Setting Apart Members to Callings

Branch Guidebook, (2001), 12


Members called to Church positions should be set apart before they begin serving (see D&C 42:11). Under the direction of the presiding authority, one or more men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood, including a worthy father or husband, may participate in a setting apart. They place their hands lightly on the person’s head. The one who speaks:

  1. 1.

    Calls the person by his or her full name.

  2. 2.

    States that he is setting the person apart by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

  3. 3.

    Sets the person apart to the position to which he or she has been called.

  4. 4.

    Gives a blessing as the Spirit directs.

  5. 5.

    Closes in the name of Jesus Christ.

When setting apart a president of an elders, teachers, or deacons quorum, the mission or branch president confers the keys of presidency of that quorum upon the person being set apart.