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Personal Priesthood Responsibility

Other Opportunities for Leaders to Meet with Members

Leaders have many opportunities to meet with members individually. For example:

  • Members may ask to meet with a Church leader when they need spiritual guidance or have weighty personal problems. In some cases, the leader may feel prompted to arrange a meeting with a member. Members are discouraged from contacting General Authorities about personal matters (see 38.8.24). In order to spend more time with youth, the bishop may delegate some of these meetings to other leaders in the ward. Members of the Relief Society, elders quorum, and Young Women presidencies can be particularly helpful. However, the bishop may not delegate matters that require his role as a common judge, such as repenting of serious sin.
  • The bishop or someone he assigns meets with members who have temporal needs (see 31.3.4 and 22.6).
  • The elders quorum president meets with each quorum member individually once a year. They discuss the well-being of the member and his family. They also discuss his priesthood duties. (See 8.3.3.2.)
  • The Relief Society president meets with each Relief Society member once a year. They discuss the well-being of the sister and her family. (See 9.3.2.2.)
  • A member of the bishopric meets with each 11-year-old as he or she moves from Primary to the deacons quorum or a Young Women class. During this meeting the bishopric member also interviews young men to receive the Aaronic Priesthood (see 18.10.2).
  • A member of the bishopric meets with members who are entering military service (see 38.9.2).
  • A member of the bishopric meets with each youth twice a year (see 31.3.1).
  • A member of the bishopric meets with each young single adult at least once a year (see 31.3.2).
  • Members of the stake presidency, bishopric, and other leaders meet regularly with leaders who serve under their direction (see 31.3.3).
  • When leaders meet with members, they follow the principles in 31.1.

    For helpful information about specific topics that may arise when meeting with members, see Counseling Resources in the Gospel Library. Leaders can also refer members to the information in Life Help.

    The bishop’s foremost responsibility is to help the rising generation in his ward progress spiritually. One important way he does this is by meeting with the youth individually (or with another adult present; see 31.1.4). The bishop or one of his counselors meets with each youth twice a year. At least one of these meetings each year should be with the bishop. Beginning the year the youth turns 16, both meetings during the year should be with the bishop if possible.

    In addition to these meetings, youth should feel free to counsel with the bishop whenever they need guidance or support. The bishop strives to build strong, trusting relationships with the youth so they feel comfortable counseling with him.

    The Young Women president also has a responsibility to minister to individual young women. She can do this by meeting with young women one on one (or with another adult present; see 31.1.4).

    When they meet with youth, leaders follow the principles in 31.1. Many of these principles are especially important when meeting with youth.

    In their efforts to strengthen the youth, leaders work closely with parents. They seek to support parents in their responsibility for teaching their children the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Leaders share the following information with the youth and his or her parents before their first meeting:

  • Parents have the primary responsibility to teach and nurture their children.
  • The bishop or one of his counselors meets with each youth at least twice a year. The Young Women president may also meet periodically with each young woman. In these meetings, leaders may answer questions, give support, extend assignments, and discuss topics listed in 31.3.1.2.
  • To help youth prepare spiritually, interviews are required for sacred matters such as temple recommends, priesthood ordinations, and mission calls. Leaders work with parents to help youth prepare for these interviews.
  • Parents encourage their children to counsel with the bishop or another Church leader when they need help with spiritual guidance or with repentance.
  • When a youth meets with a Church leader, a parent or another adult must be present. The youth may invite the adult to join the meeting or wait outside the room.
  • The main purpose of meetings with youth is to build faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and help the youth follow Them. These meetings should be uplifting spiritual experiences. Leaders strive to help each youth feel loved, encouraged, and inspired to become more like the Savior.

