Show the children pictures of Church leaders, such as the prophet, the Apostles, the Primary General Presidency, and other General Authorities and Officers. Invite the children to talk about what these leaders do and why they are thankful for them.
All of Heavenly Father’s children can receive the blessings that come from the priesthood. Consider ways you can help the children you teach feel gratitude for those blessings.
- Picture 2-28, Stilling the Storm
- Print the “Priesthood Dice” on cardstock
- Make a copy of the “Priesthood Dice” for each child
- 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. Song included in the Powerpoint.
- A flashlight or small lamp. If it is not possible to bring one, use the light in your classroom.
The Priesthood Is the Greatest Power
Display an object that produces light.
Use a flashlight, a small lamp, or the light fixture in your classroom to help illustrate the meaning of the word power. Begin the discussion with the light off. Point out that although all the parts seem to be properly in place, the flashlight or lamp is not giving off light.
What must happen before the light will work?
Let a child show what happens when the light is switched on. Explain that the flashlight or lamp must have electrical power before it will give off light.
This lesson is about another kind of power—a power even greater than electricity. Invite the children to listen to the following story and to think about what kind of power is being used. Tell the story found in Mark 4:35–41.
Stilling the Storm
The weather is getting warmer and warmer. What do you like to do it the summer time? We like to be in the water
. We like to fish, swim, water ski and just be on a boat. Have you ever been on a boat? Have you ever been on the water when the weather suddenly changed? I have! The weather can change so fast. What was a few minutes ago a beautiful day and all of a sudden the wind is howling and the waves are huge (place the big waves behind the ship)
. When this happens the most important thing is to get off the water.
This is what happened to Jesus and His disciples. They all got onto a boat to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee
. If you have ever been on a boat you know how relaxing it can be. The waves slowly rock you to sleep. This is what happened to Jesus. It didn’t take very long before He was fast asleep on the boat. And then just like that a beautiful day turned into a horrible day.
The wind started blowing and the waves were hitting the boat so hard the disciples were getting wet. It was getting so bad that the boat was going to flip over! They were scared they would all drown! The disciples were terrified. But guess what? Jesus slept peacefully through the horrible storm!
How would you feel if you were on a boat during a bad storm?
The disciple finally woke Jesus up. They asked if He even cared if they drowned. Jesus could see the fear in the disciple’s eyes. Jesus got up and looked at the howling wind and the giant waves and said “Peace, be still”. Show picture 2-28, Stilling the Storm, and read aloud Mark 4:39 to see what Jesus did.
Have the children repeat Jesus’ words: “Peace, be still.”Immediately the wind stopped the waves stopped and the whole sea became calm. What power did Jesus use to still the storm? (His power—the power of God.) What do we call the power and authority of God? The priesthood.
After the storm was calm Jesus asked His disciples why they were so scared. Then He said “how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40.)
That would be pretty cool, huh? The disciples were pretty amazed too. The disciples were amazed that the storm was calmed so quickly. Read aloud from Mark 4:41 what they asked each other: “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Jesus’ disciples were surprised that he had the power to control the wind and the waves.
Song is included in the Powerpoint. Sing or say the words to the first verse and chorus of “Master, the Tempest Is Raging.” Before you begin, tell the children that this is a song about the story they have just heard. Ask them to listen for Jesus’ words (“Peace, be still”) in the chorus. (The words to this song may be difficult for young children to understand, but the Spirit can help them understand the meaning of the song. You may want to explain some of the more difficult words to the children.)
You may want to help the children pantomime various actions as you sing or say the words. They could move back and forth as if in a rocking boat, make wave-like movements with their hands, show the fear on the disciples’ faces, and so on.
(The power of the priesthood, which is the power to act in Heavenly Father’s name.)
Have the children say priesthood aloud.
We Can Be Blessed by the Priesthood
Many men in the Church have this same power. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ give the priesthood to worthy men in the Church. When these men are directed by Heavenly Father, they can use the priesthood to help us and bless us.
Whom do you know who holds the priesthood?
Show the “Priesthood Dice”
. Everything on this dice is done by men who hold the priesthood. One at a time have the children come up and roll the dice. Place the big picture on the chalkboard and let the children talk about any experiences they have had with these ordinances.
Administering to the Sick
Help the children remember that men who hold the priesthood can give blessings to people who are sick to help them get well.
Have you ever been administered to because you were sick?
Passing the Sacrament
Explain that priests in the Aaronic Priesthood or men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood bless the sacrament, and deacons in the Aaronic Priesthood pass the sacrament. Let the children tell about their older family members or friends who help with the sacrament.
Remind the children that we are each baptized by a man who holds the priesthood, just as Jesus Christ was. John the Baptist held the priesthood, so he was able to baptize Jesus.
Have any of you ever been to a baptism? (If any of the children have already been baptized, you may want to ask them to tell about their baptisms.)
Remind the children that after they are baptized, men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood will confirm each of them a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At this time they are also given the gift of the Holy Ghost through the power of the priesthood.
Blessing a Baby
Tell the children that babies in the Church can have a priesthood blessing when they are named. Have the children tell you of a baby they know who was recently blessed in this manner. (If some of the children are concerned because they were not blessed this way as babies, assure them that they will have many other opportunities to receive priesthood blessings.)
Sealed in the Temple
Explain that when the children are older, they will be able to go to the temple to be married. Men who hold the sealing powers of the priesthood marry righteous couples in the temple. Temple marriage makes it possible for a family to be together forever.
You can receive a priesthood blessing when you have a problem. You may want to use the following story:
Susanne was getting ready for the first day of school. She had been excited about beginning school, but now that the first day had finally come she was frightened.
Susanne was quiet all morning. Her mother
had made her favorite breakfast, but Susanne did not smile when she saw it. She tried to eat, but she could not.
Susanne told her mother that she felt sick. Her mother felt her head to see if she had a fever. She looked in her throat, but it was not red. Susanne’s mother asked her where she felt sick. Susanne said she just felt funny inside.
said she probably felt funny inside because it was the first day of school. She was a little frightened because she would be away from home all day and didn’t know what to expect. Susanne’s father explained that he had the same feeling when he started his new job.
Susanne’s father offered to give her a blessing before she went to school. The blessing would help take away the frightened, funny feeling Susanne had. Susanne’s father placed his hands on her head and gave her a special blessing.
When Susanne came home that afternoon, she was happy. She told her mother that she liked school and her teacher was nice. Susanne was glad her father gave her a special blessing to help her feel better at school.
This kind of blessing is often called a father’s blessing. If our fathers are not able to give us blessings, we can ask other men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood, such as our home teachers, other family members, or the bishop or branch president, to give us blessings when we need them.
When might we need or want a priesthood blessing?
Give each child a copy of the Priesthood Dice. Show each picture as the children mention the ordinance that it illustrates. Have the children say aloud together the name of each ordinance or blessing. Mention that these are only a few of the things the power of the priesthood can do for us. Let them color the pictures and then help them assemble them. Encourage the children to take it home and tell their families about each ordinance.
Bear testimony of your gratitude that we have the priesthood—the same power Jesus has—to help us in our lives.
Encourage the children to ask for a priesthood blessing from their fathers (or another Melchizedek Priesthood holder) when they need one.
Occasionally contact the parents of the children you teach to encourage them in their efforts to teach the gospel at home. You might tell them about something their children shared in Primary that they learned at home.
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