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Duty to God

Why is it important to gain an education and develop skills?

Education is an important part of our Heavenly Father’s plan to help us become more like Him. Obtaining education provides understanding and skills that will help us develop self-reliance, provide for our future families, and be of greater service to the Church and the world.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What will help the young men understand the importance of education?

2 Nephi 9:29 (To be learned is good if we hearken to the counsel of God)

D&C 88:76–80 (We are to learn and teach of things spiritual and temporal)

D&C 88:118 (Learn by study and faith)

D&C 90:15 (We should become acquainted with good books, languages, tongues, and people)

D&C 130:18–19 (Whatever intelligence we gain in this life rises with us in the resurrection)

D. Todd Christofferson, “Brethren, We Have Work to Do,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 47–50

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Seek Learning

Education,” Fulfilling My Duty to God (2010), 55–59

Education,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 9–10

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:

  • Invite the young men to share any experiences they have had applying what they learned during previous lessons (for example, they could share what they are doing to fulfill a plan they made in their Duty to God books).
  • Invite the young men to imagine that a friend tells them he is going to drop out of school. How would the young men encourage the friend to continue to pursue an education? Ask them to write their responses on a piece of paper. Collect the papers, and read and discuss the responses with the class. At the end of class, give the young men an opportunity to add to their responses based on what they learned during the lesson.

Learn together

The purpose of this lesson is to help the young men make plans to gain an education or develop skills to prepare them to provide for their future families. As part of this lesson, quorum members should begin planning a project in the “Education” section of their Duty to God books. 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 work on their projects.

  • Invite the young men to search Doctrine and Covenants 88:77–80, 118, and “Education” in For the Strength of Youth. Have them identify (a) what the Lord wants them to learn, (b) why He wants them to learn, and (c) how He wants them to approach learning (see Duty to God, 55). Invite the young men to turn to pages 56–58 in Duty to God and create a project that will help them apply what they have learned about gaining an education. As a quorum, plan Mutual activities that could help the young men understand the importance of gaining an education.
  • Assign each quorum member to read one of the scriptures provided in this outline and look for what the scripture teaches about gaining knowledge and education. Invite each young man to share what he learned with another quorum member. Ask each young man to write on the board possible careers they are thinking about pursuing. What did they learn from these scriptures that can help them as they prepare for these careers?
  • As a quorum, read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” looking for words and phrases that describe the roles of husbands and fathers (the proclamation can be found on page 107 of Duty to God). Ask them to write on the board their answers to the following questions: (a) What is the relationship between obtaining an education and being able to fulfill your roles as a husband and father? (b) How does understanding these roles affect your planning for an occupation? (c) What can you do now to prepare for an occupation? Invite the young men to turn to Duty to God, pages 56–58, and create a project that would help them begin to explore future occupation options. As a quorum, plan Mutual activities that could help the young men explore occupational options.
  • With permission from the bishop, invite some fathers of quorum members to share how they gained an education or learned a skill to care for their families. What sacrifices did they have to make? What did they do to make their experience successful? What do they wish they had done differently?
  • Invite each young man to read a section that interests him from President Gordon B. Hinckley’s article “Seek Learning” or read paragraphs 6–8 of Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s talk “Brethren, We Have Work to Do.” Ask the young men to share with the quorum what they learn about the importance of education. How will the decisions they make now about education affect their future opportunities?

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand why education is important? 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 a list of things they could do to be more successful in school and begin doing those things during the week.
  • Challenge the young men to begin saving money for their missions and future education.
  • Invite quorum members to study the scriptures about education listed in this outline during their personal scripture study and share what they learn in a future quorum meeting.