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Develop Christlike Attributes

We can increase the influence of the Holy Ghost in our work.
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Faith

Hope

Charity and Love

Virtue

Knowledge

Patience

Humility

Diligence

Obedience

To be an effective teacher we must continue to increase the influence of the Holy Ghost in our work by more fully emulating the character of Jesus Christ and developing His attributes. 

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Obedience

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Heavenly Father created a plan of happiness for His children. As part of this plan, He asks us to obey His commandments. Jesus Christ demonstrated this attribute throughout His life as He put aside His own will in order to do the will of the Father. If we follow Christ’s example and work to become more obedient in our own lives, we will receive promised blessings and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. While we may not always understand the reasons for certain commandments we are given, increased peace, knowledge, and freedom are promised to those who obey.

As you ponder the Christlike attribute of obedience and make a plan to more fully develop it, the influence of the Holy Ghost will increase in your work. Prayerfully and regularly ask the following questions:

  • What should I stop doing to develop greater obedience?
  • What should I start doing to develop greater obedience?

Use these additional resources to study more about the Christlike attribute of obedience:

Diligence

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“Diligence is steady, consistent, earnest, and energetic effort in doing the Lord’s work” (Preach My Gospel [2004], 121). The Lord asks us to be diligent in following His example and serving others (see, for example, D&C 4:6; 30:8; 75:29; 107:99). As we pray to know what we should do, make plans to obey, and then act with determination and faith, we show our willingness to serve the Lord and do our part in building His kingdom.

As you study more about this attribute, make a plan to be more diligent in your service to the Lord and to those around you. As you do so, the Lord will bless you and the influence of the Holy Ghost will increase in your work. Prayerfully and regularly ask the following questions:

  •  What should I stop doing to develop greater diligence?
  •  What should I start doing to develop greater diligence?

Use these additional resources to study more about the Christlike attribute of diligence:

Humility

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Through His atoning sacrifice, Jesus Christ demonstrated divine humility and submission to the will of the Father. Developing humility in our own lives can help us to learn from and overcome our weaknesses. We can demonstrate trust in the Lord and confidence in His promises by obeying His commandments and humbly serving those around us. By becoming more meek and humble, we will invite the Spirit to be present in our lives and in our teaching.

As you study this attribute, seek to recognize promptings from the Holy Ghost and make a plan to apply the principles you learn. Prayerfully and regularly ask the following questions:

  • What should I start doing to develop greater humility?
  • What should I stop doing to develop greater humility?

Use these additional resources to study more about the Christlike attribute of humility:

Patience

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Having patience is essential to teaching like the Savior and is especially important when working with youth, who are developing their spiritual foundation. As you demonstrate this Christlike attribute, students will feel valued and understood, and you will invite the Spirit to be present throughout the learning process. Try to show “long-suffering, . . . gentleness and meekness, and . . . love unfeigned” (D&C 121:41), traits that President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency described as “the foundation of godly patience” (“Continue in Patience,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 57).

As you study this attribute, make a plan to develop and demonstrate greater patience in your life. Doing so will strengthen your relationships and interactions with students, coworkers, family members, and others around you. Prayerfully and regularly ask these two questions:

  • What should I stop doing to develop greater patience?
  • What should I start doing to develop greater patience?

Use the following resources to learn more about patience:

Knowledge

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As you ponder and plan to more fully develop the Christlike attribute of knowledge, the influence of the Holy Ghost will increase in your work. Prayerfully and regularly ask two questions:

  • What am I doing that I should stop doing to develop greater knowledge?
  • What am I not doing that I should start doing to develop greater knowledge?

Use the following resources to study more about the Christlike attribute of knowledge:

Virtue

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Developing Christlike attributes requires each of us to learn of the Savior and His attributes and then “analyze our ideals and goals and methods and compare them with those of Jesus Christ” (Teach Ye Diligently, rev. ed. [1991], 22). This journey will require each of us to identify attributes that we can improve upon, make plans to develop them, and then put those plans into action so that we can become better teachers and learners.

As you seek to more fully develop the Christlike attributes of virtue, the influence of the Holy Ghost will increase in your work, your teaching, and your learning, and you will feel the Spirit of the Lord resting upon you. We invite you to read these selected talks about charity and love as you look to become a better teacher and learner.

Use the following resources to study more about the Christlike attributes of virtue:

Charity and Love

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As you seek to more fully develop the Christlike attributes of charity and love, the influence of the Holy Ghost will increase in your work, your teaching, and your learning, and you will feel the Spirit of the Lord resting upon you. We invite you to read these selected talks about charity and love as you look to become a better teacher and learner.

Use the following resources to study more about the Christlike attributes of charity and love:

Hope


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As you seek to more fully develop the Christlike attribute of hope, the influence of the Holy Ghost will increase in your work, your teaching, and your learning, and you will feel the Spirit of the Lord resting upon you. Prayerfully and regularly ask two questions:

  • What should I stop doing to avoid destroying hope?
  • What am I not doing that I should start doing to cultivate hope? 

Use the following resources to study more about the Christlike attribute of hope:

Faith 

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As you ponder and make a plan to more fully develop the Christlike attribute of faith, the influence of the Holy Ghost will increase in your work. Prayerfully and regularly ask these two questions:

  • What am I doing that I should stop doing to develop greater faith?
  • What am I not doing that I should start doing to develop greater faith?

Use the following resources to study more about the Christlike attribute of faith: