Scripture: D&C 107:1-3
Brothers and sisters, can you imagine how dark and empty mortality would be if there were no priesthood? If the power of the priesthood were not upon the earth, the adversary would have freedom to roam and reign without restraint. There would be no gift of the Holy Ghost to direct and enlighten us; no prophets to speak in the name of the Lord; no temples where we could make sacred, eternal covenants; no authority to bless or baptize, to heal or comfort. Without the power of the priesthood, . . . there would be no light, no hope--only darkness.
(Robert D. Hales, "Blessings of the Priesthood," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 32)
As a family, act out Alma 15:5-12. Invite someone to play the following parts: Alma, Zeezrom, and a narrator. Give each actor a copy of the following script and have them act it out.
Narrator: (Read Alma 15:5.)
Alma: Believest thou in the power of Christ unto Salvation? (Verse 6.)
Zeezrom: Yea, I believe all the words that thou hast taught. (Verse 7.)
Alma: If thou believest in the redemption of Christ thou canst be healed. (Verse 8.)
Zeezrom: Yea, I believe according to thy words. (Verse 9.)
Alma: O Lord our God, have mercy on this man and heal him according to his faith which is in Christ. (Verse 10.)
Narrator: (Read Alma 15:11-12.)
Ask your family by what power Zeezrom was healed. Share any examples from your family of the gift of healing. Bear your testimony of the importance of having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the power of the priesthood.
(Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Book of Mormon, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003], p. 177.)
Play "Advance" This game should be played on a short stairway, bleachers, etc. but it also may be played on a tile floor or in the living room by marking off boundary lines about 12 inches apart with string, tape, or old gift wrap ribbon. One person is chosen as the leader and stands in front of the others who sit on the bottom step. The leader holds a penny in one hand. He holds his hands behind him and clenches the penny in one hand. Then he holds both clenched fists in front of him and lets the players choose the hand in which they think the penny might be. After all the players have a guess, he opens his hand for them to see. Those who guessed right may move up one step and the others remain where they are. The leader then hides the penny and the players guess again. The one who first gets to the leader is the winner.
(Gospel application: Progression in the priesthood is done in steps. Each step has it's own responsibilities and blessings.)
(Alma Heaton, The LDS Game Book, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1968], p.39.)