“Lesson 9: Priesthood Blessings and Ordinances,” Primary 3 (1994), 40–45
“Lesson 9,” Primary 3, 40–45
To help each child understand the importance of priesthood blessings and ordinances.
Prepare a paper windmill for use in the attention activity. To make a paper windmill, prepare a square piece of paper as shown below. Cut on the dotted lines, and fold alternate points into the center. Then put a pin through the points at the center, and push the pin into a pencil or stick.
Prepare to help the children sing or say the words to the song “The Priesthood Is Restored” (Children’s Songbook, p. 89); the words are included at the back of this manual.
If you are able, prepare a copy of the following letter for each child to take home. Have or help each child fill in the blank as appropriate for that child (such as “Mother and Father”). Be sensitive to those children who do not have both parents in the home.
Have I ever had a priesthood blessing? Please tell me about it.
A bottle of consecrated oil.
Crayons or pencils for children to sign letters.
Picture 3-11, John the Baptist Conferring the Aaronic Priesthood (62013; Gospel Art Picture Kit 407); picture 3-12, Melchizedek Priesthood Restoration (62371; Gospel Art Picture Kit 408); picture 3-20, Father Preparing to Bless His Sick Child; picture 3-21, Father Blessing His Baby.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Allow the children to trace around their hands with a crayon on a piece of paper. Remind them that when we are sick, a priesthood holder can place his loving hands on our heads to give us a blessing. When else are hands placed on our heads? (Older children might want to write on each of the fingers of the traced hand an answer such as confirmation, priesthood ordinations, and father’s blessings. For younger children, simply talk about these other blessings.)
Arrange for a father and his new baby to come to the class to talk with the children. Have the father tell about the baby’s blessing; then ask the following questions:
Was the baby’s full name used in the blessing? What is it?
Who blessed the baby, and what authority did he hold?
Who helped with the blessing, and how did they help?
Why was this a special day for the baby?
What special blessings did the baby receive? (Discuss this only as appropriate.)
Make and cut apart simple drawings, such as those on the next page, representing the answers to the following riddles. Pass out the drawings you have made. Have each child hold up his drawing and tell what it represents.
Explain that you are going to read some riddles, and the children are to decide which drawing answers the riddle. Have the child holding the answer to the riddle place it by the appropriate blessing picture. (Some drawings can go with more than one blessing.)
I am used when someone who is sick is given a blessing. The priesthood holder puts a small amount of me on the sick person’s head. What am I? (Consecrated oil.)
I can’t walk. I can’t talk. I am very young. I need to be given a name and a blessing. What am I? (A baby.)
I need a special blessing. I have a high fever. I asked my father to give me a blessing to help me feel better. What am I? (A sick child.)
I have been given a special power called the priesthood. I have children. I can give my children a father’s blessing. What am I? (A father.)
When a sick person asks for a blessing, at least a certain number of men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood are called in to give the blessing. I am that number. What am I? (The number 2.)
When the men holding the priesthood bless a baby, bless the sick, or give a father’s blessing, they use me. They put me on the person’s head or use me to hold the baby. What am I? (Hands.)