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The Priesthood Is on the Earth Today
The Priesthood Is on the Earth TodayThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is governed by the priesthood. The priesthood, which is always associated with God’s work, “continueth in the church of God in all generations, and is without beginning of days or end of years” (D&C 84:17). It is upon the earth today. Men young and old are baptized into the Church, and when they are judged worthy they are ordained to the priesthood. They are given the authority to act for the Lord and do His work on the earth.
Two Divisions of Priesthood• How did the Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthoods get their names?The priesthood is divided into two parts: the Melchizedek Priesthood and the Aaronic Priesthood (see D&C 107:1). “The first is called the Melchizedek Priesthood … because Melchizedek was such a great high priest.“Before his day it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God. “But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood” (D&C 107:2–4).Who Was Melchizedek? “To the man Melchizedek goes the honor of having his name used to identify the Holy Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God, thus enabling men ‘to avoid the too frequent repetition’ of the name of Deity. ( D. & C. 107:2–4 .) Of all God’s ancient high priests ‘none were greater.’ ( Alma 13:19 .) His position in the priestly hierarchy of God’s earthly kingdom was like unto that of Abraham ( Heb. 7:4–10 ), his contemporary whom he blessed ( Gen. 14:18–20 ; Heb. 7:1 ; [JST], Gen. 14:17–40 [click here and here for JST text]), and upon whom he conferred the priesthood. ( D. & C. 84:14 .) “Indeed, so exalted and high was the position of Melchizedek in the eyes of the Lord and of his people that he stood as a prototype of the Son of God himself. . . . “Alma tells us that ‘Melchizedek was a king over the land of Salem; and his people had waxed strong in iniquity and abomination; yea, they had all gone astray; they were full of all manner of wickedness; But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent; and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days; therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father.’ ( Alma 13:17–18 .) “Paul, very obviously knowing much more about Melchizedek than he happened to record in his epistles, gave as an illustration of great faith some unnamed person who ‘wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire.’ ( Heb. 11:33–34 .) From the Prophet’s inspired additions to the Old Testament we learn that Paul’s reference was to Melchizedek. ‘Now Melchizedek was a man of faith, who wrought righteousness; and when a child he feared God, and stopped the mouths of lions, and quenched the violence of fire’ [ JST, Genesis 14:26 ].” (McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 474–75.)
The lesser priesthoodis an appendage to the Melchizedek Priesthood. It is called the Aaronic Priesthoodbecause it was conferred on Aaron and his sons throughout all their generations. See also D&C 107:13–14, 2013 The second priesthood is called the Priesthood of aAaron, because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations. 14 Why it is called the lesser priesthood is because it is an aappendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances. 20 The apower and authority of the lesser, or bAaronic Priesthood, is to hold the ckeys of the ministering of angels, and to dadminister in outward eordinances, the letter of the gospel, the baptism of repentance for the fremission of sins, agreeable to the covenants and commandments.
Those who hold the Aaronic Priesthood have authority to administer the outward ordinances of the sacrament and baptism.See D&C 20:46;46 The apriest’s duty is to preach, bteach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament,
Those holding the Melchizedek Priesthoodhave the power and authority to lead the Church and direct the preaching of the gospel in all parts of the world. They administer all the spiritual work of the Church see D&C 84:19–2219 And this greater apriesthoodadministereth the gospel and holdeth the bkey of the cmysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the dknowledge of God. 20 Therefore, in the aordinances thereof, the power of bgodliness is manifest. 21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the aauthority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is bnot manifest unto men in the flesh; 22 For without this no aman can see the face of God, even the Father, and live. see D&C 107:88 The aMelchizedek Priesthood holds the right of presidency, and has power and bauthority over all the offices in the church in all ages of the world, to administer in spiritual things.
They direct the work done in the temples; they preside over wards, branches, stakes, and missions. The Lord’s chosen prophet, the President of the Church, is the presiding high priest over the Melchizedek Priesthood(see D&C 107:65–67)65 Wherefore, it must needs be that one be appointed of the High aPriesthood to preside over the priesthood, and he shall be called President of the High Priesthood of the Church; 66 Or, in other words, the aPresiding High Priest over the High Priesthood of the Church. 67 From the same comes the administering of ordinances and blessings upon the church, by the alaying on of the hands.
