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Duty to God

How can I be a missionary now?

The Lord has given each Aaronic Priesthood holder the duty to invite all to come unto Christ (see D&C 20:59). He has also invited every worthy, able young man in the Church to serve a full-time mission after receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood. As we fulfill our Aaronic Priesthood duty to invite all to come unto Christ, we help build the kingdom of God and we prepare for future full-time missionary service.

What is the purpose of this quorum meeting?

To inspire each young man to engage in missionary work now.

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 help.

Begin the learning experience

Invite the young men to search D&C 20:59 and explain what it means to them. What do they learn about their priesthood duties? What are some ways they can fulfill them?

You could invite the young men to make a list of friends, family members, or less-active quorum members who need the gospel in their lives (see Duty to God, pages 28–29, 52–53, 76–77). Encourage the young men to be sensitive to impressions they receive during the lesson about what they could do to share the gospel with these people.

In his talk “Called to the Work” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 67–70), Elder David A. Bednar discussed ways the young men can prepare now to be missionaries. Invite the young men to read the section of the talk titled “Preparing for a Call to the Work” and look for advice they can use to prepare to serve. As they read this section, did they receive any inspiration about how to share the gospel with the people on their lists?

Another way to begin a discussion about sharing the gospel could be to refer to Elder Neil L. Andersen’s analogy about a puzzle in his talk “A Witness of God.” How is the process of putting the puzzle together like the work of sharing the gospel? Invite everyone to work on a puzzle together as you discuss ways that you can work together as a quorum to do missionary work. As part of the discussion, you might refer specifically to the section of Elder Andersen’s talk titled “An Invitation to the Youth.” How can Elder Andersen’s counsel and challenge help the young men as they make plans to share the gospel?

Learn by doing

As a quorum presidency, lead quorum members in planning ways to share the gospel with the people whose names they have written down. They could carry out their plans individually or as a quorum. The following videos illustrate ways youth can share the gospel: “Fulfilling Your Duty to God,” “Missionary Open House,” “Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland: How can I share the gospel without offending others?” You can also find several activity ideas on the Youth Activities website, under the category Learn about and experience missionary work.

Consider how the members of your quorum can work with the full-time missionaries in your area. For example, they could:

  • Take their friends on a tour of a Church building with the full-time missionaries. Quorum members could help the missionaries teach and testify of gospel truths as the missionaries guide a small group through the church building on a tour that includes the chapel and the sacrament table, the baptismal font, and artwork. Before the young men invite their friends to a tour, consider asking the missionaries to take the young men on a tour so that they can become familiar with the experience.
  • Go with missionaries to teach the gospel to individuals and families the missionaries are working with in the area. (Only priests are allowed to serve as companions to full-time missionaries.)
  • Plan and organize a significant service project in their community and invite their friends and the missionaries to participate. They could also help with service projects the missionaries have set up.

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share what he is going to do to share the gospel with the person or people he has identified.
  • Invite the young men to share their missionary experiences during quorum meetings in the following weeks.