Priesthood Duties

“Priest: Priesthood Duties,” Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders (2010), 70–78


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 priest, which are outlined in Doctrine and Covenants 20:46–52, 75–79 and which include all the duties of a deacon and a teacher (see pages 23 and 46–47). Your duties can be organized into three groups:

  • Administer Priesthood Ordinances

    Priests officiate at the sacrament table and offer the sacramental prayers. They can prepare and pass the sacrament. They can also baptize, confer the Aaronic Priesthood, and ordain deacons, teachers, and other priests.

  • Serve Others

    Priests 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, and fulfilling other assignments from the bishop.

  • Invite All to Come unto Christ

    Priests “preach, teach, expound, exhort, … and visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties” (D&C 20:46–47). One way to do this is by serving as a home teacher. Priests also continue to “see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking” (D&C 20:54). This responsibility includes being a peacemaker and being an example of moral integrity and uprightness.

    They continue to “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, speaking in Church meetings, sharing the gospel, and bearing testimony.

Administer Priesthood Ordinances

“To him will I give power that he shall break bread and bless it and give it unto the people of my church” (3 Nephi 18:5).

Learn

  • Read 3 Nephi 18:1–11 and Matthew 26:26–28. What do you learn from these verses about your duty to administer the sacrament?

  • Thoughtfully read the sacrament prayers (see D&C 20:77, 79). Write down your thoughts about the meaning of the covenants and sacred words in these prayers.

  • On the next page, write your answers to these questions:

    1. As you officiate at the sacrament table, what can you do to set a good example for other Aaronic Priesthood holders?

    2. What can you do to help make the sacrament a more meaningful experience for the members of the congregation?

  • Attend a baptismal service, and share with a parent or quorum leader what you learn about the ordinance of baptism.

Act

My plan to set a good example for other Aaronic Priesthood holders as I bless the sacrament:

My plan to help make the sacrament a more meaningful experience for the members of the congregation:

Share

  • After following through with your plans, discuss with members of your quorum how your experiences have influenced your feelings about the sacrament and the Savior.

Younger Aaronic Priesthood holders will look to you as an example. As you make your plans, consider how your dress, appearance, and actions may influence them.

Serve Others

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).

Learn

  • Think about the service you have performed in your years as a deacon and teacher, and answer the following questions:

    1. How did your attitude affect the service you gave? (Review the phrases you wrote on page 50.)

    2. How does service help you become less self-centered and more aware of others’ needs?

    3. How were the people you served affected by your service?

    4. What can you do as a priest to give more effective service?

  • Read Matthew 22:36–40, John 13:34–35, and Mosiah 2:17, looking for reasons we serve others. Discuss with your quorum the opportunities you have to serve others (ask your bishop or quorum leaders for ideas). List some specific things your quorum will do to give service. Also plan several things you will do on your own to serve your family and others.

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 the people you have served and how your attitude has affected your experiences. Talk about how these experiences are helping you become more Christlike.

As you make your personal plan, consider ways you can serve your family, your friends, or your community.

Invite All to Come unto Christ

“O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength” (D&C 4:2).

Learn

  • Review the plan you made to become a good home teacher (see page 53). Looking back on your home teaching efforts, what do you feel you have done well? On the next page, write some ways you want to improve.

  • Write your answers to the following questions, and discuss them with your parents or quorum members:

    1. How does your example affect your ability to teach the gospel to others?

    2. What can you do as a priest to teach the gospel through your actions as well as your words?

  • Continue in your efforts to share the gospel. 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. Include names of Aaronic Priesthood holders who aren’t actively participating in the Church.

Act

My plan to improve as a home teacher:

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

Share

  • Share with your parents or a priesthood leader the experiences you have as you help others come unto Christ. Discuss how this is helping you prepare for a full-time mission and become a lifelong missionary.

You can help people come unto Christ by inviting them to come to church or visit with the missionaries or by giving them a copy of the Book of Mormon.

Review

Near the end of your years as a priest, 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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