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 quorum business, learn priesthood duties, strengthen families, and study the gospel of Jesus Christ. 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 instruction according to the following pattern.

First Sunday

A member of the elders quorum presidency or high priests group leadership teaches on the first Sunday. He uses the scriptures, the teachings of latter-day prophets, and approved Church materials. Melchizedek Priesthood leaders use this meeting to teach the doctrines of the gospel and help brethren become actively engaged in their priesthood duties.

Quorum and group leaders seek the guidance of the Spirit as they determine subjects to teach. Subjects may include home teaching, performing priesthood ordinances and blessings, strengthening marriages and families, service, missionary work, convert retention, activation, spiritual and temporal welfare, and temple and family history work. Quorum and group leaders may also use this time to plan ways to help others, give assignments, and ask for reports on past assignments.

Second and Third Sundays

On the second and third Sundays, the lesson is taught by a quorum or group leader or instructor. He uses the current Melchizedek Priesthood manual. Lessons are generally taught in the order they are presented in the manual and on the same Sunday they are taught in Relief Society meeting.

Quorum and group leaders see that all men in the ward ages 18 and older receive a copy of the Melchizedek Priesthood manual for their personal study, regardless of whether these brethren are able to attend quorum or group meetings. Leaders encourage those who attend to bring their copies of the manual and, where possible, their personal copies of the scriptures.

Fourth Sunday

On the fourth Sunday, the lesson is taught by a quorum or group leader or instructor. He uses messages from the most recent general conference. The stake president or bishop selects the messages.

Fifth Sunday

On a fifth Sunday, the bishop determines the subject to be taught, the instructor (usually a member of the ward or stake), and whether Melchizedek Priesthood holders and the Relief Society meet separately or combined.

 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.