Ward Young Men Presidencies

Ward Young Men President and His Counselors (handbook 2 - 8.3.4)

The Handbook of Instructions lists 8 areas of focus for Young Men Presidencies and Advisors:

1. Guiding Aaronic Priesthood Quorums to fulfill their duties

2. Minister to individual needs and growth

3. Support families.

4. Improve gospel learning and teaching in quorums

5. Provide leadership training and guidance in quorum presidency meetings

6. Work with quorum leaders to plan and carry our quorum activities

7. Help the bishopric and quorum leaders build quorum unity

8. Capture the vision of Scouting

 

1. Guiding aaronic Priesthood quorums to fulfill their duties

Purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood (Handbook 2 - 8.1.3)

Young men are in a time of preparation and personal spiritual growth. Accordingly, parents and the bishopric and other Aaronic Priesthood leaders help each young man to:

1. Become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings.

2. Serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices.

3. Give meaningful service. 

4. Prepare and live worthily to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances.

5. Prepare to serve an honorable full-time mission.

6. Obtain as much education as possible.

7. Prepare to become a worthy husband and father.

8. Give proper respect to women, girls, and children.

Parents and leaders help young men accomplish these objectives in family home evenings, family scripture study, meetings, activities, and interviews and by encouraging them to participate in the Duty to God program (see 8.12).


2. Minister to individual needs and growth

Give special attention to those who may be struggling, and go out as necessary to find the lost sheep. . . . Personal attention to a young person just beginning to stray may save hours and hours—indeed, years and years—of effort later in our attempt to reclaim that person to activity
— President Howard W. Hunter
A Young Men quorum adviser's care and time helped Dane turn his life around and serve a mission.
When Jeremy's Aaronic Priesthood adviser took the time to get to know him, it changed Jeremy's life.

3. Support the Family

(2 of 6) Elder Golden and Elder Oaks remind us of the responsibility that parents have to rear their children in the gospel. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
...we must remember that in the beginning, the Church was the family, and even today as separate institutions, the family and the Church serve and strengthen one another. Neither supplants the other, and certainly the Church, even at its best, cannot substitute for parents. The point of gospel teaching and priesthood ordinances administered by the Church is that families may qualify for eternal life.
— Elder D. Todd Christofferson

4. Improve gospel learning and teaching in quorums

Brother Osguthorpe asks Elder Bednar how teachers can get students involved.

Helping youth become converted requires the combined efforts of parents, leaders, advisers, and teachers, including seminary teachers. Counsel together about the needs of the youth. Find out what they are learning at home, at church, and in seminary so that you can build on it as you teach them. Together you will be able to create a much more powerful learning experience for the youth than you could accomplish separately.


5. Provide leadership training and guidance in quorum presidency meetings

“Aaronic Priesthood quorum leaders ‘sit in council’ with quorum members, ‘teaching them the duties of their office’ (see D&C 107:85–86). They seek inspiration in fulfilling their responsibilities. They also receive instruction and guidance from the bishopric and quorum advisers. Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidents hold the priesthood keys to direct the work of the quorums over which they preside” (Handbook 2, 8.3.2; see also D&C 107:58–63 and the video “Ministering in the Aaronic Priesthood” [LDS.org]). How well are the Aaronic Priesthood quorums in your ward following this counsel? What could you do to help them improve?

Young men and their leaders share experience where Aaronic Priesthood leaders were empowered.
An example of how quorum meetings can bless the lives of young men.
Young men and their leaders talk about the powerful impact these meetings can have.
Young men and their leaders share insights on the powerful impact of ministering in the Aaronic Priesthood.

6. Work with quorum leaders to plan and carry out quorum activities

We have been charged to watch over one another and to serve one another. … Our goal should always be to use the programs of the Church as a means to lift, encourage, assist, teach, love, and perfect people.
— Elder M. Russell Ballard

7. Help the bishopric and quorum leaders build quorum unity

I have learned over the years that the strength in a quorum doesn’t come from the number of priesthood holders in it. Nor does it come automatically from the age and maturity of the members. Rather, the strength of a quorum comes in large measure from how completely its members are united in righteousness. That unity in a strong quorum of the priesthood is not like anything I have experienced in an athletic team or club or any other organization in the world.
— President Henry B. Eyring

8. Capture the vision of Scouting

This is a powerful testimony about the Scouting program.
In a program as demanding as Scouting, some leaders are concerned and tentative and might feel inadequate or overwhelmed. These feelings are normal. The best way to deal with such feelings is to just jump in—now. The Lord has called you, and He will qualify you1 and bless you to the degree that you learn your responsibilities and magnify your calling.
— President David L. Beck