24962_000_020We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority (A of F 1:5).
Katie sat with her parents in the bishop’s office. The bishop, his counselors, and President Barlow talked with Daddy and Mommy. President Barlow was a member of the stake presidency. Grandma and Grandpa Chadwick, Daddy’s parents, were also there.
Daddy was being set apart as the ward elders quorum president. Five-year-old Katie didn’t understand what being set apart meant.
Mommy had told her that when someone is called to a position in the Church, Heavenly Father wants that person to receive a special blessing from those with priesthood authority.
Daddy sat in a chair in the middle of the room. “Dad, will you participate in the setting apart?” he asked Grandpa.
Tears gathered in Grandpa’s eyes. “I’d be honored,” he said.
Grandpa joined the other men in a circle around the chair where Daddy sat. They placed their hands on Daddy’s head.
Katie saw Mommy and Grandma Chadwick close their eyes and fold their arms. Katie closed her eyes and folded her arms, too.
President Barlow said a prayer, but it was a different kind of prayer than Katie was used to hearing. He asked Heavenly Father to bless her daddy in performing his duties.
When the blessing was over, everyone said, “Amen.” Katie said, “Amen,” too.
Her daddy stood and wiped tears from his eyes. “Thank you,” he said to the men. “I’ll do my best to help the elders in our ward.”
The men in the circle all shook his hand.
Katie sat on the chair and folded her arms. “I’m ready, Daddy.”
“What are you ready for, sweetheart?” Daddy asked.
“I want a blessing, too,” Katie said.
Her parents exchanged glances. The other people in the room smiled.
“I think that’s a good idea,” Daddy said. “You aren’t being set apart, but you can have a father’s blessing.” Then he placed his hands on Katie’s head. He blessed her that she would be able to choose the right and obey her parents. At the end of the blessing, everyone said, “Amen.”
Katie got down from the chair and held out her hand. Daddy shook her hand. Katie felt warm and happy inside.
Happy Family Game
Families are very important to Heavenly Father. He has provided many blessings to help families be happy. You and your family can play a game to help you remember some of these blessings.
Remove this page from the magazine, glue it to heavy paper, and cut out the cards. Put the cards in a sack.
Take turns choosing a card from the sack, looking at the picture, and telling what blessing the pictured item brings to your family. Keep taking turns until all the cards have been chosen.
Illustrated by David Meikle
The Best of All
To make a card for someone you love, you will need: scissors, glue, heavy paper, and a pen.
Cut out the bottom section of this page and glue it to heavy paper.
Cut out the folding heart card.
Sign your name below the message, then fold the card on the broken lines.
Illustrated by Matt Smith