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

Preparation of Young Men to Receive the Aaronic Priesthood

8.6.1 The parents of a 10- or 11-year-old boy have the primary responsibility for helping him prepare to receive the Aaronic Priesthood. Other family members and home teachers assist.

1.4.1 Parents have the primary responsibility for helping their children know Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ (see John 17:3). Latter-day Saint fathers and mothers have been commanded to teach gospel doctrines, ordinances, covenants, and ways of righteous living to their children (see D&C 68:25–28). Children who are so reared and taught are more likely to be prepared at the appropriate age to receive priesthood ordinances and to make and keep covenants with God.

Blessings of the Priesthood—The priesthood is the power of God and is given to man to act in His name. (3:04)

Spiritual and Physical Welfare

8.2 Parents have the first responsibility for the spiritual and physical welfare of their children (see D&C 68:25–28). The bishopric and other Aaronic Priesthood leaders support but do not replace parents in this responsibility. They offer support in the following ways:

  • They assist parents in helping their sons prepare for priesthood ordinations, the temple endowment, full-time missionary service, temple marriage, and fatherhood.
  • They encourage communication between young men and their parents.
  • They ensure that quorum activities and other youth events do not put undue burdens on families or compete with family activities.

Leaders should be especially sensitive to young men who come from homes that lack strong support for gospel living.

A Father Indeed—The story of a committed husband and father who consistently demonstrates his love and devotion to his wife and children. (7:08)

Support for the Purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood

8.1.3 Young men are in a time of preparation and personal spiritual growth. Accordingly, parents and the bishopric and other Aaronic Priesthood leaders help each young man to:

  1. Become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings.
  2. Serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices.
  3. Give meaningful service.
  4. Prepare and live worthily to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances.
  5. Prepare to serve an honorable full-time mission.
  6. Obtain as much education as possible.
  7. Prepare to become a worthy husband and father.
  8. Give proper respect to women, girls, and children.

Parents and leaders help young men accomplish these objectives in family home evenings, family scripture study, meetings, activities, and interviews and by encouraging them to participate in the Duty to God program (see 8.12).

Let Us Be Men—A true man makes sacrifices in order to honor his commitments. (3:11)

Care and Strengthening of Young Men

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.

Parenting: Touching the Hearts of Our Youth—Effective parenting means taking the time to listen and to understand the hearts of our children so that we can grow together in faith, friendship, and love. (3:02)

Preparation of Young Men for Full-Time Missions

8.7 Parents have the primary responsibility for helping their sons prepare to serve full-time missions. Other family members, bishopric members, Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidencies and advisers, home teachers, and others support parents in this effort.

Missionary Work: A Priesthood Duty—President Thomas S. Monson speaks to young people about missionary service—a duty for young men and a rewarding option for young women.

Your Day for a Mission—At 18, Sid Going was a shoo-in for New Zealand’s national rugby team, but he chose to serve a mission first. Elder Neil L. Andersen tells why Sid made this decision and shares his testimony that the blessings of a mission outweigh any sacrifice.

A Work in Progress—His basketball dreams almost didn’t come true, but then Tyler Haws learned where hard work and dedication can lead.

Young Men's Participation in the Duty to God Program

8.12 Duty to God Program—All Aaronic Priesthood holders are encouraged to participate in the Duty to God program. This program gives Aaronic Priesthood holders opportunities to develop spiritual strength, learn and fulfill their priesthood duties, prepare to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and serve full-time missions, maintain physical health, and improve their relationships with others. Parents and leaders encourage young men to participate in the program soon after they are ordained to their first priesthood office. Young men continue to set goals throughout their years in the Aaronic Priesthood.

Instructions for Young Men, Parents, and Leaders

Fulfilling Your Duty to God—“When you make a goal in Duty to God, you’re making a commitment to your Heavenly Father that you’re going to do something. It’s your duty to Him.”

My Duty to God—A deacons quorum president explains how he fulfills his duty to God by serving a member of his quorum.