Suggested Lesson Development
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Turn off the light in the room, or turn on a flashlight. Ask what is needed to make the light work. (Power.) Have the children tell you some of the things we use that need power to work. What other kinds of power are there? Tell the children that today they are going to learn about a power that is the greatest power of all, greater even than the forces of nature. It is the power of God. We call it the priesthood.
Alternate Attention Activity
Show the children a magnet and some pieces of metal. Let the children use the magnet to pull the pieces of metal across the table. If you do not have a magnet, blow up a balloon and rub it on clothing to make it cling to the wall or to one of the children. You could also have a child run a comb through his or her hair several times and then use it to pick up small pieces of paper.
What caused the magnet to attract the metal, the balloon to stick to the wall or clothing, or the comb to pick up the paper? (The magnet has power that causes the metal to be attracted to it. Static electricity holds the balloon to the wall or clothing and enables the comb to pick up the paper.)
What other powers can you think of? (Lightning, electricity, wind, and so on.)
Explain to the children that they are going to learn about a power that is the greatest power of all. It is the power of God, the priesthood.
Scripture Accounts and Discussion and Application Questions
Using the pictures at appropriate times, teach the accounts about Jesus using his power. (For suggested ways to teach the scripture accounts, see
“Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii.)
Stilling the Storm (
How did Jesus’ disciples feel during the storm? (
Mark 4:38.) Why did they think Jesus didn’t care about them? How do you know Heavenly Father cares about you?
How did Jesus still the storm? (
What power did Jesus use to still the storm? (His power—the power of God.) What do we call the power and authority of God? (
D&C 124:123. The priesthood.)
After calming the storm, what did Jesus ask his disciples? (
How did the disciples feel about Jesus after he calmed the storm? (
Matthew 8:27; Mark 4:41.)
Feeding the Five Thousand (
Why do you think the people followed Jesus into the wilderness? (
Mark 6:33.) What did Jesus do before he performed the miracle of feeding the five thousand? ( Matthew 14:14.) What power did Jesus use to heal the sick? (The power of the priesthood.) Who is the source of the power that blesses our lives? ( Acts 10:38.)
What power did Jesus use to provide enough food for everyone? What was miraculous about the amount of food that was left? (
Mark 6:42–44; John 6:12–13.)
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit (
What was wrong with the man’s son? (
Luke 9:38–40.) What did the man ask Jesus to do?
What was Jesus able to do for the boy? (
Luke 9:42.) How did the people who were with Jesus react to this miracle? ( Luke 9:43.)
Who else had the man gone to for help? (
Luke 9:40.) Why do you think the disciples couldn’t help the man and his son? Why did Jesus call his disciples “faithless”? ( Luke 9:41.) Why do you think faith is necessary for the power of the priesthood to work?
Walking on the Water (
Summary Discussion and Application Questions
Explain that Jesus performed these four miracles through his power. He also performed many other miracles using the power of the priesthood. Jesus has shared his power with bearers of the priesthood today.
Peter, James, and John received the keys of the priesthood on the Mount of Transfiguration (
Matthew 17:1–9). These priesthood keys were given to Peter, James, and John so they would have the power of the priesthood when Jesus was gone. Peter was to be the President of the Church after Jesus was resurrected, and he needed the priesthood keys to carry on the work of the Church.
What priesthood keys did
Moses and Elijah give to Peter, James, and John? (Moses gave them the priesthood keys of the gathering of Israel; Elijah gave them the keys of the sealing power [see D&C 110:12–16].)
How do we use the keys of gathering today? (
Articles of Faith 1:10. Missionary work.) How can you participate in missionary work now, and how can you prepare to serve a full-time mission?
Where do we use the sealing keys today? (In the temple.) How can you prepare to go to the temple?
Explain that after the death of Jesus and the Apostles, the blessings of the Church and the priesthood were taken away from the people on earth. It was necessary for the priesthood to be restored to the earth. Jesus restored his church and the priesthood through
Joseph Smith so that all of us could receive the blessings of the priesthood in our lives today.
Help the children understand that worthy boys can receive the same priesthood when they are twelve that John the Baptist restored to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. Explain that when boys receive the Aaronic Priesthood, they are given the power to act in the name of God in blessing the members of their ward or branch. (See enrichment activity 5.)
What blessings do we receive through the power of the priesthood? (Naming and blessing of babies,
baptism, confirmation, the sacrament, temple sealings, and so on.) What are some personal blessings we receive through the priesthood? (Blessings when sick, father’s blessings, home teachers.)
How has the priesthood blessed your life?