“April 26. What Does It Mean to Take upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ? Mosiah 4–6,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“April 26. What Does It Mean to Take upon Myself the Name of Jesus Christ?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020
At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme or the Young Women Theme. Then lead a discussion about items such as the following, and plan ways to act on what you discuss:
Our quorum or class. What can we do to build unity among quorum or class members? What goals would we like to work on together?
Our duties or responsibilities. What are we doing to share the gospel? What experiences have we had doing temple and family history work?
Our lives. How have we seen the hand of the Lord in our lives? What has inspired us in our scripture study this week?
At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:
Testify of the principles taught.
Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.
King Benjamin wanted to “give [his] people a name”—the name of Christ, the only “name given whereby salvation cometh” (Mosiah 1:11; 5:8). What does the invitation to “take upon you the name of Christ” mean to you? Quorum or class members may have read King Benjamin’s sermon in Mosiah 4–6 this week. As you ponder how you can help them understand the significance of taking upon themselves the name of Christ, you might study Mosiah 3:17; Doctrine and Covenants 18:21–25; and Elder Robert C. Gay’s message “Taking upon Ourselves the Name of Jesus Christ” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018, 97–100).
This week members of your quorum or class may have learned from Mosiah 5 about the significance of taking upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. Invite them to find verses in Mosiah 5 that help us understand the significance of taking the name of Jesus Christ upon us. How should taking His name upon us influence the choices we make every day? How will others know that we have taken the Savior’s name upon us? The activities below can help those you teach better understand how to take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ.
You could begin a discussion by showing quorum or class members things with your name on them, such as your scriptures or a temple recommend. Why do we put our names on things? What does taking the Savior’s name upon us suggest about our relationship with Him? Quorum or class members could then read one or more of the scriptures in “Supporting Resources” and these words from President Henry B. Eyring: “[To take His name upon us] means we must see ourselves as His. We will put Him first in our lives. We will want what He wants rather than what we want or what the world teaches us to want” (“That We May Be One,” Ensign, May 1998, 67). They could then choose one or more of the following questions to discuss based on what they read: What does it mean to see ourselves as Christ’s? How do we put the Savior first in our lives? What does it mean to want what the Savior wants?
We take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ through the covenant we make at baptism, and we renew this covenant through the sacrament. The first ten paragraphs of Sister Lisa L. Harkness’s message “Honoring His Name” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2019, 60–62) could lead to a discussion about the names we were given when we were physically born and the name we take upon ourselves when we are spiritually “born again” at baptism. Those you teach could also study the following verses and discuss what they teach about how to take the Savior’s name upon us: Mosiah 5:7–8, 12–13; 18:8–10; Doctrine and Covenants 20:37, 77, 79. Encourage quorum or class members to choose something they will do this week to show they have Christ’s name written on their hearts.
In his message “Taking upon Ourselves the Name of Jesus Christ,” Elder Robert C. Gay asked himself, “Am I taking upon myself the Savior’s name as He would have me do so?” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018, 97). To help quorum or class members answer this question for themselves, you could divide them into three groups. Each group could read one of the three sections of Elder Gay’s talk to learn what we can do to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. What do we feel inspired to do to act on this counsel?
Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. How does today’s lesson relate to personal goals they have made? If they would like, quorum or class members could share their ideas.