Prepare yourself spiritually
What scriptures and talks could help the young men understand the role they have in helping others receive the blessings of the Atonement?
D&C 20:76–79 (Aaronic Priesthood holders administer the sacrament)
D&C 38:42 (Priesthood holders must be worthy to perform ordinances)
Obadiah 1:21 (We are to be saviors on Mount Zion).
Boyd K. Packer, “The Atonement,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 75–78
“Sacrament,” True to the Faith (2004), 147–48
“Becoming Saviors on Mount Zion,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2011), 468–78
Let the young men lead
A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.
Begin the learning experience
Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to review the doctrine from last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:
- Ask the young men to share something they remember from last week’s lesson. What questions do they still have? How are they living what they are learning?
- Invite quorum members to list on the board their answers to the question “How do I help others receive the blessings of the Atonement?”
The purpose of this lesson is to help each young man understand how fulfilling his priesthood duties helps others receive the blessings of the Atonement. As part of this lesson, quorum members should make plans in their Duty to God books to administer priesthood ordinances with reverence. Before quorum meeting, invite the young men to bring their Duty to God books with them to church. In future quorum meetings, invite them to share experiences they are having as they fulfill their plans.
- Invite a quorum member to show a picture of the Savior administering the sacrament (see Gospel Art Book, 54). Ask him to explain the setting of the event, what is happening in the picture, and how Aaronic Priesthood holders represent Jesus Christ as they administer the sacrament today. Ask the young men how they feel as they prepare and administer the sacrament.
- Invite the young men to read Doctrine and Covenants 20:76–79, Luke 22:19–20, and 3 Nephi 18:1–11 in pairs. Ask them to discuss what the sacramental bread and water represent and who priesthood holders represent while preparing and administering the sacrament (see Duty to God, 24). Invite the young men to turn to the “Act” section of their Duty to God books (page 25, 49, or 73) and make plans based on what they have discussed. Encourage them to ask their parents or a leader these questions: What does the ordinance of the sacrament mean to you? What can I do as an Aaronic Priesthood holder to help you have a more meaningful experience with the sacrament? In a future quorum meeting, invite quorum members to share answers to these questions and any experiences they are having as they fulfill their plans.
- As a quorum, read Doctrine and Covenants 38:42 and discuss how this verse applies to those who handle the “vessels” that contain the symbols of the Atonement (see Duty to God, 48). Show one of the videos suggested in this outline, and ask the young men to look for reasons they need to be clean in order to exercise the priesthood. Invite them to turn to the “Act” section of their Duty to God books (page 25, 49, or 73) and make plans based on what they have learned.
- Invite the young men to read the sacrament prayers, identify the covenants in these prayers, and explain what they mean. What words stand out to them? (see Duty to God, 72). How do the attitude and behavior of those administering the sacrament affect the experience of members of the congregation? Invite the young men to turn to the “Act” section of their Duty to God books (page 25, 49, or 73) and make plans based on what they have learned.
- Share a picture of an ancestor who died without receiving temple ordinances, or invite the young men to bring pictures of ancestors to show. Ask the young men to discuss how they can help those who have died partake of the blessings of the Atonement. Have the young men study the paragraph that begins with “But how are they to become saviors on Mount Zion?” from Chapter 41 of Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2011). Discuss what it means to be a savior on Mount Zion. Invite the young men to share any experiences they have had being saviors on Mount Zion.
- Bring to quorum meeting something that represents light (such as a lightbulb or a flashlight). Invite the young men to think about what it means to be a light to others as you share with them the story at the beginning of President Boyd K. Packer’s talk “The Atonement.” Ask the young men to share their thoughts about how we can be like the “lower lights” to someone in need. How are we like lower lights when we perform our priesthood duties?
Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand how they, as priesthood holders, help others receive the blessings of the Atonement? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?
Invite to act
The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:
- Share the plan he wrote in his Duty to God book and his commitment to fulfill it.
- Discuss how quorum members could administer the sacrament to those who may not be able to attend church (as directed by the bishop).