Monday, September 27, 2010

Power of the Priesthood

My Sunday afternoon nap is awaiting... so I'll get to the point.

Prep:  Find a strong chain (a cheap chain dog collar will suffice) or a picture of a chain.

Lesson:  Begin by telling this riddle.  You can't see it, but you can feel it.  You can't touch it, but it can touch you.  Some people hold it and some people don't.  It's stronger than steel, but it's invisible.  It's the most powerful tool on earth.  What is it?  The answer is the Priesthood.  If you have kiddos in Primary they should have learned about Elijah and when he used the Priesthood to seal the heavens, trying to call the Israelites to repentance for their idol worship.  Discuss with your family what the Priesthood is and when it can be used.  We use it to bless babies, baptize and confirm, ordain, set apart for callings, in temple ordinances, bless the sick, give blessings of comfort and prepare the sacrament.  Ask your family to share any instances when they were blessed by the Priesthood.

Activity: Bring out your chain.  Or your picture of a chain.  Let each person take a turn trying to pull in apart.  Tell them they can use any means available to them to try and break the chain.  If you're using the picture, ask them how they would break the chain.  It's a strong material, right?  But the chain can be broken if you get it hot enough or if it rusts.  What other ways can the chain be broken?  Explain that the Priesthood can never be broken.  Heavenly Father has promised us that the Priesthood will never leave the Earth again.  How comforting is that?

Treat:  Spice Cake Cupcakes (click for recipe).  Enjoy.