Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday's Matter FHE: The Power of the Priesthood

At our house and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Right now, at church, I have been called to teach the Beehives (young women ages 12-13).  I have the most fun teaching these girls, sharing our testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ and learning about the importance of the gospel together.  Today's FHE was taken from Sunday's lesson from the Come Follow Me lesson book entitled "What is the Priesthood".  I love it so much I wanted to share it for FHE with my husband.

If you are interested in why the Beehive Symbol is so prevalent in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints please click here:  Beehive Symbol

Make A LIST:

Grab a piece of paper or a white board draw a line down the middle and make a list of all the ways people gain power in the WORLD on one side of the paper. Some of the things our class came up with were...murder, lying, cheating, education, conquest, wars, being born into it, married into it, being on TV, doing something dumb on the internet...etc.  You get the idea.


Read D&C 121: 36-46


Discuss all the ways listed in the scriptures read about how the priesthood power is gained.  Pay special attention to verse 37 as it gives good insight into what not to do (and, as the girls pointed out - the opposite is what you SHOULD be doing).

Return to your list and list all the ways priesthood power is gained and kept on the blank side of the line.

Compare and contrast the lists.  What conclusions can you draw from this?  A few of the good ones the girls came up with were that worldly power mostly seems to be taken from someone else whereas the Priesthood can only be given to you...Worldly power is mostly for your own gain and fortune but the Priesthood power only benefits others and cannot be used on yourself.

You can read more about the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood in True to the Faith, if you would like to enhance your lesson.

Elder M. Russell Ballard in the April 2013 General Conference said, "...It is crucial for us to understand that Heavenly Father has provided a way for all of His sons and His daughters to have access to the blessings of and be strengthened by the power of the priesthood. Central to God’s plan for His spirit children is His own declaration: “This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39)"


Mormon Messages for Youth: "Sanctify Yourselves"


It is important to draw the parallel that the priesthood is for everyone, man, woman and child and while the priesthood barer needs to strive to be worthy so does the recipient of the blessings of the priesthood (refer to the list you made).  We can all Sanctify ourselves to be worthy of the many blessings the priesthood has to offer.


The Adverb Game

Send someone out of the room while the rest of the group chooses an adverb.

An adverb is (more or less) a word describing a way that something can be done. Examples: softly, angrily, musically, solemnly, cheerfully, flirtatiously, desperately.

The person who left the room is called back in and chooses picks a few people from the main group to act out a scene, such as “shopping for groceries,” “on a first date” or “washing the dishes.”

The actors pretend to perform the task, but do so according to the adverb the group selected. (Flirtatiously would involve a lot of giggling, winking and hair-tossing, for example. Musically might have everyone singing their conversations.)

The individual then has to guess what the adverb is. When they succeed, they pick someone else to leave the room and the game begins again!

{FHE Doesn't Have to Be Perfect, it just has to BE!}

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