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Young Men Lesson 22: Duties of Priests

Manual 3; Supplement from "The Magnificent Aaronic Priesthood" by David L. Beck

May 27, 2011

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There is an urgency for you to fulfill your duty to God. I am confident that you will.

Discussion Questions:
  • What are some ways the Aaronic Priesthood blesses the lives of others?
  • What can you do now to further magnify your calling as a priesthood holder?
  • How does your attitude about your priesthood service affect those you serve?

Excerpt from "The Magnificent Aaronic Priesthood" by David L. Beck:

Satan would have you think that you are too young or that there are too few of you to do significant things with the Aaronic Priesthood. None of that is true.

God’s words to Moses are for you today: “Behold, thou art my son; … and I have a work for [you]” (Moses 1:4, 6).

He has given you His power to do great things. As you fulfill your duty to God, you will strengthen and bless your family. This is your greatest priesthood duty. Listen to a mother describe the impact her son has on his family: “Leo has the priesthood in our home, and it’s a huge blessing. He’s a good example to his siblings; … he makes sure they always pray. He passes the sacrament on Sundays. His little brother sees him. He helps … with family prayer. I know that he will continue to be a blessing as he gets older. He will be able to baptize his younger brother. It’s a comfort and a gift to us.”

As you fulfill your duty to God, you will reach out to your friends who are not of our faith and help prepare them to join the Church. Like a true brother, you will watch over and strengthen them. You will lead out in the rescue of other young men who have lost their way.

As you fulfill your duty to God, you will be a force for good at all times and in every circumstance. Your righteous example and your faithful priesthood service will be a powerful way to invite all who know you to come unto Christ.

In their most critical time, the Nephites looked to a young man, Mormon, for leadership and inspiration (see Mormon 2:1–2). Today, we look to you to be a great strength to the Church and a force for good on the earth. This is what the Lord expects.

*To read the full talk, click here.

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