(shared by Kim Roeder)
Here is a ST idea my counselor Deena wrote:
First of all, I want everyone to close your eyes and imagine something.
Can you imagine coming to Church on Sunday only to find that there was no~one to greet you?
Can you imagine walking in to the chapel and noticing that there is no bishop or counselors on the stand to conduct or organize sacrament meeting?
Can you imagine sacrament meeting where no one has organized the sacrament for us to take?
Can you imagine then going to primary, only to find that there is no primary president or counselors or chorister or pianist to teach sharing time and singing time?
Can you imagine how odd it would feel to go to your primary class and have no teacher with a lesson ready for you?
Wouldn't that seem odd!? It would be
disorganized. We wouldn't learn very much, would we? Well, that's what it
would be like if Jesus Christ had not organized His Church in the early days
while He lived on the earth and again in the latter days for us to enjoy.
Why did Jesus organize a church? Why did Heavenly Father want us to have a church?
(Field Answers--Including, They want us to return to Heavenly Father; they want us to learn about them; they want us to love each other and to work together and serve together; etc.)
The mission of the Church of Jesus Christ is to invite all of us to come unto Christ, to follow His example, to try to be like Jesus.
Post the Sixth Article of Faith with highlighted "Primitive Church".
What does this article of Faith tell us about how Jesus organized his primitive Church? (Explain or ask someone to explain the word "primitive".)
Post "Primitive (early-day) Church" wordstrip.
Post the strips in a column on TOP of the board as children respond in a column.
(Had apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.)
Is the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints organized like the primitive Church?
Let's look and see.
Post "Latter-day Church" word-strip on the bottom of the board.
Apostles Prophets Pastors Teachers Evang.
Christ Ordaining the Apostles GAK 211
The First Vision GAK 403
Do we have apostles today?
Have a child put a picture of the twelve apostles (chart from Ensign, November 2004) under the word Apostle.
Do we have prophets today?
Have a child picture of the prophet under the word Prophet (Gordon B. Hinckley GAK, 520).
Do we have pastors today?
Here's a clue. I preside over a ward or a stake and am responsible for it. Today I am known as a bishop or stake president.
In Jesus' day, I was known as a pastor.
Have a child put The Bishop GAK 611 under pastor.
Bishop ________ and President Muir can be compared to a pastor in Jesus' day.
Do we have teachers today?
Yes. (Teachers in primary!) The article of faith talks about specific teachers, those young men who hold the Aaronic priesthood. Deacons, teachers, and priests young men with certain priesthood responsibilities including home teaching and preparing the sacrament, saying the sacrament prayers, and passing the sacrament each Sunday.
Have a child put a picture of young men home teaching and preparing and passing the sacrament. Blessing the Sacrament GAK 603, 614 Home Teaching GAK 614, 604 Passing the Sacrament GAK 604.
What about an evangelist?
That's an interesting word. Do any of you know an evangelist?
Actually, an evangelist in the primitive church is similar to a patriarch today.
A patriarch gives special priesthood blessings called patriarchal blessings to members of the Church. There is at least one patriarch in each stake in the Church. When you are a little older, you can go to our stake's patriarch and receive your patriarchal blessing.
Post PATRIARCH word-strip.
And finally, "And so forth". What does that mean? This means there were other callings in the primitive church just as there are other callings in the church today.
So, as we can see Jesus organized his church in the latter-days in the same way as He did when He lived on the earth in the primitive days. He loves us. He wanted to organize a church, His Church, to help us to return to Heavenly Father.
Bear your testimony of the Savior and the blessings of belonging to the Church that He organized when He living on the earth and that has been restored in the latter-days.
We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
And so forth