Lesson 25: Priesthood: “The Power of Godliness”, Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine
Start out by playing a quick game of charades using famous people. Have someone come to the front and give them the name of a famous person. They have to get the class to guess who they are without using names. They have to talk and act like the person, but can’t say anything about who they are. For example, you could use Gordon B. Hinckley. The person would stand up and try to talk like President Hinckley, but not stand up and say, “I am a prophet who recently passed away. I taught about smaller temples and started the Perpetual Education Fund.” Have a few different people from different areas of fame and have a little fun with it. Then ask, “What are some of the things that we have to change to try to act like a certain person?” “What makes it easier or more difficult to act like someone else?” (The more you know and are familiar with someone the easier it will be to act like them.)
Have the class read D&C 84:33-39 (I wouldn’t have them read it out loud, just have them skim over it.) What do these verses teach us about charades? (The answer that you are trying to get at is that we are trying to become like our Father in Heaven, to have everything that he has. In order to do this we must accept the oath and covenant of the Priesthood.) So, what do we need to change about ourselves to be more like our Father in Heaven? What makes that more difficult or easier? Now go to D&C 121:34-46 to find things that we need to change and attributes of God that we must pattern our lives after. I would spend the rest of the time in class answering the following questions, “What is a quality of God that you see in these verses that you would like to emulate in your life? When have you seen God display that characteristic? What process have you gone through or do we need to go through to make that characteristic a part of our life?”
End the lesson by talking about charades. We started by trying to be like someone else. The priesthood is designed to try to make us act and become more like God. The more we know him and live like him the easier that will become. We do not truly magnify our lives or become “chosen” until we do all we can to live as Christ would have us live.