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Priesthood Duties

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 priest, which are outlined in Doctrine and Covenants 20:46–52, 75–79 and which include all the duties of a deacon and a teacher. Your duties can be organized into three groups:

  • Administer Priesthood Ordinances

    Priests officiate at the sacrament table and offer the sacramental prayers. They can prepare and pass the sacrament. They can also baptize, confer the Aaronic Priesthood, and ordain deacons, teachers, and other priests.

  • Serve Others

    Priests 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, and fulfilling other assignments from the bishop.

  • Invite All to Come unto Christ

    Priests “preach, teach, expound, exhort, … and visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties” (D&C 20:46–47). One way to do this is by serving as a home teacher. Priests also continue to “see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking” (D&C 20:54). This responsibility includes being a peacemaker and being an example of moral integrity and uprightness.

    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.

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