Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Priesthood Power

How can I use stories to teach others about the priesthood?

My outline for this lesson was pretty relaxed this time around. 

I started with talking about stories, specifically children books or stories we remember hearing when we were younger.  We discussed some of our favorites and what they taught us.

In Teaching, No Greater Call it says, "Some principles, such as faith, love, loyalty, and repentance, cannot be demonstrated because they refer to spiritual realities that we cannot see.  But with stories you can share examples of people living these principles.  For instance, you could use the story of Joseph in Egypt fleeing from Potiphar's wife to teach about integrity.  You could teach about loyalty by telling the story of John Taylor and Willard Richards, who voluntarily risked their lives to stay in Carthage Jail with the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.  You can also share your own personal experiences.  Fictional stories, including parables, can provide examples of how to live gospel principles."

The Savior shared simple stories, parables, and real-life examples that made sense to those He taught. We hear stories all the time in General Conference, lessons, talks, from friends and family and especially in the scriptures.

"These stories in the scriptures will never grow old.  They will be just as exciting for you when you are reading them as a deacon, a teacher, a priest, a missionary, a home teacher, an elders quorum president, or whatever the Lord calls you to do.  They will teach you to have faith, courage, love for your fellowmen, confidence, and trust in the Lord."  -L. Tom Perry

I told the class that we would be hearing, reading and even watching some stories about priesthood power and would like them to write down their thoughts, impressions or anything that comes to their mind throughout the lesson.
I then gave them the worksheet to write on (printable can be found below).

We read Acts 3: 1-9 and 3 Nephi 18: 1-9.

We then did the exercise shared on lds.org.  I divided the class into three groups and gave each group a story to read from General Conference.  After they read the story they summarized the story to the rest of the class and explained what it taught about the priesthood.  I used these three talks:

"On Being Genuine" By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"The Powers of Heaven" By Elder David A. Bednar

"The Priesthood of Aaron" By L. Tom Perry

We then watched the video "Sanctify Yourselves".

You could definitely find even more stories and of course I gave time to share their own personal stories and testimonies regarding the priesthood. 

We then played Priesthood Power Bingo!  I got this cute idea from Kandy Kreations.  she created a great Priesthood Bingo Review.  She also created 30 different bingo cards so if you have a larger class/activity be sure to check her site out! 

I decided to use most of her words and add a couple of my own to relate more to this specific lesson. I decided to change up the boards a little bit and of course add some fun clipart, and thanks to Brittany they turned out absolutely perfect. This game is perfect for remembering the specifics of the priesthood.  As we played bingo I gave the definition of the word and they would give the answer.  Kandy Kreations has links to every word she used in her bingo.  The only words I added were Stories and Sacrament.  You could use candy or any small objects for markers, I used little star erasers.

The first few people that got bingo got to choose an extra treat or a scripture marker or highlighter. 

To finish the lesson I gave everyone a Reese's peanut butter cup with these clever tags on top, you can find the adorable tags at the very bottom of the page HERE at Older and Wisor.

Even though I used this for a Youth Sunday School class you could really use these printables and ideas for anything!  Young women activities, lessons, FHE, the list could go on and on.  We created 10 different bingo boards with calling cards, so all you have to do is print and play!

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