“Lesson 33: Elijah Uses the Priesthood,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 145–48
“Lesson 33,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 145–48
To help the children have a greater understanding of how the priesthood blesses their lives.
1 Kings 16:29–33—Ahab and Jezebel are wicked rulers.
1 Kings 17:1—Elijah declares a drought.
1 Kings 17:2–6—Elijah is fed by ravens.
1 Kings 17:7–16—Elijah is fed by a widow, and her small supplies of food multiply miraculously.
1 Kings 17:17–24—Elijah blesses the widow’s son and brings him back to life.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account (see “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii). Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will best help the children achieve the purpose of the lesson.
A Bible for each child.
A magnet and some pieces of metal or an inflated balloon or a comb and some tiny pieces of paper (see the attention activity).
Picture 6-39, Elijah Being Fed by the Ravens.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
On slips of paper write several different ways, such as the following, that we can be blessed through the power of the priesthood:
Blessing of babies
Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost
Administration to the sick
Ordination to the priesthood
Being set apart for missions or other callings
Place the papers face down on the table or the floor. Using either the magnet (place a paper clip on each piece of paper or put a straight pin through each one so the magnet will work) or the comb from the attention activity, have the children take turns picking up a paper and reading it aloud. Discuss with the children how they are blessed by each of these priesthood ordinances. Invite the children to share experiences they have had or know about as you discuss each ordinance. You may want to share experiences you have had.
Ask the children to name some brethren they know who hold the priesthood. Copy the following puzzle onto the chalkboard or a large sheet of paper, or make a copy for each child. Have the children search for and circle the following titles in the puzzle:
Discuss with the children how each of these people could or does use the priesthood to bless their lives.
Tell the following story:
Before Elder Hugh B. Brown became a member of the First Presidency of the Church, he served in England as an officer of the Canadian army. Because he was an officer of the king, he had great power. Men stood at attention before him and called him “sir.” They often asked favors of him.
One day Brother Brown received a message that he was wanted in the hospital. He first thought that a soldier wanted help from him as an army officer. When he got to the hospital, he felt proud that the doctors and nurses treated him with such respect. Then someone directed him to a little room where a sick young man lay. Brother Brown remembered that he had once been that young man’s Sunday School teacher.
“Brother Brown,” said the young man, “Would you use your authority in my behalf? The doctors say I cannot live. Will you give me a blessing?”
Brother Brown said that his uniform seemed to melt away. And all the pride that he felt in wearing the uniform of the king disappeared. He laid his hands upon the boy’s head and gave him a blessing. The help that the boy needed was not from any authority of an officer in the king’s army but from the authority of the priesthood. Brother Brown said, “I went into that hospital a proud British officer, and I came out a humble Mormon elder. Ever since then I have earnestly tried to remember that there is a power and authority given to man, not from the king or the president, but from the King of Kings.” (Adapted from Hugh B. Brown, Be What You Will to Be, Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year [14 Feb. 1967], pp. 8–9.)
Review the fifth article of faith with the children. Discuss how we are blessed by having leaders and family members who hold or are called by the priesthood.
Sing or read the words to “The Priesthood Is Restored” (Children’s Songbook, p. 89) or “A Young Man Prepared” (Children’s Songbook, p. 166).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.