“October 25. Why Is the Correct Name of Christ’s Church Important? 3 Nephi 27–4 Nephi,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“October 25. Why Is the Correct Name of Christ’s Church Important?” 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 (you can decide in a presidency meeting which items to discuss):
Our quorum or class. Who is new to our ward, and how can we help them feel welcome? What are we doing to make our time in quorum or class meetings meaningful?
Our duties or responsibilities. What are some duties and responsibilities we have as young men and young women? How can we better fulfill them?
Our lives. What are we doing to become more like Jesus Christ and receive His power in our lives? What are we doing to help our families come unto Him?
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.
As the Nephite disciples began establishing the Church throughout the land, they had an important question for the Savior: “Tell us the name whereby we shall call this church.” In response, the Savior declared, “Ye shall call the church in my name” (3 Nephi 27:3, 7). In our day, President Russell M. Nelson has reaffirmed that the name of the Church is “not inconsequential.” In fact, President Nelson has promised: “If we will do our best to restore the correct name of the Lord’s Church, He whose Church this is will pour down His power and blessings upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints, the likes of which we have never seen” (“The Correct Name of the Church,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018, 87, 89).
What is our part in in restoring the correct name of the Lord’s Church? Why is the correct name of the Church significant to us? Ponder these questions as you prepare to teach. In addition to studying 3 Nephi 27, consider studying President Nelson’s message cited above.
Before beginning a discussion on the name of the Church, give your quorum or class a chance to talk about their study of 3 Nephi 27–4 Nephi. Questions like these might help: What impresses you about the disciples of Jesus Christ and the things they did after the Savior’s visit? (see 3 Nephi 27:1–3; 28:1–24). How do these chapters influence your feelings about belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ? The activities below can help your quorum or class discuss the importance of using the correct name of the Church.
Discussing the name of the Church might deepen quorum or class members’ appreciation for their membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Consider inviting them to list the names of various organizations and describe what the names tell us about those organizations. Then they could read 3 Nephi 27:1–12, looking for what the Savior taught about the name of His Church. They could also share what it means to them to be members of Christ’s Church. What does it mean to take the Savior’s name upon ourselves? (see Mosiah 5:6–15).
Here’s another way to discuss the importance of the name of the Savior’s Church. You could write the full name of the Church on the board (see Doctrine and Covenants 115:4). Then quorum or class members could select words in the name and suggest how each word helps us know who we are or what we believe. How could we explain to others why the name of the Church is so important? Quorum or class members could find ideas in President Russell M. Nelson’s message “The Correct Name of the Church.” What blessings did President Nelson promise if we strive to use the correct name? What blessings have come to us as we have used the correct name of the Church in our daily lives?
After explaining the importance of the name of His Church, the Savior said that the Church must be “built upon [His] gospel” (3 Nephi 27:10). He then described what His gospel is. What does it mean to be built on the Savior’s gospel? Quorum or class members could search 3 Nephi 27:13–22, looking for how the Savior defined His gospel. How could we summarize what the Savior said? How can we build our lives upon His gospel rather than upon the works of men?
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.