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Countdown to conference: 'Ponder the New Proclamation' with this free daily study guide

by | Jul. 31, 2020


August 23–29

This week is focused on the fourth paragraph of the proclamation. It's not too late to join us as we prepare for October general conference!

We affirm that under the direction of the Father and the Son, heavenly messengers came to instruct Joseph and re-establish the Church of Jesus Christ. The resurrected John the Baptist restored the authority to baptize by immersion for the remission of sins. Three of the original twelve Apostles—Peter, James, and John—restored the apostleship and keys of priesthood authority. Others came as well, including Elijah, who restored the authority to join families together forever in eternal relationships that transcend death.

Sunday Scripture

Read and ponder Doctrine and Covenants 13 and Doctrine and Covenants 27.

These sections include information about the visits of these heavenly messengers. 

Monday Movie

Watch “How the Priesthood Works.” 

"Priesthood is essential because the necessary ordinances and covenants on earth are administered only by its authority," Elder Dale G. Renlund says in the video. "For Heavenly Father’s purposes to be accomplished, Christ’s atoning power needs to be made available to God’s children. The priesthood delivers these opportunities."

Tuesday Talk

Study President Dallin H. Oaks’s talk, “The Melchizedek Priesthood and the Keys.”

"We should follow the Savior’s invitation to seek and ask to understand the truths of eternity," President Oaks taught in April general conference. "He promises that our Father in Heaven is willing to teach everyone the truths they seek (see 3 Nephi 14:8). If we desire this and have our eye single to receive them, the Savior promises that the truths of eternity “shall be opened” unto us (see 3 Nephi 14:7–8)."

Wednesday Worship

Listen to BYU Vocal Point perform “Praise to the Man.”

Thursday Time to Memorize

Take some time to memorize this week’s paragraph. Below are some fill-in-the-blank guides and memorization tips. Click here for a printable PDF.

Fill-in-the-blank Guides

We affirm that under the direction of the Father and the Son, heavenly messengers came to instruct Joseph and re-establish the Church of Jesus Christ. The resurrected John the Baptist restored the authority to baptize by immersion for the remission of sins. Three of the original twelve Apostles—Peter, James, and John—restored the apostleship and keys of priesthood authority. Others came as well, including Elijah, who restored the authority to join families together forever in eternal relationships that transcend death.

We affirm t___ under the d________ of the F_____ and the S__, heavenly messengers c___ to instruct J_____ and re-establish t__ Church of J____ Christ. The r__________ John the B______ restored the a________ to baptize b_ immersion for t__ remission of s___. Three of t__ original twelve A_______—Peter, James, a__ John—restored t__ apostleship and k___ of priesthood a________. Others came a_ well, including E_____, who restored t__ authority to j___ families together f______ in eternal r____________ that transcend d____.

We a_____ t___ under t__ d________ of t__ F_____ and t__ S__, heavenly m_________ c___ to i_______ J_____ and r________ t__ Church o_ J____ Christ. T__ r__________ John t__ B______ restored t__ a________ to b_____ b_ immersion f__ t__ remission o_ s___. Three o_ t__ original t_____ A_______—Peter, J____, a__ John—r_______ t__ apostleship a__ k___ of p________ a________. Others c___ a_ well, i________ E_____, who r_______ t__ authority t_ j___ families t________ f______ in e______ r____________ that t________ d____.

W_ a_____ t___ u____ t__ d________ o_ t__ F_____ a__ t__ S__, h_______ m_________ c___ t_ i_______ J_____ a__ r________ t__ C_____ o_ J____ C_____. T__ r__________ J___ t__ B______ r_______ t__ a________ t_ b_____ b_ i________ f__ t__ r________ o_ s___. T____ o_ t__ o_______ t_____ A_______—P____, J____, a__ J___—r_______ t__ a__________ a__ k___ o_ p________ a________. O_____ c___ a_ w___, i________ E_____, w__ r_______ t__ a________ t_ j___ f_______ t________ f______ i_ e______ r____________ t___ t________ d____.

Tips

Here are some tips to help break down the information in this paragraph topically.

Four sentences:

  • 1. Heavenly messengers came to instruct Joseph
  • 2. John the Baptist
  • 3. Peter, James, and John
  • 4. Elijah

You can also think of it in the terms of who | what:

  • 1. Who: Heavenly messengers | What: Came to instruct Joseph and reestablish the Church of Jesus Christ
  • 2. Who: John the Baptist  | What: Restored the authority to baptize for the remission of sins
  • 3. Who: Peter, James, and John | What: Restored the apostleship and keys of priesthood authority
  • 4. Who: Elijah | What: Restored the authority to join families together forever in eternal relationships that transcend death

You could also try drawing a picture of the events in this paragraph to help you memorize it.

Friday Feelings

Record what it means to you that priesthood authority has been restored.*

Saturday Share

 Share with a friend how you felt when you were able to make covenants through priesthood authority. 


* Image titleWith changes happening in the Church to focus on the paramount importance of the home, Latter-day Saints are striving more than ever to understand and call upon the power of God. This includes a renewed emphasis on priesthood power. Some are surprised to learn that priesthood authority, privileges, and power apply to women as well as men. Our limited understanding often stems from the doctrine of the priesthood being taught too narrowly. This has led to many women feeling undervalued, voiceless, and marginalized regarding the priesthood. 

But it need not be that way. In The Priesthood Power of Women, author Barbara Morgan Gardner explores teachings of the living prophets and scriptures to increase our understanding of God's power as it operates in the temple, the Church, and the family. Available now at DeseretBook.com.

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