18 Behold, I will lead thee by my hand, and I will take thee, to put upon thee my name, even the Priesthood of thy father, and my power shall be over thee.
Our prophet has some words for you,
And these are the words:
“Be true, be true.”
At work or at play,
In darkness or light,
Be true, be true,
And stand for the right.
1. Hark, all ye nations!
Hear heaven’s voice
Thru ev’ry land that all may rejoice!
Angels of glory shout the refrain:
Truth is restored again!
Shines the gospel light of truth and love!
Bright as the sun, this heavenly ray
Lights ev’ry land today.
2. Searching in darkness, nations have wept;
Watching for dawn, their vigil they’ve kept.
All now rejoice; the long night is o’er.
Truth is on earth once more!
3. Chosen by God to serve him below,
To ev’ry land and people we’ll go,
Standing for truth with fervent accord,
Teaching his holy word.
*For Younger Children* Tell the story “Abraham Received the Priesthood”. Talk about how the Priesthood blesses your family. Tell the story “Tommy’s First Day at School.” Testify of the sacred power of the Priesthood.
Tell the picture story, “Abraham Received the Priesthood”.
Explain how your family has been blessed by the priesthood. Tell the children about the day they were blessed and given a name by a priesthood holder as suggested in the regular lesson. With younger children, this part of the lesson could be expanded so that you take time telling each child about his birth and your special love for him. Describe other priesthood blessings you may have had, such as a father’s blessing or a blessing during illness. Help the children realize that having the priesthood to bless them is like having Heavenly Father close by us all the time.
Tell the story “Tommy’s First Day at School” and discuss it.
Tommy was getting ready to go to school for the first time. He had been excited about beginning school, but now that the first day had finally come, he was frightened.
Tommy was quiet all morning. His mother had made his favorite breakfast, but Tommy did not smile when he saw it. He picked up the spoon and tried to eat, but could not.
His mother asked, “Do you feel sick, Tommy?”
Tommy answered, “I think so. At least I don’t feel like going to school.”
Tommy’s mother felt his head to see if he had a fever. She looked in his throat, but it was not red. She said, “I can’t see anything wrong, Tommy. Show me where it is that you don’t feel well.”
Tommy said, “I just feel funny inside.”
Tommy’s father looked at him and said, “I think I know what might be wrong with you, Tommy. This is your first day of school. Maybe you feel funny inside because you will be away from home all day and you don’t know what to expect. Are you a little frightened? I know that feeling, too, Tommy. I had the same feeling when I started my new job last week.
“I can do something to help you if you would like. I can give you a special blessing before you go to school today. This blessing can help take away that frightened, funny feeling you have inside.”
“I’d like that, dad,” said Tommy.
Tommy’s father placed his hands on Tommy’s head and gave him a special blessing.
That afternoon Tommy came bounding in the door calling, “Mom, mom, I’m home.”
“How did you like school, Tommy?” asked his mother.
“Well, it was better than I thought it would be. My teacher is nice,” said Tommy.
“Dad said you would feel better after he gave you a special blessing, didn’t he? I’m glad your father knew just what to do to help you.”
Sharing these experiences should remind each family member what a great blessing the priesthood can be. The Lord has given us the priesthood because we are his children and he loves us. It is our Heavenly Father’s way of blessing his children, and he wants us to receive every blessing we are worthy to have.
Let the children make a poster that says, “The Priesthood Blesses Our Family.” Let each family member sign or print his name around the edges of the poster. Then write by each name the priesthood blessings that person has received.
Put up the poster somewhere so that your family will see it each day at dinner time. Discuss the different blessings during dinner each day.
Testify of the sacred power of the priesthood.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Read from the scriptures and discuss how Abraham received the priesthood. Watch the video “Sanctify Yourselves” and discuss the importance of being prepared to give and receive priesthood blessings. Testify of the sacred power of the Priesthood.
Turn to Facsimile No. 1 in the book of Abraham, and discuss what you see. Then read the explanation printed below it.
- How did Abraham get into this perilous situation?
Read Abraham 1:5–7.
- How was he rescued?
- Abraham sought to have the priesthood but could not be ordained by his own father. Why?
Discuss the importance of being prepared to give and receive priesthood blessings
Testify of the sacred power of the priesthood.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes or Oreo Truffles
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
1 (18.25-ounce) package spice cake mix
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup peeled, cored, and chopped Granny Smith apple (about 1 large apple)
1/4 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream (or regular milk)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
24 wooden craft sticks
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, eggs, sour cream, milk, and vegetable oil until incorporated (about 30 seconds). Scrape sides of bowl and then beat on med-high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in chopped apple.
2. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin pans, filling two-thirds full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not overbake. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
3. Meanwhile, combine caramels and milk in a medium saucepan over very low heat; stir 4 minutes or until smooth. It’s very important to keep the heat very low because if the caramel gets too hot it will become really hard when cooled.
4. Spread caramel mixture over cupcakes being careful to not touch the caramel to the paper liners or it will stick to the liners; immediately sprinkle with pecans, pressing in slightly. Insert a wooden stick into center of each cupcake. Store covered in an airtight container. It’s best to serve the cupcakes the same day that you add the caramel topping. Caramel will soften if kept at room temperature for too long so store in the refrigerator until ready to serve then let come to room temperature to let caramel soften up a bit.
Makes 20-24 cupcakes.
1 package (18 oz.) Oreo cookies (or Nutter Butters or Grasshopper cookies), crushed into small pieces
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
White or Chocolate melts for dipping
Mix crushed Oreos and cream cheese until well-combined. Either use a food processor or a ziplock and blend with your hands (a lot harder but all I had). Roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet or tray. Refrigerate until firm, 3-4 hours (or stick in the freezer for about an hour). Using 2 forks (or a spoon, but forks always work better for me), dip Oreo balls into chocolate coating and place onto waxed paper to harden. Chill and serve cold or room temperature. Makes about 30 truffles.
(Recipes taken from the-girl-who-ate-everything.com)
1- Play the “Holy Ghost” game – As a family, make an obstacle course with pillows, chairs, blankets, etc. Then pick one person to be blindfolded and another one to be the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost tries to direct the blind folded person through the course with only words (left, right, straight, stop, etc.) while everyone else yells trying to lead them astray.
2- Play your family’s favorite card game.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.