By Kimball Vaughn
Oct 01, 2017

Priesthood General Session: Lessons for Priesthood Holders and Scouts

Priesthood, integrity, and responsibility. These were a few of the topics highlighted at the October 2017 General Priesthood Session. Men old and young attended the session at the General Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT and millions more tuned in to the live broadcast.

The Priesthood is a Rocket

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles opened his talk with an analogy of the priesthood to rockets.

“Like the rocket, whose purpose is to deliver a payload, the Priesthood delivers the gospel of Jesus Christ, enabling all to make covenants and receive the associated ordinances. The atoning blood of Christ can thereby be applied in our lives as we experience the sanctifying influence of the Holy Ghost and receive the blessings God promises.”

Young men can magnify their Priesthood calling and deliver the gospel like a rocket, by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to their friends and loved ones.

Similarly, Scouting, like a rocket, delivers principles to young men to help them become responsible participating citizens and leaders who are guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Do What You Know You Should

After Elder Renlund’s remarks, Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy recounted a story of his search to know the truthfulness of the gospel and the advice his mother gave him on his journey.

“While you are searching, and reading, and praying for the answer, why don’t you do the things that you know you should, and not do the things that you know you should not.”

Young men are constantly making decisions and trying to find answers to their deepest questions, but they know the things they should and shouldn’t do. They are taught the gospel of Jesus Christ to serve others and to go about doing good continually.

At age 11, they are taught the Scout Oath “to do their best to do their duty to God and their country.” They are equally responsible to serve others and go about doing good continually.

Be a Man of Integrity

The men were then taught about integrity by Elder Richard J. Maynes, former member of the Presidency of the Seventy.

“Integrity or the lack of integrity is a fundamental element of one’s character. Men who have integrity of heart are men to be trusted because trust is built on integrity. being a man of integrity simply means your intentions, as well your actions are pure and righteous in all aspects of your life both in public and in private.”

To be a worthy priesthood holder, men young and old must be men of integrity. They have covenants to keep and they are entrusted with sacred responsibilities.

For Scouts to fulfill their purpose, they must also be men of integrity. In the Scout Law, young men promise to be trustworthy and loyal, which are two key ingredients of integrity.

The Path to Spiritual Wellness 

Following Elder Maynes talk, the choir and congregation sang “How Firm a Foundation” and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, spoke about helping others find spiritual wellness. 

“The Lord has called you. He has given you authority and responsibility to reach out to those in need. He has endowed you with His sacred priesthood power to bring light into the darkness and uplift and bless God’s children, his church, and his precious gospel, which healeth the wounded soul. He has prepared the path to spiritual wellness, to find healing from stagnation and, move toward vibrant, spiritual health.”

Young Priesthood holders are responsible for helping others find spiritual wellness. Each week they are taught what they can do to bless the lives of those around them.

Scouts are responsible to “help other people at all times.” They should always be on the lookout for opportunities to serve.

Have Faith That You Were Called

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, was the concluding speaker of the meeting. He addressed the need for all men to have faith that Heavenly Father called them to their calling by revelation.

“Let’s start with what faith means, for instance, for a Teacher’s or Deacon’s quorum president. It is important for him to have faith that the Lord called him personally, knowing his weaknesses and strengths. He has to have faith that the man who issued the call received revelation by the spirit of God.” – President Henry B. Eyring.

It’s important for young men to know that their leader was inspired by God to call them to serve. It helps them grow as a young man and learn to do great things at a young age.

It’s equally important for young Scouts to trust their leaders and have faith that they can help them be successful. The more trust Scouts have in their leaders, the more willing they will be to learn and do difficult things.

Applicable for Priesthood Holders & Scouts

Although the principles discussed in Priesthood Session were specifically for priesthood holders in the Church, they are just as applicable to Scouts, many of which are Aaronic preisthood holders themselves.

After all, Scouting is more than just earning merit badges, doing community service, and connecting with other people. Scouting prepares young men to become husbands and fathers, productive members of society, and most of all, good men.

Audio and video recordings of these talks can be found under the “General Priesthood Session” tab at here.

 

Author: Kimball Vaughn | PR Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council

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One thought on “Priesthood General Session: Lessons for Priesthood Holders and Scouts

  1. Darryl AlderDarryl Alder

    Kimball
    I really enjoyed this summary of the Priesthood session. It is always one of my favorites, but then after two more session I needed this to remember how it made me feel. Thanks and thank you for relating it to Scouting. Doing helped me relate in a more simple way.

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