Prepare yourself spiritually
As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel will be meaningful to the young women?
Dallin H. Oaks, “Priesthood Authority in the Family and the Church,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2005, 24–27
Neil L. Andersen, “Power in the Priesthood,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 92–95
Carole M. Stephens, “Do We Know What We Have?” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 12–14
“Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseparable Connection with the Priesthood,” Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society (2011), 127–33
At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.
Introduce the doctrine
Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:
- If possible, bring an empty sacrament tray to class. Invite the young women to share their thoughts about how the covenant they make during the sacrament helps bring the power of the priesthood into their lives and homes.
- Invite a young woman to come to the board and draw a picture or write a phrase that represents one way the priesthood blesses her. Throughout the lesson, have young women add pictures or phrases as they learn about other blessings that come through the priesthood.
Each of the activities below will help the young women understand how the priesthood blesses them. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- Assign each young woman to read a scripture story that shows how the priesthood blesses us (for examples, see the scriptures listed in this outline). Ask the young women to retell the stories in their own words and explain the blessings that come from the priesthood. Encourage them also to share personal examples of blessings they have received through the priesthood. Encourage each young woman to record, in a journal or in a My Family booklet, stories about how the priesthood has blessed her family. Young women could ask their parents or other family members to help.
- Bring to class an object that represents a blessing that comes from the priesthood, such as an umbrella to represent protection. Ask the young women what other objects could represent other blessings of the priesthood. As a class, read about Sister Carole M. Stephens’s visit to sisters in Honduras as related in her talk “Do We Know What We Have?” What blessings did these sisters and their families already enjoy? What additional blessings could they receive through the priesthood? What can the young women do to access the blessings of the priesthood in their families now and in their future families?
- Divide the chapter “Blessings of the Priesthood for All: An Inseperable Connection with the Priesthood” in Daughters in My Kingdom into sections, and invite the young women to look for stories in which people were blessed by the power of the priesthood. Invite the young women to share a story that was meaningful to them with the rest of the class.
- Invite the young women to watch “Blessings of the Priesthood” and make a list of blessings Elder Hales mentions that come through priesthood ordinances. Ask them to share their lists and discuss what they can do to enjoy these blessings each day. What experiences could they share that illustrate how the power of the priesthood strengthens them continually?
- Ask the young women to read the following statement and look for ways the priesthood blesses them: “Sisters, some will try to persuade you that because you are not ordained to the priesthood, you have been shortchanged. They are simply wrong, and they do not understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. The blessings of the priesthood are available to every righteous man and woman. We may all receive the Holy Ghost, obtain personal revelation, and be endowed in the temple, from which we emerge ‘armed’ with power. The power of the priesthood heals, protects, and inoculates all of the righteous against the powers of darkness. Most significantly, the fulness of the priesthood contained in the highest ordinances of the house of the Lord can be received only by a man and woman together” (Sheri Dew, in Daughters in My Kingdom, 128). Ask the young women to share examples of these blessings in their lives or the lives of people they know.
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand better how the priesthood blesses them? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?
Live what we are learning
Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:
- Ask family members or friends to share their testimonies of the priesthood and how it blesses their families and affects their daily choices.
- Look for examples throughout the week of how priesthood power operates in their lives.
- Express gratitude to priesthood holders who have had a positive influence in their lives.
- Share stories about how the priesthood has blessed their families on the Youth Family History site.