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President Russell M. Nelson said in the October general conference that the bishop’s “first and foremost responsibility” is to care for the youth of his ward.

As Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced organizational changes to make youth a more significant focus — which included dissolving ward Young Men presidencies — he said, “We are confident that more young men and young women will rise to the challenge and stay on the covenant path because of this laser-like focus on our youth.”

But for a bishop who has a plate full of responsibilities, this “laser-like focus” on the youth might be easier said than done.

Many bishops initially felt overwhelmed in response to these organizational changes. Some bishops wondered how they would be able to manage all of their ward duties — duties that seemed to increase with the thought of releasing the ward Young Men presidencies.

“The concern many bishops have is that without a Young Men presidency, they are going to be saddled with extra responsibility. That isn’t the truth,” said Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men general president.

“A bishop has always been the president of the Aaronic Priesthood. He still is. And he is still going to have the same number of adult leaders involved. The purpose is to bring the youth closer to the bishop.”

Though much is expected of bishops, they are not alone as they serve the ward. As the elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies take initiative and the bishop continues to delegate, he will be able to focus on strengthening youth — the rising leaders of the next generation. 

What elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies can do:

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