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November 22. How Can I Be a More Christlike Leader? Ether 6–11
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“November 22. How Can I Be a More Christlike Leader? Ether 6–11,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)

“November 22. How Can I Be a More Christlike Leader?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020

Jesus Christ and Disciples. Whosoever Will Lose His Life Shall Find it

November 22

How Can I Be a More Christlike Leader?

Ether 6–11

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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

Leaders can have a strong influence—for good or evil—on those they lead. We can learn things about the influence of leaders by studying the positive and negative examples found in Ether 6–11. As these examples show, the best leaders are those who follow Jesus Christ and lead us to Him. When we have opportunities to lead, we can seek to lead in Christlike ways.

Think of someone you know who is a Christlike leader. How has his or her leadership influenced you and others? What opportunities do members of your quorum or class have to lead—in the Church, in their homes, and in their communities? Here are some resources that can help you prepare to teach: “Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ,” chapter 4 in General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) and President Stephen W. Owen’s message “The Greatest Leaders Are the Greatest Followers,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 70–76.

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When youth have opportunities to lead, they can lead in Christlike ways.

Learn Together

Members of your quorum or class had the opportunity to read Ether 6–11 this week. Invite them to share what they learned about leadership from the leaders in these chapters. For example, you could invite them to review characteristics of righteous leaders like Orihah (see Ether 6:277:1), Shule (see Ether 7:23–27), Shez (see Ether 10:1–2), and Lib (Ether 10:18–28). Then, select one or more of the activities below to help your quorum or class learn more about how we can become Christlike leaders.

  • Because the Savior is the perfect leader, you could display a picture of Him and write the word Leader on the board. Ask your quorum or class to write on the board words that come to mind when they think of Jesus Christ as the perfect leader. The video “Christlike Attributes” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) could give them ideas. According to Matthew 20:20–28; 23:11, what did the Savior teach His Apostles about leadership in the kingdom of God?

  • Invite quorum or class members to read scriptures that teach principles of Christlike leadership, such as the scriptures in “Supporting Resources.” Quorum or class members could compare and contrast these principles with what they sometimes see in the world. How do leaders who follow these principles bless the people they lead? How can we use these principles in our families? in our Church service? in our communities?

  • Chapter 4 of the General Handbook teaches principles of leadership exemplified by the Savior. Each quorum or class member could read one topic within section 4.2 and think of a story from the Savior’s life that illustrates the principle taught in that topic (they could look in Gospel Art Book [2009], nos. 34–51, 54–61 for some ideas). What opportunities do we have to use these principles even if we aren’t called to leadership positions in the Church?

  • President Stephen W. Owen’s message “The Greatest Leaders Are the Greatest Followers” contains principles and stories that describe Christlike leadership. Ask members of your quorum or class to read portions of the message and share things they feel would be helpful to someone who has been called to a leadership position. What examples of Christlike leadership have we seen?

Act in Faith

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.

Supporting Resources

Teaching in the Savior’s Way

Reflect for a moment on what you know about the Savior. What do you notice about His way of teaching and leading? How did He help others learn and grow? How can you follow His example of teaching and leading to help quorum or class members learn and grow? How can you inspire them to become Christlike leaders?