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How can I become more Christlike?

Jesus Christ set the perfect example for us, and He has commanded us to become as He is. He exemplified characteristics such as faith, hope, charity, patience, humility, purity, diligence, and obedience. As we learn of Him and seek to develop His attributes, we will become the priesthood bearers He and our Heavenly Father would like us to be.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What do you feel inspired to share with the young men?

Matthew 26:36–45; Luke 7:11–15; 23:33–34; John 13:4–10 (Attributes of the Savior exemplified in His life)

Mosiah 3:19 (Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can become Saints)

3 Nephi 27:27 (We are commanded to be as Christ is)

Robert D. Hales, “Becoming a Disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 46–48

Stephen W. Owen, “The Greatest Leaders Are the Greatest Followers,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 70–76

Richard J. Maynes, “The Joy of Living a Christ-Centered Life,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 27–30

M. Russell Ballard, “The Greatest Generation of Young Adults,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 67–70

How Do I Develop Christlike Attributes?Preach My Gospel (2004), 115–26

Videos: “Daily Bread: Change,” “Christlike Attributes”

Music for youth theme: “That’s How I’ll Be

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Invite each quorum member to find a scripture about the doctrine he learned in last week’s lesson and share it with another quorum member.
  • Give each young man a copy of the attribute activity on page 126 of Preach My Gospel, and ask him to take a few minutes to complete the self-evaluation. Invite each young man to share what he learned from the activity. Invite a few young men to share a Christlike attribute they admire in another quorum member or in a family member. 

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help quorum members learn about the attributes of Jesus Christ. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite the young men to read Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk “Becoming a Disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ” and discuss how the characteristics of a disciple are like threads woven together in a tapestry. The young men might enjoy creating their own analogies—showing how many parts work together to create something bigger—to represent how we develop Christlike attributes. Invite the young men to choose one of the Christlike attributes from the talk and set a goal to study about it and strive to develop it more completely.
  • To help the young men understand why we should center our lives on Jesus Christ, you could invite them to play a game that involves centering objects (such as a ring toss or balancing blocks into a high stack). Show the first four minutes of Elder Richard J. Maynes’s talk “The Joy of Living a Christ-Centered Life.” What do they learn about the importance of centering their lives on the Savior from the activity and the talk? Ask quorum members to work in pairs and find a story in the talk that demonstrates the blessings we receive as we center our lives on Christ. What will they do to center their lives more on the Savior and His teachings?
  • Provide the young men with copies of the nine questions Elder Russell M. Ballard asks the young men in his talk “The Greatest Generation of Young Adults” (or consider playing the portion of the talk where Elder Ballard asks the questions). Invite them to ponder how they would answer these questions, and ask them to think about any areas of their lives where they can improve. What Christlike attributes can these questions help them develop? Consider inviting them to write down what they plan to do to become more like Jesus Christ.
  • Ensure that each young man has a copy of chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel. Invite the young men to choose one of the Christlike attributes described in this chapter that they would like to improve on. Ask them to share why that attribute is important to them. Give them time in quorum meeting to learn about the attribute they chose, following the suggestions under the heading “Developing Christlike Attributes” on pages 122–23 of Preach My Gospel.
  • Invite the young men to identify their priesthood duties, as listed in the Duty to God book (see page 23 [deacons], 46–47 [teachers], 70–71 [priests]), and discuss different situations they might be in as they fulfill these duties (for example, home teaching a family who is not receptive to the gospel or standing up for the Lord’s standards). How will the attributes of Christ help the young men in these situations? When have they seen a fellow quorum member exemplify one of these attributes? The young men could review Stephen W. Owen’s talk, “The Greatest Leaders Are the Greatest Followers” and discuss examples of priesthood leadership they have seen in their lives. How is Christ the best example of leadership? How can we be Christlike leaders as we fulfill our priesthood duties?
  • Invite quorum members to individually read one of the scriptures suggested in this outline, marking words and phrases that show some of the attributes of the Savior. Encourage them to look for these attributes and others as they watch the video “Christlike Attributes.” Give them time to share their feelings about the Savior and the attributes He exemplified. How could they develop these attributes in their own lives? They could also share examples of people they know who they feel demonstrate some of these Christlike attributes.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to become more Christlike? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Share his testimony regarding the importance of developing Christlike attributes to help him fulfill his priesthood duties, both now and in the future.
  • Invite the young men to set goals and make plans to develop a Christlike attribute. He could encourage them to ask Heavenly Father for help.