Prepare yourself spiritually
Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What will inspire the young women to honor and uphold the priesthood?
Exodus 17:8–12 (Aaron and Hur hold up Moses’s hands)
Articles of Faith 1:5 (Those who lead in the Church are called of God)
Boyd K. Packer, “The Power of the Priesthood,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 6–10
Dallin H. Oaks, “Priesthood Authority in the Family and the Church,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2005, 24–27
James E. Faust, “Called and Chosen,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2005, 53–55
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:
- Write the title of this lesson on the board, and ask the young women to think of other words that mean the same thing as honor and uphold.
- Ask the young women to read Exodus 17:8–12 individually, and invite one of them to summarize the story in her own words. How does this story relate to us as we sustain our priesthood leaders and support and encourage Aaronic Priesthood bearers? Consider sharing the following commentary by President Boyd K. Packer about the story from Exodus 17:
“The wicked who now oppose the work of the Lord, while different from, are no less terrible than the plundering Amalekites. The sustaining of the prophet is still an essential ongoing part of the saftey of this people” (“The Shield of Faith,” Ensign, May 1995, 8).
Each of the activities below will help the young women understand how to honor priesthood authority. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- Invite some of the young women to read section I of Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Priesthood Authority in the Family and the Church,” and invite the others to read the two stories about fathers blessing and ordaining their sons in President Boyd K. Packer’s talk “The Power of the Priesthood.” Ask them to share what they learn about honoring the priesthood from these talks. What does it mean to honor the priesthood? What can the young women do to honor the priesthood?
- Divide the class into groups, and assign each group a section of President James E. Faust’s talk “Called and Chosen” or Doctrine and Covenants 124:45–46. Ask them to look for blessings promised to those who sustain their leaders and warnings to those who don’t. Invite them to share what they find and to share stories from the talk that illustrate these blessings and warnings.
- Invite some of the young women to find an example of people in the scriptures who rejected their priesthood leaders, such as Saul (see 1 Samuel 15:1–28), Laman and Lemuel (see 1 Nephi 18:9–14), the children of Israel (see D&C 84:23–25). Ask the rest of the young women to find examples of people who followed a priesthood leader, such as the widow of Zarephath (see 1 Kings 17:8–16), Naaman (2 Kings 5:8–14), and the Nephites (see 3 Nephi 9:10–15). Ask them to share with their stories and explain what these stories teach about the consequences of rejecting or honoring priesthood leaders.
- Invite the young women to make a list on the board of some of the ways they can honor and sustain Aaronic Priesthood holders. Why is it important that the young women do these things? Consider sharing the following quotation or others that you know of to help the young women add ideas to their list: “Being a guardian of virtue means you will always be modest not only in your dress but also in your speech, your actions, and your use of social media. Being a guardian of virtue means you will never text words or images to young men that may cause them to lose the Spirit, lose their priesthood power, or lose their virtue” (Elaine S. Dalton, “Guardians of Virtue,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 123).
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to honor and uphold the priesthood? 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:
- Do something to help a young Aaronic Priesthood holder understand and honor his priesthood more fully.
- Express gratitude to a priesthood holder who they feel honors his priesthood.