Doctrine & Covenants 2:2
“And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers.”
When Joseph Smith was 17 year old, he was visited by the angel Moroni. Moroni told Joseph Smith about an ancient record written on gold plates. The record contained the fullness of the gospel as delivered by the Savior to ancient inhabitants of the Americas. He also told Joseph that there were tools buried with the plates that were prepared to help him translate. Moroni also quoted scriptures and taught Joseph many things before he left. One of the scriptures Moroni quoted was from the book of Malachi, although Moroni quoted it slightly differently than it reads in our Bibles. The scripture said that Elijah the prophet would be sent to restore the priesthood and “plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers (Doctrine & Covenants 2:2).” The priesthood keys Elijah would restore are the sealing keys that allow us to be sealed with our families.
“It is important to know why the Lord promised to send Elijah. Elijah was a great prophet with great power given him by God. He held the greatest power God gives to His children: he held the sealing power, the power to bind on earth and have it bound in heaven. God gave it to the Apostle Peter. And the Lord kept His promise to send Elijah. Elijah came to the Prophet Joseph Smith on April 3, 1836, just after the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, the first temple built after the Restoration of the gospel.” Henry B. Eyring
Create a paper chain with heart shaped links and write the names of your immediate and extended family members on each link. Talk about how the sealing power of the priesthood can link us together.
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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