What is the purpose of this quorum meeting?
To inspire and enable each young man to find names of ancestors who need temple work, take these names to the temple, and teach others to do the same.
Note: This meeting will be more successful if the quorum presidency members use the tools described below prior to quorum meeting and come to the meeting filled with excitement from finding ancestors who need temple work completed.
Conduct quorum meeting
A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. Filling out a quorum meeting agenda beforehand can give direction and purpose to the meeting.
Begin the learning experience
Invite the young men to search Doctrine and Covenants 128:24 to discover what the Lord’s Church will present to the Savior after His Second Coming. What role do Aaronic Priesthood holders have in this effort (see D&C 13)?
Help the young men understand that technological advancements have made family history work relatively easy today. As they use new tools on the FamilySearch website, they will be able to bring the saving ordinances of the gospel to those who have passed on. Invite them to follow three simple steps: find, take, and teach.
Learn by doing
Invite each young man to watch the video “Find, Take, Teach.” Encourage them to find the name of one or more of their ancestors or their descendants. Many youth are able to find names by following the steps in “Find Your Family Names: A First Time Guide.” If quorum presidency members have had success finding names prior to the meeting, they could share their experiences and demonstrate the steps during quorum meeting. Consider planning a Mutual activity related to this quorum meeting where every young man can receive the help he needs to find a name. Ward or branch family history consultants could assist in this effort by helping the young men find names and by printing the family ordinance cards.
As a quorum, plan a trip where each young man can take the names he has found to the temple. Consider involving families in this activity because many young men will have found ancestors who need initiatory, endowment, and sealing ordinances in addition to baptism and confirmation. Make sure each young man brings with him temple cards with family names. Temple cards can now be printed from home on white paper (see the video “Printing Family Ordinance Cards from Home”).
Once the young men have had success in finding ancestors’ names and performing ordinances, invite them to teach others how to do so. They could teach members of their own family, the young women, and other ward members.
The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:
- Share his experiences and commitment to help his ancestors receive the saving ordinances of the gospel.
- Explain how the quorum presidency will lead out in helping quorum members reach similar goals.