Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

8. Aaronic Priesthood


8.15 Stake Aaronic Priesthood Leadership


Stake Presidency

Members of the stake presidency oversee the Aaronic Priesthood in the stake. As part of this responsibility, they instruct bishops in their duty to preside over the Aaronic Priesthood in their wards.

The stake president assigns one of his counselors to oversee the stake Young Men organization and Scouting in the stake (or other stake activities for young men in areas where Scouting is not authorized by the Church). Where Scouting is authorized by the Church, this counselor should receive proper training in his Scouting responsibilities.

For more information about the responsibilities of the stake presidency, see 15.1. For more information about Scouting, see the Church’s Scouting Handbook.


High Councilor Assigned to the Stake Young Men

The stake president assigns a member of the high council to work with the stake Young Men presidency. This high councilor’s responsibilities are outlined in 15.3.


Stake Young Men Presidency

The responsibilities of the stake Young Men presidency are outlined in 15.4.1.


Stake Young Men Secretary

The responsibilities of the stake Young Men secretary are outlined in 15.4.2.


Stake Aaronic Priesthood–Young Women Committee

The stake president assigns a counselor to preside over the stake Aaronic Priesthood–Young Women committee. Other committee members are the high councilors assigned to the stake Young Men and Young Women organizations, the stake Young Men presidency and secretary, and the stake Young Women presidency and secretary.

The stake presidency may invite youth to attend the committee’s meetings as needed. Youth should be included as much as possible in planning and carrying out activities such as youth conferences, dances, devotionals, and multistake events. Youth may also participate in discussions about challenges that the youth in the stake are facing.