Duties and Authority of Elders

Becoming an Elder

Worthy brethren may receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and be ordained elders when they are at least 18 years old. The rights and responsibilities of elders are revealed in Doctrine and Covenants 20:38–45; 42:44; 46:2; and 107:11–12. Elders also hold the authority of deacons, teachers, and priests

All Melchizedek Priesthood holders are elders and are called to 
  • have the authority to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands (see D&C 20:43). 
  • should conduct meetings of the Church as they are led by the Holy Ghost (see D&C 20:45; 46:2). 
  • may administer to the sick (see D&C 42:44). 
  • are commanded to bless little children (see D&C 20:70). 
  • may preside over Church meetings when there is no high priest present (D&C 107:11).