Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Lesson on Teaching About the Priesthood - What I Did

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Part One - Stories

Kay, so the lesson online gave a suggestion on an effective way to have the students practice teaching each other about the priesthood.  It suggested looking up story indexes from the conference editions of the Ensign, having each student read a story, and then summarize the story for the class and tell what they learned about the priesthood from the story. 

Here is a list of talks I found on that have specific stories about the priesthood within them and the links to each of the talks:
1.  This is Your Phone Call by Bishop Richard C. Edgley, May 2009
2.  The Powers of Heaven by Elder David A. Bednar, May 2012
3.  The Power of the Priesthood by Elder Boyd K. Packer, May 2010
4.  A second story in the same talk, The Power of the Priesthood by Elder Boyd K. Packer, May 2010
5.  Be Your Best Self by President Thomas S. Monson, May 2009
6.  Be Ready by President Henry B. Eyering, Nov. 2009
7.  The Priesthood of Aaron by Elder L. Tom Perry, Nov. 2010
8.  Sacred Keys of the Aaronic Priesthood by Larry M. Gibson, May 2011

It went really well.  I unexpectedly had to add another class to my usual class, so instead of having one story per person, I just gave one story to two kids to share.  They read it to each other, and one of them summarized the story while the other told us what they learned about the priesthood from the story.  The kids found so much meaning in the stories - more than I had found when I read them, and I loved giving them a chance to practice teaching.

Part Two - Grab Bag

One of the things I really love about this pilot program for the youth is that you can tell that people acquainted with the youth really put a lot of thought into the curriculum.  They have good ideas for engaging the students.  This was another idea straight from online. 

Assemble a bag full of items. 

Each student pulls an item from the bag and says what that item has to do with the priesthood.  Again, the kids were coming up with way more meanings than I had come up with when I was preparing.  And they loved this activity.  Here are the items I had in my bag and the meanings I thought of if the kids were stumped:

1.  An instrument - an instrument in the hands of God.
2.  Calendar - home teachers should visit monthly
3.  FHE manual - Dad presides and leads FHE.
4.  Toy hands - laying on of hands.
5.  Picture of teacher - a teacher is one of the offices of the priesthood.
6.  Picture of Earth - the priesthood is God's authority on this earth.
7.  Book - The Help - the Lord can help you with your priesthood callings.
8.  Phone - when you receive a priesthood calling, you are called of God.
9.  Keys - Priesthood keys give jurisdiction.
10.  Battery - the priesthood is the eternal power of God.
11.  "My name is ______" tag - priesthood holders act in God's name.
12.  Box elder bug picture - one of the offices of the Melchizadek priesthood is an elder.
13.  Hammer - priesthood quorums build unity and brotherhood.
14.  Toy house - priesthood holders serve as home teachers.
15.  Male restroom sign - male members of the church hold the priesthood.

Part Three

The lesson kept talking about how questions can lead to real understanding in teaching, and as I kept pondering that, I thought of the game of Jeopardy, where your answers always have to be in the form of a question.  And I decided to do a little priesthood review game of jeopardy.  Here's my board:

I loosely taped each score card thing at the top, and when a kid answered the question correctly, I ripped it off and gave it to the kid so they could keep track of their own points.  Way easier than me doing it.  The kids really got into it and had a lot of fun.  Here are the categories, questions, and answers:

Priesthood Jeopardy

Scripture Chase

100 James 5:14. “Let them pray over him, _______________ him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
Answer: What is anointing?

200 D&C 13. “The Priesthood holds the keys of the ministering of __________.”
Answer: What are angels?

300 D&C 20:46. “The priest's ____________ is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptized, and administer the sacrament.”
Answer: What is duty?

400 D&C 84:33. Part of the oath and covenant of the priesthood is to ____________ your calling.
Answer: What is magnify?

500 D&C 107:19. Worthily receiving and exercising the priesthood brings you closer to the ___________ of God.
Answer: What is presence?


100 The Stake President presides over a quorum of ___________ _____________.
Answer: What are high priests?

200 The President of the Church and his counselors form the Quorum of the ____________ Presidency.
Answer: What is first?

300 The Twelve _____________ also form a quorum.
Answer: What are apostles?

400 Each ward or branch normally has quorums of Elders, Priests, Teachers, and ______________.
Answer: What are deacons?

500 High priests are also organized in wards, serving in high priest _______________.
Answer: What are groups?


100 Deacons and _____________ are appointed to watch over and be standing ministers in the Church. (See D&C 84:111)
Answer: What are teachers?

