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Priesthood Lamp

Items needed

  • working lamp
  • access to a power outlet
  • labels that read "priesthood holder", "principles of righteousness", "priesthood authority", and "powers of heaven"

Before class you make labels that read “priesthood holder”, “principles of righteousness”, “priesthood authority”, and “powers of heaven” with which to label the lamp.

Begin this portion of the lesson by explaining that students should think of the lamp as a priesthood holder and label the lamp. Be sure the lamp is turned OFF before class begins.

(All of the following verses are from D&C 121)

Read v 34 and this quote:“We are called when hands are laid upon our heads and we are given the priesthood, but we are not chosen until we have demonstrated to God our righteousness, our faithfulness, and our commitment” (James E Faust, “Called and Chosen,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2005, 55).

Read vv 35-36 – Look for something every priesthood holder must learn. What is it?

v 36 – electricity represents which phrase in our demonstration?

Plug in the lamp.

Why isn’t it on?

Which of the phrases from our list might the switch be compared to?

Turn on the lamp.

How is living righteously like turning on a lamp?

Who is benefited by light?

What is the source of power?

What happens to the connection a priesthood holder to the powers of heaven who does not live righteously?

What happens if an ordinance is performed by a priesthood holder who is not living righteously?

This was a really great object lesson. A few of my students had experiences where an unworthy priesthood holder had performed an ordinance, and they shared their experiences and the things they learned.


Post Date: November 26, 2018
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Author: Jenny Smith


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