Spiritual Strength

“Teacher: Spiritual Strength,” Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders (2010), 36–45


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

“Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan” (D&C 10:5).

Learn

  • Think about your personal prayers. How often do you pray? How do you feel when you pray? Study James 1:5–6; Alma 34:17–28; 3 Nephi 18:15–21; and Moroni 10:3–5. Identify principles that can help make your prayers more meaningful and the blessings that will come as you “pray always.”

  • Carefully study Helaman 3:29–30 and Doctrine and Covenants 18:33–36; 84:85. As you study, look for words and phrases that describe:

    1. How you should approach your study of the scriptures and words of the living prophets.

    2. Blessings that will come as you study the scriptures and words of the living prophets.

  • On the next page, write your plan to improve your personal prayers and scripture study during your years as a teacher. 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. Try to make sharing what you are learning 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.

Consider coordinating your scripture study plan with what you are studying in seminary, in Sunday School, or in your family.

Live Worthily

“Let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord” (Alma 37:36).

Learn

  • Search Doctrine and Covenants 121:41–45, and write down principles that govern the use of the priesthood. Then do the following (ask for help from a parent or priesthood leader if possible):

    1. Look for the definition of any unfamiliar words.

    2. Think of examples of how to apply these principles.

    Search verses 45 and 46, and identify the blessings that come from living these principles. Repeat steps 1 and 2 above for each of these blessings.

  • Study Doctrine and Covenants 63:16 and identify the consequences of having unclean thoughts. Contrast these warnings with the blessings of letting “virtue garnish [your] thoughts unceasingly” (D&C 121:45). Choose at least four sections from For the Strength of Youth to study; consider focusing on the sections that will help you have virtuous thoughts. In particular, ponder what you can do to avoid the dangers described in Doctrine and Covenants 63:16.

Act

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 a parent or quorum leader how living these standards has affected you and influenced those around you. As you share, talk about the kind of person you are becoming.

Consider using the standards in For the Strength of Youth to evaluate the music you listen to and the movies you watch. Make changes as necessary.

Understand Doctrine

“The elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel” (D&C 42:12).

Learn

  • Write some questions that people outside the Church might have about Church beliefs. What doctrinal topics could you study to help answer these questions?

  • Review the list of the doctrinal topics you studied as a deacon (see page 19). Based on your experiences and additional study, update your outline on “The Priesthood and Priesthood Keys.” Choose four or more additional topics you would like to learn about and teach (see page 44), and write your choices on the next page. You can use the scriptures (including the Topical Guide), True to the Faith, Preach My Gospel, and the words of latter-day prophets to learn about these topics.

  • For each topic you study, create a simple outline. It could include: (1) a definition of the topic, (2) teachings and examples from the scriptures and your own life, and (3) your thoughts and feelings about why this topic is important. For examples of outlines, see Preach My Gospel (chapters 2 and 3) or visit DutytoGod.lds.org.

Act

Doctrinal topics I will study:

Share

  • Using the outlines you have prepared, teach others about these doctrinal topics. This could be in a formal teaching setting (family home evening, quorum meeting, seminary, sacrament meeting, or Mutual opening exercises), or it could be in a conversation with a friend.

When I will teach about these topics:

Consider asking your seminary teacher for opportunities to share in class what you are learning about these doctrines.

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 teacher, 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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