The Deacon

Stewardship and Authority

Although there are references to the calling of deacon in the new testament, we must look to the revelations enumerated in the Restoration in order to understand the duties and responsibilities of this important calling.

The office of teacher and deacon are necessary appendages to the lesser priesthood of Aaron.

“Each priest, teacher, or deacon, who is ordained by a priest, may take a certificate from him at the time, which certificate, when presented to an elder, shall entitle him to a license, which shall authorize him to perform the duties of his calling; or he may receive it from a conference.” D&C 17:15

“And (the teacher) is to be assisted always, in all his duties in the church, by the deacons, if occasion requires;

But neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands;

They are, however, to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.

Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon, is to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God

unto him;

And he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost which is in the one who ordains him.” See D&C 17:11d-12b

Deacons, in organized areas are to be formed into quorums and will have a president.

“And again, verily I say unto you, The duty of a president over the office of a deacon, is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in council with them, and to teach them their duty–edifying one another, as it is given according to the covenants.” D&C 104:38

Deacons are to watch over the church as standing ministry.

“And, behold, the high priests should travel, and also the elders, and also the lesser priests; but the deacons and teachers should be appointed to watch over the church, to be standing ministers unto the church.” D&C 83:22