Already the clash of massive contending forces is filling the minds of
thinking people with dismay, and
this clashing and this dismay will increase.
Zion must be upbuilded.
The world must be warned and entreated.
And we are so vastly inadequate unless the time soon comes when
the great power be bestowed upon us.
All these witnessing pronouncements,
all the record of special blessing,
all these demonstrations of divine power,
all these glimpses into the potential power of faith and priesthood,
all these are not as so many idle words.
Rather they are a profound revelation of ultimate possibilities when the men of
the priesthood truly walk with the Heavenly Father.
This kind of men must rise again, for
the church, and
the world need them.
after men have in the deepest of spiritual ways sought knowledge,
that they may consecrate to great ends,
after they have shared their experiences,
after the Lord has given special light in answer to earnest seeking,
after you have found where you may best serve,
after you have come to the place where you receive and share deep and
profound spiritual gifts,
after angelic hosts have ministered unto you out of the glory of their experience
after you are purified with a purging purification--
then, most marvelous and gracious and ennobling of all,
after the Prince of Heaven, the Prince of the angels, the Prince of Peace, of
light, of brotherhood, even Jesus the Christ shall
stand among you, and
commission you with a great commission, and
set the church in order--
after all these things, what shall you then see?
Behold, He will pray for you in words and
with testimony of feeling and
with depth of meaning such as you have never heard, and
God the Father will hear His prayer!
Not only shall there be
testifying baptism of His Spirit,
symbolized by the old-time phrase "tongues of fire," but
God from His presence in the heart of Eternity shall send in upon you
wave upon wave of spiritual power such as you have never known.
He will pour out this power until all of you shall cry,
"It is enough; withhold lest we be consumed!"
Then shall the Son of the great omnipotent Father
move from chosen minister to chosen minister,
laying His hand on this apostle,
touching that seventy,
standing with upraised hands before his high priests,
speaking in tones of utmost urgency to all the men of that great
priesthood which is after the Holy Order of the Son of God.
each shall he give commission for that which He particularly would have
each one do, and
each shall know his part in bringing to pass the kingdom with its high purposes
and its matchless goals, even at this time of the end.
Not only shall He commission with a very great commission, but
He shall give to each the seal of His authority, even
a bestowal of vast spiritual powers upon each,
according to that for which each shall be sent forth.
He will warn His servants they must never use this great power
selfishly, to any
humanly conceived ends,
always to the glory of the One Most High and
always for the ultimate good of the sons and daughters of men.
He will say to these, His endowed co-laborers,
go forth now to that whereunto you are sent.
Do not pause nor tarry.
If you are to work for Zion, build with all your might.
If you are sent to walk among the nations,
walk in the utmost faith and assurance,
lifting a warning voice to every kindred, tongue and people, and
crying with a loud voice,
"Repent, fear God and love Him, and give glory to Him,
for the hour of His judgment is come!"
Until your work is done,
no weapon that is raised to stay you shall prosper.
If, when your work is done, you should be slain
for the testimony of Jesus,
for His testimony of the Eternal Father, even as Jesus was slain,
white robes shall be given unto you in that Paradise so
wondrously prepared, and
you shall rest but a very little while until such of your fellow
servants and brethren as are to be killed for this testimony
Go to every nation of the earth. You shall
not be confounded
nor shall prisons hold you,
nor iron curtains prevent you.
After your testimony,
after the travail of those days
will I appear from above the clouds of the heavens.
My voice shall be heard, and
I will usher in and set up in its completeness
that great kingdom shown to Daniel,
that kingdom that shall roll forth until it has filled the whole earth,
that kingdom that shall smite the feet and the toes of kingdoms of this world,
and all these kingdoms shall
fall to pieces, and
become as dust and chaff upon a summer threshing floor;
then shall that glorious kingdom be set up that shall last forever.