Come, Follow Me


Priesthood Keys

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Matthew 16–17; Mark 8–9; Luke 9
“Thou Art the Christ”


Matthew 16:19

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.


Love is Spoken Here (verse 2) Children’s Songbook page 190


When Jesus was on the earth, He gave His 12 Disciples power, “to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matthew 10:1). This power is called the priesthood. The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God. It is the power to cure illness and lift burdens.

Jesus gave Peter, James and John priesthood keys to lead His Church when He was no longer on the earth.

The keys of the priesthood are the authority God has given to direct and exercise priesthood power. Priesthood keys allow us to perform ordinances like baptism, and allow us to go to the temple and be sealed together as a family forever. The Prophet holds all the priesthood keys on the earth today, just as Peter did.


We declare to the world that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. We declare with boldness that the keys of the priesthood have been restored to man, with the power to seal on earth and in the heavens. The saving ordinances pronounced by the Lord as requirements for entering into eternal life with Him can now be performed with binding authority by those who worthily exercise the power of His holy priesthood.”
 L. Tom Perry


What is the power the Savior gave His Twelve Disciples?

How does the priesthood bless our family?

Does a person receiving a healing blessing from a worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holder always get better? (Discuss ideas.)

What is the difference between the priesthood and the keys of the priesthood? (The priesthood is the power or authority of God. The keys are the right to use this power or authority in specific ways [see Activity].)

Have the priesthood keys always been on the earth? (No.)

How was the priesthood restored?


Ten-year-old Libby hugged her father’s neck as he carried her in the house from the car. “Can you put the hospital bed next to the window, so I can watch my friends playing?” she whispered in his ear.

“Anything you want, Princess,” he whispered back.

Libby sat in the rented hospital bed as her father pushed the buttons. “There, that’s just the right angle. Now I can see clear down the street,” Libby said, “Look there’s Tia!”

“Mother, may I take three baby steps?” called Tia.

“Yes, you may,” answered Emma.

Tia looked down at her feet as she carefully took three tiny steps. When she looked up she caught a glimpse of Libby at the window. Tia had an idea. When it was her turn again, she asked, “Mother, may I take fifty steps?”

Emma looked puzzled. “Fifty steps? That would put you clear across the street!” she exclaimed.

Tia nodded towards the window where Libby lay watching. Emma turned to see what she was looking at and smiled. “Yes, you may!” she answered.

Tia crossed the street as she counted out loud, “one, two, three…forty-eight, forty-nine.” At the count of fifty, she rang the door bell. Mrs. Langdon looked surprised when she opened the door.

“I saw Libby in the window. When did she get home?” Tia excitedly whispered. “Can I visit with her?”

Mrs. Langdon looked worried, but then smiled and opened the door for Tia. “We just got home yesterday. You can visit, but just for a little while. She’s still a very sick little girl,” she said as she lead the way to Libby’s bedroom.

Libby’s pale face brightened at the sight of her friend. “Oh, Tia, I’ve missed you so much!”

Tia gave her friend a gentle hug. “I’ve missed you too! How are you feeling?”

“Better now that you’re here!” Libby laughed.

The two girls talked and giggled for what seemed an awfully short time, when Mother entered the room.

That night, Tia said her prayers and asked Heavenly Father what she could do for Libby. The next morning Tia was so excited that she couldn’t wait to see Libby. Right after breakfast she ran over to give Libby the good news.

“Your dad needs to give you a priesthood blessing. I prayed for you and He answered,” Tia announced.

Libby’s eyes lit up. “You mean a healing blessing, like Jesus gave, when He was here?” Libby asked.

When Libby asked Father to give her a blessing, tears welled up in his eyes. “I’m so sorry, Libby, but I can’t,” he said apologetically. “I’m working on it, but I don’t have the Melchizedek Priesthood, yet.”

Libby hugged her Father tightly and whispered in his ear, “It’s okay, Dad! You can give me a blessing when you do get the priesthood!”

Tears streamed down Father’s face as he said a silent prayer. “Please, Heavenly Father, let Libby live, so that I will be able to give her a priesthood blessing.”

That night, Tia was in tears as she talked to her father and told him how she had prayed for Libby and she thought the Holy Ghost had told her that Libby needed a priesthood blessing. “But I was wrong,” she said, “because Libby’s father can’t give her a blessing and it’s just not fair.”

“And a little child shall lead them,” Father quoted, before explaining, “Tia, you prayed, you listened and you did get an answer,” Father said. “Mr. Langdon, is a very good man and I know that he is working hard to become worthy to receive the priesthood. Until then, Heavenly Father still wants Libby to have a priesthood blessing!”

“But, how?”

“You know Heavenly Father loves all His children!”


“So, He made it possible for every family to be blessed with the priesthood. Bishops, home teachers, priesthood quorum leaders, and even the missionaries are there to bless families who don’t have a priesthood holder in their home,” Father continued.

“So Libby can have a priesthood blessing?” Tia asked.

“You know, the whole ward has felt helpless, since Libby had to be treated out of state. Now that she’s home, and because you listened to the spirit, I promise you, Libby will get a priesthood blessing.”

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2007 Living Scriptures, Inc.

Activity idea:

Priesthood Keys Game

The keys of the priesthood are spiritual keys that we can not see — given to worthy priesthood holders by the laying on of hands. Play the PRIESTHOOD KEYS GAME to learn about how the priesthood and a few of the priesthood keys work together.

Treat idea:

Peanut Butter Fudge Keys

Your family will not only have fun molding PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE KEYS out of this delicious, easy & edible fudge clay, but they’ll have fun eating them, too!

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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