“Which Christlike Attribute Should You Work On?” New Era, October 2016, 24–27
One of the beautiful things about the commandment to “press forward” (2 Nephi 31:20) is that it implies a process, a journey. It doesn’t say, “Arrive at perfection right now.” Pressing forward toward eternal life is a step-by-step journey. We become more like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by keeping covenants and striving to improve—little by little, attribute by attribute. Which Christlike attribute could you focus on?
Read each statement and decide how true that statement is about you. Choose the best answer from the response key.
Spiritual growth is a gradual process, and none of us is perfect, so you should expect to rate yourself better on some attributes than on others. As you complete the quiz, identify the attribute you most need or want to develop and set a goal or two to help you take the next step in becoming more like Christ. You can read the experiences of three youth who are working on goals right now.
I believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as my Savior (see 2 Nephi 25:29).
I feel confident that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me (see 1 Nephi 11:17).
I firmly believe that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can be forgiven of all my sins if I repent (see Enos 1:5–8).
I have enough faith in Jesus Christ to obtain answers to my prayers and accept God’s will (see Mosiah 27:14).
I think about the Savior during the day and remember what He has done for me (see D&C 20:77, 79).
I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true (see Moroni 10:3–5).
One of my greatest desires is to inherit eternal life in the celestial kingdom of God (see Moroni 7:41).
I feel peaceful and optimistic about the future (see D&C 59:23).
I firmly believe that someday I can dwell with Heavenly Father and become like Him (see Ether 12:4).
I desire the eternal welfare and happiness of other people (see Mosiah 28:3).
When I pray, I ask for charity (see Moroni 7:47–48).
I try to understand others’ feelings and see their point of view (see Jude 1:22).
I forgive others who have offended or wronged me (see Ephesians 4:32).
I try to help others when they are struggling or discouraged (see Mosiah 18:9).
I tell others that I love them and care about them (see Luke 7:12–15).
I look for opportunities to serve other people (see Mosiah 2:17).
I say positive things about others (see D&C 42:27).
I am kind and patient with others, even when they are hard to get along with (see Moroni 7:45).
I feel happy for other people’s success (see Alma 17:2–4).
I am clean and pure in heart (see Psalm 24:3–4).
I have no desire to do evil but to do good (see Mosiah 5:2).
I am dependable—I do what I say I will do (see Alma 53:20).
I focus on good, uplifting thoughts. When I have an impure thought, I replace it with a righteous one (see D&C 121:45).
I repent often and work hard to overcome my weaknesses (see D&C 49:26–28).
I feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life (see D&C 11:12–13).
I wait patiently for the blessings and promises of the Lord to be fulfilled (see 2 Nephi 10:17).
I am able to wait for things without getting upset or frustrated (see Romans 8:25).
I am patient with the faults and weaknesses of others (see Romans 15:1).
I am patient with myself as I rely on the Lord and work to overcome my weaknesses (see Ether 12:27).
I face adversity and afflictions calmly and hopefully (see Alma 34:40–41).
I am meek and lowly in heart (see Matthew 11:29).
I rely on the Lord for help (see Alma 26:12).
I am sincerely grateful for the blessings I have received from the Lord (see Alma 7:23).
My prayers are earnest and sincere (see Enos 1:4).
I appreciate direction from my leaders or teachers (see 2 Nephi 9:28).
I try to accept the Lord’s will, whatever it may be (see Mosiah 24:15).
I work effectively, even when I’m not under pressure or close supervision (see D&C 58:26–27).
I spend my time and energy on the most important things (see Matthew 23:23).
I have a personal prayer at least twice a day (see Alma 34:18–27).
I set goals and plan regularly (see D&C 88:119).
I work hard until the job is completed successfully (see D&C 10:4).
I find joy and satisfaction in my service (see Alma 36:24–25).