40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
Jesus called twelve of his disciples to be apostles. He gave them “power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” (Matthew 10:1) The power He gave them was the Melchizedek Priesthood. Jesus then told His apostles to go and preach the gospel.
Because of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have a Prophet and Apostles who also have the same power to bless and teach us. It’s important that we listen to their counsel and do our best to follow it. If we are obedient to the commandments and the counsel of our leaders, we can have His spirit to be with us.
In Matthew 12, Jesus teaches us about the Sabbath Day. The Jews had very strict and specific laws about what could and couldn’t be done on the Sabbath Day. Jesus taught that it was more important to “do well” on the Sabbath (see Matthew 12:12). Our Prophet and leaders today teach us the importance of remembering our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ on the Sabbath Day, and making it a special day to remember Them and to love and help those around us. (See “The Sabbath is a Delight” by President Russell M. Nelson for more ideas.)
“Messages come to us individually and directly from a divine source and through our presiding officers in the Church…We should always be looking for and heeding the prophetic messages that come from the current President of the Church.” James E. Faust
What power did Jesus give his chosen apostles? (The Melchizedek Priesthood)
Who are the Lord’s chosen servants today? (Prophets, apostles, general authorities, stake and branch presidents, mission presidents, bishops, etc.)
How can our obedience to their counsel draw us closer to Jesus Christ? (Discuss ideas)
What did Jesus teach about the Sabbath Day? (He taught us that we should “do well” on the Sabbath. See Matthew 12:12)
How can Jesus heal us on the Sabbath? (Discuss ideas.)
What do our current church leaders teach us about the Sabbath Day? (Make the Sabbath a delight, teach the gospel in our homes, to make a personal sign to God of our love for Him, etc.)
What other things have our Prophet and the Apostles taught us? (Discuss)
How can we follow their counsel? (Discuss ideas)
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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