Spiritual Strength

“Priest: Spiritual Strength,” Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders (2010), 60–69


The Lord has admonished priesthood holders, “Be ye clean” (D&C 38:42). In this section you will deepen your understanding of the relationship between personal worthiness and priesthood power (see D&C 121:34–46). You will also make plans to strengthen your habit of regular prayer and scripture study, which includes studying the words of the living prophets.

This section is organized into the following areas:

  • Pray and Study the Scriptures

  • Live Worthily

  • Understand Doctrine

Pray and Study the Scriptures

“They were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God” (Alma 17:2).

Learn

  • Ponder the following questions, and consider writing your answers in a notebook or study journal:

    1. What effect do consistent prayer and studying the scriptures have on (a) your ability to keep the commandments? (b) your relationship with your family? (c) your relationship with God?

    2. What scripture passages are especially meaningful to you? Why?

    3. What specific things did you learn from the living prophets in the most recent general conference? How has following this counsel blessed you?

  • On the next page, write your plans to have meaningful prayer and scripture study during your years as a priest. Your scripture study could include the words of the living prophets in the conference issues of the Ensign or Liahona.

Act

My plan for strengthening my habit of regular prayer and scripture study:

Share

  • Share what you are learning from your scripture study. For example, you could share with your family, with friends, in seminary, or in quorum meetings. Make sharing what you learn a regular practice. This will strengthen your testimony and help you learn how to teach the gospel. It will also strengthen the testimony of others.

Each time you study, pray first for inspiration from the Holy Ghost. Consider writing down the impressions you receive.

Live Worthily

“What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am” (3 Nephi 27:27).

Learn

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 121:34–40, and identify the effect that sin has on priesthood power. Contrast the examples of Joseph and David as found in Genesis 39, 41 and 2 Samuel 11–12. Ponder how their actions affected their spiritual strength, and share your thoughts with a parent or quorum leader. Discuss what David could have done to avoid the tragedy that occurred in his life.

  • Prepare a lesson or a talk on how repentance and the Atonement can help us remain worthy as priesthood holders. Consider using Preach My Gospel, pages 51–52; True to the Faith, pages 14–21; or “The Living Christ” (see page 106 of this book). With your parents or a priesthood leader, determine when and where you can give your talk or lesson, and write your plan on the next page.

  • Choose at least four sections from For the Strength of Youth to study and apply; choose sections that will help you live worthy to enter the temple and participate in sacred ordinances.

Act

My plan to give a talk or lesson about repentance and the Atonement:

Sections from For the Strength of Youth I will study:

Specific things I will do to live these standards and help others do the same:

Share

  • Share with others how living the standards in For the Strength of Youth has affected you and influenced those around you. You could share this with your family, at church, or in seminary.

Consider studying “Language,” “Sexual Purity,” “Honesty,” or “Tithes and Offerings” in For the Strength of Youth.

Understand Doctrine

“Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed” (D&C 11:21).

Learn

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 20:68. Part of your duty as a priest is to “expound all things concerning the church of Christ.” Review the lists of doctrinal topics you studied as a deacon and as a teacher (see pages 19 and 43). Then write on the next page four or more additional topics you will learn about and teach over the next two years (see page 68).

  • For each of the topics you study, prepare lesson outlines based on the principles and techniques described in Preach My Gospel (see chapters 2 and 3).

  • Study the scriptures listed on page 19 again. Reflect on your experiences and update your outline on “The Priesthood and Priesthood Keys” (see page 18). Write about how your understanding and appreciation of the priesthood has changed.

  • In preparation to become a full-time missionary, make a list of questions someone might ask about the topics you have studied, and discuss these questions with a parent or priesthood leader.

Act

Doctrinal topics I will study:

Share

  • Using the outlines you have prepared, teach others about these doctrinal topics. You could do this in family home evening, in a quorum meeting, in a home teaching visit, in seminary, or in a teaching opportunity with the full-time missionaries.

When I will teach about these topics:

As you prepare your lesson outlines, you may want to ask for advice from a full-time missionary or a recently returned missionary.

Doctrinal Topics

  • The Godhead

  • The Plan of Salvation

  • The Atonement of Jesus Christ

  • Prophets

  • The Apostasy and the Restoration of the Gospel

  • The Restoration of the Priesthood

  • The Priesthood and Priesthood Keys

  • Service

  • Covenants and Ordinances

  • Faith

  • Repentance

  • Baptism

  • The Gift of the Holy Ghost

  • Prayer and Personal Revelation

  • Agency

  • Temples

  • Eternal Families and Family History Work

  • The Law of Chastity

  • The Word of Wisdom

  • Tithing

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 pray and study the scriptures, live worthily, and understand doctrine. Discuss how doing these things is helping you strengthen your testimony and your relationship with Heavenly Father.

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