Priesthood Duties

“Teacher: Priesthood Duties,” Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders (2010), 46–54


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 teacher, which are outlined in Doctrine and Covenants 20:53–59; 84:111 and which include all the duties of a deacon (see page 23). Your duties can be organized into three groups:

  • Administer Priesthood Ordinances

    Teachers prepare and pass the sacrament.

  • Serve Others

    Teachers 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

    Teachers are to “watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them” (D&C 20:53). One way to do this is by serving as a home teacher. Teachers also “see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking; and see that the church meet together often” (D&C 20:54–55). This responsibility includes being a peacemaker, being an example of moral integrity and uprightness, and inviting others to attend church.

    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

“He took of the bread and brake and blessed it; and he gave unto the disciples and commanded that they should eat” (3 Nephi 18:3).

Learn

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 38:42. The command “Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord” has special meaning as you fulfill your duty to prepare the sacrament. Anciently a group of priests carried vessels—bowls or basins—to be used in the temple (see Ezra 1:5–11). Today you handle vessels that contain the sacramental bread and water in remembrance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

  • Read Matthew 26:26–28. On the next page, write your answers to these questions:

    1. What can you do to prepare the sacrament in a reverent and dignified manner (even though most people will not see you perform this duty)?

    2. How can you set a good example for the deacons when you are asked to pass the sacrament?

Act

My plan to prepare the sacrament in a reverent and dignified manner:

My plan to set a good example for deacons when I am asked to pass the sacrament:

Share

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

Consider how you should respond to opportunities to assist the deacons in passing the sacrament.

Serve Others

“Let him give; not grudgingly, … for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Learn

  • Contrast Nephi’s attitude with that of Laman and Lemuel as they responded to assignments (see 1 Nephi 2:16–18; 3:1–7, 28–31; 4:1–2; 17:7–19, 50–51; 18:1–4). In the space below, write several phrases from your study that represent the attitude we should have when fulfilling responsibilities. Consider sharing your list with members of your quorum.

    Example: “Let us be faithful” (1 Nephi 4:1)

  • With your quorum, discuss 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 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, leader, 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. You could also talk about how these experiences are helping you serve Jesus Christ (see Matthew 25:35–40) and become more like Him.

Invite your parents to complete the learning activity with you. Add the phrases they find to your list.

Invite All to Come unto Christ

“They had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; … and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God” (Alma 17:3).

Learn

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 20:53. As part of your duty to “watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them,” you will now have the opportunity to serve as a home teacher. Discuss with your quorum president, your parents, or your home teaching companion what you could do to become a good home teacher.

  • Read Alma 17:2–3, 9, and write what the sons of Mosiah did to prepare themselves for missionary service. Consider ways you can follow their example.

  • Continue your efforts to share the gospel. Think about family members and friends whom you could invite to come unto Christ. Write 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

My plan to become a good home teacher:

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

Share

  • After following through with your plans, share with a parent or quorum leaders the experiences you have had serving as a home teacher and sharing the gospel. Talk about how these experiences are helping you prepare to become a full-time missionary.

Your plan to become a good home teacher could include learning about the needs and interests of the families you visit.

Review

Near the end of your years as a teacher, 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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Signature of a parent or leader

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