How do I receive the power and blessings of the priesthood in my life?

How do I receive the power and blessings of the priesthood in my life?

 

(click on each picture for the pdf downloadable version to be displayed)

8.5" x 11" Posters:  

You can use these posters to display in your classroom to introduce the theme of the lesson.

 

  

3″ x 3″ Handouts: 

There are 6 to a page. These little handouts can be used in numerous ways.  They are the perfect size for the girls to use on their bulletin boards at home, taped in their locker at school, they can be collected throughout the year and made into a little book by punching holes in the corners and using a key ring to attach them each week.  If your YW use class journals or smash books, these are the perfect size to tape into their individual books.

If all or most of the girls have a smart phone in your class, here is another idea to use for this: text each girl this handout during the week to remind her of the lesson.  To do this, right click on the picture and save image to your computer.  Then email the picture to yourself.  Retrieve the email from your smartphone and save the image onto your phone.  You can now send the image in a text to your Young Women.  If you have a Facebook page for your Young Women, you could also post this to your Page!

 

5" x 7" journal cards: 

There are 2 to a page.  You can use these during your lesson for the girls to write down their thoughts.  You can add these to their class journals or smash books, or just a cute reminder to take home and put in their scriptures or journals. I loved the questions in the lesson that went with Sister Stephen's talk. This question on the journal card is a great one to get the girls thinking a little bit deeper on how to apply this lesson in their lives.

 

Scripture Cards:  

These little cards have  written on them already all the scriptures that were mentioned in the lesson.  As always, there are blank cards included if you want to add your own scriptures!

 

Additional ideas to help enhance this lesson:

Booklet:

This little booklet is full of great quotes, scriptures, and questions! You could pass it out at the beginning of the lesson and have the girls fill in each page as you go throughout the lesson. Something that really stuck out to me while preparing this lesson is the title itself: "How do I receive the power and blessings of the priesthood?" The majority of the lesson ideas on LDS.org are helping the girls recognize what the blessings are from the priesthood. But the title is "how do I receive the power and blessings".  Sister Stephens quote that I used as the handout and on the last page of this booklet is perfect for this question. I hope you take some time with the quote and help your Young Women understand what their roles are in order to receive the power and blessings of the priesthood.

(To Print: There are 4 cards to each page. Print the PDF file front to back and cut into fourths. You can staple them, or punch a hole in the top left corner and use ribbon or a key ring through the holes)

Being Armed with the Priesthood:

As I was going through this lesson, something that kept coming to my mind was the word "armed". Sister Dew uses the phrase "We may all receive the Holy Ghost, obtain personal revelation, and be endowed in the temple, from which we emerge ‘armed’ with power." I love the symbolism of being "armed with power!" With the yearly theme this year, many Young Women groups are using arrows as a symbol to press forward. I thought it would be fun to use arrows in this lesson also to symbolize being armed with the power of the priesthood. I found many cute tutorials on Pinterest on how to make little arrows, but my favorite is an Anthropology ad for some little arrows. Most of us aren't going to spend $60 on crafty little arrows, so I decided to do a quick and easy knock-off version of my own!

Here is the image for the anthropology arrows:

And here is my version:

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These are really easy! Just print the included PDF that contain the arrow head and feathers. You will need sticks (you could use dowels, sticks from your tree, pencils, straws) and twine.

Cut the arrow heads and feathers out. Glue two arrow heads onto the tip of your stick. 

Cut diagonal strips into the feathers. Using twine, wrap the twine around the feathers and stick, and tie a knot.

Tip: You might want to use hot glue or tacky glue so everything stays together!

 

Activity idea using the arrows:

Display the following poster. Bring something that could be used as a quiver for the arrows (a vase or an oatmeal container would work well). Attach a blank scripture card to each arrow using the twine. Pass out the arrows. At the end of the lesson, ask the girls to each write down one blessing they have received from the Priesthood. Have them come up one by one and read their blessing (give them time to explain it if they'd like to) and put their arrow in the quiver. Once all of the arrows are in the quiver, show them that when we use the priesthood in our lives, we are not only armed with one little blessing, but we are armed with a quiver full of blessings that will help us throughout our lives and into the eternities. It is important we don't stop at baptism, but that we continue to receive priesthood ordinances and blessings throughout our lives to "fill our quiver" and be "armed with the priesthood!"

 

Debra's Idea:

Get five boys and men with the various offices in the priesthood come as visitors to class:

Deacon
Teacher
Priest
Elder
High Priest
Have them stand in front of the chalk/white board wearing name tags with their office in the priesthood written on it.
Make word strips with various things they do in their office and lay them out face down on a table.  Have the girls come up one at a time and choose one of the word strips and then place it on the chalkboard above the person who fulfills that priesthood responsibility.
This is just to get everyone involved and moving.
Now invite the girls to take turns telling one of the priesthood holders how they have been blessed by what they do in their calling.
Have the boys/men share how they feel they have blessed the lives of others with their priesthood or answer any questions the girls have.  

 

LISTEN TO A GUEST SPEAKER:

It would be a great experience for the Young Women to hear priesthood stories from other women in the ward.  If there is a woman in your ward who you know that could share a story or relate an experience about the blessings she received from the priesthood, this would be a great time to invite her to talk to your Young Women.

 

INTERVIEW FAMILY MEMBERS:

Encourage your Young Women to go home and talk to their parents and family members about blessings they have received from the Priesthood. Some of our most spiritual Family Home Evenings in my home is when we've discussed miracles that have happened through the priesthood.

 

Extra ideas from around the web:

Here is a video of Sheri Dew talking about women and the priesthood. It might be a good video to show during this lesson. Click here

I LOVE this talk by Elder Oaks. Click here

 

Click here to download the lesson helps in Spanish

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