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How do I participate in the work of the priesthood?

The work of the priesthood is God’s work—the work of blessing and exalting His children. In partnership with priesthood holders, women are essential in accomplishing the work of the priesthood. We minister to those in need, teach the gospel, stand for truth and righteousness, and invite all to come unto Christ.

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel inspired to share with the young women?

D&C 20:38–60 (Duties of priesthood holders)

Luke 8:1–3; Acts 9:36–40; Romans 16:1–2 (Examples of ministering to others)

Alma 56:47–48; 57:21; D&C 25:6–8; Moses 5:11–12 (Examples of teaching the gospel)

Luke 2:36–38; John 20:11–18; Alma 19:16–17 (Examples of inviting others to come unto Christ)

Esther 4; Abraham 1:11 (Examples of standing for truth and righteousness)

Dallin H. Oaks, “The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood,“ Ensign or Liahona, May 2014

D. Todd Christofferson, “The Moral Force of Women,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 29–32

Relief Society: A Restoration of an Ancient Pattern,” Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society (2011), 3–7

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Write on the board, “What are the duties of priesthood holders?” Ask the young women to list as many duties as they can think of (they could refer to Doctrine and Covenants 20:38–60). Invite the young women to consider, during this lesson, ways in which they as young women participate with priesthood holders in doing the Lord’s work.
  • As a class, read the paragraph at the beginning of this outline.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women understand the duties of priesthood holders. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Before class, invite the young women to learn about an influential woman in the scriptures (such as those suggested in this outline), in Church history, or in their own families, who has been an example of ministering, teaching the gospel, or standing for truth and righteousness. At the beginning of class, invite them to share what they learned. In what ways were these women participating in the work of the priesthood? What inspires the young women about these stories? How do they see themselves in the work of the priesthood?
  • Invite the young women to search 3 Nephi 11:21–22; 12:1–2; 17:6–18; 18:1–12. Ask them to find words and phrases from the example of Christ’s ministry among the Nephites that teach about the duties of the priesthood. Discuss what priesthood holders can learn from the example of Jesus Christ as they administer ordinances and serve others. Invite the young women to share with the class how the priesthood has been a blessing to them.
  • With the permission of the bishop, invite one or more Aaronic Priesthood holders in the ward to teach the young women about priesthood duties. Invite the young women to ask questions about priesthood duties. You may want to encourage them to write their questions a few days beforehand and give the young men time to prepare a response.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the duties of priesthood holders better? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Write a note to a priesthood holder expressing gratitude for his priesthood service.
  • Look for examples in their lives of priesthood holders who serve as the Savior would.