Keys of the Priesthood• What is the difference between the priesthood and the keys of the priesthood? Which priesthood leaders receive keys?There is a difference between being ordained to an office in the priesthood and receiving keys of the priesthood.President Joseph F. Smith taught: “The Priesthood in general is the authority given to man to act for God. Every man ordained to any degree of the Priesthood has this authority delegated to him. “But it is necessary that every act performed under this authority shall be done at the proper time and place, in the proper way, and after the proper order. The power of directing these labors constitutes the keys of the Priesthood. In their fulness, the keys are held by only one person at a time, the prophet and president of the Church. He may delegate any portion of this power to another, in which case that person holds the keys of that particular labor. Thus, the president of a temple, the president of a stake, the bishop of a ward, the president of a mission, the president of a quorum, each holds the keys of the laborsperformed in that particular body or locality. His Priesthood is not increased by this special appointment; … the president of an elders’ quorum, for example, has no more Priesthood than any member of that quorum. But he holds the power of directing the official labors performed in the … quorum, or in other words, the keys of that division of that work”(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith , 141; italics in original). • How do priesthood keys safeguard the Church?
The Offices and Duties of the Aaronic Priesthood• In what ways do Aaronic Priesthood holders serve? When the Aaronic Priesthoodis conferred on a man or boy, he is ordained to an office in that priesthood. The offices in the Aaronic Priesthood are deacon, teacher, priest, and bishop. Each office carries dutiesand responsibilities. Each quorum is presided over by a quorum president, who teaches the members their duties and asks them to fill assignments. Some men join the Church or become active after they have passed the usual age to receive the offices of this priesthood. They are usually ordained to an office in the Aaronic Priesthood and can soon be ordained to other offices as they remain worthy. The Quorums of the Aaronic PriesthoodThe Lord has instructed that the holders of the priesthood be organized into quorums. A quorum is a body of brethren holding the same priesthood office.There are three quorums of the Aaronic Priesthood:DeaconA young man who has been baptized and confirmed a member of the Church and is worthy may be ordained to the office of deacon when he is 12 years old. The deacons are usually assigned to pass the sacrament to members of the Church, keep Church buildings and grounds in good order, act as messengers for priesthood leaders, and fulfill special assignments such as collecting fast offerings.1. The deacons quorum, which consists of up to 12 deacons(see D&C 107:85). “85 And again, verily I say unto you, the duty of a president over the office of a adeacon is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in council with them, and to bteach them their duty, cedifying one another, as it is given according to the covenants.“The presidency of the deacons quorum is called by the bishop from among the quorum members.TeacherA worthy young man may be ordained a teacher when he is 14 years oldor older. Teachers have all the duties, rights, and powers of the office of deacon plus additional ones. Teachers in the Aaronic Priesthood are to help Church members live the commandments (see D&C 20:53–59)53 The ateacher’s duty is to bwatch over the cchurch always, and be with and strengthen them; 54 And see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither ahardness with each other, neither lying, bbackbiting, nor cevildspeaking; 55 And see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members do their duty. 56 And he is to take the lead of meetings in the absence of the elder or priest— 57 And is to be assisted always, in all his duties in the church, by the adeacons, if occasion requires. 58 But neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the asacrament, or lay on hands; 59 They are, however, to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ. To help fulfill this responsibility, they are usually assigned to serve as home teachers. They visit the homes of Church members and encouragethem to live the principles of the gospel. They have been commanded to teach the truths of the gospel from the scriptures(see D&C 42:12) “12 And again, the aelders, priests and teachers of this church shall bteach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the cBook of Mormon, in the which is the dfulness of the egospel.” Teachers also prepare the bread and water for the sacrament service.2. The teachers quorum, which consists of up to 24 teachers (see D&C 107:86). “86 And also the duty of the president over the office of the ateachers is to preside over twenty-four of the teachers, and to sit in council with them, teaching them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants.”The presidency of the teachers quorum is called by the bishop from among the quorum members.
PriestA worthy young man may be ordained a priest when he is 16 years oldor older. Priests have all the duties, rights, and powers of the offices of deacon and teacher plus some additional ones(see D&C 20:46–51)46 The apriest’s duty is to preach, bteach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament, 47 And visit the house of each member, and exhort them to apraybvocally and in secret and attend to all cfamily duties. 48 And he may also aordain other priests, teachers, and deacons. 49 And he is to take the alead of meetings when there is no elder present; 50 But when there is an elder present, he is only to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, 51 And visit the house of each member, exhorting them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties. A priest may baptize. He may also administer the sacrament. He may ordain other priests, teachers, and deacons. A priest may take charge of meetingswhen there is no Melchizedek Priesthood holder present. He is to preach the gospel to those around him.3. The priests quorum, which consists of up to 48 priests (see D&C 107:87–88). “87 Also the duty of the president over the Priesthood of Aaron is to preside over forty-eight priests, and sit in council with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is given in the covenants— 88 This president is to be a bishop; for this is one of the duties of this priesthood.”It is presided over by the bishop of the ward to which the quorum belongs. The bishop is a high priest and thus also belongs to the high priests quorum.Whenever the number specified for a quorum is exceeded, the quorum may be divided.
