Quorum Presidency, Assistant to the Bishop, and Secretary

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In Church handbooks, the term quorum leaders refers to the deacons quorum presidency, the teachers quorum presidency, and the bishop and his assistants in the priests quorum. The members of the Young Men presidency are quorum advisers, not quorum leaders. (See Handbook 2, 8.3.)

Some of the quorum presidencies' responsibilities related to the Aaronic Priesthood include:

Priesthood Duties

Handbook 2: 8.3.2 Aaronic Priesthood quorum leaders provide quorum members with opportunities for priesthood assignments, leadership experiences, and spiritual growth.

Handbook 2: 20.4.1 Under the direction of the bishopric, priesthood holders bless the sacrament and pass it to members of the congregation during each sacrament meeting. Aaronic Priesthood holders usually perform these duties.

Handbook 2: 8.4 Ministering is a priesthood responsibility of teachers, priests, and Melchizedek Priesthood holders.

Handbook 2: 8.5 Where a ward is geographically concentrated and where safety conditions permit, the bishop may direct Aaronic Priesthood holders, especially deacons, to contact member households each month to give members the opportunity to contribute fast offerings.


Presidency Meetings and Leadership Training

Handbook 2: 8.3.2 [Quorum presidencies] hold regular quorum presidency meetings.

Handbook 2: 8.9.3 Each quorum presidency holds a presidency meeting regularly. The bishop regularly attends and presides over the priests quorum presidency meeting, and one of his assistants conducts it. The deacons quorum president and teachers quorum president conduct their presidency meetings, and they preside unless a member of the bishopric attends. Quorum advisers and secretaries also attend these meetings. Secretaries take notes and keep track of assignments.

Handbook 2: 8.3.2 [Aaronic Priesthood quorum leaders] receive instruction and guidance from the bishopric and quorum advisers.

Handbook 2: 8.3.2 The deacons quorum president, the teachers quorum president, and one of the priests quorum assistants serve on the bishopric youth committee.


Quorum Meetings

Handbook 2: 8.3.1 The bishop assigns one of his counselors to oversee the deacons quorum and the other counselor to oversee the teachers quorum. They attend quorum presidency meetings and Sunday quorum meetings as often as possible.

Handbook 2: 8.3.2 Quorum presidencies and assistants to the bishop in the priests quorum conduct Sunday quorum meetings.

Handbook 2: 8.3.2 Aaronic Priesthood quorum leaders “sit in council” with quorum members, “teaching them the duties of their office.”

Handbook 2: 8.11 The purposes of quorum meetings are to … conduct quorum business; learn priesthood duties; and study the gospel [of Jesus Christ].

Handbook 2: 8.3.2 On occasion, [Aaronic Priesthood quorum leaders] may give gospel instruction in Sunday quorum meetings, with help from quorum advisers.


Watch Over and Fellowship

Handbook 2: 8.3.2 Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidencies and assistants to the bishop in the priests quorum watch over and fellowship quorum members and other young men of quorum age. They give special attention to those who are new members or less active and those who have disabilities or other special needs. Quorum leaders strive to develop love and brotherhood among quorum members.



Handbook 2: 8.3.2 [Quorum leaders] help plan quorum activities, including Mutual.

Handbook 2: 8.13 Quorum leaders and quorum advisers plan activities based on the needs and interests of quorum members. They make a special effort to reach out to all young men, including those who have recently joined the Church and those who are less active. Activities may help young men accomplish their goals. … Quorum leaders should participate as much as possible in planning and carrying out activities.