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Because of this weekend’s General Conference, the posting schedule will be updated. My goal is to spend the weekend getting caught up on the lessons for Manual 2 so that I can be somewhat caught up. By my count, we should be at or around Lesson 39 (Moral Courage), giving us 11-12 lessons before the end of the year.

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This was given to a group of four 11-year olds at the Priesthood Preview held a couple of weeks ago.  I was asked to speak for 5 minutes on the Purpose of the Aaronic Priesthood and the Duties of a Deacon.  I am posting it here for anyone who might be able to take some insight from it in their own lessons.

The Purpose of the Aaronic Priesthood and the Duties of a Deacon

First, let me just say how proud I am of all you young men.  You have made a very good decision to live worthily to receive the Aaronic Priesthood, and I know your Heavenly Father is pleased with you.

When you become a Deacon, and when you are in our Deacon’s quorum, we will use the scriptures a lot.  I’m sure you’ve probably seen the Deacons eating donuts.  If you bring your scriptures 4 weeks in a row, I buy donuts.  But if you don’t, we start the 4 weeks over again.

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This lesson can be found here.

There’s a few different ways you can approach this lesson, depending on who you teach it to.  If it’s to the Deacons, this would be a good way to introduce them to not only the additional responsibilities they will have in the Aaronic Priesthood, but a good time to emphasize that you don’t regress in your responsibilities.  From what I’ve heard, when the Quorum of the 12 meet on Thursdays in the upper room of the Salt Lake Temple with some of the other General Authorities, they pass the sacrament to each other (about halfway through the talk).

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This lesson can be found here.

When I was younger, Patriarchal blessings were always something that seemed so full of wonder.  I would hear people reference them, and speak of certain things “making sense” or as a roadmap to their lives.  I thought of them more like turn-by-turn navigation instructions from a GPS rather than a starting point-to-destination (with whatever road you want to take) mindset.

In the “Note” at the beginning of the manual, it says some may have their patriarchal blessings.  Well, I’m pretty sure my Deacons don’t have it, but the ages for receiving a Patriarchal Blessing are all over the map.  I received mine when I was 18, my friend received his when he was 14, my brother when he was 14, my dad when he was 18, my mom later in life, and everywhere in between.

That being said, there’s a few different ways this lesson can be structured.
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2010 Mutual Theme – Joshua 1:9

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

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