Handbook 2:
Administering the Church


8.2 Roles of Parents and Church Leaders

Parents have the first responsibility for the spiritual and physical welfare of their children (see D&C 68:25–28). The bishopric and other Aaronic Priesthood leaders support but do not replace parents in this responsibility. They offer support in the following ways:

They assist parents in helping their sons prepare for priesthood ordinations, the temple endowment, full-time missionary service, temple marriage, and fatherhood.

They encourage communication between young men and their parents.

They ensure that quorum activities and other youth events do not put undue burdens on families or compete with family activities.

Leaders should be especially sensitive to young men who come from homes that lack strong support for gospel living.