LDS Teaching Helps Elder Dale G. Renlund's "The Priesthood and the Savior's Atoning Power"

Elder Dale G. Renlund's "The Priesthood and the Savior's Atoning Power" reminds us of the important role the Priesthood plays in giving all access to the redeeming power of the Savior's Atonement. 


Depending on what you feel is right for your class, you could focus more on the Priesthood or the Atonement of Jesus Christ but ultimately, focusing on both equally will be the best portrayal of this talk. 


  • What is the purpose of the Priesthood?
  • What is the Priesthood? What is it not?
  • Why is it important to understand that the Priesthood is governed by keys and covenants?
  • How can we help prepare future Priesthood holders?
  • How can we support current Priesthood holders?
  • How do we become friends with the Savior? What does it mean to be His friend?
  • How do we avoid becoming causal about the Priesthood?
  • In what ways have you seen the Preisthood be used to provide opportunities for redemption and exaltation?
  • How did you gain a testimony of the priesthood?
  • How does the priesthood govern in stakes, wards, quorums, Relief Society?
  • How has priesthood authority strengthened your service in God's kingdom?
  • How have you experienced the power and blessings of the priesthood?
  • What is the difference between priesthood authority and priesthood power?
  • What can you do to gain a stronger testimony of Priesthood power?
  • How has the Atonement of Jesus Christ blessed you personally?

Teaching Thoughts

From the Church, "How can you help members of your quorum or Relief Society understand how the priesthood helps make the blessings of the Savior’s Atonement available to them? You might write these two headings on the board: 'Why we need the Atonement of Jesus Christ' and 'How the priesthood ‘delivers’ the blessings of the Atonement to us.' Then invite members to search Elder Renlund’s message, looking for phrases to write under each heading. How do the priesthood and its ordinances help fulfill Heavenly Father’s purposes for His children?"

These are my ideas. My hope is that reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class. Remember you are leading a discussion, not teaching a lesson so you may only need one of these ideas.

  • Draw the rocket Elder Renlund refers to on the board to help others better understand his metaphor. You can use the quote poster I included in the printables below to help.
  • Review the covenants Priesthood holders make- both for the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods. What do they promise, what responsibilities do they have, and what does God promise in return.
  • This video, Blessings of the Priesthood, answers the question of what the Priesthood is and the blessings we have because of it. There are several more videos on the Priesthood here.
  • The Red Headed Hostess has a free Quiz to Understanding the Priesthood that may be helpful for your lesson. Pass it out at the beginning and discuss some of the answers as you jump into the quotes in the lesson. I also like her Priesthood teaching packets.
  • Of course, there is always this Priesthood handout from Older and Wisor to go with Reese's (scroll to the bottom of her post).
  • Watch Maria Eckersley's video ideas for teaching about Priesthood Keys.
  • Discuss ways to support the Priesthood and those who hold the Priesthood. For example, jokes about the Elders Quorum being incompetent isn't helpful. 
  • Hand out the free cards in my Primary 5 Lesson 8 helps to several individuals and challenge them match everything appropriately on the board. You could do this before class starts or during your lesson as a quick recap. Not everyone knows so it's helpful to review it. 
  • Have the scripture from D&C 121:41-42 written on the board. Go through each quality and talk about its importance in our lives as well as for the Priesthood. You could even have people rate themselves on each quality (privately, of course). Then discuss how to further develop it as well as encourage that quality in others. 
  • Discuss covenants and how they give the Priesthood and us power. 
  • Spend time contemplating how different our lives would be without the Priesthood in our lives.
  • I really like the Church's recommendation for teaching this lesson and feel it could easily be the main part of your lesson with these other ideas only used if needed. I made the suggested heading strips and included a quote from Elder Renlund's talk in my free printables for this lesson.