Teaching about the Priesthood and Preparedness
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“Teaching about the Priesthood and Preparedness,” Liahona, August 2021

For Parents

Teaching about the Priesthood and Preparedness

Blessing the Sacrament

Dear Parents,

Topics for this month include the priesthood, mental health, and spiritual and temporal preparedness. Use this section to get ideas on how you can use this issue to help you recognize specific struggles your children may be facing and to help you teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in your home.

Gospel Discussions


As you teach your children about the priesthood and priesthood ordinances, use “Gospel Basics” on page 10 in addition to President Dallin H. Oaks’s article on page 6. Discuss with your children the importance of the priesthood and how the Lord blesses our lives through it.

Mental Health

The article “How Do I Support a Child Who Is Feeling Depressed?” on page 16 talks about some ways you can recognize symptoms of depression in your child and suggests some healthy coping mechanisms. Use this article along with the articles on pages 12 and 18 to help your children deal with mental health challenges.

Spiritual and Temporal Refuge

The article on page 20 can help your family develop an emergency-preparedness plan if you haven’t done so already. More important, it also teaches some of the parallels for our spiritual preparedness.

Come, Follow Me Study Helps

See page 26 for articles to support your family’s study of the Doctrine and Covenants this month.

Come, Follow Me Family Fun


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Organize Yourselves

Doctrine and Covenants 88

Our homes can follow this pattern: “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:119).

Organize means to arrange things in order or to prepare an activity or event.

Organize your family in different ways:

  1. Have them stand in line from oldest to youngest.

  2. Have them stand in alphabetical order, according to their first name.

  3. Have them line up according to the month of their birth.

Discussion: How does the Savior want us to organize ourselves (1) in our household jobs, (2) in our spiritual study, (3) in our worship at church and in the temple?

What goals can your family set to create a “house of God”?

Run and Not Be Weary

Doctrine and Covenants 89

In Doctrine and Covenants 89, the Lord gave a revelation called the Word of Wisdom.

  1. After reading section 89, have everyone stand in the middle of a room.

  2. Designate one side of the room to be the “good” side and the other side of the room to be the “not good” side.

  3. Have a family member read verses 5–17.

  4. The other family members will move to either the “good” or “not good” side of the room, depending on the description in that verse. Is the substance good for our bodies or not?

Discussion: What promises are included in Doctrine and Covenants 89:18–21? How can taking care of our bodies improve our spiritual relationship with the Lord?