Ideas for a Lesson on the Priesthood

1. Find pictures in the meetinghouse library or Church magazines that show priesthood ordinances (for example, a baby being blessed, someone being baptized, the sacrament being administered). Give a picture to each class and have them discuss the priesthood ordinance shown and how it blesses them. Have each class stand, show their picture, and share their thoughts.

2. Ask the children how the priesthood can bless their families. Write on the chalkboard the things they say. Talk about how families are blessed whn Lofgreen, “Sharing Time: Priesthood Blessings,” Friend, June 1995, 36
2. Ask the children how the priesthood can bless their families. Write on the chalkboard the things they say. Talk about how families are blessed when a father, brother, grandfather, uncle, or friend holds the priesthood.

3. Have the bishop or branch president discuss with the children the process that is followed in calling a person to serve in a church position such as that of a Primary teacher. Discuss the importance of the calling and setting apart of a person. During the year, if a new Primary teacher is called—and the bishop feels it is appropriate—invite the children to attend when the teacher is set apart.

4. Discuss the responsibilities and duties of deacons, teachers, and priests. Help the children determine how Aaronic Priesthood holders can bless others in the family (being a kind brother, going to church and fulfilling priesthood assignments, gathering fast offerings, and so forth).

5. Recite the fifth article of faith and discuss the words and their meanings. Sing “The Priesthood Is Restored,” “A Young Man Prepared,” and “Love Is Spoken Here” (Children’s Songbook, pages 89, 166, and 190, respectively). Talk about the message of each song and how it relates to the fifth article of faith.

6. Have children draw a picture to illustrate the following terms to add to their “My Articles of Faith Word Book” (see Sharing Time, January 1994, page 36): priesthood—the power and authority to act for our Heavenly Father; authority—the right to use or give power; laying on of hands—part of the ordinance when a priesthood blessing is given.