One Sunday I had the privilege of sitting by my nephew in Sacrament meeting. I told him that he would soon be passing the sacrament and he got really excited. I don’t know if he had realized it before, but for the rest of the Sacrament portion of the meeting, he sat alert and reverent. When the bread and water came, he practiced getting ready by carefully passing the sacrament to everybody on our bench. His face magnified the responsibility that he would one day hold.
I told my cousin about the experience and she told me that she had taught her son the words today primary song, A Young Man Prepared (see this link ). She and her son had printed it out and drawn simple pictures over the paper that would help him remember the words. It was so sweet to see this little guy singing that beautiful song.
There is a line that I absolutely love – If I prepare and live clean, in every thought, word, and deed, I will be worthy to hold the sacred Priesthood of God (A Young Man Prepared, Music and Lyrics by Daniel Lyman Carter).
I think often about the scripture in Isaiah – Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord (Isaiah 52:11, see also Doc.& Cov.133:5).
Can we get our little young boys ready and prepared to hold and exercise the power of the priesthood? Can we teach them at a young age of the importance of working on being virtuous?
Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever (Doc. & Cov.121:45-46).
Can we teach our girls that will be the future friends and girlfriends of these sweet boys that they need to help the young men be strong? There is a quote that I always think about when I try to teach my girls about dressing appropriately – And young women, please understand that if you dress immodestly, you are magnifying this problem by becoming pornography to some of the men who see you (Dallin H. Oaks, “Pornography,” Ensign, May 2005, 87. See the full talk here).
These are very hard concepts to teach when we are mocked for living them. But Father in Heaven didn’t send us here to fail. The Priesthood of God has been restored.
The same authority that [Joseph Smith] had has been conferred upon your sons, and they will be required by our Father in heaven to minister in the ordinances of the Gospel. The responsibility that came to Joseph Smith has not been lost by his departure, it has fallen upon other shoulders. Our Father in heaven has raised up from time to time those who have had the authority to speak in His name, to administer in the ordinances of the Gospel, and to bless the children of men. They have shared that honor with you and with your children (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, 2010, see link for full chapter).