Some of the bishopric's responsibilities related to the Aaronic Priesthood include:

President of the Aaronic Priesthood

8.3.1 The bishop oversees the Aaronic Priesthood quorums in the ward. He and his counselors comprise the bishopric and the presidency of the Aaronic Priesthood in the ward (see D&C 107:13–15). They watch over and strengthen individual young men, working closely with parents and with other leaders.

8.3.1 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. He regularly attends and presides over quorum presidency meetings and Sunday quorum meetings. He participates in quorum service and activities.

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.

8.3.1 The bishop assigns one of his counselors to oversee the ward Young Men organization under his direction. This counselor discusses Young Men matters regularly with the ward Young Men presidency. He reports on these discussions in bishopric meetings.

Members of the bishopric help young men serve faithfully, advance in the priesthood, and accomplish the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood (see Handbook 1, 2.2).

"Just Take Some Time"

"Advancement in the Priesthood"

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"Ministering in the Aaronic Priesthood"

20.7 The bishop oversees the conferral of the Aaronic Priesthood and ordinations to the offices of deacon, teacher, and priest.


Book 1, 7.1.7 Conduct interviews with each young man (see Handbook 2, 8.3.1).

8.3.1 The bishop or an assigned counselor interviews the deacons quorum president, the teachers quorum president, and the priests quorum assistants regularly. In these interviews, the bishopric member and the quorum leader discuss the progress of individual quorum members and the progress of the quorum as a whole.

Quorum Meetings

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.

8.11 The purposes of quorum meetings are to conduct quorum business, learn priesthood duties, and study the gospel of Jesus Christ.

8.11 Bishopric members . . . may assist in teaching from time to time.

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"Quorum Meeting"

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"Effective Aaronic Priesthood Presidency and Quorum Meetings"

Presidency Meetings and Leadership Training

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.

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

8.3.1 With assistance from quorum advisers, the bishop and his counselors teach leadership skills to quorum leaders and help them fulfill their responsibilities.

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"The Power of the Priesthood in the Boy"

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"Quorum Presidency Meeting"

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"Effective Aaronic Priesthood Presidency and Quorum Meetings"

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"Empowering Aaronic Priesthood Leadership"

Activities and Scouting


13.1 Activities strengthen members by giving them a sense of belonging and mutual support. Activities should help members feel connected to others their age, to their leaders, and to their families. Activities should also help members see how living the gospel brings “the joy of the saints” (Enos 1:3).

8.13.1 The Young Men presidency, under the direction of the bishopric, oversees Mutual for young men. 

8.13.1 Mutual activities should provide youth with a variety of opportunities to serve others and to develop spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually.

13.2.6 Planning a yearly calendar helps leaders achieve a balance of service, cultural arts, and physical activities without creating excessive demands on members’ time.

8.13.2 Bishopric youth discussions are planned and carried out by the bishopric.

Preparation of Young Men

8.2 Aaronic Priesthood leaders assist parents in helping their sons prepare for priesthood ordinations, the temple endowment, full-time missionary service, temple marriage, and fatherhood.

8.7 Helping quorum members prepare for missionary service is a high priority for bishopric members and quorum advisers. . . . Leaders look for ways to include missionary preparation in quorum meetings, presidency meetings, quorum activities, and other settings.

"Preparing Young Men for Missionary Service"

8.7 They provide opportunities in quorum meetings and activities for quorum members to feel and recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost.

M. Russell Ballard—"Inspiring Young Men to Serve"

"Missionary Work: A Priesthood Duty"

"Staying within the Lines"

8.7 Many of the goals and activities suggested in the Duty to God program can help a young man prepare for missionary service.

The Duty to God book can be an effective tool to help teach quorum members their priesthood duties and encourage them to strengthen their testimony and their relationship with Heavenly Father (see “To Quorum Presidents,” 91).