Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood
September 27. How Can I Be More Christlike? 3 Nephi 12–16
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“September 27. How Can I Be More Christlike? 3 Nephi 12–16,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)

“September 27. How Can I Be More Christlike?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020

Your Faith Hath Made You Whole

Your Faith Has Made You Whole, by Jorge Cocco

September 27

How Can I Be More Christlike?

3 Nephi 12–16

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Counsel Together

Led by a member of the quorum or class presidency; approximately 10–20 minutes

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 (you can decide in a presidency meeting which items to 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.

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Teach the Doctrine

Led by an adult leader or youth; approximately 25–35 minutes

Prepare Yourself Spiritually

Jesus Christ set the perfect example of how to love and serve others. His teachings in 3 Nephi 12–16, which the youth studied this week, can guide our efforts to become more like Him. Consider what you learn about becoming Christlike as you read these chapters. What Christlike attributes do you see in those you teach? How are they growing to become more like the Savior? Consider how you will inspire them to continue their efforts. To help you prepare to teach, you might study “How Do I Develop Christlike Attributes?” in Preach My Gospel ([2019], 121–32) and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s message “Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2017, 40–42).

Family life

Young men and young women have many opportunities to serve others as true disciples of the Savior.

Learn Together

To begin your quorum or class discussion about becoming more Christlike, you could ask those you teach to review 3 Nephi 12–16 and find a passage that inspired them from their recent study of these chapters. Invite them to share with a partner a verse they chose and why they chose it. Choose one or more of the following activities to help your quorum or class members find inspiration in the Savior’s teachings that will help them become more like Him.

  • This week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families suggests selecting verses from 3 Nephi 12–14 and then summarizing what the verses teach in one sentence that begins with “True disciples of Jesus Christ seek to …” You could ask quorum or class members who did this activity to share what they learned. Or you could write True disciples of Jesus Christ seek to … on the board, along with scripture references like these: 3 Nephi 12:3–16, 38–44; 13:1–8, 19–24; 14:21–27 (or other passages you found in your personal study). Quorum or class members could choose a passage to read, individually or in groups, and suggest a way to complete the phrase on the board based on what those verses teach. Encourage them to ponder what they learned from those verses about how to follow Jesus more faithfully. You might suggest that they write down a plan they can follow to apply what they learned in their lives.

  • Members of your quorum or class may feel that becoming like the Savior is impossible. To help them understand the Savior’s command to be perfect, found in 3 Nephi 12:48, you could review together portions of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s message “Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually.” What do we learn from this message that could help someone who feels discouraged about his or her imperfections? What do we learn about how the Savior feels about us and our efforts?

  • The Young Women Theme and the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme describe attributes and actions that can help us become more like the Savior. Consider inviting quorum or class members to review their theme, individually or in groups, and identify some of these attributes and actions. Ask them to share what they have found. Who do we know who is a good example of one or more of these attributes and actions? Encourage quorum or class members to set personal or group goals to develop these attributes. It could also be helpful for them to review the Christlike attributes found in the “Attribute Activity” on page 132 of Preach My Gospel.

Act in Faith

Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do in the coming weeks to act on the impressions they received while studying the doctrine today. Invite them to share their ideas.

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Teaching in the Savior’s Way

During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ spent His time serving and helping those around Him. True disciples of Christ do likewise. The Savior said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). As you teach, look for opportunities to invite quorum or class members to share how they have served others and what inspired them to give service.