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This priesthood session of Conference was quite unexpected.  Usually, there are at least 2 talks geared directly towards the young men, and there are usually a few topics within those talks that have direct correlation with something youth might be experiencing today.  Here are the speakers from this year’s Priesthood Session, and their counsel to the youth.  I hope my notes are up to par, if not, I’ll be editing this when the church releases the text of the talks.

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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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Out here in the Midwest our New Duty to God program has officially started.  We had the meeting last week for all the youth and their parents, and the feedback seemed to be generally positive.  Many people liked the new emphasis on personal development in the program, many liked how it simplified a lot , and most importantly, the boys didn’t look at Duty to God as something impossible to be attained.  If you have had the new Duty to God presentation in your ward or stake, let me know in the comments how it was received, and the general feedback of all that’s going on, as well as your additional thoughts and opinions on the new program and what it means long-term for your boys!

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FYI

This blog is still active. I’ve got about 15 drafts that I’ve got waiting in my queue to upload, but within the last month and a half I’ve been bombarded with a new calling, a new job, plus licensing and certification exams that have been occupying much of my time. My big examination is on Monday the 28th of August, and so on September 1st there will be no shortage of posts.
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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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Well, my sources came through.  I got a chance to not only see the new Duty to God book over the weekend, but to flip through it and do a little bit of reading as well.   My predictions were close, but the book is not what I expected it to be.

My sources tell me that many of the Stake Presidencies/Stake Young Men’s presidencies have copies of the book, and they are planning an official roll-out in August.  Why they don’t start getting the books out to the parents to drum up interest is a bit confusing to me, but that’s what they’ve decided to do.  And let me tell you.  THE BOOK LOOKS GREAT!  I’ve got pictures at the end of the post.

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This lesson can be found here

I found it interesting that the objective specifically linked the faith in Christ of the young men to understanding the atonement better.  This thought stuck in my mind the entire time while I planned out this lesson.  I struggled, because dealing with sometimes rowdy 12 year olds can cause one to gloss over the important lessons that the boys need to take with them.  I didn’t want to use hokey analogies.  I wanted to treat this as serious.  The other thing that stood out to me was in the “Note” section of the lesson:

This lesson provides you an opportunity to help each young man understand the life and mission of the Savior. Some young men are entering the mission field without understanding the atonement of Jesus Christ and the ways it blesses their lives and the lives of others.

Wow.  So this needed more than object lessons and analogies.  This is serious stuff.

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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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