BishopA bishop is ordained and set apart to preside over the Aaronic Priesthood in a ward. He is the president of the priests quorum(see D&C 107:87–88)87 Also the duty of the president over the Priesthood of Aaron is to preside over forty-eight priests, and sit in council with them, to teach them the duties of their office, as is given in the covenants— 88 This president is to be a bishop; for this is one of the duties of this priesthood. When he is acting in his Aaronic Priesthood office, a bishop deals primarily with temporal matters, such as administering finances and records and directing carefor the poor and needy (see D&C 107:68).68 Wherefore, the office of a bishop is not equal unto it; for the office of a bishop is in administering all temporal things;A bishop is also ordained a high priest so he can preside over all members in the ward(see D&C 107:71–7371 Nevertheless, a high priest, that is, after the order of Melchizedek, may be set apart unto the ministering of temporal things, having a knowledge of them by the Spirit of truth; 72 And also to be a judge in Israel, to do the business of the church, to sit in judgment upon transgressors upon testimony as it shall be laid before him according to the laws, by the assistance of his counselors, whom he has chosen or will choose among the elders of the church. 73 This is the duty of a bishop who is not a literal descendant of Aaron, but has been ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek. See also D&C 68:1515 Wherefore they shall be high priests who are worthy, and they shall be appointed by the First Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood, except they be literal descendants of Aaron. A bishop is a judge in Israel(see D&C 107:74)74 Thus shall he be a judge, even a common judge among the inhabitants of Zion, or in a stake of Zion, or in any branch of the church where he shall be set apart unto this ministry, until the borders of Zion are enlarged and it becomes necessary to have other bishops or judges in Zion or elsewhere. and interviews members for temple recommends, priesthood ordinations, and other needs. It is his right to have the gift of discernment. • How have you been blessed through the service of Aaronic Priesthood holders?
The Offices and Duties of the Melchizedek Priesthood• In what ways do Melchizedek Priesthood holders serve?The offices of the Melchizedek Priesthoodare elder, high priest, patriarch, Seventy, and Apostle.The Quorums of the Melchizedek PriesthoodAt the general Church level, the members of the First Presidency form a quorum, as do the Twelve Apostles. The Seventies are also organized in quorums. At the local Church level—in wards and branches and stakes and districts—Melchizedek Priesthood bearers are organized into the following quorums: ElderElders are called to teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the Church(see D&C 20:42).“42 And to teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church;”All Melchizedek Priesthood holders are elders.They have the authority to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands(see D&C 20:43).“43 And to confirm the church by the laying on of the hands, and the giving of the Holy Ghost;”Elders should conduct meetings of the Church as they are led by the Holy Ghost(see D&C 20:45; “45 The elders are to aconduct the bmeetings as they are cled by the Holy Ghost, according to the commandments and revelations of God.”See D&C 46:2) “2 But notwithstanding those things which are written, it always has been given to the aelders of my church from the beginning, and ever shall be, to bconduct all meetings as they are directed and guided by the Holy Spirit.”.Elders may administer to the sick(see D&C 42:44)“44 And the elders of the church, two or more, shall be called, and shall pray for and alay their bhands upon them in my name; and if they cdie they shall ddie unto me, and if they live they shall live unto me.”and bless little children(see D&C 20:70).“70 Every member of the church of Christ having achildren is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their bhands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name.”Elders may preside over Church meetingswhen there is no high priest present (D&C 107:11) “11 An elder has a right to officiate in his stead when the high priest is not present.” Elders QuorumEach elders quorum “is instituted for standing ministers; nevertheless they may travel, yet they are ordained to be standing ministers”(D&C 124:137). They do most of their work near their homes. The quorum is to consist of up to 96 elders,presided over by a quorum presidency. When this number is exceeded, the quorum may be divided.
