Helping Boys Prepare to Receive the Aaronic Priesthood

faith in god

“The Priesthood of Aaron … is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances” (D&C 107:13–14).

Faith in God for Boys

Boys should complete the following activities while they are 11 years old. These activities will help boys prepare to receive the Aaronic Priesthood and become righteous young men.

  • Learn about the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood (see D&C 13; 107:20; Joseph Smith—History 1:68-73).
  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 20:57-60 and Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders, page 7. Discuss with a parent or leader the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood and what it means to do his duty to God.
  • Talk with the deacons quorum presidency about the role of the deacons quorum. Write in his journal how he can serve the Lord as a member of a deacons quorum.
  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 88:77-80; 88:118; 130:19. Discuss with a parent or Primary leader how important a good education is and how it can help strengthen him as a priesthood holder in his home and family and in the Church.
  • Read “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Make a list of things he can do to help strengthen his family and make a happy home. Share the list with his parents or Primary leader.

Temple and Priesthood Preparation

11.5.5 Each year, the Primary presidency, under the direction of the bishopric, prepares a meeting called Temple and Priesthood Preparation. The meeting is held for 11-year-old boys and girls together. Their parents are also invited. The purpose of this meeting is to help these children understand the blessings of temple service, priesthood service, and making and keeping sacred covenants.

Possible topics for the meeting include:

  • Teaching about priesthood purposes, responsibilities, ordinances, and blessings.
  • Helping boys strengthen their commitment to prepare to receive the priesthood.
  • Helping boys and girls understand their opportunities to participate in the work of salvation.
  • Encouraging children to prepare to receive a limited-use temple recommend when they turn 12 and to participate worthily in proxy baptisms as their circumstances allow.

A member of the bishopric conducts the meeting, and at least one member of the Primary presidency attends. Other leaders who may attend include members of the deacons quorum presidency, Beehive class presidency, and Young Men and Young Women presidencies.

If a ward has very few 11-year-olds, the meeting may be held, under the direction of the stake presidency, with other wards or with the entire stake. According to local needs, it may be held on a Sunday evening, as part of a Primary meeting on Sunday, or at another time.

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