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Duty to God

How can I know my Heavenly Father?

Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to draw near to Him. He has given us the opportunity to pray to Him and has promised to hear and answer our prayers. We can also come to know Him as we study the scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets and as we strive to become more like Him by following His will.

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you study the scriptures and other resources about coming to know Heavenly Father, look for things that would help the young men feel that their Father in Heaven loves them and wants them to draw near Him.

John 17:3 (Knowing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ leads to eternal life)

1 John 2:3–5 (We know God if we keep His commandments)

1 John 4:7–8 (Loving others helps us to know God)

2 Nephi 32:9; Enos 1:1–7; Alma 34:17–28; 37:37 (Prayer can help us draw closer to Heavenly Father)

Mosiah 4:9–12 (King Benjamin describes how to grow in our knowledge of God)

Mosiah 5:13 (Serving God helps us get to know Him better)

Alma 30:44 (All things denote there is a God)

D&C 88:63 (If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us)

M. Russell Ballard, “Father and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 47–50

Fulfilling My Duty to God (2010), 14–15, 38–39, 62–63

Videos: “He Knows Me,” “Fulfilling Your Duty to God”

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 last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask each young man to contribute one word to create a sentence that summarizes last week’s lesson. Write their sentence on the board.
  • With permission from the bishop, invite a father of one of the quorum members to share his feelings about being a father. He could talk about how he feels about his son, what he hopes his son achieves in life, and how he hopes to help him succeed. Ask the young men to compare what this father said with how their Father in Heaven feels about them.

Learn together

The purpose of this lesson is to help each young man establish a pattern of personal prayer and scripture study. Give the young men time during quorum meeting to write plans in their Duty to God books. Encourage them to share their plans with each other, and in future quorum meetings, invite them to share how personal prayer and scripture study are strengthening their relationship with God.

  • As part of their Duty to God plans, the young men may have created plans for personal scripture study. This lesson could be a good time to have the young men share what they have been doing for their plans and what they are learning from their study of the scriptures (see Duty to God, 14–15, 38–39, 62–63). They could also revise their plans if needed. Ask the young men to share how their habits of prayer and scripture study have helped improve their relationship with their Heavenly Father.
  • Invite the young men to think about someone they know very well. What did they do to get to know that person? Ask them what they think the difference is between knowing Heavenly Father and knowing about Him. Write the following scripture references on the board, and ask the young men to look them up and identify how we can come to know Heavenly Father better: 1 John 2:3–5; 4:7–8; Mosiah 4:9–12; 5:13; Alma 30:44. Invite the young men to share what they learned and how they have felt closer to Heavenly Father by following the counsel in these scriptures.
  • Show the video “Fulfilling Your Duty to God,” and have the young men look for how the experiences depicted in the video helped the young men and others come to know Heavenly Father better. Ask the young men to share their thoughts about how fulfilling their duty to God helps them strengthen their relationship with Him. 
  • Invite the young men to read Elder M. Russell Ballard’s three suggestions for sons in his talk “Fathers and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship” (or show the video “Fathers and Sons”). When has doing one of these things helped them feel closer to their fathers? Ask them to share ways they can apply Elder Ballard’s counsel to their relationship with their Heavenly Father.
  • Discuss ways in which the young men communicate with others today. How do we communicate with Heavenly Father? How does He communicate with us? What can we do to improve our communication with Him? Invite each young man to read one of the following scriptures about prayer: 2 Nephi 32:9; Enos 1:1–7; Alma 34:17–28; 37:37. Ask quorum members to share what they learn. What is the connection between prayer and coming to know Heavenly Father? Invite the young men to open their Duty to God books to page 15 (deacons), 39 (teachers), or 63 (priests) and make plans to improve their daily prayers.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand how they can know Heavenly Father? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?

Invite to act

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

  • Share his plans to improve his personal prayers.
  • Encourage the young men to fulfill the plans they made today and be prepared to share in a future quorum meeting how doing so improved their relationship with Heavenly Father.