Thursday, December 12, 2013

FHE Lesson - Priesthood Power

The priesthood is the power and authority of God given for the salvation and blessing of all - men, women, and children.- Elder Neil L. Andersen

Our next FHE lesson was by Dinoguy. He was incredibly awesome about planning it and took the responsibility seriously. After we were done planning, I noticed he had an article from the September Friend Magazine open called "I've Got This!" about planning a Family Home Evening lesson. I know he had prayed for help in choosing his topic and that he did his best to give us a great lesson. I appreciate that he allowed me to help some and feel useful though he clearly didn't need much help!

 He chose the talk by Elder Neil L Andersen called Power in the Priesthood as his theme. He told me he wanted to discuss the stories about the priesthood restorations, so I gave him the pictures in the gospel art book and helped him come up with a few questions to ask to facilitate this. He picked out a few quotes from the talk that he liked and we discussed them together beforehand about what they meant. I also helped him hand write them on papers to hand out since we were out of printer ink. Additionally we picked out a coloring page for the younger kids. (A great way to quickly find coloring and activity pages by theme is the website LDS Coloring Pages).

Dinoguy wanted one quote for every member of the family, which seemed like a good number and Little Guy likes getting to pass out the papers. Here are the quotes he chose:

We can live every hour “blessed by the strength of priesthood power,” whatever our circumstance.

The priesthood is the power and authority of God given for the salvation and blessing of all—men, women, and children.

A man may open the drapes so the warm sunlight comes into the room, but the man does not own the sun or the light or the warmth it brings.

There are special blessings from God for every worthy person who is baptized, receives the Holy Ghost, and regularly partakes of the sacrament. The temple brings added light and strength, along with the promise of eternal life.

 As surely as we know that God’s love is “alike” for His sons and His daughters, we also know that He did not create men and women exactly the same. We know that gender is an essential characteristic of both our mortal and eternal identity and purpose. Sacred responsibilities are given to each gender.

“Deny not the gifts of God, for they are many. … And there are different ways that these gifts are administered; but it is the same God who worketh [them] all.” (Moroni 10:8)

We know that worthiness is central to performing and receiving priesthood ordinances.“The light of the body is the eye. … If thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness." (Matthew 6:22-23)

I really liked that he chose this topic on his own - he is 11 now and so we are in the last year before he is eligible to become a priesthood holder and I have been discussing with a friend the things we can do to teach our sons more about the priesthood and the responsibilities that come with it. I had mentioned this talk as a good resource to her and have been meaning to study it. Dinoguy presented me with a great opportunity by choosing it for his lesson!

Though it wasn't included in the lesson, one of my favorite quotes and things to study from the talk actually came from the footnotes: President Gordon B. Hinckley explained that it was the Lord, not man, ‘who designated that men in His Church should hold the priesthood’ and that it was also the Lord who endowed women with ‘capabilities to round out this great and marvelous organization, which is the Church and kingdom of God’ (“Women of the Church,” Ensign, Nov. 1996, 70). When all is said and done, the Lord has not revealed why He has organized His Church as He has.”

This Monday was one of his last flag football game nights (which were supposed to be over a month ago but the weather has delayed them) so it was a late FHE evening. Fixitman brought him home from football and we sat down for the lesson immediately, hoping the little ones weren't too tired. Little Guy was already tired and not super cooperative as a result. But we made it through, discussing the priesthood restorations, the things we know about the priesthood from the talk and quotes and the blessings being available to all, independent of whether you hold the priesthood or not. We finished with the coloring pages he had picked and eating the delicious sugar cookies Trainboy had made as treats.

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