    The youth and the leader could discuss:

  • Spiritual experiences that are building the youth’s testimony of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the restored gospel.
  • How the youth is keeping his or her baptismal covenants.
  • The youth’s preparations to make and keep temple covenants.
  • The youth’s personal goals to become more like the Savior in all areas of life (see “Children and Youth”).
  • The importance of personal and family prayer and scripture study.
  • How to strengthen relationships with parents and other family members.
  • The principles and standards in the booklet For the Strength of Youth.
  • Ways the youth can participate in God’s work of salvation and exaltation (see 1.2).
  • With a young man, his experiences fulfilling his priesthood duties and his preparation to be ordained to the next priesthood office.
  • The blessings of participating in seminary.
  • Preparing to serve a full-time mission (see 24.3). The Lord expects each able young man to prepare to serve. Young women who desire to serve should also prepare. Leaders should be sensitive toward those who may be excused from full-time missionary service (see 24.4.4). For information about service missions, see 24.2.2.
  • When discussing obedience to the commandments, leaders may refer to temple recommend interview questions and the booklet For the Strength of Youth. They ensure that discussions about moral cleanliness do not encourage curiosity or experimentation.

    The bishop places high priority on the spiritual progress of young single adults in his ward. He or an assigned counselor meets with each young single adult at least once a year.

    The bishopric member and young single adult may discuss relevant items in 31.3.1.2. They could also discuss matters of special importance to young adults, such as developing self-reliance.

    Help the Member Feel God’s Love

    As a Church leader, you represent the Savior. An important part of His mission is to communicate God’s love to His children (see John 3:16–17). When members come to you for an interview or for help with a personal challenge, often what they need most is to know that Heavenly Father loves them. This love can strengthen them and inspire them to come unto Christ, repent of sin, and make good choices.

    The scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets invite the Spirit and teach pure doctrine. Use them often, with sensitivity and love, when you meet with members. Use them to inspire and encourage, not to condemn, coerce, or cause fear (see Luke 9:56).

    Schedule plenty of time for the meeting. The member should not feel that you are too busy. Give him or her your full attention.

    Ask Inspired Questions and Listen Carefully

    When meeting with a member, ask questions that help you understand his or her situation. Give the member opportunities to express his or her thoughts and feelings freely.

    While the member is talking, listen carefully and attentively. Seek to understand fully before responding. If needed, ask follow-up questions to be sure you understand. But don’t probe unnecessarily.

    Listening helps establish trust. It helps others feel understood, valued, and loved. People often need someone they trust to listen as they work through challenges. Listening can also help you open your heart to promptings from the Holy Ghost.

    Because of your love for the members, you may want to immediately offer solutions to their problems. However, you will bless them more by helping them find their own solutions and make their own decisions (see Doctrine and Covenants 9:8).

    Help them analyze their problems or questions within the context of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. Teach them how to seek the Lord’s guidance through the scriptures, the words of living prophets, and personal revelation. In this way, you help members prepare to face other challenges in the future. They will also be better able to help others, including their families.

    Sometimes a member may seek help repenting of sin. There is much you can do to inspire faith in Jesus Christ and encourage the member to seek forgiveness.

    Only the bishop or stake president can help a person resolve serious sins. Some of these are listed in 32.6. If the member has committed any of these sins, he or she should meet with the bishop or stake president right away.

    Each bishop and stake president is “a judge in Israel” (Doctrine and Covenants 107:72). By this authority they help members repent of sin and come unto Christ, who forgives sin (see 32.1 and 32.3).

    In these responsibilities, these leaders represent the Lord. They strive to use “the judgment which [He] shall give unto [them]” (3 Nephi 27:27). They teach that repentance includes exercising faith in Jesus Christ, having a contrite spirit, forsaking sin, seeking forgiveness, making restitution, and keeping the commandments with renewed commitment.

    To help them fulfill their role, bishops and stake presidents are blessed with the spiritual gift of discernment. This gift helps them discern truth, understand a member’s heart, and identify his or her needs (see 1 Kings 3:6–12; Doctrine and Covenants 46:27–28).

    Although confession occurs with a “judge in Israel,” with permission of the member, other leaders can give support in his or her efforts to repent. This is especially helpful when repentance will take significant time. See the last part of 32.8.1 for guidelines.

    Abuse cannot be tolerated in any form. Take reports of abuse seriously. If you become aware that someone has been abused, report the abuse to civil authorities and counsel with the bishop. Guidelines for reporting and responding to abuse are provided in 38.6.2.

    For information about what bishops and stake presidents should do when they become aware of abuse, see 38.6.2.1.

    For information about helping victims of rape or other sexual assault, see 38.6.18.2.

