Family Home Evening – Priesthood Power

Based on Elder M. Russell Ballard’s ‘This Is My Work and Glory’ address in April 2013 General Conference

Opening Prayer

Opening Hymn: Love is Spoken Here – Children’s Hymn Book # 190

Treat: popcorn

Attention Getter:

Go for a short walk with your family. As you go point out everything you see that was made by Heavenly Father. Ask what power created all of these wonderful things.

Read this quote by Elder Ballard:

“The power by which the heavens and earth were and are created is the priesthood. Those of us who are members of the Church know that the source of the priesthood power is God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ. Not only is the priesthood the power by which the heavens and earth were created, but it is the power the Savior used in His mortal ministry to perform miracles, to bless and heal the sick, to bring the dead to life, and as the Father’s Only Begotten Son to endure the unbearable pain of Gethsemane and Calvary — thus fulfilling the laws of justice with mercy and providing an Infinite Atonement — and overcoming physical death through the resurrection.”

Lesson:

I can’t find this video on youtube for imbedding purposes, but here is the link to some of the training Elder Ballard suggested we watch in his talk. This is a short video and would be perfect to watch at this point in your lesson.

http://www.lds.org/training/wwlt/2013/the-power-of-the-priesthood-in-the-family/children-learn-of-the-priesthood-in-the-family?cid=HP000014&lang=eng

Read the following quote from Elder Ballard’s talk and discuss the sacred ways men and women bless each other.

“In our Heavenly Father’s great priesthood endowed plan, men have the unique responsibility to administer the priesthood, but they are not the priesthood. Men and women have different but equally valued roles. Just as a woman cannot conceive a child without a man, so a man cannot fully exercise the power of the priesthood to establish an eternal family without a woman. In other words, in the eternal perspective, both the procreative power and the priesthood power are shared by a husband and wife.”

If you want to (or the kids just aren’t paying attention anymore) you can end here, or you can go on to tell the story Elder Ballard shared about the plant that wilted when it was forgotten in a dark room – similarly priesthood holders withhold nutrients from their spirits if they don’t exercise and honor the priesthood appropriately.

Closing Hymn: Truth Eternal – Hymn Book #4

Closing Prayer

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