Monday, May 9, 2011
I have never been to a Priesthood Preview. For those who don't know what it is here is a summary:
It is a meeting for all 11 year old boys that will be turning 12 this year to welcome them into the Aaronic Priesthood that they will receive if they are worthy when they turn 12. They talk to the boys about what the priesthood is and why it is so sacred and important.
I have only been to New Beginnings (the equivalence of the Priesthood Preview for girls turning 12) and I have been to hundreds of them. New Beginnings is all flowers and songs and glitter and unicorns and this Priesthood Preview was POWERFUL! These 11 year old boys are being taught by their teachers, Mike Allen and Josh Scott, to be like all the warriors in the Book of Mormon. To be strong and of good courage (Joshua 1:9 my favorite scripture). They have been learning about the sword of Laban and the extreme importance of the scriptures. They are taught to put on the whole armor of God as found in Ephesians 6. They were also taught that the the sword is the only piece of armor that is not for defense. The sword means the word of God. The scriptures. The way that these boys should fight against Satan is to read the scriptures and be prepared to fight for truth and righteousness. They were all given swords that their teacher had made for them. Each one as unique as each boy. Then they were called up one at a time and told something special about them and given their sword. On one side of the sword it says "Monsons Warriors" with there name and the other side it says "The Sword of Spirit". And on the top is says Eph. 6. The boys are to put this up on the wall in their room and each time they look at it it is to remind them to read the scriptures. His teacher had also made a sword for our Prophet Thomas S. Monson. The boys wanted to give it to him in person since he was the keynote speaker at Dixie State College on Saturday but it didn't work out so they are all writing their testimonies and mailing them with the sword up to his office in Salt Lake City.
The entire meeting was amazing. The spirit was so incredibly strong that everyone was crying. Especially the men. It was wonderful.
I am so very lucky to have such a great ward and such great teachers for my children. Parents, no matter how hard they try, sometime fall short of what their child needs and I am so happy to be a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where the Lord has set up a wonderful way for us to help each other out. I am truly blessed to be a part of it.