Prepare yourself spiritually
As you study these scriptures and other resources about temple marriage, look for things that would help the young men feel how important it is to marry in the Lord’s temple.
D&C 49:16–17 (Marriage helps fulfill the purpose of the Creation)
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129
Russell M. Nelson, “Doors of Death,” Ensign or Liahona, May 1992, 72–74
David A. Bednar, “Marriage Is Essential to His Eternal Plan,” Ensign, June 2006, 82–87
Richard G. Scott, “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 94–97
“Marriage,” True to the Faith (2004), 97–101
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 think of a question that last week’s lesson answered, and then invite each young man to ask his question to the other members of the quorum. Take a few minutes to answer the questions.
- Have the young men make a list of important life decisions. Have them identify the decisions they think will likely have the greatest impact on their eternal destiny and explain why they made their selections. If possible, show a picture of you and your wife on the day you were sealed in the temple. Share your feelings about your wife and the eternal importance of your temple sealing.
Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand the importance of temple marriage. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:
- Invite a quorum member to teach a portion of this lesson. He could do this as part of his Duty to God plan to learn and teach about eternal families (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
- Ask the young men to imagine that they found out they were going to die that day. What would they feel or think about? What would they consider to be their most important accomplishment? Invite a young man to read Elder Russell M. Nelson’s story about his near-death experience on an airplane (from his talk “Doors of Death,” Ensign, May 1992, 72–74). Why was he not afraid to die? What did he consider his most important accomplishment? Why? What does Elder Nelson’s experience teach the young men about the importance of temple marriage?
- Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “Marriage Is Essential to His Eternal Plan” describes two reasons why marriage is essential and three guiding principles about the doctrine of eternal marriage. Assign each quorum member to read one of the reasons or principles and then teach someone else in the quorum what he learned about marriage from what he read. What experiences can they share that illustrate the importance of what Elder Bednar teaches?
- As a quorum, read D&C 131:1–4 and “The New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage” in True to the Faith (page 98), looking for answers to the question “Why is temple marriage important?” If necessary, help the young men define any unfamiliar words or phrases. Ask quorum members to list some things that might keep young men from marrying in the temple. What can they do now to make sure they marry in the temple?
- Give each young man a copy of Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage.” How did Elder Scott feel about his eternal companion? What impresses the young men about his relationship with his wife? Ask them to ponder what it would take to achieve a relationship like Elder and Sister Scott's.
Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand the importance of temple marriage? 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:
- Bear his testimony about the importance of temple marriage and his desire to marry in the temple.
- Challenge members of the quorum to commit to marrying in the temple someday.