"and it came to pass as he was thus pondering in his heart, behold, a voice came unto him saying:
Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.
Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God. Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels, that ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the earth with famine, and with pestilence, and destruction, according to the wickedness of this people.
Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; and thus shall ye have power among this people."
Here is a quote about this same power from President Henry B. Eyring I found at Book of Mormon Central, but originated in the Ensign. He stated that the keys of the priesthood “reside in the Church today and will continue to the end of time.” These keys are “the same divine authorization given by the Lord to Peter, as He had promised: ‘And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven’” (Families Under Covenant, Ensign May 2012).
Do we appreciate the power that has been given to us in our day, that power to bind on earth, and to bind in heaven? That power is used throughout the temple ordinances, and is employed by the Leaders of our church, and by authorized ordinance workers.
So, we see that Peter was given this power, and now Nephi from 3 Nephi was given this power, and that same power is on the earth today, restored to the Prophet JOseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.
May we ever be grateful for that binding power that has the power to exalt us, and to bring us into the presence of the Lord.
That we might be grateful for that, is my prayer.
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