Church releases additional answers about ministering

Church leaders have released an additional set of questions and answers members and leaders may have about priesthood quorum changes and ministering announced during April general conference.

A document titled “Ministering with Strengthened Melchizedek Priesthood Quorums and Relief Societies: Additional Frequently Asked Questions,” included with a May 11 notice sent to priesthood, Relief Society, Young Women and Young Men leaders worldwide, clarifies questions people may still have about the roles and responsibilities of leaders, quorum membership, ministering interviews, participation of youth and callings relating to ministering.

The additional set of frequently asked questions, dated May 11, 2018, as well as answers to most other questions about ministering, can be found at Simply click on one of the two options labeled "Frequently Asked Questions.”

For example, the document clarifies that “guidelines in the recent document ‘Preventing and Responding to Abuse’ allow for ministering companionships with youth assigned as companions to adults. ‘Ministering’ is not considered an ‘activity’ or ‘class,’ as referred to in those guidelines.” However, adult companions “should avoid situations that could be misunderstood.”

Updates to Handbook 1 and Handbook 2 will be published online in July to reflect all these changes.

Once these materials are made available, general Church leaders don’t anticipate publishing further questions and answers. This effort is intended to be Spirit led, flexible, and customized to local needs, as determined by inspired local leaders.

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