Spiritual Strength

“Deacon: Spiritual Strength,” Fulfilling My Duty to God: For Aaronic Priesthood Holders (2010), 12–21

The Lord has admonished priesthood holders, “Be ye clean” (D&C 38:42). In this section you will learn how personal worthiness is tied to priesthood power (see D&C 121:34–46). You will also make plans to begin or strengthen a habit of regular prayer and scripture study, which includes studying the words of the living prophets.

This section is organized into the following areas:

  • Pray and Study the Scriptures

  • Live Worthily

  • Understand Doctrine

Pray and Study the Scriptures

“Feast upon the words of Christ” (2 Nephi 32:3).


  • Carefully study Joshua 1:8; 1 Nephi 15:23–24; 2 Nephi 32:3; Alma 17:2–3; and D&C 21:4–6. As you study, make a list of words and phrases that describe:

    1. How you should approach your study of the scriptures and words of the living prophets.

    2. Blessings that will come as you study the scriptures and words of the living prophets.

    Share your list with your parents, priesthood leaders, or other quorum members. Discuss specific blessings you have received from following counsel the Lord has given in the scriptures and through living prophets.

  • On the next page, write your plans to begin or strengthen a habit of regular prayer and scripture study. For example, you could plan to study the Book of Mormon for a specific amount of time each day. Your scripture study could include the words of the living prophets in the conference issues of the Ensign or Liahona.


My plan for developing a habit of regular prayer and scripture study:


  • Share what you are learning from your scripture study. For example, you could share with your family, with friends, or in quorum meetings. This will strengthen your testimony of what you’re learning and help you learn how to teach the gospel. It will also strengthen the testimony of others.

Your plan for scripture study could include writing down insights you gain. Each time you study the scriptures, ask Heavenly Father in prayer to help you understand what you read.

Live Worthily

“He who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (D&C 58:42).


  • Read the section titled “Repentance” in For the Strength of Youth, and write your answers to the following questions in a notebook or journal:

    1. What do you learn about the Atonement and repentance from this section?

    2. How does repentance help you grow spiritually?

    3. What is the relationship between repentance, the Atonement, and personal worthiness?

    Discuss your answers with your parents or quorum members. Discuss how repentance will help you prepare to enter the temple and participate in sacred ordinances.

  • Choose at least three other sections from For the Strength of Youth that will help you live worthily. Study the standards in these sections, and write what you will do to live these standards and to help others do the same.


Sections from For the Strength of Youth I will study:

Specific things I will do to live these standards and help others do the same:


  • After studying and applying these standards, share with your parents or quorum members what you are learning, how it is influencing your life, and the kind of person you are becoming.

Consider studying and applying “Dress and Appearance,” “Entertainment and the Media,” or “Language” in For the Strength of Youth.

Understand Doctrine

“I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” (D&C 88:77).


  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 11:21. What promises does the Lord give to those who study His word? You will need a basic understanding and a testimony of gospel truths to fulfill your duties now as a priesthood holder and in the future as a full-time missionary and as a husband and father.

  • Look at the list of doctrinal topics on page 20, and choose four or more that you would like to learn about. One of these should be “The Priesthood and Priesthood Keys.” You can use the scriptures (including the Topical Guide), True to the Faith, Preach My Gospel, and the words of latter-day prophets to learn about these topics.

  • For each topic you study, create a simple outline. It could include: (1) a definition of the topic, (2) teachings and examples from the scriptures and your own life, and (3) your thoughts and feelings about why this topic is important. For examples of outlines, see Preach My Gospel (chapters 2 and 3) or visit DutytoGod.lds.org.


Doctrinal topics I will study:


  • Using the outlines you have prepared, teach others about these doctrinal topics. Counsel with your parents and quorum leaders to determine when you can do this.

When I will teach about these topics:

As you learn about the priesthood, consider studying D&C 4; 13; 20:46–60; 84:18–27; 107:1–21; 121:34–46; 124:142–43. Also consider studying other passages listed in the Topical Guide.

Doctrinal Topics

  • The Godhead

  • The Plan of Salvation

  • The Atonement of Jesus Christ

  • Prophets

  • The Apostasy and the Restoration of the Gospel

  • The Restoration of the Priesthood

  • The Priesthood and Priesthood Keys

  • Service

  • Covenants and Ordinances

  • Faith

  • Repentance

  • Baptism

  • The Gift of the Holy Ghost

  • Prayer and Personal Revelation

  • Agency

  • Temples

  • Eternal Families and Family History Work

  • The Law of Chastity

  • The Word of Wisdom

  • Tithing


Near the end of your years as a deacon, talk with your parents or a priesthood leader about your experiences accomplishing your plans to pray and study the scriptures, live worthily, and understand doctrine. Discuss how doing these things is helping you strengthen your testimony and your relationship with Heavenly Father.

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