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“Priesthood Power ”

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This lesson and activity will help your family better understand how the power of the priesthood and the keys of the priesthood work together to not only bless families, but bestow the gospel ordinances that are essential for us to return to live with Heavenly Father.  

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated New Testament

Lord I Believe chapter 7
(click on above for full screen) The Animated Stories

PRINCIPLE:
Spiritual Power

 

 

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20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Songbook #190 “Love Is Spoken Here,” verse 2.

 

If you wish to print sheet music or have an online music file to accompany you click on the song link to visit: http://www.lds.org/churchmusic

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 10:1

 

1. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

 

VIDEO

Watch chapter 7 from the Animated Complete Learning System, Lord, I Believe DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

The power to cure illness and lift burdens.
What is the power the Savior gave His 12 Disciples?
The power Jesus gave His 12 Disciples, “to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matthew 10:1), is the priesthood. The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God.

Does a person receiving a healing blessing from a worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holder always get better? (Discuss ideas.)
“After one has demonstrated his worthiness through good works and manifested his faith through prayer or proper administration to the sick, it must be left in the hands of the Lord those who will be healed and those who will not. We may not always understand why someone is healed and why another for whom we have also exercised great faith is not. The Lord said that when the elders administer to the sick, if they die, they die unto him, and if they live, they live unto him. James A. Cullimore, Ensign, Nov 1974 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

“Jesus healed many from physical diseases, but He did not withhold healing from those who sought to be ‘made whole’ from other ailments. We can be healed through the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood....Sometimes a ‘healing’ cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are ‘healed’ by being given strength or understanding or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us.” Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, Nov 2006 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

For time and eternity.
The essential function of the priesthood in linking time and eternity was made explicit by the Savior when He formed His Church during His mortal ministry. To His senior Apostle Peter He said, “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven...” (Matt. 16:19).” Jeffrey R. Holland, Liahona, May 2005 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

“In the house of the Lord, the temple, all things are done by the power and the authority of the priesthood. In the temple, men and women are endowed and make sacred priesthood covenants which are accompanied by promises and blessings. One day every righteous young man and young woman will have the privilege and opportunity, if not in this life, in the eternities, for a celestial marriage and an eternal family. The highest blessings of the priesthood are conferred only upon a man and a woman together in the temple. This priesthood ordinance is necessary for exaltation in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom.” Ardeth G. Kapp, New Era, Jun 1986 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Discussion Ideas: Use as the Spirit and your family needs guide.

 

What is the difference between the priesthood and the keys of the priesthood? (The priesthood is the power or authority of God. The keys are the right to use this power or authority in specific ways.)

Have the priesthood keys always been on the earth? (No.)
“...[Jesus’] Apostles were soon killed or otherwise taken from the earth, and their priesthood keys were taken with them, resulting in more than 1,400 years of priesthood privation and absence of divine authority among the children of men.” Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, May 2005 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

How was the priesthood restored?
John the Baptist, the prophet who baptized Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in 1829. When John died, he still held the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood. That meant he had the right and ability to restore the authority of the Aaronic Priesthood. John ordained Joseph and Oliver to the Aaronic Priesthood by the laying on of hands.
Later Peter, James, and John, three of Jesus Christ’s Apostles who received the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood from Jesus, appeared and gave Joseph and Oliver the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the only church on the earth that holds the priesthood keys? (Yes.)

Does the priesthood benefit all of Heavenly Father’s children? (Discuss ideas.)
Even though the priesthood is only bestowed upon worthy male members of the Church, the blessings of the priesthood are available to all. We all benefit from the influence of righteous priesthood leadership, and we all have the privilege of receiving the saving ordinances of the priesthood. Those who do not have faithful priesthood holders in their homes can receive the blessings of the priesthood through their home teachers, priesthood leaders, and extended family members.

“The restored Church gives to each home a priesthood holder with the power of God to bless.... We don’t need to go out looking for someone having that power—it is among us!... This is the only church upon the earth which offers such a blessing to families.... The power of the priesthood is again upon the earth and has reached even unto our homes.” Enrique R. Falabella, General Conference, Oct. 2007 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Quote: "We declare to the world that the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. We declare with boldness that the keys of the priesthood have been restored to man, with the power to seal on earth and in the heavens. The saving ordinances pronounced by the Lord as requirements for entering into eternal life with Him can now be performed with binding authority by those who worthily exercise the power of His holy priesthood.” L. Tom Perry, General Conference, April 2007 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights

 

STORY

 

 

Ten-year-old Libby hugged her father’s neck as he carried her in the house from the car. “Can you put the hospital bed next to the window, so I can watch my friends playing?” she whispered in his ear.