High PriestA high priest is given the authority to officiate in the Church and administer spiritual things(see D&C 107:10, 12). 10 High priests after the order of the Melchizedek Priesthood have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things, and also in the office of an elder, priest (of the Levitical order), teacher, deacon, and member. 12 The high priest and elder are to administer in spiritual things, agreeable to the covenants and commandments of the church; and they have a right to officiate in all these offices of the church when there are no higher authorities present. He may also officiate in all lesser offices (see D&C 68:19). 19 But, as a high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found, provided he is called and set apart and ordained unto this power, under the hands of the First Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood.Stake presidents, mission presidents, high councilors, bishops, and other leaders of the Church are ordained high priests. High Priests Quorum Each quorum includes all high priestsresiding within the boundaries of a stake, including patriarchs and bishops. The stake president and his counselors are the presidency of this quorum. The high priests in each ward are organized into a group with a group leader. PatriarchPatriarchs are ordained by General Authorities, or by stake presidents when they are authorized by the Council of the Twelve, to give patriarchal blessings to members of the Church. These blessings give us some understanding of our callings on earth. They are the word of the Lord personally to us.Patriarchs are also ordained high priests.(See D&C 107:39–56.)39 It is the duty of the Twelve, in all large branches of the church, to ordain evangelical ministers, as they shall be designated unto them by revelation— 40 The order of this priesthood was confirmed to be handed down from father to son, and rightly belongs to the literal descendants of the chosen seed, to whom the promises were made. 41 This order was instituted in the days of Adam, and came down by lineage in the following manner: 42 From Adam to Seth, who was ordained by Adam at the age of sixty-nine years, and was blessed by him three years previous to his (Adam’s) death, and received the promise of God by his father, that his posterity should be the chosen of the Lord, and that they should be preserved unto the end of the earth; 43 Because he (Seth) was a perfect man, and his likeness was the express likeness of his father, insomuch that he seemed to be like unto his father in all things, and could be distinguished from him only by his age. 44 Enos was ordained at the age of one hundred and thirty-four years and four months, by the hand of Adam. 45 God called upon Cainan in the wilderness in the fortieth year of his age; and he met Adam in journeying to the place Shedolamak. He was eighty-seven years old when he received his ordination. 46 Mahalaleel was four hundred and ninety-six years and seven days old when he was ordained by the hand of Adam, who also blessed him. 47 Jared was two hundred years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam, who also blessed him. 48 Enoch was twenty-five years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam; and he was sixty-five and Adam blessed him. 49 And he saw the Lord, and he walked with him, and was before his face continually; and he walked with God three hundred and sixty-five years, making him four hundred and thirty years old when he was translated. 50 Methuselah was one hundred years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam. 51 Lamech was thirty-two years old when he was ordained under the hand of Seth. 52 Noah was ten years old when he was ordained under the hand of Methuselah. 53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing. 54 And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel. 55 And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and thou art a prince over them forever. 56 And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation. SeventySeventies are special witnesses of Jesus Christ to the world and assist in building up and regulating the Churchunder the direction of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (see D&C 107:25, 34, 38, 93–97).25 The Seventy are also called to preach the gospel, and to be especial witnesses unto the Gentiles and in all the world—thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling. 34 The Seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Twelve or the traveling high council, in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and then to the Jews; 38 It is the duty of the traveling high council to call upon the Seventy, when they need assistance, to fill the several calls for preaching and administering the gospel, instead of any others. 93 And it is according to the vision showing the order of the Seventy, that they should have seven presidents to preside over them, chosen out of the number of the seventy; 94 And the seventh president of these presidents is to preside over the six; 95 And these seven presidents are to choose other seventy besides the first seventy to whom they belong, and are to preside over them; 96 And also other seventy, until seven times seventy, if the labor in the vineyard of necessity requires it. 97 And these seventy are to be traveling ministers, unto the Gentiles first and also unto the Jews. ApostleAn Apostle is a special witness of the name of Jesus Christ in all the world(see D&C 107:23).23 The twelve traveling councilors are called to be the Twelve Apostles, or special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world—thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.The Apostles administer the affairs of the Church throughout the world. Those who are ordained to the office of Apostle in the Melchizedek Priesthood are usually set apart as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Each one is given all the keys of the kingdom of God on earth, but only the senior Apostle, who is President of the Church, actively exercises all of the keys. The others act under his direction. • How have you been blessed through the service of Melchizedek Priesthood holders?
