Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

8. Aaronic Priesthood


8.17 Additional Guidelines and Policies


Youth under Age 14 in Youth Conferences and Dances

Youth under age 14 do not usually participate in youth conferences or in dances that are held at times other than the regularly scheduled Mutual night (see 13.6.14). Overnight camps and extended Scout camps are exceptions to this guideline.


True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference

The Church has published True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference as a companion to the study of the scriptures and the teachings of latter-day prophets. Members of the bishopric or quorum advisers ensure that each young man has a copy of the book. Young men can use the book as a resource as they study and apply gospel principles, prepare talks, teach classes, and answer questions about the Church.


Young Men of Other Faiths

Young men of other faiths who agree to abide by Church standards should be welcomed warmly and encouraged to participate in youth activities. Expenses for their participation should be handled the same as for young men who are members of the Church. When these young men participate in Scouting, their parents may give donations to help fund activities.


Young Men Who Have Disabilities

Young men who have disabilities are normally included in their regular quorums. Exceptions may be made with the approval of the parents and the bishopric.

For information about understanding, including, and teaching young men who have disabilities, see 21.1.26 and disabilities.lds.org.


Two Responsible Adults

When adults are teaching children or youth in Church settings, at least two responsible adults should be present at all times. The two adults could be two men, two women, or a married couple. Where it may not be practical to have at least two adults in a classroom, leaders should consider combining classes.

The guideline that two responsible adults be present with youth does not apply to the assignment of ministering companions. However, leaders should use wisdom and seek inspiration when assigning youth as companions to adults (see 7.4.3).