“As I Have Loved You”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 53–54


Theme

Jesus Christ is the ultimate manifestation of the love of the Father, and we become his true disciples only as we follow in his footsteps in our demonstration of love.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    Man becomes like the god he serves.

    1. 1.

      If he serves the world and Satan, his life and countenance become expressions of the same.

    2. 2.

      When his life is an attempt to follow the Savior, he begins to overcome the world.

    3. 3.

      As he overcomes the world, he takes on the attributes of Deity and begins to express the pure love of Christ.

  • B.

    The true disciple is known by the quality of love he gives in his service to others.

  • C.

    Only through Christlike service, which is nothing less than organized love, do we obtain the powers of godliness.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Matthew 26:1, 2, 6-35; Mark 14:3-31; Luke 22:1-38; John 12:2-8, 13:1-38

Course Manual

Chapter 23, “As I Have Loved You”

Standard Works

D&C 93:20. What is the only way in which men may receive of the fulness?

D&C 20:18, 19. Who are men commanded to serve?

Mosiah 2:17. How does one serve God?

D&C 4:3. What is the criterion necessary to be called to the service of God?

D&C 4:2. To what degree must we serve?

1 John 3:17, 23, 24. If one only halfheartedly serves the Lord, who is he really serving?

Mosiah 4:11-23. What must we do in order to gain the ability to give true service?

D&C 76:5-10. What is the promise to those who totally serve the Lord?

D&C 20:31. How does one become sanctified? 1 John 2:5, 10; 4:10-12, 16, 17. How can we face the day of judgment with boldness?

Basic Library

Jesus the Christ, pp. 591-609. How was the Savior’s commandment to love of a higher order?

M of F, pp. 19-21. Why is it impossible to serve God and mammon?

M of F, pp. 92-99. How can we be damned by doing nothing?

DS, 2:117-19. Does one give Christlike service when magnifying the priesthood?

Gos. Doc., pp. 251-57. How does one’s service to others bring honor to oneself?

Discourses, pp. 271-79. How much like angels should the Saints live?

A of F, pp. 526-27. How does charity fulfill the law of service?

Teachings, pp. 313-16. With what will the Lord bless those who love?

Teachings, pp. 241-42. Besides relieving the poor, what is the responsibility of the Relief Society?

Additional Sources

Loren C. Dunn, New Era, May 1972, pp. 4-5. “Make Your Summers Count.” An analysis on how to make a service project into Christlike service.

Media Suggestions

Transparencies

Jerusalem and the Upper Room

The Law of Sacrifice and the Sacrament Center in Christ

From the Passover to the Sacrament

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

The Service Rendered by the Lord Was to Assist Others in Becoming like Him

(Note: Lesson 49 also has a service/love theme.)

The teacher could ask the question, What was special about the kind of service Christ rendered during his ministry? The answer could be achieved through the use of scriptural analysis. Using John 13:4-17, the washing of the apostles feet, and Matthew 26:26-29, the institution of the sacrament, the class could focus on acts of service Christ rendered during the Last Supper as a type of his whole ministry. The class would be analyzing the scriptures to find answers to the posed question. Among other answers, two are important: (1) the Savior set the example as to how we are to serve, and (2) his service was to assist others in becoming like him.

To Give Christlike Service, One Must Be Striving to Live a Christlike life

To assist the class in gaining the concept that one cannot render Christlike service unless he indeed is striving to become as the Savior, the instructor could ask one of his students to give another student that which neither of them have. For example, in a class which meets just before lunch the instructor could ask one student to give another some food to help appease his hunger until he can get to lunch. At another time, the teacher may wish to ask a student to give another a pen with green ink. (Almost anything will do, provided the student does not have the item.) When the student states he cannot give what he does not have, the point can be made that one cannot render Christlike service unless he is striving to become like our Savior. This could become the basis for a discussion on how a Latter-day Saint can render service which brings others closer to Christ or helps them become more like the Savior.

Latter-day Saints Should Render Service Which Assists Others in Becoming Christlike

There are many forms of service that can be rendered, but the most important service anyone can render is that which lifts another toward Christ.

The teacher may wish to have the students consider how they could turn their service into a means to assist others in drawing nearer to God. A chalkboard diagram could prove helpful.

When We Oft Our Fellowman, We Serve God (See Mosiah 2:17.)

Service to Man

  1. 1.

    Visit a home for the elderly

  2. 2.

    Home teaching or visiting teaching

  3. 3.

    (Others suggested by students)

Service to God

  1. 1.

    Have a message that centers on the gospel theme.

    1. a.

      Design a program to build testimony.

    2. b.

      Distribute uplifting literature to those who can read.

    3. c.

      (Others)

  2. 2.

    Preplan with the spiritual welfare of the family in mind.

    1. a.

      Teach a message by the Spirit.

    2. b.

      Leave a prayer in the home.

    3. c.

      (Others)

  3. 3.

    (Others suggested by students)