Sunday, March 25, 2012

Resource suggestions for teaching on the Priesthood? (YW Lesson 13, 14, 15 and/or 16)

Until I get a chance to write again, I thought I could at least provide a place to start gathering additional resources on the topic of the Priesthood. I know some of you have already suggested things here and there on the older posts, but if you would, I'd love it if you'd also list them here so we have them in one place and handy for those preparing lessons. Please share any thoughts on additional discussion questions, additional talks, additional scriptures, media, etc. Thanks!


  1. another commenter from a previous post recommended this article by Marie K Hafen and I found it very useful.

  2. The resource guides recommends teaching Lesson 15 first, then going back to Lesson 13.

  3. This post from last year's lessons on the priesthood has some additional ideas in it:

  4. Stephanie - that makes so much sense! I almost switched them myself, but decided to turn lesson 13 into an overview of the priesthood, supplemented with a section on "sustaining the priesthood."

    For the overview of the priesthood, I used the True to the Faith manual - sections on Priesthood, Aaronic Priesthood, and Melchizedek Priesthood:

    For sustaining the priesthood, I used the article Erin mentioned:

  5. I thought I'd come back to this post and add a bit:

    1) I really liked this series of videos, starting with this one: L. Tom Perry, “Elder Perry on the Priesthood, Part One: The Oath and Covenant,”

    2) Sis. Beck: “Don’t confuse the power of the priesthood with the keys and offices of the priesthood ... The power is limitless and is shared with those who make and keep covenants. Too much is said and misunderstood about what brothers have and sister’s don’t. This is Satan’s way of confusing men and women so that neither understands what they really have.” (From her 2011 BYU Women's Conference talk:

    3) Dallin H. Oaks, “Priesthood Authority in the Family and the Church” (

    4) Some suggested scriptures from the Resource Guide: 3 Nephi 12:1; Doctrine and Covenants 1:37–38; Doctrine and Covenants 21:4–5; Doctrine and Covenants 68:2–4; Doctrine and Covenants 84:36–39; Doctrine and Covenants 124:144.

    5) D&C 121 is just fantastic. How does a true Priesthood leader lead? By "persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—" I'd love to do a whole lesson just on D&C 121:34-46

    6) Elder Oaks, talking about Pres. Kimball: "President Kimball also declaried, “We have heard of men who have said to their wives, ‘I hold the priesthood and you’ve got to do what I say.’” He decisively rejected that abuse of priesthood authority in a marriage, declaring that such a man “should not be honored in his priesthood” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 316). So, teach those YW what to look for in a future spouse they can honor...

    7) And why not go to Joseph Smith himself? Here's the chapter on the Priesthood from the Joseph Smith manual:

  6. Our poor new comments widget! Hopefully it will work normal again soon. I wanted to add this to our list of resources: I worked through D&C 121 a bit and added some commentary.


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