“July 26–August 1. Doctrine and Covenants 84: ‘The Power of Godliness,’” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Doctrine and Covenants 2021 (2020)
“July 26–August 1. Doctrine and Covenants 84,” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: 2021
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Ever since the priesthood was restored in 1829, Latter-day Saints had been blessed by that sacred power. They were baptized, confirmed, and called to serve by priesthood authority, much like we are today. But having access to priesthood power is not the same thing as completely understanding it, and God had more He wanted His Saints to understand—particularly with the coming restoration of temple ordinances. The 1832 revelation on the priesthood, now Doctrine and Covenants 84, expanded the Saints’ vision of what the priesthood really is. And it can do the same for us today. After all, there is a lot to learn about the divine power that holds “the key of the knowledge of God,” that makes manifest “the power of godliness,” and that prepares us to “see the face of God, even the Father, and live” (verses 19–22).
When you think of the word priesthood, what comes to mind? How often do you think about the priesthood and its influence on your everyday life? After pondering these questions, study Doctrine and Covenants 84:1–5, 17–28, and consider what the Lord wants you to know about His priesthood power. How could you use these verses to describe the priesthood to someone and explain its purposes?
You might also ponder the priesthood ordinances you have participated in. How have you seen “the power of godliness” (verse 20) manifest in them? Consider what the Lord wants you to do to receive more of His power into your life.
Elder Paul B. Pieper taught: “It is interesting that in the oath and covenant of the priesthood [Doctrine and Covenants 84:31–42], the Lord uses the verbs obtain and receive. He does not use the verb ordain. It is in the temple that men and women—together—obtain and receive the blessings and power of both the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods” (“Revealed Realities of Mortality,” Ensign, Jan. 2016, 21).
As you study Doctrine and Covenants 84:31–42, look for the words “obtain” and “receive.” Ponder what they might mean in this context. How are you “receiv[ing]” the Lord and His servants?
You could also note promises in these verses associated with the oath and covenant of the priesthood, which God “cannot break” (verse 40). What do you find that inspires you to be more faithful in receiving the Father, His servants, and His priesthood power?
Regularly reading the scriptures and the words of the prophets is much more than an item to cross off a spiritual to-do list. What truths do you find in Doctrine and Covenants 84:43–58 that help you understand why you need to consistently study the word of God? Note the contrast between light and darkness in these verses; how has your “diligent heed to the words of eternal life” brought light, truth, and “the Spirit of Jesus Christ” into your life? (verses 43, 45).
Studying the scriptures helps me feel the influence of the Spirit.
As you read these verses, you could identify ways the Lord said He would support His Apostles and missionaries. How might these promises apply to the work He has asked you to do? For example, how have the promises in verse 88 been fulfilled in your life?
Doctrine and Covenants 84:6–18.After reading about how Moses received his priesthood authority, a priesthood holder in your family or a ministering brother could share his experience of being ordained to a priesthood office. If possible, he could share and discuss his priesthood line of authority. Why is it important that we can trace priesthood authority in the Church today back to the authority of Jesus Christ? To request a priesthood line of authority, send an email to lineofauthority@ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Doctrine and Covenants 84:20–21.When has your family experienced “the power of godliness” being manifested through an ordinance such as baptism or the sacrament? Perhaps you can talk about how these ordinances bring God’s power into our lives. You could also display a picture of a temple and discuss how the ordinances of the temple give us additional power to become like the Savior. You may want to sing a song about the priesthood, such as “The Priesthood Is Restored” (Children’s Songbook, 89), and discuss what this song teaches about the priesthood.
Doctrine and Covenants 84:43–44.You could prepare a meal or a treat together and label each ingredient with a word or phrase from verse 44. Why is it important that we include every ingredient? Why is it important to live by every word of God?
Doctrine and Covenants 84:98–102.What do we learn about Jesus Christ from the “new song” (verse 98) in these verses? What can we do in our day to help bring about the conditions described in this song?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.
Extend and follow up on invitations to act. When you invite your family to act on what they’re learning, you show them that the gospel is something to be lived, not just talked about. What can you invite them to act on from your study of Doctrine and Covenants 84?
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