To help each child understand how the priesthood can help us.
Prepare to sing or say the words to the first verse and chorus of “Master, the Tempest Is Raging” (Hymns, no. 105). Also prepare to explain the meaning of some of the more difficult words to the children.
A flashlight or small lamp. If it is not possible to bring one, use the light in your classroom.
Picture 2-20, Boy Being Baptized (62018); picture 2-27, Administering to the Sick (62342); picture 2-28, Stilling the Storm (Gospel Art Picture Kit 214; 62139); picture 2-29, Passing the Sacrament (62021); picture 2-30, Girl Being Confirmed (62020); picture 2-31, Blessing a Baby; picture 2-32, Newly Married Couple in Front of the Temple; picture 2-33, A Father Blessing His Daughter.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities you want to use.
Note: Be sensitive to the feelings of children in your class who do not have fathers in their homes or whose fathers do not hold the priesthood.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer. Suggest that the child express gratitude for the blessings of the priesthood.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for the children in your class. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
With the approval of your Primary president, invite a parent of a child in your class to tell about the naming and blessing of the child. Ask the parent to tell how the parents felt, how they dressed the baby in nice clothes, and how special it was to have the home teachers and family members and other close friends watch or participate. Also ask the parent to tell how the father felt to be able to use the power of the priesthood to give the baby a name and a blessing.
Have the children role-play the story from Mark 4:35–41.
Give the children paper and crayons or pencils, and let each child draw a picture of a priesthood ordinance, such as passing the sacrament. Label each child’s picture with the name of the ordinance illustrated.
Sing or say the words to one or more of the following songs about priesthood ordinances: “The Priesthood Is Restored” (Children’s Songbook, p. 89), “Before I Take the Sacrament” (Children’s Songbook, p. 73), “I Love to See the Temple” (Children’s Songbook, p. 95), “Baptism” (Children’s Songbook, p. 100), “The Holy Ghost” (Children’s Songbook, p. 105). The words to “Baptism” and “The Holy Ghost” are included at the back of the manual.
The priesthood is restored,
The truth made known to man,
That God has spoken to the earth,
His pow’r is here again.
Before I take the sacrament, I sit so quietly.
I know that Jesus came to earth and died for me.
I think of all the boys and girls whom Jesus used to know,
The days he walked upon the earth, so long ago.
I take the water and the bread and try so hard to be
The kind of child that Jesus loved in Galilee.
I love to see the temple.
I’m going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I’ll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.
I love to see the temple.
I’ll go inside someday.
I’ll cov’nant with my Father;
I’ll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:
A fam’ly is forever.
(© 1980 by Janice Kapp Perry. Used by permission.)