That being said, I have found something that I could begin to include. This year, for our Aaronic Priesthood lessons, I have decided to make a change. Before I share the change, let me explain the thought process that helped me arrive to the decision I made.
While teaching Doctrine and Covenants and Book of Mormon classes at BYU, as well as in conversations with ward members and others, I have realized that priesthood understanding, both with men and women in the Church, is at best jaundiced. I believe the reason is that many times we simply do not have the time to invest in learning priesthood principles. In other words, a price needs to be paid, but few are willing to ante up the resources.
I also remember that in the mission field (I served in the Brasil Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission (1995-1997)) there was a need for missionaries to know and understand priesthood principles, but few had a sound grasp of them.
It is my hope that the young men in my ward will be of some use to future priesthood leaders. In order for them to be seen as a resource, I recognize that I will need to ensure that they are prepared.
So, on each Fast Sunday in our ward, during the third hour, members of the bishopric teach the lesson a priesthood principles I have carefully selected. Below are the topics and the schedule:
February: Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood
March: Quorums of the Aaronic Priesthood
April: The Office of Bishop
May: Aaronic Priesthood
June: Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood, its Quorums, and D&C 121
July: Priesthood and Church Government
August: Priesthood Keys
September: Priesthood Ordinances (the “why” and the “how-to”)
October: The First Presidency & the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
November: Missionary Work: Organization and the Priesthood in the Mission Field
December: Why the Priesthood? & Oath and Covenant: A Summary and Recap of the YearI am also preparing a book based on the above topics. I will post, from time to time, portions of my lessons that I think may be of interest to the readers of this blog. I am also interested in feedback. I hope you enjoy.