Instructions and Guidelines
The Melchizedek Priesthood section of the handbook addresses subjects such as stake and ward leadership, home teaching, welfare, prospective elders, leadership meetings, and more.
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Teaching the doctrines and principles of the gospel is a significant responsibility of Melchizedek Priesthood leaders. Quorum and group leaders should ensure that lessons and discussions are useful and doctrinally correct and that they are uplifting and build faith.
The Melchizedek Priesthood and the Relief Society study the same lessons, except for the first Sunday of each month. This parallel schedule facilitates gospel study and discussion in the home. However, Melchizedek Priesthood brethren and Relief Society sisters meet separately, even on weeks when the same lesson is being studied. An exception may be made for fifth-Sunday discussions, which may be conducted under the direction of the bishopric in a meeting that combines the brethren and sisters. (See "Sunday Priesthood Meetings" in Handbook 2: 7.8.1.)
These instructions list curriculum materials for use in Sunday classes during 2014, instructions for organizing Sunday quorums and classes, and a list of Church materials for use in the home.
Second and Third Sunday
Elders quorum presidents and high priests group leaders teach quorum and group members the purposes of home teaching and inspire them to fulfill their duties well. See Handbook 2: 7.4 to learn how to fulfill these responsibilities. For help with adapting home teaching to local needs, see sections 7.4.3 and 17.2 in the handbook.
A new online guide titled To Turn the Hearts: Leader’s Guide to Temple and Family History is available to help priesthood leaders learn their responsibilities in overseeing and coordinating family history efforts. This guide replaces the Administrative Guide for Family History referenced in Handbook 2: 5.4.7.
Welfare is central to the work of the bishop, the high priest group, the elders quorum and the Relief Society. Learn how to get started in your welfare responsibilities, read welfare messages from leaders, and access additional leader resources.
Priesthood leaders should be aware of the needs of members who are single and provide them with opportunities for growth and service.
A new planning form titled New and Returning Member Progress (08616) has been developed to help ward councils plan specific ways to strengthen new members and those returning to activity in the Church.
Access training and support content for auditing, finance, meetinghouse technology, and membership.
View instructions that explain the type of support that may be provided and how it is administered through priesthood channels.
How has the gospel made a difference in the lives of your ward or stake members? Visit the Annual History page for instructions and suggestions on how to compile your unit's annual history.