“A Deacon’s Duty,” New Era, Sept. 2009, 45
The first time I passed the sacrament as a deacon, I was nervous from start to finish. I was worried I would walk in the wrong direction or go to the wrong row. I had looked forward to passing the sacrament for as long as I could remember. I would watch the deacons every week. They looked so dignified.
I made it through my first week without messing up, and now I’m not nervous anymore. Instead, when I pass the sacrament, I feel reverent and happy. I feel the Spirit when I’m passing the sacrament.
The sacrament is an important time when we think of Jesus Christ and what we can change or do better. A deacon can help others concentrate during the sacrament by dressing properly, being reverent, walking slowly, holding the sacrament trays carefully, and not joking around.
I have four younger brothers. Now that I have received the priesthood, I try harder not to argue with my brothers. I help them more. It’s very important to be a good example to them. If I’m not, they might think the priesthood isn’t important. But it is. I have changed because of holding the priesthood.
To be a good priesthood holder, you need to keep the commandments, treat others well, and remember you’re still a priesthood holder even at school and at home—not just on Sundays.