MORE ON THE PRIESTHOOD PREVIEW
The planning committee for the Priesthood Preview includes the bishop, the bishopric adviser to the Primary, the Primary president, and the teacher of the Valiant 11 boys.
If the meeting is held on a stake level, the planning committee is under the direction of the stake president. The committee includes the high council adviser to the Primary and the stake Primary President. Representatives from each of the wards could be involved.
The planning committee determines the day, time, and place for the meeting. The committee also plans the program and invites the speakers to participate.
One Valiant 11 boy will be asked to prepare a brief talk, and all of the boys will sing the closing song. Other than this, however, the boys should not be involved in preparing the program. It is for them, and they are honored guests.
The bishop conducts the meeting, following the outline below:
Greeting and welcome – Bishop (or stake president if the meeting is held on a stake level)
Song: “Onward, Christian Soldiers” (Hymns, no. 246) – Congregation
Presentation: “Priesthood: Power to Serve Others” – Bishopric adviser to the Primary
Presentation: “Priesthood: Living a Christlike Life” – Teacher of the Valiant 11 boys (if a man) or a father of one of the boys
Response: “How Parents Can Help Their Sons Prepare to Receive the Priesthood” – Father
Response: “How I Can Prepare to Receive the Priesthood” – Valiant 11 boy
Presentation: “Priesthood: Personal Preparation” – Bishop
Song: “A Young Man Prepared” (Children’s Songbook, p. 166) – Valiant 11 boys
The presentations and responses are outlined below.
Presentation: “Priesthood: Power to Serve Others”
The bishopric adviser to the Primary conducts this presentation, which includes an activity and talk.
1. Divide the group into teams made up of each boy and his parents.
2. Give each team a word strip or an object that represents a source of power. Examples could include electricity, wind, water, magnetism, sun, atomic energy, money, and fuel (gasoline).
3. Allow teams to answer the following questions:
a. How can this source of power be used?
b. How can we benefit from this source of power?
Write these discussion questions on the chalkboard or a chart.
4. Have each boy and his parents share with the group (a) one way their source of power can be used and (b) one way people can benefit from it. These responses should be brief and informal, and the teams should give them from where they are seated.
The bishopric adviser concludes this section with a talk, “Priesthood: Power to Serve Others.” If the bishopric prefers, a young man in the ward whom the boys admire may give this talk.
The speaker should use the preceding activity and his own experiences to discuss the following ideas:
Priesthood is the greatest power on earth.
Priesthood gives us power to serve others in important ways.
Priesthood gives us the greatest blessings possible.
Presentation: “Priesthood: Living a Christlike Life”
The teacher of the Valiant 11 boys (if a man) or a father conducts this presentation, which includes a talk and activity as outlined below.
Four weeks before the Priesthood Preview, the teacher of the Valiant 11 boys should contact the parents of each boy and ask them to observe a Christlike quality that their son is working to develop. These qualities could include giving service, showing faith, honoring parents, honoring leaders, obeying the commandments, being a peacemaker, being dependable, being teachable and humble, and showing love to family members.
The parents should observe their son for the next few weeks to watch for times when he demonstrates this quality. They should do this without their son’s knowledge.
They should then write a letter to their son complimenting him on his efforts to develop this quality and encouraging him in his preparation to receive the priesthood. They should bring this letter to the Priesthood Preview.
The teacher of the Valiant 11 boys (or father who has been invited to participate) should use the following ideas to introduce this section:
A priesthood bearer is a representative of Jesus Christ.
To represent the Savior, a priesthood bearer must try to live as Christ lived.
Each boy can develop the qualities that will help him live a Christlike life.
As he develops these qualities, he will be better prepared to represent Jesus Christ.
The teacher of the Valiant 11 boys (or the father who has been invited to participate) tells the boys that for the past few weeks their parents have been watching them develop a Christlike quality. He invites the parents to briefly share with the group the quality they have observed in their son. Then the parents should give their son the letter they have written.
Response: “How Parents Can Help Their Sons Prepare to Receive the Priesthood”
One of the fathers gives this response. He expresses his feelings about the messages of the evening and tells how parents can help their sons prepare to receive the priesthood.
Response: “How Can I Prepare to Receive the Priesthood”
One of the Valiant 11 boys gives this response. He expresses his feelings about preparing to receive the priesthood. He should include his commitment to live the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Presentation: “Priesthood: Personal Preparation”
The bishop gives this presentation.
During class two weeks before the Priesthood Preview, the teacher of the Valiant 11 boys should conduct a discussion with the boys using the following questions:
How would you describe a boy who is worthy to receive the priesthood?
What kinds of questions do you think the bishop might ask you when he interviews you to receive the priesthood?
What questions would you like to ask the bishop about the priesthood?
The teacher of the Valiant 11 boys gives a list of the responses to the Primary president, and she gives it to the bishop. The boys’ names should not be included with the responses.
The bishop uses the responses he receives from the Primary president to help him lead a discussion on personal preparation and worthiness for holding the priesthood. The discussion should allow the boys to ask questions and give responses in an informal setting.
This is an opportunity for the bishop to express his love and concern for each boy. He can review the message of the evening and tell the boys about the interview he will hold with them before they receive the priesthood. He may want to use Doctrine and Covenants 88:123-126 in the discussion.
Following the closing song and prayer, simple refreshments may be served. This should be a relaxed time when each boy can visit with his parents, friends, and leaders in an informal setting.
Priesthood Preview Outline
Deacon's Quorum President:
"The Role of the Deacon's quorum"
* Helps fulfill Faith in God requirement.
"How an Aaronic Priesthood holder can strengthen our home"
"The Aaronic Priesthood helps me prepare to serve a full time mission".