- The Aaronic Priesthood is designated as a preparatory priesthood. The great majority of Aaronic Priesthood holders are young deacons, teachers, and priests between 12 and 19 years of age. We may come to think of priesthood preparation as occurring in the Aaronic Priesthood years. But our Heavenly Father has been preparing us since we were taught at His knee in His kingdom before we were born. He is preparing us tonight. And He will continue to prepare us as long as we will let Him.
- For us to qualify for eternal life, our service in this life must include working with all our heart, might, mind, and strength to prepare others to return to God with us. So part of the priesthood preparation we will have in this life will be opportunities to serve and teach others. It may include being teachers in the Church, wise and loving fathers, members of a quorum, and missionaries for the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord will offer the opportunities, but whether we are prepared will depend on us.
He speaks about our concern about being inexperienced and reminds us that with God's help, we can accomplish anything.
- Don’t worry about how inexperienced you are or think you are, but think about what, with the Lord’s help, you can become.
Service is the key to success when we believe our abilities are lacking. If we are not actively trying to improve, we are by default, taking steps backwards in our progression.
- We are being prepared for priesthood service that will become more challenging with time. For instance, our muscles and our brains age as we do. Our capacity to learn and remember what we have read will diminish. To give the priesthood service the Lord expects of us will take more and more self-discipline every day of our lives. We can be prepared for that test by building faith through service as we go.
President Eyring gives examples of people that have helped him learn throughout his life. He calls these people "priesthood trainers" and shares that these men showed him how to serve and took an interest in his progression. He makes the comment about a bishop that he had that treated him and his young men as "preparation projects of great promise."
- Great priesthood trainers have shown me how to build that strength: it is to form a habit of pushing on through the fatigue and fear that might make you think of quitting. The Lord’s great mentors have shown me that spiritual staying power comes from working past the point when others would have taken a rest.
He concludes with encouragement that we can face the challenges of this life. We are not perfect but with Christ, we can face the tasks before us.
- I can’t be a perfect servant every hour, but I can try to give more effort than I thought I could. With that habit formed early on, I will be prepared for trials later.
President Eyring give me hope that despite my shortcomings, the Lord can do something with me. There is nothing great that qualifies me for the trust that the Lord has placed in me. But He sees what he can do with a humble heart and a desire to serve others. I am called upon to do some things for Him that make me uncomfortable, nervous, and scared at times. But I know that when the Lord needs me to act, He will prepare a way for me to accomplish what he asks me to do. I have seen it time and time again. I am grateful for a loving God that doesn't leave me alone to figure things out for myself. The preparation He has given me and continues to give me makes it possible for me to follow Him in faith. It is my hope that all this trust and preparation he puts into me, I will use to help His children come unto Him.