When reciting the Aaronic Priesthood quorum theme young men say: “With all my heart, might, mind, and strength, I will love God, keep my covenants, and use His priesthood to serve others, beginning in my own home.”
There is purpose in the order of this sentence. As parents and leaders, we can help young men to better understand how they can access priesthood power and to use it to bless others by loving God, keeping covenants and serving others.
Young men often hear that God loves them. However, love must go both ways. They must also feel love for God and Jesus Christ. The Children and Youth program can help their love for God grow through gospel learning, service and activities, and personal development. It can help them as they strive to become more like Jesus Christ. He can strengthen them as they “increase in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).
One thing that can help a young man feel greater love for God is to feel grateful for his blessings and ponder all that his Heavenly Father desires to give him. The Apostle Paul declared, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
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