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Aaronic Priesthood - "Let Every Man Learn His Duty" - Shared

Philmont LDS Week Training to be shared with the leaders in the St. Cloud MN Stake

Paul Hirst

on 26 September 2014

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Transcript of Aaronic Priesthood - "Let Every Man Learn His Duty" - Shared

Let Every Man
Learn His Duty

106 And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him him that is weak, that he may be edified in all meekness, that he may become strong also.

107 Therefore, take with you those who are ordained unto the lesser priesthood, and send them before you to make appointments, and to prepare the way, and to fill appointments that you yourselves are not able to fill.
108 Behold, this is the way that mine apostles, in ancient days, built up my church unto me.
109 Therefore, let every man stand in his own office, and labor in his own calling; and let not the head say unto the feet it hath no need of the feet; for without the feet how shall the body be able to stand?

110 Also the body hath need of every member, that all may be edified together, that the system may be kept perfect.
Doctrine & Covenants 84:106-110
The Aaronic Priesthood is Capable of Much More than We Let Them Do
David L. Beck
Young Men General President
We Need to Anchor the Young Men to their Covenants
The Aaronic Priesthood brethren need to know and understand they are part of a great and important work. They need to know and act in their office as standing ministers, not just in their quorums, but in their families, with their friends and in all places.
Priesthood Preparation begins in Primary with Faith in God
(and by extention leaders in the Church)
Scouting often becomes the tail that
wags Duty to God and Aaronic Priesthood
Aaronic Priesthood Leaders Are...
The Bishop & His Assistants
The Teachers Quorum President and His Counselors
The Deacons Quorum President and His Counselors
Priesthood Leaders need to Exercise Their Keys
The Deacons, Teachers and Priest Quorum Presidents are what is meant by "priesthood leaders" or "quorum leaders". Young men presidency and advisors are only "advisors", not leaders.
We don't want shadow leadership...
...We Want Mentors
Bishopric Duties
8.3.1 - Handbook 2
In the leadership of the priests quorum, the bishop serves with two assistants, both of whom are priests.
Although the bishop delegates many responsibilities to his assistants,
he serves personally and actively as quorum president
He promotes a spirit of love and unity in the quorum.
regularly attends
presides over quorum presidency meetings
Sunday quorum meetings
The bishop's counselors work with the teachers and deacons quorums, respectively - but in these quorums the
president presides
Duty to God is not a PROGRAM...
...but a way to help young men become righteous fathers and husbands who live their covenants.
Reports and tracking are beguiling and place our focus on the wrong things.
There will be no Church "tracking" system for Duty to God.
It cannot be put into a spreadsheet.
Fathers and adult leaders (YM presidencies, bishoprics, high councilors and stake presidencies) are all encouraged to complete the Duty to God program and learn, act and share with their sons and Aaronic priesthood quorums.
Learn • Act • Share
It's how we become righteous priesthood holders.
We need to anchor the
YM to their covenants.

Focus on becoming and engage them in the work.
Scouting is THE activity arm of the Aaronic Priesthood in the United States...
...It cannot be separated with some activities called "Aaronic Priesthood" and others "Scouting".
We make "Scouting" much more difficult than it needs to be. The BSA has provided tools and resources to make boy run programs simple.
Scouting and Duty to God do not and should not be considered separate activities/programs/whatever. They are intertwined and work together. There should never be "Duty to God" night and "Scout" night.
Scouting must be driven by the quorum leaders (not adults).
It is vitally important that each age group of boys gets the appropriate scouting experience: Scouts for deacons, Varsity for Teachers and
Venturing for
. Varsity and Venturing are "Scouting" but not "scoutcraft".
"Show me a program focused on advancement and I'll show you a program poorly run by adults." - Don Pack, LDS-BSA Liason
Boy run programs are not focused on advancement, but advancement is a natural outcome. Boys will advance more quickly with less prodding in a boy run program than an adult run program.
Quorum leaders need to be taught, mentored and allowed to exercised the keys of their office.
The Lord's

The 20 doctrines in
Duty to God
are aligned with
Preach My Gospel
Duty to God
is the best missionary
preparation course we have.
We need to change the paradigm about Duty to God from being a "check off the boxes" to be about how we help YM become...
Our charter with the BSA lets us run scouting the way we want to run scouting. We have great flexibility in how we run Scouting.
We're missing great opportunities if our
epresentatives (
bishopric member
) do not participate in their local districts and councils, including voting.
If our focus is on advancement then this is an example of scouting overpowering the priesthood.
We need to have time for reflection - and ask the questions about how what they just did relates to the gospel.
The Magic Bullet: Boy Lead - Boy Run. Quorum presidents exercising priesthood keys are boys leading boys.
Scouting should be
building up to a big event.
selected Themes
Calendaring the Entire YEAR should only take an hour
Themes allow the BOYs to plan and execute the activity.
Themes end "What Do We Do This Week?"
Do not have to be "Merit Badge" oriented, but can fulfill merit bage requirements.
Stretch over the course of several meetings or even months.
Can include guest presenters, field trips, skills practice, camping, etc.
End in a "Big Event". A "Big Event" is a culminating event that ties the entire theme and activity together. Is often a camp (High Adventure), but does not need to be.
Additional Notes
All those called (men & women) to work with boys must be registered with BSA prior to being sustained.
All those called need to be "fully trained" within one year of being called.
Those called need to have their three references checked by a member of the bishopric.
Small Units
Small Units can function as well as large units. Sometimes it's an advantage to be able to tailor a program to the needs of a few boys rather than a large diverse group.
If there is ONE worthy deacon (or teacher), give him the keys to his quorum and teach him how to exercise those keys to grow his quorum.
President Baker has counseled us to invite. Invitations and quality programs are the solutions to not having enough boys. Teach the boys, empower them and have them invite. Their patrols, troop and quorums will grow.
Quorum Presidents Need To:
Sit in Counsel with their Quorum
Have Presidency Meeting
Use Agenda in ALL of their meetings
Conduct their quorum meeting on Sunday
Are usually the Patrol Leader in Scouting
Get to know the members of their quorum
Understand their responsiblity as a holder of the keys of presidency
Teach his quorum doctrine and their duties
When we refer to the "YOUNG MEN" we mean...
The young men who hold the Aaronic Priesthood are to be referred to as the...
...the OLD guys with jobs and wives and children
who have callings to work with the Aaronic priesthood.
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