Even the Prophet Started Out as a Deacon: The Power of Your Aaronic Priesthood Ordination (Bookshelf eBook)
by Shane Barker
How important is the priesthood to you? Written especially for deacons, priest, and teachers, Even the Prophet Started Out As a Deacon explains the importance of that first priesthood ordination. In a fun and engaging way, Shane Barker uses examples form his own experience — stories of fishing, wrestling, backpacking, and more — to help young men to be the best they can be. It's a motivational book that young men — and their parents and leaders — will love to read again and again.
Table of Contents:
1. Racing the Ironman — The Power of Your Aaronic Priesthood Calling
2. Ski Patrol On the Way — The Power of Preparation
3. Running With the Ball — The Power of Magnifying Your Calling
4. Hey, Snoopy's Nose Is Missing — The Power of Your Quorum
5. Baseball, Wrestling, and Backpacking — The Power of Being a Deacon
6. The Smallest Man In the Book of Mormon — The Power of Being a Teacher
7. Seeing Another Eagle Fly — The Power of Being a Priest
8. Fly Fishing, Cinnamon Rolls, and Rock 'n' Roll — The Power of Preparing for Your Mission
9. How to Clean a Campsite — The Power of Leadership
10. Winning Games and Rocking Philistines — The Power of the Aaronic Priesthood
- Size: 5" x 7"
- Pages: 200
- Published: 2010
About the Author
Shane Barker’s understanding of young people comes from his extensive experience as a professional Scout and as a junior high math teacher. He has served on the faculty of the National Camping School and has conducted outdoor leadership courses, wilderness survival courses, and rock-climbing courses. A graduate of Brigham Young University, he served a mission to Japan, and now resides in Orem, Utah.
Even the Prophet Started Out As a Deacon
“Bishop Reese used to play football?”
Twelve-year-old Robbie scrunched his nose as he tried to picture it. “Our bishop? You’re kidding!”
Brother Johnson, the deacons quorum adviser, nodded. “He was pretty good, too, from what I understand.”
The roomful of deacons exchanged doubtful glances as they thought about it. Bishop Reese was a wonderful man and an inspired leader, and every young man in the room respected and admired him. But their beloved bishop in helmet and pads, tackling running backs and dashing for touchdowns, was difficult to imagine.
Brother Johnson laughed. “What? You don’t think Bishop Reese was ever young? Believe it or not, he used to be a kid. There was a time when he was a deacon, just like you are.”
Wow! That’s quite a thought, but it’s true for you, too. As difficult as it might be to imagine, your bishop was once twelve years old. So were your father, your Young Men’s president, your stake president. Every priesthood leader you’ve ever had was once the same age as you are, and he was once a member of the Aaronic Priesthood.
Even the prophet started out as a deacon!
You see, one of the most exciting blessings of holding the Aaronic Priesthood is that it’s preparing you for even bigger things. It’s preparing you to serve a mission. It’s preparing you to become a worthy husband and father. And it’s preparing you for service and leadership in the Church, too.
The next time you’re in quorum meeting, take a good look at the young men sitting around you. There’s an excellent chance that one of them will one day be a bishop. One of them might be called to be a stake president or a mission president or a general authority. Those young men will one day be home teachers, Sunday School teachers, Scoutmasters, husbands, and fathers.
And so will you!
Remember, the prophet was once a deacon. He was once a teacher, a priest, and an elder. He once sat in quorum meeting just like you do. He took advantage of his opportunities, magnified his priesthood callings, learned the gospel, prepared himself, and gained experience. And when he was prepared for each new step, Heavenly Father called him to new and weightier responsibilities.
The question is, Are you following his example? Are you making the most of your callings and experience? You see, you never know what great things your Heavenly Father has in store for you. The only question is, Will you be ready for them when He needs you? President Gordon B. Hinckley was. President Thomas S. Monson was. And you can be too. That’s what this book is about. It’s about magnifying your Aaronic Priesthood callings and taking advantage of your opportunities to build your spiritual muscles so that you’ll be ready when the Lord needs you. And for whatever he needs you to do.
Yes, the prophet started out as a deacon. And so have you. Whether you’re still the newest deacon in the ward, a seasoned teacher, or a priest preparing for your mission, you are – like the prophet at your age – preparing for even greater, more exciting experiences.
Are you up for the challenge?
Let’s get started.