Davin, His Duty, and His Dad

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Learning his priesthood duties is a family matter for this young man from Canada.

father and son outdoors

Photograph courtesy of James E.

When a young man receives the Aaronic Priesthood, learning about his duties means more than simply getting to know a list of things he’s expected to do. It means deepening his commitment and testimony, as well as being ready to act.

Davin E., 14, from Alberta, Canada, understands this well, and he has found that the Fulfilling My Duty to God booklet has been a great resource in his efforts. “It teaches me that I can serve others and that I can invite others to come unto Christ, and it helps me prepare for my mission,” he says.

Working with his dad on Duty to God has been an added blessing for Davin.

As he approaches each new section of the booklet, Davin sets goals regarding what he wants to learn. Then he and his father, James, discuss how he will learn about his selected topic, as well as what he can do to act on what he learns. Once he’s done that, he has the opportunity to share what he’s learned either in family home evening or at the beginning of his teachers quorum meeting on Sunday.

His father says, “My favorite goal was Davin’s desire to learn about his priesthood duty. We searched the Doctrine and Covenants together to discover the sections pertaining to the priesthood. He then read these sections and shared what he had learned with the family and in his journal. I believe that as Davin learns and applies the truths of the gospel on his own, they will become relevant to him personally.”

As for Davin, he appreciates working together with his dad. “Doing Duty to God with my dad helps me because he has more insight than I do and knows what I need to do to become a better priesthood holder,” he says.

Davin concludes, “Duty to God improves your life, and it allows you to learn things that you discover are important. I know that fulfilling my priesthood duties helps me and others in the Church. And I know that Duty to God allows me to strengthen my testimony.”

What Will You Do?

As you learn your priesthood duties and make your plans in each section of Fulfilling My Duty to God, consider including someone, such as a parent or a quorum adviser, in your planning.

Work Together

“Invite your parents … to make plans too, and work on your plans together. When you work on your plans with someone else, you support and encourage one another.”

Fulfilling My Duty to God (2010), 9.