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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 teacher, which are outlined in Doctrine and Covenants 20:53–59; 84:111 and which include all the duties of a deacon. 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.

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