Priesthood Duties

“Deacon: Priesthood Duties,” Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders (2010), 22–30


The Lord has said that every priesthood holder should “learn his duty” and “act … in all diligence” (D&C 107:99). This section will help you learn and fulfill your duties as a deacon, which are outlined in Doctrine and Covenants 20:57, 59; 84:111. Your duties can be organized into three groups:

  • Administer Priesthood Ordinances

    Deacons pass the sacrament.

  • Serve Others

    Deacons assist the bishop in “administering … temporal things” (D&C 107:68). This may include gathering fast offerings, caring for the poor and needy, caring for the meetinghouse and grounds, serving as a messenger for the bishop in Church meetings, and fulfilling other assignments from the quorum president.

  • Invite All to Come unto Christ

    Deacons “watch over the church [and are] standing ministers unto the church” (D&C 84:111). They “warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ” (D&C 20:59). This includes setting a good example, fellowshipping quorum members and others, notifying members of Church meetings, speaking in meetings, sharing the gospel, and bearing testimony.

Administer Priesthood Ordinances

“This shall ye always observe to do, even as I have done, even as I have broken bread and blessed it and given it unto you” (3 Nephi 18:6).

Learn

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 20:76–79. What do the sacramental bread and water represent? Read Luke 22:19–20 and 3 Nephi 18:1–11. Whom do you represent when you pass the sacrament?

  • Ask your parents or your quorum leaders the following questions, and write their answers:

    1. What does the ordinance of the sacrament mean to you?

    2. What can I do as a deacon to help you have a meaningful experience with the sacrament?

  • After counseling with your quorum, write on the next page what you will do to pass the sacrament in a way that shows reverence for the Savior and His Atonement and encourages others to show the same reverence. Also write what you will do to have a more meaningful experience when you partake of the sacrament.

Act

Several things I will do to show reverence when I pass the sacrament and to encourage others to show the same reverence:

What I will do to have a more meaningful experience when I partake of the sacrament:

Share

  • After following through with your plan, discuss with members of your quorum how your experiences with the sacrament have helped you become more reverent.

As you make your plans, consider things like your dress, your thoughts, and your behavior before and during the ordinance.

Serve Others

“When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17).

Learn

  • Write down what you learn about serving others from the following scriptures: James 1:27, Mosiah 2:17, and Mosiah 18:8–10. Talk with a parent or quorum leader about the relationship between being a priesthood holder and serving others.

  • Discuss with members of your quorum the opportunities you have to serve others (ask your bishop or quorum leaders for ideas). As an Aaronic Priesthood holder, you serve others by assisting your bishop or branch president in “administering … temporal things” (D&C 107:68). This may include caring for the poor and needy, cleaning the meetinghouse and grounds, gathering fast offerings, and fulfilling assignments from your quorum president. It could also include service projects you decide to do on your own.

  • List some specific things your quorum will do to give service. Also plan several things you will do on your own to give service, including service to members of your family.

Act

My quorum’s plan to give service:

My personal plan to give service:

Share

  • Share with a parent or quorum members some of your experiences serving others. For example, you could talk about how your service has affected you and the people you have served.

Invite your parents to give service with you. This is a good way to strengthen your relationship with them and improve the quality of your service.

Invite All to Come unto Christ

“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

Learn

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 20:59. What does the phrase “come unto Christ” mean to you? Share your thoughts and feelings with a quorum leader or your parents, and ask what the phrase means to them.

  • Contrast the missionary stories of Ammon (Alma 17–19) and Corianton (Alma 39:1–11). What influence did their actions have on the people they taught? Consider ways you can set a good example that can help people come unto Christ.

  • Think about family members and friends whom you could invite to come unto Christ. Write down their names and what you will do to help them (such as inviting them to a Church activity or giving them a copy of the Book of Mormon or a Church magazine).

Act

Ways I will set a good example for others:

Names of people and how I will help them come unto Christ:

Share

  • Write down in a journal or a notebook the experiences you have as you invite others to come unto Christ. Also write down ways you feel you are becoming a better missionary. Consider sharing your experiences with others.

You can be a missionary long before you are called to serve a full-time mission. Think about ways you can do this at home, at school, and with your friends.

Review

Near the end of your years as a deacon, talk with your parents or a priesthood leader about your experiences accomplishing your plans to administer priesthood ordinances, serve others, and invite all to come unto Christ. Discuss ways you were able to bless others through your priesthood service. Talk about how your experiences are helping you become a faithful priesthood servant.

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