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December 13. How Can I Develop Christlike Love? Moroni 7–9
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“December 13. How Can I Develop Christlike Love? Moroni 7–9,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)

“December 13. How Can I Develop Christlike Love?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020

Jesus Christ. Miracles. Dead Raised (Lazarus)

December 13

How Can I Develop Christlike Love?

Moroni 7–9

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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 activities have we had recently? Were they successful? What went well, and how can we improve them?

  • Our duties or responsibilities. Who needs our service? How can we help them?

  • Our lives. What goals are we working on individually? What experiences can we share? What blessings have we received?

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

The Nephite civilization, which had once seemed so great and prosperous, had been destroyed. Moroni was alone, and as he concluded the record of his people, he was inspired to include something his father, Mormon, had taught: “Charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—but charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever.” Mormon’s admonition to “cleave unto charity” can be reassuring in our troubled times, for if we are found to have charity at the last day, “it shall be well with [us]” (Moroni 7:46–47).

How have you experienced charity? How can you inspire the members of your quorum or class to develop Christlike love? As you prepare to teach, consider studying “Charity and Love” in chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel ([2019], 124) and Elder Neil L. Andersen’s message “Fruit” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2019, 116–120).

Serving God Through Duty to God

God will bless us with increased love for others as we seek and pray for this gift.

Learn Together

You might begin by asking members of your quorum or class to share the thoughts they had as they studied Mormon’s description of charity this week. To help them do this, you could write Charity is … on the board and invite quorum or class members to suggest ways to complete the sentence, based on what they find in Moroni 7:44–48. To help them understand that the Savior is the source of charity, you could invite them to substitute the name “Jesus Christ” for the word “charity” in verses 45–46. What does this teach us about the Savior? To deepen your discussion about charity, choose from the following activity ideas.

  • The scriptures in “Supporting Resources” can help quorum or class members understand what it means to love as the Savior loves. Perhaps each quorum or class member could select one or more of these scriptures and share what each one teaches about Christlike love. They might also be able to think of stories from the Savior’s life that illustrate His love. How can we follow the Savior’s example?

  • One phrase Mormon used to describe charity is “the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47). Your quorum or class could talk about the meaning of the word “pure.” Perhaps you could share an example of something that is better when it is pure, such as water. What does it mean for love to be pure? To support this discussion, the quorum or class could read portions of Elder Massimo De Feo’s message “Pure Love: The True Sign of Every True Disciple of Jesus Christ” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 81–83). Then they could share what they learned about pure love and how true disciples show love to others.

  • The invitation to “cleave unto charity” includes loving others who are different from us or who might be difficult to love. There is helpful counsel about this in President Dallin H. Oaks’s message “Loving Others and Living with Differences” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 25–28) and Sister Neill F. Marriott’s message “Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2017, 10–12). Quorum or class members could search parts of one or both of these messages, looking for counsel that can help them love others they find difficult to love. Or they could study a scriptural example of a person who showed love when it was probably hard to do so, such as the Savior (see Luke 23:33–34), Joseph of Egypt (see Genesis 45), or Pahoran (see Alma 61:9). Invite quorum or class members to quietly think of someone in their life whom they have difficulty loving and think of ways they can show more Christlike love toward that person, with the Lord’s help (see Moroni 7:48).

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

As you strive to see those you teach as God sees them, you will recognize their divine worth and the Spirit will teach you what to do to help them achieve their potential (see Teaching in the Savior’s Way, 6).