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Gramps,

Hi, I’m wondering if you could recommend a basic book on the priesthood. My husband and I have been convert members for many years. My husband has been on the fence for the past few years (after coming home from serving in Afghanistan for a year). He is starting to want to learn more about the priesthood. I am so happy for his recent interest now. Thank you so much!

Joni

 

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Dear Joni,

A good place to get started learning about the priesthood is the Handbook of Instructions. Chapter 3 teaches priesthood principles such as how Joseph Smith received the priesthood, its offices, and what keys are and how they’re used. Make a particular note of the scriptures linked in this chapter. These are the primary sources that teach about priesthood (manuals and church talks consolidate these into a thematic format).

Another good resource (with quite a bit of overlap with the current Handbook) is an article based on some training Boyd K. Packer (president of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles) gave to church leaders. It is called “What Every Elder Should Know–and Every Sister as Well: A Primer on Principles of Priesthood Government“.

Some additional talks and scriptures can be found on a page the Church has dedicated to the subject: Priesthood Duties.

Finally, the responsibility of training your husband in his priesthood duties falls on the elders quorum president. He may have some additional resources for your family (including old manuals with lessons directed at priesthood quorums) or may refer you to another quorum member (such as your ministering brothers). But your husband should feel free to contact his quorum leader for guidance.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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