200 A ______________ assists the teacher in all his duties in the Church if occasion requires.
Answer: What is a deacon?

300 Elders are to conduct ______________.
Answer: What are meetings?

400 A priest's duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, baptized, and ___________ the sacrament.
Answer: What is administer?

500 Priests visit the house of each member and exhort them to __________ vocally and in secret.
Answer: What is pray?

The Priesthood in the Home

100 The father should lead the family in this spiritual activity.
Answer: What is family prayer OR scripture study OR FHE?

200 Another spiritual activity the father should lead the family in doing.
Answer: What is family prayer OR scripture study OR FHE?

300 A third spiritual activity the father should lead the family in doing.
Answer: What is family prayer OR scripture study OR FHE?

400 One of the reasons we ask for priesthood blessings.
Answer: What is direction OR healing OR comfort?

500 Another reason we ask for priesthood blessings.
Answer: What is direction OR healing OR comfort?

Home Teaching

100 The earliest priesthood office you can hold to be a home teacher.
Answer: What is a teacher?

200 How often a home teacher should visit his assigned members.
Answer: What is monthly?

300 Leaders in wards or branches should ______ __ with home teachers to make sure they're doing their home teaching.
Answer: What is follow up?

400 Home teachers can help members prepare to go to the _________ and receive eternal ordinances.
Answer: What is the temple?

500 Home teachers teach the _____________ to each family member.
Answer: What is the gospel?


100 The ____________ holds priesthood keys that enable him to preside in his ward.
Answer: Who is the bishop?

200 He holds all the keys of the priesthood.
Answer: Who is Christ?

300 He holds the keys for governing the entire church.
Answer: Who is the President of the Church?

400 He holds the keys for operating the temple.
Answer: Who is the temple president?

500 A person holds the keys only until he is ________________.
Answer: What is released?

And there you have my lesson.  It went really well.


pamperedshannon said...

I just think this ROCKS! I love your lesson plan and how nice to have a hands-on activity with the YW and still have them involved! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

AngelesG said...

This is amazing! With the interactive teaching, I am laurel class president and will be giving a lesson in yw on Sunday. You are a lifesaver and will be blessed for it!

April said...

I found this on Pinterest and absolutely love these ideas! Thank you for sharing them!

Nike said...

Found your post today through Google search and am so excited to use it in my lesson. Thank you so much for posting this!

tracie said...

I was asked to teach at the last minute and this post is a life saver. Thank you so much!!

leah said...

I am also filling in for someone today, this post is a lifesaver, thank you SO much for sharing your awesome ideas!

Kar said...

I'm so, so happy I'm able to help. I'm often getting lessons ready at midnight on Saturday night, so I understand the need for a structured lesson, stat. :)

Susan said...

This is a little embarrassing but I never watched Jeopardy when I was younger. Can you tell me how you played this? Do the youth just take turns? What if they get the question wrong? Then what? I would love to use this on Sunday....please email me and let me know how you did this. Thanks!

Living and Loving Life said...

I just love your way of teaching. Thanks so much for the help. I teach the 14-15 year old Sunday School and every time I use your ideas, the kids really listen and learn. Thanks again!

Karen said...

Thank-You for sharing!! This is great- it will be perfect for my class, love talented people that are willing to help those of us that aren't! :)

Terina Dee said...

So helpful! Thanks for my not having to reinvent the wheel.

sarah said...

Thanks so much was looking to make the Priesthood lesson fun to keep them listening. They will love this you are so creative :)

Heidi said...

I was just asked to give the lesson this Sunday and found this post. You are AMAZING!! I find it hard to teach the Young Women about the priesthood. This is great! Thank you soooo much for sharing your wonderful ideas!

Davis and Carter's Mommy said...

Thank you! I am speaking Sunday and they just combined the classes I am teaching-you made it a lot easier. :)

Katie McLaughlin said...

You are so amazing and talented! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

Karl Bunnell said...

Great idea! I created a Microsoft Power Point game from this using an example from
You'll need to download it and present it from Power Point (It WON'T work if presented from Google Drive).
You should be able to download it from the following link:

Trenna Tataipu said...

Thank you so much!

Cailean said...

4 years later and you're still helping!

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