    In general, Church leaders interview members to determine whether they:

  • Are prepared to receive or participate in an ordinance.
  • Should be called to a position in the Church.
  • Most interviews of this kind are conducted by a member of the bishopric or stake presidency. They cannot be delegated to other ward leaders. However, a stake president may delegate some interviews to high councilors as outlined in the Chart of Callings (see 30.8).

    The bishop is called as “a common judge” in his ward (Doctrine and Covenants 107:74; see also 7.1.3). The stake president also serves as a common judge (see 6.2.3). These leaders hold priesthood keys for authorizing ordinances. For these reasons, there are certain interviews only they can conduct. They can delegate other interviews to counselors. The following table lists who can conduct each interview.

    Full-time missionaries interview converts for baptism and confirmation (see 31.2.3.2).

    Members of elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies conduct ministering interviews (see 21.3).

    The bishop holds the priesthood keys for baptizing 8-year-old members of record in his ward. For this reason, he or an assigned counselor interviews the following persons for baptism:

  • Children age 8 who are members of record.
  • Children age 8 who are not members of record but have a member parent or guardian.
  • Members of record ages 9 and older whose baptism was delayed due to intellectual disabilities.
  • In the interview, the bishopric member ensures that the child understands the purposes of baptism (see 2 Nephi 31:5–20). He also ensures that the child understands the baptismal covenant and is committed to live by it (see Mosiah 18:8–10). He does not need to use a specified list of questions. This is not an interview to determine worthiness, since “little children need no repentance” (Moroni 8:11).

    Permission of parents or guardians is required before a minor can be baptized (see 38.2.8.2).

    The mission president holds the priesthood keys for baptizing converts. For this reason, a full-time missionary interviews:

  • Persons ages 9 and older who have never been baptized and confirmed. See 31.2.3.1 for an exception for those with intellectual disabilities.
  • Children ages 8 and older whose parents are not members of the Church.
  • Children ages 8 and older who have a parent who is also being baptized and confirmed.
  • The missionary district leader or zone leader conducts the interview. For information about situations that require special authorization, see 38.2.8.7.

    Each prospective convert should also meet with the bishop before baptism. However, the bishop does not interview him or her for baptism. Nor does he determine worthiness. The purpose of this meeting is to build a relationship with the person.

    In the interview, the missionary follows the guidance of the Spirit to determine whether the person meets the qualifications described in Doctrine and Covenants 20:37 (see also Mosiah 18:8–10; Moroni 6:1–4). The missionary uses the following questions. He adapts them to the person’s age, maturity, and circumstance.

  • Do you believe that God is our Eternal Father? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior and Redeemer of the world?
  • Do you believe that the Church and gospel of Jesus Christ have been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith? Do you believe that [current Church President] is a prophet of God? What does this mean to you?
  • What does it mean to you to repent? Do you feel that you have repented of your past sins?
  • You have been taught that membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes living gospel standards. What do you understand about the following standards? Are you willing to obey them?
    • The law of chastity, which prohibits any sexual relations outside the bonds of a legal marriage between a man and a woman
    • The law of tithing
    • The Word of Wisdom
    • Keeping the Sabbath day holy, including partaking of the sacrament weekly and serving others
  • Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on probation or parole?
  • Have you ever participated in an abortion? (see 38.6.1).
  • When you are baptized, you covenant with God that you are willing to take upon yourself the name of Christ, serve others, stand as a witness of God at all times, and keep His commandments throughout your life. Are you ready to make this covenant and strive to be faithful to it?
  • For instructions if the person answers affirmatively to question 5 or 6, see 38.2.8.7. See also 38.2.8.8.

    If the person is prepared for baptism, the interviewer fills out the Baptism and Confirmation Record (see 18.8.3).

    FAQ

    What does PPI stand for in LDS Church?

    PPI stands for Personal Priesthood Interview (used in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

    What should I ask about PPI?

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    How do you conduct a temple recommend interview?

    Temple recommend interviews allow members to demonstrate that they have a testimony and are striving to obey God’s commandments and follow His prophets. Priesthood leaders also affirm, through the interview, that the member is worthy. Temple recommend interviews should not be rushed. They should be private.

    What is a ministering interview?

    Ministering interviews are an opportunity for ministering brothers and sisters to review current situations, make future plans, and get needed help to the individuals or families they minister to. It’s a chance to talk about what resources the quorum and Relief Society can provide.

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