“Anything you want, Princess,” he whispered back.

Libby sat in the rented hospital bed as her father pushed the buttons. “There, that’s just the right angle. Now I can see clear down the street,” Libby said, “Look there’s Tia!”

“Mother, may I take three baby steps?” called Tia.

“Yes, you may,” answered Emma.

Tia looked down at her feet as she carefully took three tiny steps. When she looked up she caught a glimpse of Libby at the window. Tia had an idea. When it was her turn again, she asked, “Mother, may I take fifty steps?”

Emma looked puzzled. “Fifty steps? That would put you clear across the street!” she exclaimed.

Tia nodded towards the window where Libby lay watching. Emma turned to see what she was looking at and smiled. “Yes, you may!” she answered.

Tia, crossed the street as she counted out loud, “one, two, three...forty-eight, forty-nine.” At the count of fifty, she rang the door bell. Mrs. Langdon looked surprised when she opened the door.

“I saw Libby in the window. When did she get home?” Tia excitedly whispered. “Can I visit with her?”

Mrs. Langdon looked worried, but then smiled and opened the door for Tia. “We just got home yesterday. You can visit, but just for a little while. She’s still a very sick little girl,” she said as she lead the way to Libby’s bedroom.

Libby’s pale face brightened at the sight of her friend. “Oh, Tia, I’ve missed you so much!”

Tia gave her friend a gentle hug. “I’ve missed you too! How are you feeling?”

“Better now that you’re here!” Libby laughed.

The two girls talked and giggled for what seemed an awfully short time, when Mother entered the room.

That night, Tia said her prayers and asked Heavenly Father what she could do for Libby. The next morning Tia was so excited that she couldn’t wait to see Libby. Right after breakfast she ran over to give Libby the good news.

“Your dad needs to give you a priesthood blessing. I prayed for you and He answered,” Tia announced.

Libby’s eyes lit up. “You mean a healing blessing, like Jesus gave, when He was here?” Libby asked.

When Libby asked Father to give her a blessing, tears welled up in his eyes. “I’m so sorry, Libby, but I can’t,” he said apologetically. “I’m working on it, but I don’t have the Melchizedek Priesthood, yet.”

Libby hugged her Father tightly and whispered in his ear, “It’s okay, Dad! You can give me a blessing when you do get the priesthood!”

Tears streamed down Father’s face as he said a silent prayer. “Please, Heavenly Father, let Libby live, so that I will be able to give her a priesthood blessing.”

That night, Tia was in tears as she talked to her father and told him how she had prayed for Libby and she thought the Holy Ghost had told her that Libby needed a priesthood blessing. “But I was wrong,” she said, “because Libby’s father can’t give her a blessing and it’s just not fair.”

“And a little child shall lead them,” Father quoted, before explaining, “Tia, you prayed, you listened and you did get an answer,” Father said. “Mr. Langdon, is a very good man and I know that he is
working hard to become worthy to receive the priesthood. Until then, Heavenly Father still wants Libby to have a priesthood blessing!”

“But, how?”

“You know Heavenly Father loves all His children!”

“Yes!”

“So, He made it possible for every family to be blessed with the priesthood. Bishops, home teachers, priesthood quorum leaders, and even the missionaries are there to bless families who don’t have a priesthood holder in their home,” Father continued.

“So Libby can have a priesthood blessing?” Tia asked.

“You know, the whole ward has felt helpless, since Libby had to be treated out of state. Now that she’s home, and because you listened to the spirit, I promise you, Libby will get a priesthood blessing.”

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2007 Living Scriptures, Inc.

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Peanut Butter Fudge Keys” recipe

Peanut Butter Fudge Keys

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 2–3 minutes

Chill Time: 60 minutes

 

 

Directions:

  1. Mix sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter in microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Heat in microwave oven for 2-3 minutes (until bubbly, but not boiling).
  3. Stir in white chocolate chips and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Spread evenly into wax paper lined 9-inch square pan.
  5. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  6. Turn onto cutting board; peel off paper.
  7. Cut into squares.

