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Preparing to Receive the Melchizedek Priesthood

Step 2: Create a Project

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“Take upon you mine ordination, even that of an elder, to preach faith and repentance and remission of sins, according to my word” (D&C 53:3).

Create a project that will help you apply what you’ve learned. It should include two parts: (1) preparation to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and (2) preparation for a full-time mission. Have a parent or leader approve your project before you begin working on it. Here are some examples of things you could include in each part of your project:

Examples—Melchizedek Priesthood

  • Read the entire Book of Mormon. In a journal, write what you learn from your study and write specific examples from your life that show how consistent scripture study gives you power to resist temptation.

  • Interview three Melchizedek Priesthood holders (such as your father or the elders quorum president in your ward). Ask them questions such as the following, and write their answers:

    1. 1.

      What are the duties of an elder?

    2. 2.

      What is the difference between having the authority of the priesthood and holding priesthood keys?

    3. 3.

      What would you recommend I do to understand and prepare to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood?

    4. 4.

      What experiences have you had in which you were able to serve others by exercising the Melchizedek Priesthood?

    5. 5.

      How has holding the Melchizedek Priesthood blessed your life?

    6. 6.

      How do you perform the ordinances of the Melchizedek Priesthood (such as consecrating oil, administering to the sick, and bestowing the gift of the Holy Ghost)?

Examples—Full-Time Mission

  • Find examples of missionaries in the scriptures (such as the Savior, Enoch, Ammon, and Samuel the Lamanite). Identify what made them effective, the promises they received, and the effect their work had on the people they served. Make a list of what you find. Share your list with a returned missionary. Ask him or her to share experiences from his or her mission that illustrate these principles and attributes.

  • Practice teaching some of the lessons in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel. Schedule regular opportunities to go teaching with the full-time missionaries in your area, and be prepared to help the missionaries teach.

  • Interview three returned missionaries. Ask them questions such as the following, and write their answers:

    1. 1.

      What would you recommend I do to prepare for a full-time mission?

    2. 2.

      What qualities make a missionary effective, and what can I do to develop those qualities?

    3. 3.

      How is your life different now because you served a mission?

  • Refer to what you wrote about the requirements for missionary service, and make a plan to improve in each area (personal worthiness and testimony, gospel knowledge, Christlike attributes, and work habits and physical health).