Importance of Priesthood Quorums• How can priesthood quorums help strengthen individuals and families?When ordained to the priesthood, a man or boy automatically becomes a member of a priesthood quorum. From then on through life, it is expected that he will hold membership in a quorum of the priesthood according to his office (see Boyd K. Packer, “What Every Elder Should Know—and Every Sister as Well: A Primer on Principles of Priesthood Government,” Ensign, Feb. 1993, 9).Duty to God -- The First Presidency has announced a revision to the Duty to God program… explaining that fulfilling your duty to God is a lifelong experience—one that is more about becoming worthy fathers and priesthood holders than being recognized for specific activities they have accomplished. To that end, the new Duty to God program focuses on helping young men strengthen their testimonies and their relationship with God, learn and fulfill their priesthood duties, and live the standards from For the Strength of Youth ….The New Duty to God program will help our Aaronic Priesthood Members to:•Strengthen their testimonies and their relationship with God. •Learn their priesthood duties and make plans to fulfill them (see D&C 107:99). •Take responsibility for their own growth. •Have many opportunities to share gospel truths and spiritual experiences, increasing their confidence and ability to share the gospel with others. •Strengthen relationships with parents, leaders, and quorum members. Auxiliaries to the Priesthood• How can auxiliaries to the priesthood help strengthen individuals and families?All organizations in the Church work under the direction of priesthood leaders and help them carry out the work of the Lord.For example, the presidencies in a ward’s Relief Society, Young Women, Young Men, Primary, and Sunday School organizations serve under the direction of the bishopric. These organizations are called auxiliaries to the priesthood.• What role do you have as an individual in helping priesthood quorums and auxiliaries be successful?
CONCLUSIONIf a priesthood quorum functions properly, the members of the quorum are encouraged, blessed, fellowshipped, and taught the gospel by their leaders. Even though a man may be released from Church callings, such as teacher, quorum president, bishop, high councilor, or stake president, his membership in his quorum does not change. Membership in a quorum of the priesthood should be regarded as a sacred privilege.VIDEO: “MY JOY IS FULL” Highlight of Savior Blessing….at Temple in Bountiful 3Ne - 3:50minMy Joy Is Full, (running time 3:50)Visuals and music highlight the Savior's visit among the inhabitants of the Americas, providing a unique view of His love. (Lesson 39, "Behold, My Joy Is Full")Topics: Savior, Love, Children, Blessing, Healing***Visual Testimony of the Sacred Privilege to use the Priesthood, showing the Savior using the Power of God to bless and heal and angels ministering. Beautiful! Touching! Emotional! Powerful! Invites the Spirit to all who watch and listen. Celestial choir music.
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Abraham honors the high priest Melchizedek and pays him tithes. “The first is called the Melchizedek Priesthood … because Melchizedek was such a great high priest. Before his day it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God. But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood”(D&C 107:1–4). 4
Aaronic Priesthood 13 The second priesthood is called the Priesthood of Aaron, because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations. 14 Why it is called the lesser priesthood is because it is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances. 20 The power and authority of the lesser, or Aaronic Priesthood, is to hold the keys of the ministering of angels, and to administer in outward ordinances, the letter of the gospel, the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, agreeable to the covenants and commandments. (D&C 107:13–14, 20) 5
The priest’s duty is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize, and administer the sacrament. (D&C 20:46) 6
Melchizedek Priesthood: Power and Authority to Lead the Church and Direct the Preaching of the Gospel in all Parts of the World. Melchizedek Priesthood: Administer ALL the Spiritual Work of the Church 7
8 The President of the Church is the Presiding High Priest and Directs the Work Done In the Temples
President Joseph F. Smith taught: “The Priesthood in general is the authority given to man to act for God. Every man ordained to any degree of the Priesthood has this authority delegated to him. But it is necessary that every act performed under this authority shall be done at the proper time and place, in the proper way, and after the proper order. The power of directing these labors constitutes the keys of the Priesthood. In their fulness, the keys are held by only one person at a time, the prophet and president of the Church. He may delegate any portion of this power to another, in which case that person holds the keys of that particular labor. Thus, the president of a temple, the president of a stake, the bishop of a ward, the president of a mission, the president of a quorum, each holds the keys of the labors performed in that particular body or locality. His Priesthood is not increased by this special appointment; … the president of an elders’ quorum, for example, has no more Priesthood than any member of that quorum. But he holds the power of directing the official labors performed in the … quorum, or in other words, the keys of that division of that work” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith , 141) 9
15 Duty to God The First Presidency has announced a revision to the Duty to God program explaining that fulfilling your duty to God is a lifelong experience—one that is more about becoming worthy fathers and priesthood holders than being recognized for specific activities they have accomplished. To that end, the new Duty to God program focuses on helping young men strengthen their testimonies and their relationship with God, learn and fulfill their priesthood duties, and live the standards from For the Strength of Youth
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