Friday, August 10, 2012

Priesthood Responsibilities

Notes for lesson I led on 8/5/2012 in Billerica Ward Elders Quorum

Brother Harrison’s SS comments: death by powerpoint poisoning, too much material

Progression of recent 1st Sunday lessons:

  • April - General Conference
  • May - Priesthood ordinances
  • June - Honoring the Priesthood
  • July - Individual worth
  • August - Priesthood responsibilities - General Conference, Stake Conference, August Ensign
  • September - Real church growth
Continuing the theme. Summarizing and re-emphasizing. Amazing how it works out. . .

Emphasize what to do, as opposed to what to not do - Blacklisting and whitelisting in the gospel
Pendulum - last time I taught
Beacons of Gondor - “Lift where you stand” by President Uchtdorf. D&C 107:99 (apostles about to leave on missions)
Bishop from LesMis - Sacrifice, worth of souls D&C 18:13-16 (asking about Melchizedek Priesthood)
But remember this, my brother
See in this some higher plan
You must use this precious silver
To become an honest man
By the witness of the martyrs
By the Passion and the Blood
God has raised you out of darkness
I have bought your soul for God!
Doing what we need to do

3 Ne 27:27 (disciples seeking direction later) - Know > Do > Am - How do we increase the “Am” bar?
"People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach." - Elder David A. Bednar

Abraham seeking after the priesthood - Abraham 1:1-3 (Father trying to kill him)
What is the priesthood? Why do we have it? How do we use it?
D&C 84:20 (Joyous reports at returning from eastern states missions) - “the power of Godliness is manifest” - Moses 1:39
D&C 84:19
D&C 84:33-40 - Oath & Covenant of the Priesthood

The War by Ken Burns. American Anthem by Gene Scheer and performed by Norah Jones
All we've been given
By those who came before
The dream of a nation
Where freedom would endure
The work and prayers
Of centuries
Have brought us to this day
What shall be our legacy?
What will our children say?

Let them say of me
I was one who believed
In sharing the blessings
I received