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Preparing to Receive the Melchizedek Priesthood

Step 1: Learn

When you receive the Melchizedek Priesthood, you enter into the oath and covenant of the priesthood. To learn about this oath and covenant, read Doctrine and Covenants 84:33–44 and “Melchizedek Priesthood” in True to the Faith (pages 101–2). Then, with help from your bishop or your parents, plan a time when you can teach others what you have learned (for example, in priests quorum meeting, sacrament meeting, or family home evening).

One important duty of the Melchizedek Priesthood is to preach the gospel (see D&C 53:3). To prepare for this duty, find out what will be required of you when you serve a full-time mission. Consider the following:

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    Personal worthiness and testimony.

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    Gospel knowledge.

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    Christlike attributes.

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    Work habits and physical health.

To learn about the requirements for missionary service, use the following sources: your parents, your bishop, returned missionaries, the Missionary Handbook, Preach My Gospel, and talks by General Authorities. Write down what you learn in the space below.

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