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Duty to God

How can I strengthen my family?

“Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful … families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129). As we assist our parents in accomplishing these goals, we can help our families attain the happiness Heavenly Father wants for us.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel will help the young men strengthen their families?

1 Nephi 8:12 (Lehi wanted his family to partake of the fruit of the tree of life)

1 Nephi 16:14–32 (Nephi strengthens his family)

2 Nephi 25:26 (We teach our children about Christ)

The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129

M. Russell Ballard, “Fathers and Sons: A Remarkable Relationship,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 47–50; see also the video “Fathers and Sons”

Mary N. Cook, “Strengthen Home and Family,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 11–13

Videos: “Two Brothers Apart,” “Through Small Things”

Fulfilling My Duty to God (2010), 27, 51, 75, 82

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:

  • Before class, invite a member of the quorum presidency to select a hymn that relates to last week’s lesson. Have him read verses from the hymn and share with quorum members how this hymn relates to last week’s lesson.
  • Ask a quorum member to show a picture of a family from the scriptures and share how the actions of various family members brought happiness or misery to the family (families to discuss could include those of Lehi, Jacob, Adam, or others). 

Learn together

The purpose of this lesson is to encourage each young man fulfill his priesthood duty to strengthen his family. As part of this lesson, quorum members should make plans in their Duty to God books to serve family members or begin working on their “Family and Friends” project. 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.

  • Consider inviting several quorum members to teach part of this lesson. For example, they could share what their family does to bring happiness, or they could use one of the activities below. Some priests may have completed the “Family” activity in Duty to God (pages 80–82) and could share their experiences.
  • Invite the young men to write down obstacles that prevent some families from being happier. Provide each young man with a copy of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (see Duty to God, 107). Give quorum members a few minutes to read paragraph seven and underline principles that lead to happiness in family life. Ask each young man to read 1 Nephi 16:14–32 and share ways Lehi’s family applied these principles. Ask them to share experiences they have had that have taught them the importance of these principles in family life.
  • Invite quorum members to watch one of the videos suggested in this outline and look for what the family members did to improve their relationships. Invite the young men to share a time when they have strengthened their own family relations and how it made them feel.
  • Give out sections of the talk “Strengthen Home and Family” to the young men and invite them to look for ways they can strengthen their homes now. Invite them to set some goals based on what they read (they could write them in their Duty to God books on page 82). Follow up over the next few weeks to see how following their plans has made a difference.
  • Invite the young men to read “Family” in For the Strength of Youth and identify and share what they can do to strengthen their families. Invite each young man to open his Duty to God book to the “serve others” section (deacon, 27; teacher, 51; priest, 75) and write what he could do to strengthen his family through serving them (see “My personal plan to give service”). Ask a few young men to share their plans with the quorum.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand how they, as priesthood holders, can strengthen their families? What feelings or impressions do they have? 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:

  • Invite the young men to write in their Duty to God books what they could do to strengthen their relationships with members of their family (if they have not already done so; see page 82).
  • Invite quorum members to share how they have helped their families be happier.
  • Bear his testimony about the important responsibility that each young man has to help his family be happier.