by Dwight DW Davis

This study text is undoubtedly the most thorough and comprehensive of any material yet prepared in this field. Its table of contents and physical makeup in general assures its use as a ready reference, indeed a "must" on the bookshelf of any elder of the Church and any others who would understand or direct the work of the ministry.

It is far more than a reference book, however. It is genuinely a textbook. Random or casual perusal of its pages will be of little value. Thorough study by individual members of the priesthood and by organized classes is not only commended but imperative. As the Church moves forward toward its goals, an ever-increasing portion of the work of the minister will rest upon the shoulders of men of the local priesthood, especially those holding the Melchisedec priesthood.

In all of this the elder holds a key position. It is his privilege and responsibility to teach, expound, exhort, warn, preach, baptize, watch over the Church, administer the Sacrament, perform marriages, shepherd the flock, preside over the congregation—all this and more. Adequate preparation for all such ministry is the admonition of the Scriptures and of responsible Church leaders and is wholly consistent with needs of the Church and world today.