Purposes of Aaronic Priesthood


Young men are in a time of preparation and personal spiritual growth. Accordingly, parents and the bishopric and other Aaronic Priesthood leaders help each young man to: 

  1. Become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings. 
  2. Serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices. 
  3. Give meaningful service. 
  4. Prepare and live worthily to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances. 
  5. Prepare to serve an honorable full-time mission. 
  6. Obtain as much education as possible. 
  7. Prepare to become a worthy husband and father. 
  8. Give proper respect to women, girls, and children. 

Parents and leaders help young men accomplish these objectives in family home evenings, family scripture study, meetings, activities, and interviews and by encouraging them to participate in the Duty to God program (see 8.12). 

Young men should not recite these objectives in their meetings or activities. 

Handbook 2: Administering the Church (2010), 8.1.3 


Visit the Aaronic Priesthood Leader Training to learn how to assist in achieving these purposes.