Getting Started


This website section is intended to help you as you begin to serve in your calling as a Melchizedek Priesthood leader. Links to key sections of Handbook 2: Administering the Church are included. You are encouraged to prayerfully study the entire handbook chapter that contains the key section.

As you begin your service, remember that your first priority is always in your role as husband and father in your home and family. Another important priority is to spiritually prepare yourself through prayer, learning from the scriptures and living prophets, and, where possible, consistent temple attendance.

Families and the Church in God's Plan

Our Heavenly Father's work is to enable His children to receive eternal life, that is, to eventually live with Him and live like Him (see Moses 1:39). He established families to bring us happiness in this life and to prepare us for eternal life with Him. The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have declared, "The family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children" ("The Family: A Proclamation to the World," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).

Links to Key Sections

  • God the Father's Plan for His Eternal Family 1.1.1, 1.1.4, 1.3.1, 1.4
  • The Priesthood and the Family, Handbook 2: 2.3
  • Leadership Purposes, Handbook 2: 3.4

Seek Learning

As a new Melchizedek Priesthood leader, you should become thoroughly familiar with chapters 1-7 and other chapters of Handbook 2. As you read, study, pray, and ponder the key doctrines and principles relating to your calling, the Lord will bless you with an increased understanding of how to fulfill your responsibilities (see 2 Nephi 28:30; D&C 98:12).

"Yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith" (D&C 88:118). The Holy Ghost will bring knowledge and conviction that will bless your life and allow you to bless the lives of others you serve. "For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost" (1 Nephi 10:19).

Links to Key Sections


Priesthood Authority and Power

President Boyd K. Packer stated, "We now must awaken in every elder and high priest, in every quorum and group, and in the father of every home the power of the priesthood of the Almighty" ("The Power of the Priesthood," Ensign, May 2010, 8). The priesthood is the power and authority that God gives to man to perform His work. Priesthood authority comes by being ordained, while priesthood power comes through faithful and obedient living and honoring covenants. Leaders use priesthood keys to guide the Church, direct the preaching of the gospel, and administer the spiritual work of the Church.

Links to Key Sections

Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ

The Savior counseled His disciples: "What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am" (3 Nephi 27:27). You follow the Savior's way of leading through becoming His disciple, serving as a living example to inspire others, and performing selfless service.

President Thomas S. Monson taught, "We have the hearts to serve faithfully in our priesthood callings and thereby inspire others to walk on higher ground" ("To Learn, to Do, to Be," Ensign, Nov. 2008, 61). When you use the priesthood "by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned" (D&C 121:41), you receive the Spirit and will do many wonderful things for your family and those you serve.

Links to Key Sections

  • The Savior's Way of Leading, Handbook 2: 3.1
  • Principles of Gospel Leadership, Handbook 2: 3.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4
  • Represent the Lord and His Church, Handbook 2: 3.3.1, 3.3.2
  • Leadership Purposes, Handbook 2: 3.4

Serving Young Single Adults

As an elders quorum president or a counselor assigned by the elders quorum president to oversee the young single adults in your area, you have the responsibility to assist young single adults in their journey back to the presence of our Heavenly Father. You share this responsibility with other members of the ward (including the bishop, bishopric counselor assigned to oversee young single adults, Relief Society presidency, and any young single adult leaders) and of the stake (including the stake president, counselor in the stake presidency and high councilor assigned to oversee young single adults, and Relief Society president). As you work with this group to assist the young single adults, you should:

To assist you in shepherding the young single adults, many resources are available to you. Learn more.