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What are my duties as an Aaronic Priesthood holder?

The Lord has said that every man who has been ordained to the priesthood should “learn his duty” and “act … in all diligence” (D&C 107:99). As Aaronic Priesthood holders, we perform priesthood ordinances, serve others, and invite all to come unto Christ.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What can you share with the young men to help them understand their duties?

D&C 20:46–59; 84:111 (Aaronic Priesthood holders administer ordinances and invite all to come unto Christ)

D&C 84:33–34; 107:99 (Aaronic Priesthood holders should learn their duties and be faithful in fulfilling them)

D&C 107:68 (Aaronic Priesthood holders serve others as they assist the bishop in administering temporal things)

Henry B. Eyring, “The Priesthood Man,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014

David L. Beck, “Your Sacred Duty to Minister,Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 55–57

Fulfilling My Duty to God (2010), 23, 46–47, 70–71

Videos: “Fulfilling Your Duty to God,” “Faith in the Priesthood”

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 the young men to share something they remember from last week’s lesson. What questions do they still have? How did they live what they learned last week?
  • Write on the board the three categories of priesthood duties suggested in Duty to God: “Administer Priesthood Ordinances,” “Serve Others,” and “Invite All to Come unto Christ.” Ask the young men to write on the board as many of their priesthood duties as they can in each category. Refer back to this list throughout the lesson, and add to it as the young men discover other duties.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help quorum members understand their duties as bearers of the Aaronic Priesthood. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Some quorum members may be working on the “Priesthood Duties” section of their Duty to God plans (see Duty to God, pages 23–29, 46–53, 70–77). Invite one or more to share their experiences. 
  • Invite the young men to read about their priesthood duties in D&C 20:46–59 and Duty to God (pages 23, 46–47, or 70–71). Ask them to identify priesthood duties and list them on the board. Ask the young men what duties they learned about that they did not know they had. What can they do to fulfill these duties?
  • Invite the young men to search the scriptures and identify examples of individuals who fulfilled their priesthood duties (for example, Matthew 3:1–6, 13–17; Jacob 1:18–19; Alma 15:16–18; 3 Nephi 18:1–5). Ask them to share their examples and identify what category from Duty to God each example belongs to (“Administer Priesthood Ordinances,” “Serve Others,” or “Invite All to Come unto Christ”). How were the people in these scriptures blessed through priesthood service?
  • Ask the young men to read portions of President Henry B. Eyring’s talk “The Priesthood Man” (or watch the video “Faith in the Priesthood”) and share what inspires them to fulfill their priesthood duties. Invite the young men to write about an experience they had when they exercised their priesthood or learned from the example of another priesthood holder. How has holding the priesthood been a blessing to the young men and their families?
  • As a class, read Doctrine and Covenants 84:111, and ask the young men what it means to minister. Invite a quorum member to come to class prepared to share in his own words the story of Chy in Brother David L. Beck’s talk “Your Sacred Duty to Minister.” What do the quorum members learn from this story about what it means to minister? Give the young men copies of Brother Beck's talk, and invite them to search it and identify ways they can minister at home, in their quorum, and at all times. Invite the young men to share experiences in which they have ministered to others or others have ministered to them.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand their priesthood duties better? 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 make plans in one of the “Priesthood Duties” sections of their Duty to God books and share with each other what they plan to do.
  • Challenge quorum members to share with a family member something they learned about their priesthood duties.