Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

 

7.8 Quorum and Group Meetings

 7.8.1

Sunday Priesthood Meetings

Sunday priesthood meetings begin with opening exercises for Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood holders, conducted by a member of the bishopric (see 18.2.4).

After opening exercises, brethren attend their quorum or group meeting. The purposes of quorum and group meetings are to conduct business, learn priesthood duties, strengthen individuals and families, study the gospel of Jesus Christ, counsel together, and organize to meet local needs. Leaders prayerfully plan the meetings to accomplish these purposes.

Unless a member of the stake presidency or bishopric (or another presiding authority) is present, the elders quorum president presides over the elders quorum meeting and the high priests group leader presides over the high priests group meeting. A member of the quorum presidency or group leadership conducts.

Elders and high priests normally meet separately. However, if very few elders or high priests in a ward are able to attend priesthood meeting, they may meet together. If they meet together, in no case should a single Melchizedek Priesthood quorum be established. As long as there are ordained elders and high priests in a ward, both an elders quorum and a high priests group should be organized.

Because districts do not have high priests quorums, branches in districts do not have high priests groups. High priests who attend these branches meet with the elders quorum.

The bishop may authorize an elder to meet with the high priests group if such an arrangement will be beneficial for the elder. The bishop may also invite an 18-year-old Aaronic Priesthood holder to meet with the elders quorum.

Each month, quorum and group leaders plan Sunday meetings according to the information in the annual Instructions for Curriculum, at lds.org/manuals, and in the Gospel Library app.

 7.8.2

Stake High Priests Quorum Meeting

The stake presidency convenes a high priests quorum meeting for all high priests in the stake at least once a year. During this meeting the stake presidency conducts quorum business and instructs quorum members in their duties.