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IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing an object lesson): Show the children something that is powered by electricty.  Then show that it cannot work without the proper power.  Have a child hold up a picture of Christ ordaining His Apostles.   Explain that Christ's Church cannot work without the power of the priesthood.  Have the child hide the picture behind his or her back.  Explain that after Christ's Apostles died, the priesthood authority was lost.  Have another child show a picture of the restoration of the priesthood.  Testify that God restored the priesthood through Joseph Smith.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (singing and playing a matching game): Ask someone to read Doctrine and Covenants 107:1, and have the children listen for the names of the two priesthoods.  Place on the board a picture of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and a picture of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood.  Write Aaronic or Melchizedek above the corresponding picture.  Discuss who restored, or brought back, each of these priesthoods to Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith History 1:72). 

Show the children several pictures of priesthood ordinances, such as baptism, confirmation, passing the sacrament, blessing the sacrament, and healing the sick.  Invite the children to pass the pictures as they sing "The Priesthood is Restored" (CS, 89).  Stop the music randomly, and ask the children holding the pictures to stand by the words Aaronic or Melchizedek to show the power required to perform that ordinance.  Repeat as time allows.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (writing a thank-you note): Have the children think of how the priesthood has blessed them.  Invite them to make a thank-you card or picture to give to a priesthood holder they know (such as a bishop, teacher, father or missionary). 

IF YOU'D LIKE TO ADD YOUR IDEAS FOR THIS WEEK'S SHARING TIME, use the comment section below and add your thoughts.  If your comments are too long, have trouble posting your comments or you have files you'd like to share, please e-mail them to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I'll post them below:

 Sofia's Primary Ideas

Beforehand, teach "A Young Man Prepared" (CS, pp. 166-167) to the older boys and have them sing it to introduce a Sharing Time on honoring the priesthood. Also beforehand, ask four or five members of the ward/branch to share their experiences and feelings about the priesthood (see "Stations" in Teaching, No Greater Call, revised edition, p. 179). A returned missionary might share one experience he had on his mission in using the priesthood to bless others; an older priesthood leader might share his feelings about holding and honoring the priesthood; a sister might tell how she honors the priesthood bearer in her home, or has been served by one holding the priesthood; a member of the bishopric/branch presidency might share his feelings about serving in that calling; a priest might tell about his feelings in serving at the sacrament table or in baptizing someone. Divide the children into groups and have them move from station to station. Have the pianist play "A Young Man Prepared" as they move. When all are gathered together again, ask what they have learned. Emphasize that receiving the priesthood means receiving a call to serve. Sing "Called to Serve" (CS, pp. 174-175). (Taken from the October 2000 Sharing Time Suggestion)

I am thankful for the priesthood and I am blessed by it

Priesthood Blessings

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 My Sharing Time Ideas

Comments (13)
  • Jill

    Come on, ladies! I need some ideas for this Sharing time. What are you planning?

  • Nancy

    Me too!! Help!

  • Jill

    Especially for Junior Primary. I'm stumped!

  • Erin M.

    Movement is a great idea in Jr Primary. I'm going to have the kids line up, then step forward if they have ever seen/had baptism, sacrament, healing the sick, etc. Then we'll talk about what feelings we had or why it was important. We'll also play the Priesthood song with the pictures mentioned in the lesson.

  • Kim

    Hi everyone, I was having a hard time with this one too but think I have finally come up with something I am happy with. I am going to bring a lamp and tape printed out pictures of priesthood blessings (baptism & confirmation, temple ordinances, healing the sick and sacrament) to the shade. I am then going to cover the pictures with another sheet of white paper (so you can't see the pictures unless the light is on). I am also going to have a label on the top that says priesthood blessings. I will use an extension cord that is labeled "priesthood power" and explain that we need the POWER of the priesthood given by those with authority in order to gain these blessings. I am then going to talk about how the priesthood was restored and the two priesthoods and have the children come and remove pictures from the lamp and place it on the chalkboard under either Aaronic or Melchizeek while we discuss each of them. Hope this helps! :)

  • Emily

    I am going to use the electricity idea suggested in the Sharing Time outline and also talking about the Aaronic and Melchezidek Priesthoods. There was also a good suggestion above to have diffent items to represent the different blessings from the priesthood (i.e. a baby something for blessings, consecrated oil for healing the sick, etc.) I'm going to do that then have them identify which priesthood is need for each.

  • melissa

    erin - i love your idea for jr to have them step forward..what else are you going to have them do?

  • Erin M.
    erin - i love your idea for jr to have them step forward..what else are you going to have them do?

    We'll pass the pictures of the ordinances around while I have the CD playing "Priesthood is Restored" and have the kids place the pictures under the correct titles. We'll do that a few times, Before they are dismissed, I'll be quizzing them on which ordinance they think is most important. (They'll get some skittles if they can think of one and give a reason why.) There are no wrong answers.

  • holly

    sorry this is late but i have printed off a number of small black and white picture of Jesus and the same of a picture of a dad (from sugardoodle clipart), i am going to get pictures from the gospel art kit (a mixture of Jesus ministry and modern day) that are of people being healed, baby blessing, sacrament, baptism etc. then i will give the kids a picture of jesus and a picture of a dad each, then they can blu-tac the clip art picture on whichever picture they think it belongs- according to who was power to do what is on the photo. obviously it is the same priesthood and i'll explain that. then they can draw a scene copying one of the gospel art pictures and colour and glue Jesus and the dad in there. also going to include erins idea!! thanks!

  • Ronnie

    Kim I lOVE Your idea! That is the one I am going to use! Thank you so much.

  • Cindy

    I am going to do similar to Kim, only when I do the analogy with the electricity and light, I'm going to use a flashlight without batteries. When we do the portion where we put pictures with the priesthood where they belong I'll let the kids take turns shining light behind the pictures so everyone can see.

  • Deena Kimball

    I was thinking of using pieces of this great lesson from ldsfamilyfun... fhe_priesthoodpower.htm

    Also was thinking about bringing in items that require different sources of power... battery operated, solar (i.e. calculator), mechanical watch, wind up flashlight, something that plugs into a regular outlet and using these things to represent that all different kinds of ordinances require keys to the priesthood and that they all require power to work.

  • Susan

    I'm looking for thank you cards with pictures of Priesthood ordinances happening that the Junior Primary kids can just color in, can anyone help me find those?

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