A great discussion or lesson in priesthood meeting can be the highlight of my Sunday, but it’s tough to squeeze a great discussion into the small window that quorum teachers are allotted. Sometimes the teacher has as little as 15 minutes left by the time priesthood opening exercises are over. And yet the brief window doesn’t have to be a limitation—I can think of several ways we can use that 15-30 minutes to strengthen the quorum. Some of these ideas involve looking outside the classroom/lesson paradigm we’ve adopted for quorum meetings, but maybe that’s OK.
Here’s one way to use the time: Priesthood prayer meeting. Imagine if the EQP or HPGL stood up and instead of delivering a first-Sunday lesson, he said “Today we’re going to take turns praying for our ward and our community.” Not as a formal prayer circle, but just a quorum of saints coming together in meaningful prayer.
It would almost certainly start out stilted and awkward, as public prayers tend to be. Brother Campbell would probably doze off. But the hope is that at some point during the meeting, the prayer-givers settle in and feel more comfortable, the Spirit brings the group together, and the prayers get more personal, heartfelt, and specific. The participants might come away from the experience seeing each other and their quorum in a new light.
I’ve never tried this idea, so I can’t promise anything except that I would probably remember this particular quorum meeting for the rest of my life.