Treat Time:

Give each family member 1 or 2 squares. Mold squares into key shapes. Store any uneaten portions in refrigerator.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1 (10 oz.) package white chocolate chips

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

ACTIVITY

 

Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

1. Ask: What do we need to unlock our house door? (A key.)
2. Ask: If someone doesn’t have a key, how else can they appropriately get in the house? (Someone who has a key can either give them a key or give them permission to enter.)
3. Explain: This is the same with the priesthood and the priesthood keys. A worthy priesthood holder can not use the power and authority of God to perform the many different priesthood ordinances unless he holds that particular priesthood key or has permission to use that power from the priesthood member who holds that key.
4. Explain: The keys of the priesthood are spiritual keys that we can not see. They are given to worthy priesthood holders by the laying on of hands. Jesus Christ holds all of these keys and He bestowed them upon His 12 Apostles. Ancient Prophets and Apostles, came back to earth and restored these same keys upon Joseph Smith. Each President of the Church has received these same keys.
5. Explain: There are many, many different priesthood keys. The Prophet and Apostles hold “all” the priesthood keys, but the Prophet and President of the Church is the only man on earth who has the power to use “all” of the priesthood keys. President Joseph Fielding Smith explained: “These keys are the right of presidency; they are the power and authority to govern and direct all of the Lord’s affairson earth. Those who hold them have power to govern and control the manner in which all others may serve in the priesthood. All of us may hold the priesthood, but we can only use it as authorized anddirected so to do by those who hold the keys.” Joseph Fielding Smith, Ensign, July 1972 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
6. Play the game to learn about how the priesthood and a few of the priesthood keys work together.
A. Divide into two evenly, as possible, educationally-balanced groups.
B. Place the keys, face up in a row, and the cards, face down in a pile, on the table.
C. Each group takes turns drawing a card, reading about the priesthood key and answering the questions. Score 1 point for each correct answer and 2 points for Bonus Question.
E. After answering the questions, place the corresponding key on the ring. When all the keys are on the ring have each person write the answer to the following question on a piece of paper (younger children will need someone to write their answer for them): Who is the only person on earth “today” who has the power to use all the keys? (President Hinckley.) Score 1 point for each correct answer.

What you need:

A copy of the“Priesthood Keys” activity (artwork included with this lesson), scissors, glue, paper punch and a metal ring (may substitute a strand of ribbon, yarn, or even a twist tie), pencils and paper.

 

Preparation:

1. Print out the art work .
2. Fold along dotted line (careful to line up paper edges) & glue together.
3. Cut out keys. Use paper punch to make hole in each key.
4. Cut out cards.

 

 
 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
     

 

 

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 7 from the animated Complete Learning System, Lord, I Believe DVD. (Video clip is also provided for viewing online.)

2. What is the power the Savior gave His 12 Disciples?
The power Jesus gave His 12 Disciples, “to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matthew 10:1), is the priesthood. The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God.

3. Does a person receiving a healing blessing from a worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holder always get better? (Discuss ideas.)
“After one has demonstrated his worthiness through good works and manifested his faith through prayer or proper administration to the sick, it must be left in the hands of the Lord those who will be healed and those who will not. We may not always understand why someone is healed and why another for whom we have also exercised great faith is not. The Lord said that when the elders administer to the sick, if they die, they die unto him, and if they live, they live unto him. James A. Cullimore, Ensign, Nov 1974 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

4. What is the most important function of the priesthood?
The essential function of the priesthood in linking time and eternity was made explicit by the Savior when He formed His Church during His mortal ministry. To His senior Apostle Peter He said, “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven...” (Matt. 16:19).” Jeffrey R. Holland, Liahona, May 2005 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

5. What does the Savior mean when He said “whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven”?
“In the house of the Lord, the temple, all things are done by the power and the authority of the priesthood. In the temple, men and women are endowed and make sacred priesthood covenants which are accompanied by promises and blessings. One day every righteous young man and young

woman will have the privilege and opportunity, if not in this life, in the eternities, for a celestial marriage and an eternal family. The highest blessings of the priesthood are conferred only upon a man and a woman together in the temple. This priesthood ordinance is necessary for exaltation in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom.” Ardeth G. Kapp, New Era, Jun 1986 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

6. What is the difference between the priesthood and the keys of the priesthood? (The priesthood is the power or authority of God. The keys are the right to use this power or authority in specific ways [see Activity].)

7. Have the priesthood keys always been on the earth? (No.)
“...[Jesus’] Apostles were soon killed or otherwise taken from the earth, and their priesthood keys were taken with them, resulting in more than 1,400 years of priesthood privation and absence of divine authority among the children of men.” Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, May 2005 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

8. How was the priesthood restored?
John the Baptist, the prophet who baptized Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in 1829. When John died, he still held the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood. That meant he had the right and ability to restore the authority of the Aaronic Priesthood. John ordained Joseph and Oliver to the Aaronic Priesthood by the laying on of hands. Later Peter, James, and John, three of Jesus Christ’s Apostles who received the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood from Jesus, appeared and gave Joseph and Oliver the Melchizedek Priesthood.

9. Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the only church on the earth that holds the priesthood keys? (Yes.)