The Apostle Peter encouraged the Saints to grow in their knowledge of Jesus Christ by seeking to become like Him. He assured them that this spiritual growth could help them make their “calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10).
Note: In discussing the following principle and scripture passages, be careful not to discuss topics related to temple ordinances and doctrines.
Before class begins, write the following statement on the board (from “The Will Within,” Ensign, May 1987, 68):
Divide students into pairs. Invite them to read the statement on the board and discuss the following questions with their partners:
What do you think President Monson meant by becoming “our best selves”?
Why do you think it is important to become our best selves?
What can prevent us from becoming our best selves?
Invite students to look for a truth as they study 2 Peter 1 that can help them know how they can become their best selves.
Summarize 2 Peter 1:1–2 by explaining that Peter wrote to Church members who had obtained faith in Jesus Christ but who may have been tempted to return to the sinful ways of the world.
Invite a student to read 2 Peter 1:3–4 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for what Peter taught to help the Saints stay true to their testimonies of the Savior.
According to these verses, what did Peter teach the Saints?
What does it mean to “be partakers of the divine nature”? (2 Peter 1:4).
Invite students to read 2 Peter 1:5–7 silently, looking for attributes of Jesus Christ that Peter invited the Saints to develop. Then ask students to list on the board the attributes they find. Consider inviting students to locate in a dictionary the definitions of any of these attributes that they would like to better understand.
Invite students to think about examples of when the Savior demonstrated one of these divine attributes. Ask several students to report their thoughts to the class.
Write the following incomplete principle on the board: As we develop divine attributes within ourselves, we can …
Invite a student to read 2 Peter 1:8–9 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for a blessing we can receive as we develop the divine attributes of the Savior.
What blessing can we receive as we develop divine attributes? (After students respond, complete the statement on the board so that it reads as follows: As we develop divine attributes within ourselves, we can come to know Jesus Christ.)
Why do you think developing divine attributes helps us come to know Jesus Christ?
Invite a student to read 2 Peter 1:10–11 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for another blessing that can come to those who are diligent in developing divine attributes.
What blessing can come to those who are diligent in developing the divine attributes of Jesus Christ? (Explain that the phrase “to make your calling and election sure” [verse 10] means to receive in this life God’s assurance that you will obtain eternal life. Peter also referred to this as “a more sure word of prophecy” [2 Peter 1:19]. See also D&C 131:5.)
What principle can we learn from these verses about why we should be diligent in developing our divine potential? (Students may use different words, but make sure they identify the following principle: If we are diligent in developing our divine potential while in this life, we can receive God’s assurance of eternal life. Write this principle on the board.)
Invite students to think of people they know who have diligently striven to develop Christlike attributes.
Which Christlike attributes have the people you thought of developed?
In what ways have their efforts and attributes helped them and others around them?
You may want to share your testimony that developing divine attributes helps us come to know Jesus Christ and prepares us to receive eternal life.
Invite students to write in their class notebooks or scripture study journals one of the divine attributes they would most like to develop. Ask them to write a specific action they can take to develop that attribute.
Ask students if they have ever heard of the Apocalypse. Explain that the book of Revelation is often referred to as the Apocalypse, which is Greek for “unveiling.” In the book of Revelation the Apostle John described a vision he had that includes many prophecies about our day and future events, including the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the end of the earth. Much of John’s vision includes symbols. Invite students to watch for symbols that show the final victory of good overcoming evil as they study the book of Revelation.