Prepare yourself spiritually
What scriptures and other resources will help the young men remember and keep their baptismal covenants?
Robert D. Hales, “The Covenant of Baptism: To Be in the Kingdom and of the Kingdom” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 6–9
Carole M. Stephens, “We Have Great Reason to Rejoice,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013
Video: “Same Jersey”
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:
- Have each quorum member finish the following sentence: What I learned during the last lesson was important to me because ________. How did they apply what they learned?
- Show a picture of a baptism (such as Gospel Art Book, 103–4). Share some memories of the day you were baptized, including how you felt. Invite the young men to share experiences they have had participating in or witnessing a baptism. Ask them to list on the board the covenants they made when they were baptized. Invite them to add to the list throughout the lesson as they learn more about their baptismal covenants.
Each of the activities below will help the quorum members understand the covenants they made at baptism. 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 covenants and ordinances (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
- Invite the young men to search the scriptures suggested in this outline. Ask them to mark promises we make at baptism and write what they find on the board. How do we keep these promises? Ask the young men to share examples of people who exemplify the promises written on the board (including people in the scriptures). How has keeping these promises blessed the young men?
- Invite the young men to read “Your Baptismal Covenant” in True to the Faith and identify promises we made when we were baptized. Invite the young men to watch the video “Same Jersey” or to read the story at the beginning of Carole M. Stephens’s talk “We Have Great Reason to Rejoice.” Ask them to look for examples of people honoring their baptismal covenants. Give the quorum members time to share what they learn. Invite the quorum president to lead a discussion on how they can more fully keep their baptismal covenants at all times and in all places.
- Show a picture of the Savior’s baptism (see Gospel Art Book, 35), and ask a quorum member to read 2 Nephi 31:4–10. Invite the young men to share examples in the scriptures that show how Jesus Christ kept His covenant with the Father (they could look at pictures in the Gospel Art Book, 36–48, for ideas). Ask them to share experiences in which they tried to follow the Savior’s example.
- Invite the young men to read three paragraphs of Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk “The Covenant of Baptism: To Be in the Kingdom and of the Kingdom,” beginning with “At baptism we make a covenant with our Heavenly Father.” Ask them to look for covenants we make when we are baptized, and invite them to write what they find on the board. In what ways should being baptized change our lives? How has it changed the lives of the young men?
Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand their baptismal covenants better? 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:
- Share his feelings about how keeping his baptismal covenant helps him honor the priesthood.
- Invite quorum members to examine their lives to determine whether there is anything they need to stop doing or start doing in order to be more faithful to their baptismal covenants.