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October 2012 Sharing Time: Priesthood Blessings

Preparation: Make copies (print from lds.org or copy from the Gospel Art Book) of the following images: Blessing the Sick, Blessing the Sacrament, Home Teachers, Baptism, Baby Blessing, and a Temple. Cut each picture into ten to twelve puzzle pieces. Print a copy of the information that goes with each image onto a full sized sheet of paper. Place the puzzle pieces and information sheet in an envelope. Have tape available.

Presentation: Tell the children that they are going to learn more about the priesthood and share with each other what they’ve learned. Divide them into six groups (make sure there is at least one leader or teacher with each group). Give each group one of the puzzle envelopes. Ask them to put the puzzle together and tape it to the back of the information sheet. Then instruct them to read the information on the front of the sheet. Ask the group to discuss their experiences or blessings related to that particular precept. Give the groups five minutes to read and discuss.

Blessing the Sick: Men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood can bless those who are sick. We need to have faith that Heavenly Father can heal us and believe that He knows what is best for each of us. The blessings can also bring us comfort and help us know that Heavenly Father loves us.

Blessing the Sacrament: The sacrament is a holy priesthood ordinance that reminds us of the Savior’s Atonement. We take the sacrament to remember the flesh and blood Christ offered as a sacrifice for us. Priests can bless the sacrament, Teachers prepare it, and Deacons pass it to the congregation.

Home Teachers: Home teachers are priesthood holders who visit assigned families in their ward or branch. They teach messages, pray with the family, and serve in various ways when the family needs help. 

Baptism: Baptisms cleans us from sin and is necessary to return to live with Heavenly Father. Baptisms are performed by those who hold the priesthood and have authority from Jesus Christ.
Temple: The temple allows families to be together forever. In the temple couples are married for time and eternity and their children can be sealed to them forever. These temple blessings are possible through priesthood ordinances. 

Baby Blessing: The ordinance of giving a name and a blessing is a sacred and happy experience for the family. When Christ blessed the little children, he did it with authority from our Heavenly Father. Priesthood holders have the same authority in the Church today. 

Ask the first group to bring up their completed puzzle and post it on the board. Have them briefly share what they learned about the Priesthood and have one person to tell a story or experience. Repeat with the remaining groups.

Summarize how the priesthood blesses us and bear testimony that this is true. Sing songs about the priesthood or priesthood ordinances as time allows, such as “The Priesthood Is Restored,” Children’s Songbook, p. 89; “When I Am Baptized,” Children’s Songbook, p. 103; or “Families Can Be Together Forever,” Children’s Songbook, p. 106.
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